Stur­ridge is danc­ing once more

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIFTH ROUND - By John Hunter

LIVER­POOL manager Bren­dan Rodgers ad­mit­ted in­creased ag­gres­sive­ness was key as his side came from be­hind to de­feat Crys­tal Palace and book their spot in the FA Cup quar­ter-fi­nals.

Trail­ing to Fra­zier Camp­bell’s strike, Liver­pool turned the game in their favour thanks to goals from Daniel Stur­ridge and Adam Lal­lana in the space of nine-sec­ond-half min­utes.

The Reds last won the cup in 2006 and Rodgers ad­mit­ted a half-time switch, which in­cluded the in­tro­duc­tion of sub­sti­tute Mario Balotelli, had been key.

“Af­ter we scored I thought we were very good.We had 15 ef­forts on goal in the first half but we weren't ag­gres­sive enough,” he said.

"I wanted us to keep the width on the pitch, we changed it around at half­time and it worked well for us.

"Daniel Stur­ridge is a nat­u­ral goalscorer. The worry is that his team­mates are join­ing in with his danc­ing."

Crys­tal Palace de­servedly took the lead on 15 min­utes when a long ball into the box from Joe Led­ley caused havoc in the Liver­pool de­fence, and Camp­bell swept home.

The goal spurred Liver­pool into life with Ju­lian Sper­oni deny­ing Lal­lana and Philippe Coutinho while Stur­ridge thought he should have had a penalty af­ter be­ing tripped by Pape Souare. The equaliser came four min­utes into the sec­ond­half as Stur­ridge volleyed in from close range fol­low­ing Jor­dan Hen­der­son’s cross into the box.

And Liver­pool went in front on 58 min­utes with Lal­lana the first to re­act af­ter Balotelli’s free­kick was par­ried by Sper­oni.

“We’re not go­ing to make ex­cuses, I think Liver­pool de­served to win and we have to ac­cept that some­times,” said Ea­gles manager Alan Pardew.“But I just think we didn’t get enough of a grip of the game, even af­ter we scored. It’s some­thing we are try­ing to work on.

“The two strik­ers who came on for Liver­pool we should have dealt with bet­ter. They are a tough team but we sat back a bit too much.”

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