Saturday 08 February 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Liverpool’s title hopes suffered a blow as Charlton Athletic inflicted the Merseyside team's third defeat in four Barclays Premier League matches.
Darren Bent, from the penalty spot, and Luke Young were on target in the closing minutes of the first half as Liverpool made it six league fixtures since the turn of the year with one victory.
The Addicks took the lead in the 42nd minute with a spot-kick given for goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek’s foul on Darren Bent. The striker stepped up and converted his 12th Barclays Premier League goal of the season.
Three minutes later it was 2-0 as right-back Young drove the ball home after Liverpool had failed to clear Alexei Smertin’s low cross. Darren Bent hit the bar from 20 yards in the second half soon after nearly setting up a chance for namesake Marcus to score the third.
The visitors, without injured top scorer Steven Gerrard, had struggled to make chances but when they did, Fernando Morientes was denied by former Everton goalkeeper Thomas Myhre.
The result left Liverpool in third in the table, 21 points behind leaders Chelsea, while the southeast Londoners climbed two places to 11th.
Charlton manager Alan Curbishley said: “We needed something after losing at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. I said a lot of things to the lads after that match and one was that we didn’t have the right defensive attitude in that match. But we had it here – they defended for their lives.”
Liverpool made up some of the ground on Chelsea in the remainder of the season but still finished third – nine points adrift of the title winners – while Charlton ended the campaign in 13th place.