posted on Jan, 3 2005 @ 03:33 PM
Liverpool eked out a 2-1 win over Norwich which should have been a lot more comfortable than it was in the Premiership's early kick-off at Carrow
The Merseysiders moved up to fifth, three points behind city rivals Everton, thanks to strikes from Luis Garcia and John Arne Riise six minutes apart
in the second half. Having worked hard for their lead, Liverpool then allowed Norwich to get back into the game when Ryan Jarvis pulled a goal back in
the 88th minute. However, the Canaries could not find a second goal and Liverpool headed north with the points.
With Norwich playing with just one striker, Liverpool laboured in the first half but took the lead in the 58th minute when Riise swept the ball
forward to Garcia who lobbed the ball over Canaries keeper Robert Green with his first touch. The visitors added a second when Riise followed up
Green's save from a Florent Sinama-Pongolle shot. That should have been game over but Norwich kept battling and they were rewarded with Jarvis'
well-struck effort. Liverpool held out, however, and will await the result of Everton's visit from Portsmouth with interest after edging closer to the
Champions League places.
With Norwich losing, Crystal Palace climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win at home to Aston Villa thanks to two more goals from Andrew
Johnson. Vassilis Lakis had already seen a shot tipped over by Villa keeper Thomas Sorensen when Palace took the lead in the 33rd minute. Ben Watson
unleashed a shot from 25 yards which Sorensen could only block and Johnson, following up, tucked the rebound away from the edge of the six-yard box
for his 12th goal of the season. Johnson then had a goal from a corner ruled out in first half stoppage time as the ball had gone out of play from the
set-piece. But Villa, who missed out in the race to sign James Beattie, saw Johnson net a second from the penalty spot in the 66th minute after Mark
Delaney had brought down Lakis.
Blackburn beat Charlton 1-0 at Ewood Park for their second home win of the season with Brett Emerton giving the home side a deserved victory with a
goal in the 42nd minute. Rovers had dominated the opening half with the ever-lively Paul Dickov providing most of the threat. The Scotland
international saw a shot stopped on the line by Danny Murphy but it was Emerton who netted the opener, with the Australia midfielder heading in David