Premiership: Liverpool 1 Blackburn 0

FA Premier League Result. 15th October 2005.

Liverpool 1 Blackburn Rovers 0

Djibril Cisse scored the winner for Liverpool and after a celebration in front of the adoring Liverpool fans the Frenchman made a point of shaking the hand of manager Rafael Benitez.

Cisse had complained during his recent international duty about the amount of time he’d spent on the bench for Liverpool, feeling unwanted, especially after summertime links with a move back to France. Rafael Benitez had made public his opinion that all of his squad have to understand that they will be used sparingly with Liverpool involved in potentially so many games this season.

Cisse played the whole ninety minutes, it was England striker Peter Crouch that made way on 66 minutes for fit-again Spanish striker Fernando Morientes.

Referee Mark Halsey kept his cards in his pocket for most of the game, the only card being shown in the first half was red, for Blackburn’s Khizanishvili. His foul was considered professional by the ref, who also awarded a penalty to the Reds. However he spoke to his linesman and changed his mind, instead awarding a free-kick outside the area. No change of mind on the red card though. The other cards came late in the game, all in the space of four minutes and all yellows for Blackburn players.

Cisse 75

J Reina, Josemi (Luis Garcia, 60), J Carragher, D Traore, S Warnock (J Riise,74), S Finnan, M Sissoko, X Alonso, B Zenden, P Crouch (F Morientes, 66), D Cisse
Other subs: D Hamann, S Carson
{mosimage} Blackburn 0

B Friedel, L Neill, Z Khizanishvili, R Nelsen, M Gray, D Bentley, K Tugay (A Mokoena, 67), R Savage, M Pedersen (B Emerton, 67), P Dickov (A Todd, 35), S Kuqi
Other subs: P Enckelman, S Reid
Sent off:Z Khizanishvili, 33 (Professional Foul)
Booked: D Bentley 77,
L Neill 77, R Savage 81

Ref: M Halsey