Great FA Cup games: Oldham 3 Liverpool 2 – 27.01.2013
You have to hand it to the young supporters of Oldham Athletic who support the team through thick and thin. Success in the FA Cup is something only older supporters talk about and indeed, any Latics fan approaching their thirties can only really point to a couple of games which are worthy of mention.
Beating Manchester City at Boundary Park in 2005 and Everton away in 2008 are obviously worth including, but it was the prospect of meeting Liverpool at Boundary Park in 2013 and a chance of getting into the draw for the fifth round which captured the imagination.
Many Premier League clubs would have made wholesale changes to their sides for a game against lower league opposition, however, their line up included Skrtel, Henderson, Sterling, Sturridge and Suarez.
Obviously, they wanted to stitch the game up in the first half before introducing fringe players and sitting back. The Oldham Athletic team that turned up that day had other ideas however and in the third minute, 6′ 4″ Matt Smith got on the end of a cross to put Oldham in front.
The lead lasted fourteen minutes before captain Suarez put Liverpool level.
For maximum effect, the best time to score is either side of half-time which is just what Latics decided to do. Smith pounced on a fumble from Jones deep into injury time then on loan Reece Wabara (now the CEO of a major fashion company) met a cross from Winchester to put Latics 3-1 up on 48 minutes.
Liverpool introduced Gerrard shortly after but they couldn’t break through. Joe Allen pulled one back on 80 minutes and after 10 minutes which seemed like a lifetime, the ref blew up to signal a famous victory.