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Fowl-tempered

from "The International Express"

Teenager Robbie Fowler piled on the agony for Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle.

Toxteth terror Fowler scored twice to shatter Chelsea, who were reduced to ten men after Erland Johnsen's sending-off.

It hoisted Liverpool into third place in the Premiership, four points behind leaders Newcastle.

And boss Roy Evans said: "It's nice to be in the top four and well in touch with the leaders."

Fowler's two goals took his season's haul to 16 and increased his lead at the top of the Premiership scoring chart.

Celebrated

Hodge had sent his depleted side into their Anfield test pleading for transfer cash and warning they could not go on indefinitely playing survival football.

And Hoddle was grim-faced after a defeat compounded by Jensen's unlucky sending-off by Berkhampstead referee Graham Poll for elbowing Neil Ruddock. Hoddle said: "I went in to see the referee and he felt it was an elbow to the head.

That was his opinion, but not mine. I didn't feel there was any intent there." The Norwegian defender was dismissed in the 72nd minute for an offence unconnected with his yellow card for a foul on Steve McManaman four minutes earlier.

But the damage to a Chelsea side stripped of seven injured first-teamers had been inflicted long before.

John Spencer gave Chelsea a hope of a shock victory by snatching a third minute lead from Eddie Newton's pass to collect his eighth goal of the season. And his third in as many games celebrated Spencer's first Scotland call-up to face Russia next week.

But 21 minutes later Chelsea were 3-1 down. Fowler latched onto Jan Molby's ninth minute pass and drove a left-footed equaliser past Kevin Hitchcock.

Within 60 seconds the England star of the future struck again with a near post header off a Rob Jones cross to collect his 34th goal in 51 Liverpool outings. And Ruddock completed the dramatic transformation to the score by heading Liverpool's third from Stig Bjornebye's 24th minute corner.

Demand

Hoddle, who sent on David Hopkin for David Rocastle in the second half, saw Dennis Wise, Neil Shipperley and Spencer all miss reasonable chances.

"We didn't take our opportunities and we certainly couldn't contain Fowler with defending like that," rapped the disappointed Chelsea boss. Asked if his public demand for more resources still stood, he added: "You'd better ask the chairman."

Evans said: "We were dozy at the start but then had a magic spell and scored three goals."

"Robbie took his brilliantly. He still doesn't feel he's playing to the best of his ability. He's got to keep the ball better and bring people into the game. It's normal."

"We're delighted to get a win at the end of a period when we've played six games in 19 days."

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