Liverpool send West Brom down

May 17, 2009 | Filed Under: Blog, UK Box Update 
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gerrard-player-of-the-year-2009 West Bromwich Albion became the first team relegated from the Premier League this season after losing 2-0 to Liverpool today.The Baggies knew they had to beat Rafa Benitez’s side to maintain any realistic chance of staying up, but  the dream died as goals from Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuytdid the damage.At the start the Baggies raced out of the blocks and would have led in the fifth minute had it not been for a brilliant double save by Jose Reina.West brom played very well at the start anfd caused allot of pressure on the liverpool defence.

Everything changed on 28 minutes, when defender Shelton Martis dawdled inexplicably on the ball and was robbed by Gerrard.The Liverpool skipper raced through on goal and lifted the ball deftly over Kiely into the left corner of the net.It was the 24th goal of an outstanding season for the man voted Football Writers’ Player of the Year.

Fortune proceeded to miss two more sitters in the second half,but liverpool finshed off west brom. Kuyt doubled Liverpool’s lead, collecting a Gerrard pass, weaving into space and battering a low shot into the right corner of the West Brom net.

The Hawthorns  fans gave West Brom a rousing send-off as time wound down and at the final whistle gave them there all a true passion and respect for great fans.

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 Benitez was happy to offer his praise to United but stopped short of saluting his managerial counterpart, with his increasingly bitter feud with Ferguson clearly still a factor.

The Spaniard said: “I will say congratulations to Manchester United. They have done well, but I do not want to say too much.

“I prefer just to say well done to the club, a big club, a good club.

“Normally you have to be polite and respect the other manager. During the season we have seen a lot of things that I didn’t like, so that’s it.

“I say congratulations to United because they have won. And that’s it.”

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