Pressure Mounts On Hodgson and Ancelotti After Shock Defeats
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti both moved one step closer to the door last night after both of their teams lost to opposition in the bottom half of the table.
In two equally abject performances, Liverpool lost 3-1 to Blackburn at Ewood Park, while Chelsea failed to break down a well-drilled Wolverhampton Wanderers side as they lost 1-0 at Molineux.
In the former of the two fixtures, Blackburn comprehensively outclassed a poor Liverpool side as a Martin Olsson strike and a brace from striker Benjani put them firmly in the driving seat.
Captain Steven Gerrard then scored a consolation for Liverpool before missing a penalty six minutes from time to complete a miserable night for the club, who have only one away win this season.
The other game saw Chelsea go behind in the sixth minute after defender Jose Bosingwa diverted a Stephen Hunt cross into his own and fail to get back into the game as Wolves held on for the win.
Salamon Kalou forced a fine save from Wolves ‘keeper Wayne Hennessey and Didier Drogba hit a post as Chelsea improved, but it was the home side who finished the stronger and they could have added a second.
With both performances falling way short of expectations, the two sides’ managers will no doubt be feeling the pressure as the critics knives come out this morning – with rumours suggesting that Hodgson in particular could be gone by Saturday.