The Straits Times
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Published on Jan 28, 2013
 

Rodgers fumes at Liverpool under-performers

 
 

OLDHAM, United Kingdom (AFP) - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers castigated his players after they crashed to a sensational defeat at third-tier Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup fourth round.

Rodgers named fringe players Brad Jones, Sebastian Coates, Jack Robinson and Jordan Henderson in his starting XI at Boundary Park and the plan back-fired as the 18-time English champions were beaten 3-2 by League One Oldham.

Striker Matt Smith was the hosts' match-winner on Sunday, scoring twice either side of a Luis Suarez goal for Liverpool to set Paul Dickov's side en route to a famous victory.

Reece Wabara's thumping header made it 3-1 after three minutes of the second half and Liverpool could not find a way back into the game despite Joe Allen pulling a goal back 11 minutes from time.