From Kenny Dalglish's diary

From Kenny Dalglish's diary: "Today we played our third consecutive away League match of the new season, on a wet, heavy pitch at West Ham. We had to make our first team change because Craig Johnston was unfit after suffering a groin injury in training. Nigel Spackman came in to take over on the right of midfield and played his part in a very impressive performance. Unfortunately it was one in which our finishing did not match the rest of our play and the final result was a draw, 1-1.

We had plenty of chances to win the match. One of our many penetrating moves ended when George Parris brought down Steve McMahon, giving John Aldridge the opportunity to put us 1-0 up from the penalty spot after 52 minutes. It was John’s fourteenth goal in thirteen starts for us all told, and it makes no difference whatsoever that penalties have helped him reach that total. They are part and parcel of the game, they have to be earned by your play, and then they have to be put away. John is proving what a good penalty-taker he is.

We should have had the game wrapped up, but in the 73rd minute Alan Hansen’s attempted back pass to Bruce Grobbelaar was cut out by Tony Cottee, who rounded Bruce and scored West Ham’s equalizer - a rare mistake by Alan and one that the media have latched on to. They seem to have overlooked the fact that, for once, we had made mistakes in our forward play by not making our many chances count.

During the course of the game we switched John Barnes to the right flank with Nigel Spackman moving to the left. It was a variation we tried just to attempt to win the game. We are still unbeaten but it was frustrating to come away from Upton Park with only one point."

Copyright - Kenny Dalglish

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