Posh v Liverpool FL Cup 4th Rd – 3 Dec 1991
Venue: London Road
Score: Peterborough Utd 1 v Liverpool 0
Referee: R. L. Biggar
Kimble Strikes an early blow to shock Souness
Garry Kimble’s journey around the Football League ended with his goal of a lifetime last night. Free transfers giving short spells with the likes of Gillingham, Maidstone, Exeter and Doncaster Rovers have littered 25-year-old Kimble’s career.
But he took advantage of Bruce Grobbelaar’s 19th minute mistake to put third division Peterborough ahead in the Rumbelows Cup fourth round clash with Liverpool.
Six successive games without defeat had led Graeme Souness’s side to believe that the worst was over in this season fraught with danger – but Kimble brought all the anxiety back.
Grobbelaar, who has been in impressive form during Liverpool’s troubles, came out and failed to hold Noel Luke’s well-hit, swerving right wing cross. The Liverpool keeper overstretched and failed to collect the ball as he dived and the patient Kimble had only his nerves to worry about as the ball fell to his feet.
Kimble took his moment well, driving Peterborough into their shock lead.
The next three minutes were a nightmare for Liverpool as they struggled to contain a Peterborough team who had already accounted for Wimbledon in the competition.
Their entire team stuck midway in the third division, has cost only £300,000 to assemble but they played above themselves.
Liverpool, despite their experience, found it difficult to cope with Ken Charlery who made his presence felt even against England centre-half Mark Wright.
It was Charlery who got to winger Worrell Sterling’s cross a minute after the goal, causing more trouble and Kimble saw his shot deflected wide.
Grobbelaar, still perhaps with this error on his mind took a poor goal kick setting Peterborough up for a quick attacking response. But this time Liverpool were grateful to their keeper from keeping them out of a bigger mess.
Sterling again got free again provided the cross and Charlery saw his drive deflected by Steve Nicol. The ball was looping towards goal when Grobbelaar stranded on the ground deceived by the deflection, got up and got a hand the ball to push it against the bar and out.
Liverpool managed to calm things down a little after that even though Peterborough’s captain Mick Halsall continued to drive his side forward.
A few minutes into the second half he stormed forwards to crash a drive wide as Posh beaten only once in their last 10 games as they moved to safety in the third division, continued to take the game to Liverpool.
Halsall had forecast before the tie that Liverpool would try and dampen down Peterborough’s fire but they failed. Ray Houghton showed his team’s tension a minute before half-time when he was booked.
Liverpool were continually reminded that the game had become a battle for survival but Peterborough’s problem was maintaining their composure with the big prize looming so invitingly for them.
Posh: Fred Barber, Noel Luke, Peter Johnson, Mick Halsall, David Robinson, Steve Welsh, Worrell Sterling, Gary Cooper, David Riley, Ken Charlery and Gary Kimble.
Unused subs: Paul Culpin and Garry Butterworth.
Liverpool: Bruce Grobbelaar, Gary Ablett (sub Steve Harkness), David Burrows, Steve Nicol, Mark Wright, Nick Tanner, Dean Saunders, Ray Houghton, Steve McManaman, Jan Molby and Mike Marsh.
Unused sub: Jamie Redknapp
Goal scorer: The Posh – Gary Kimble 19 mins.
Bookings: Mark Wright and Ray Houghton (Liverpool).