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Torres strike not enough for Reds
Published : 10 Nov 2010 23:00:15
Liverpool's four-match winning run was halted by a lively Wigan in a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium as Roy Hodgson's side faded badly after taking an early lead.Fernando Torres opened the scoring when Steven Gerrard was given far too much time to carry the ball through midfield. His perfectly-weighted 30-yard pass allowed Torres to outpace Gary Caldwell and fire across Ali Al Habsi into the far corner.Torres was looking at his dangerous best and when Antolin Alcaraz stumbled he was clean through only for referee Peter Walton to pull play back for a non-existent foul.Charles N'Zogbia looked Wigan's best outlet and he thought he had equalised when he seized on Lucas Leiva's weak pass and played a one-two with Hugo Rodallega to tap home but his team-mate had already been flagged offside.Rodallega did level when Jose Reina could only palm Ronnie Stam's low cross into his path and he gratefully fired home left-footed.Gerrard's shot 10 minutes from time crashed down off the crossbar but not over the line with Al Habsi beaten as the game became end-to-end. But it was Liverpool who were grateful for the final whistle as Mohamed Diame and Charles N'Zogbia both forced low saves out of Reina.