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Birmingham City 0 Liverpool 0
League leaders Birmingham City endured a frustrating evening at the DCS Stadium, as a stubborn Liverpool side held them to a goalless draw.
The Blues were looking to bounce back after drawing with Chelsea last time out, but they wasted a number of chances in the second half.
The match was delayed by ten minutes due to the Liverpool team bus arriving late at the ground, and Karen Carney set about taking advantage of an unprepared Liverpool. The England star cut in from the left and tried her luck from 12 yards out, but her effort was blocked.
Chances were at a premium, as the visitors' players found their feet and a bobbly pitch was preventing any free flowing football being played. With Liverpool featuring more heavily in the game, they should have taken the lead on 17 minutes. Ruesha Littlejohn broke into the area and with only Hourihan to beat, Bassett brought the striker down. The referee had no other option but to award a penalty. However, Liverpool didn't take advantage with Marie Hourihan saving Nicky Twohig's spot kick.
Both sides seemed reluctant to take the game by the scruff of the neck and it was another 20 minutes until the Blues created their next chance. Dunia Susi found more joy on the left flank and her teasing cross found Carney, but the 23-year-old was tackled as she was about to pull the trigger.
Robbie Johnson's side nearly hit back immediately when Littlejohn was unmarked on the edge of the box but her shot crept wide, much to the relief of an onrushing Hourihan.
Birmingham increased the tempo after the break and Chelsea Weston decided to try her luck from distance. The full back's strike swerved at the last moment, drawing Andrea Worrall into a save. Rachel Williams almost profited from the rebound but Twohig diverted the ball wide.
The hosts continued to push for a goal and Emily Westwood thought she found it after 73 minutes. The former Everton winger only had Worrall to beat but the keeper was in fine form and saved Westwood's effort with her legs.
The following corner came to nothing and seven minutes later Liverpool almost grabbed the winner. The influential Littlejohn thumped a spectacular half volley from 25 yards out but the bar came to Birmingham's rescue.
This didn't seem to rattle the Blues though, as they continued to push for the victory, but it wasn't to be as Williams fired a shot wide in the dying minutes.
Birmingham City: Marie Hourihan, Chelsea Weston, Kerys Harrop, Sally Stanton, Laura Bassett, Dunia Susi (sub Eartha Pond 73mins), Rachel Williams, Karen Carney, Jo Potter, Jade Moore, Isobel Christiansen (sub Emily Westwood 45mins). Subs not used: Marie Ballard, Faye Cardin, Laura Watts.
Liverpool: Andrea Worrall, Sam Chappell, Vicky Jones, Nicky Twohig, Katie Brusell (sub Vicky Jones 64mins), Ruseha Littlejohn, Suzanne Lappin, Caroline Charlton (sub Michelle Evans 30mins), Lynda Shepherd, Nicky Harding, Kelly Jones. Subs not used: Danielle Gibbons, Carmel Bennett, Cheryl Foster.
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
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