FULL TIME: Bournemouth 0-2 Liverpool
There's enough time for one last stunning pass, a spectacular left-to-right rake by the increasingly impressive Sterling, who finds Sturridge down the wing. Sturridge slips in Suarez, who batters straight at Camp from a tight angle. And that's that. Liverpool, who were far from their best, are safely in the FA's withered old velvet bawbag for the fifth round. On the whole, they deserved their victory, but they were arguably second best until the second goal went in, at which point their class told. Bournemouth meanwhile were fantastic, though lacking the killer touch in the final third. No replay for them this time, then.
90 min +3: Nope. The ball's worked to Pitman, who cuts into the area from the left but allows himself to be upended by the white line of the penalty box. That's one for the xmas video. On the touchline, Eddie Howe has the good grace to look highly amused by that particular comic turn.
90 min +2: A final chance, perhaps, as Pitman wins a corner down the left?
90 min +1: There will be three added minutes, and the first sees Surman slash wildly over from 25 yards. They've had their chances, Bournemouth.
90 min: Grabban breaks a couple of tackles down the inside left and stretches to manufacture a toe-punt from 20 yards towards the top left. It's swerving dangerously, and Jones nearly leaps past it, but the keeper sticks a strong left arm up to turn over for a corner. The set piece is wasted, but that shot worried Liverpool.
89 min: Sturridge lifts a clever little pass down the inside-left channel, releasing Sterling into the box. He's clear, but he's offside.
88 min: Sterling and Suarez nearly bust Bournemouth open down the right with a neat one-two, but Ward is staunch in standing firm. Then Luis Alberto nearly springs Gerrard into the area down the right, but the pass doesn't quite come off. Bournemouth don't deserve a three-goal loss. They have arguably been worth a draw, certainly giving as good as they got until the hour mark, but either way, they don't deserve a pasting.
85 min: I don't think I ever mentioned that Skrtel came back on, all bandaged up, did I? Guardian Sport, always first with the news.
83 min: Liverpool have showcased their passing game since the second goal, gaining a semblance of control for the first time in the match. They make a couple of late changes: Moses and the increasingly disappointing Coutinho are sacrificed for Sterling and Luis Alberto.
81 min: Coutinho hoicks one goalwards, but it's blocked by Elphick. Pitman nearly hands back possession to the little Brazilian, fizzing around his feet, but block tackles and tears upfield. Then, with a rush of blood to the head, hoofs the ball towards Jones, who collects with a yawn.
80 min: Gerrard flicks a ball forward to Moses, who romps towards the Bournemouth box. Upon reaching it, he feeds Sturridge on the left. With three white shirts in the middle, free and waiting to tap in, Sturridge decides to fashion a strange curler towards the top left with the outside of his boot. Nope! His pals in the middle look none too chuffed with his decision-making capabilities.
78 min: Pitman comes on for Arter, Bournemouth's final roll of the dice. His first act is to watch as Francis flings a free kick into the Liverpool box from a deep position on the left. Liverpool deal without too much fuss.
76 min: Sturridge and Suarez take turns to jig down the inside-right channel. The latter lays off to Coutinho, who really could do with a goal. But his shot is blocked. Liverpool are soon coming back at Bournemouth, Sturridge releasing Suarez down the middle. Suarez is clear, and looks to float one over Camp from 35 yards. But there's too much on his chip, and the ball goes over the bar. Liverpool should be out of sight by now, but Bournemouth just need one to get right back into this.
75 min: Sturridge races down the right wing with extreme prejudice. He cuts inside, romps into the area, and slashes a wild effort miles left of goal. Suarez, who had shown for him, is wearing that face again.
73 min: A couple of changes for Bournemouth, with Ritchie and Pugh making way for Rantie and Fraser. Meanwhile Liverpool swap the disappointing Kelly - who has never been the same since that bad injury - with Flanagan.
72 min: Henderson lumps a ball down the inside left for Sturridge. The striker lets it bounce once, then, to the left of the D, lobs Camp exquisitely. Unfortunately for fans of brilliance, the ball twangs off the crossbar and out of play. That was a stunning attempt, as Sturridge had little time or space to work with there.
71 min: Cissokho slips a ball down the left. Suarez picks up possession, and the pace, and wins a corner as he tries to zip past Francis. Bournemouth, in front of the stand named after their greatest FA Cup hero, the aforementioned Ted McDougall, deal with Coutinho's delivery without fuss.
68 min: Ritchie comes in from the right before sliding a reverse ball down the channel to release Grabban into the area. The striker slaps a lame shot into the side netting, Jones covering the angle well.
67 min: Coutinho attempts to Suarez the ball down the inside right to release Sturridge, but there's a little too much pace on the pass, and the ball zips through to Camp. Bournemouth go down the other end, O'Kane zipping into space down the left, but his pullback is misguided.
65 min: Both sets of fans are giving it plenty, there's a really good atmosphere at Dean Court. The volume's raised as Cissokho is penalised for a sly handle, 30 yards from his own goal. Bournemouth have a free kick in a fairly dangerous position, but waste it pitifully, Arter shifting the ball to the left, then shanking an awful long-distance effort miles to the left of goal.
62 min: That's a bit unfair on Bournemouth, who have been the better team for most of this game. But this is the difference between the Premier League and the Championship, I guess. Surman takes a whack from the edge of the Liverpool area, the ball squirting wide right of goal. Bournemouth clearly aren't going to lie down, despite taking that second blow.
GOAL!!! Bournemouth 0-2 Liverpool (Sturridge 60)
"Sturridge and Suarez have hardly touched the ball since the restart." So, then. Suarez picks up possession down the inside right. He rolls a perfect pass forward to Sturridge, who takes a stride into the area, then rolls a brilliant first-time finish across the outrushing Camp and into the bottom-left corner!
59 min: A rare move upfield for Liverpool. Coutinho is in a bit of space down the right, and his low ball into the centre nearly ricochets in Sturridge's favour, but it clanks off Elphick's shins and back to Camp. Liverpool are doing nothing up front. Sturridge and Suarez have hardly touched the ball since the restart.
57 min: Arter flies clear down the right, and wins a corner. Gerrard is of a mind that the player was offside, and is booked for some forceful chat. From the set piece, Kelly takes a handful of Francis's shirt. That's a free kick anywhere else on the pitch, and really should be a penalty. But Bournemouth get nothing.
55 min: Liverpool are down to ten men, and so Grabban takes Toure on down the left. His low cross is hacked out of play by Gerrard for a corner on the left. Arter's corner finds Elphick at the far post, but the big man heads wide right. Liverpool aren't looking very stable at all. Here, I've got an earworm now.
53 min: Some head tennis in the Liverpool area, Grabban having sashayed down the right and dinked a cross into the centre, a ball which Cissokho and Toure struggled to clear. Eventually the play's stopped, with Skrtel down in the area, having taken a sore one to the noggin. He's having his head stapled back together! Ooyah. Oof. He should be OK to continue, mind.
50 min: Grabban drifts in from the left and shapes to shoot, but loses his balance on the edge of the area. Liverpool breathe again, but Bournemouth are beginning to win a few battles in the midfield now. Speaking of which ... "For a manager who has been both ruthless and pragmatic in his short Liverpool career so far, Brendan Rodgers recent use of Gerrard is perplexing," opines Niall Mullen. "Is there a greater game afoot? Or is Brendan suffering from Steviemeitis, a central nervous system infection that blinds managers to the Liverpool's captain's tactical ineptitude and renders them paralysed, unable to drop him?" I'm wondering if it's the latter. Both Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez got his number early doors, and deployed him well out of the road, where his skills could shine and his deficiencies were less of an issue. Roy Hodgson played him in the middle. Draw your own conclusions from that.
47 min: I wonder whether Rodgers turned on the hairdryer at half time? The old Brenny Babyliss? Here's Sturridge snapping around Elphick's heels down the Liverpool left, and nearly making off towards the box with the ball. Elphick does well to recover and stay on Sturridge's tail, shepherding the striker away from danger.
46 min: Bournemouth start out on the front foot, pushing Liverpool back again, but Moses relieves the pressure with a determined run from deep down the left. He wins a free kick, and Liverpool have the chance to set their shape again. They'll need to show a little more determination like that. A lot more, in fact.
And we're off again! Bournemouth set the ball rolling for the second period, and they're playing into the wind on a greasy surface. If they keep doing what they were doing in that first half, they'll find the net, surely. They were causing Liverpool all sorts of bother, although they weren't as sharp in the box as they could have been. Any improvement there, and Liverpool will be worried. "Am glad Brendan saw sense in playing his strongest (still crap at the back) side as we could not have lived with this team with a bunch of nervous kids," writes Ian Copestake. "I kind of hate supporting Liverpool at the moment as I feel the trapdoor is about to open." Yes, theirs is a season that really could go either way now. Their next three halves of football, here and against Everton on Tuesday - plus whatever happens or doesn't happen before the transfer window slams shut - could define their season, the future of Luis Suarez, etc.
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HALF TIME: Bournemouth 0-1 Liverpool
Arter twists and turns on the edge of the area. He finally shoots. Skrtel slides in to deflect over the bar. From the corner, Schwimmer flaps. From the second corner, he claims. And then the ref blows for half time. Liverpool are very fortunate to be ahead, questionable offside decisions or no. They've been pretty shambolic, while the home side have been mightily impressive. Should be a great second half. To repeat the conclusion of the preamble: a cup stroll or a cup shock? Either's possible. This is on!
43 min: For the second time in the game, Liverpool raise an eyebrow as the linesman raises his flag. Gerrard rakes one down the inside left for Sturridge, who springs clear of the back line and chips over Camp and into the net. The whistle goes, though. He looked in line there. Perhaps his arm was offside as he prepared to start his sprint, but that looked harsh. Liverpool have been very poor indeed, and yet if the linesman was in a more generous mood, they could easily be three up. Funny old game, as ITV's guy from the 1980s used to say.
42 min: Kelly is in acres down the right, and wins a corner. Bournemouth deal with it easily enough. Liverpool regain possession and pass it around awhile. This is the most composed they've looked all game.
41 min: Surman is in space as he advances towards the Liverpool area, centrally. He's got the whole of the goal to aim for, but fires his effort straight at Jones. Liverpool go up the other end, Suarez picking up a prod from Coutinho down the left. He dances across the face of goal, and for a moment it looks as though he's about to notch a Ricky Villa tribute goal, but the home defence stands strong in a line, and his eventual shot is blocked by Ward.
39 min: Arter cuts in from the left and looks for the far corner. He just about finds the far corner of the stand behind the goal. Not one of Bournemouth's best. The home side deserve a goal. Are they going to get one? They certainly shouldn't be losing this match.
38 min: Liverpool make a rare appearance in the Bournemouth area. Suarez takes up possession just to the right of the goal, and executes a pullback reminiscent of Ferenc Puskas's party trick at Wembley in 1953. Instead of whipping the ball into the goal like the magical Magyar, he unselfishly pulls the ball back to Henderson, free on the spot. And that's three rugby-union points! From the sublime to the wholly preposterous, in less than one second.
36 min: Daniels, who has also been one of Bournemouth's stars so far, finds space again down the left. His low cross is met by Surman, on the penalty spot. His first-time shot was surely going in, but Toure slides in to deflect it over the bar. From the corner, Surman finds the head of Elphick, who looks for the top right with his header but gets too much on it. Bournemouth are knocking on the door here.
34 min: Grabban one-twos with Arter - these two have been very impressive - and from the left of the D hits a first-time curler towards the top right. But Henderson closes him down well, presenting a Dalglish-sized arse, and blocks the shot.
33 min: A little bit better from Liverpool, as Gerrard, Henderson and Coutinho keep the ball in the middle of the park awhile. Eventually a pass is fired out to Cissokho down the left. The occasionally hapless full back wins a corner. Which is totally wasted by Liverpool, an aimless nonsense aimed towards the far post. Bournemouth clear with a smile and a whistle.
31 min: Artur meets a dropping ball down the inside left and, with the outside of his left boot, tries to curl one inside and out, into the top-left corner. He gets too much spin on the ball, and it zings into the stand, left of the post. Jones just about had that covered, had it been on target.
29 min: Bournemouth have responded well to going behind. Arter and Ritchie combine in the middle of the park, the home side knocking it around in the tiki-taka style supposedly favoured by some manager or other. The former eventually shoots from distance, the ball ballooning out for a corner. Surman takes the kick from the left, but Gerrard clears Liverpool's lines.
27 min: It should, but it doesn't. The excellent Grabban makes good for the nth time down the right, and whistles a low shot towards the bottom corner. Jones gathers at his near post, but only at the second attempt. His handling betrayed his many uncertainties there.
GOAL!!! Bournemouth 0-1 Liverpool (Moses 26)
This is a lot better, though! Liverpool have been awful, Bournemouth have been fantastic, and so of course it's the top-flight side who take the lead. Suarez, on the right, spreads a ball wide to Moses on the left. Moses is on the edge of the area. He takes a touch inside, then threads a shot through the despairing legs of Ritchie and into the bottom-left corner, the ball just evading the pinkies of Camp. That's a marvellous finish from a player who hasn't done a lot for Liverpool since his debut goal against Swansea City. Will this calm Liverpool's nerves?
24 min: ... blooters a witless effort across the face of goal and well wide right. This isn't great from Liverpool.
23 min: Grabban causes yet more bother down the right. Bournemouth's leading scorer looks well up for this. Eventually a combination of Gerrard and Coutinho breaks up the attack. Liverpool fly up the other end, Gerrard sliding a pass down the inside left for Suarez, who buys a free kick with the clumsy slide tackle of Arter. This free kick is in a dangerous position, just outside the area, just to the left of the goal. Gerrard steps up, and ...
21 min: Free kick to Bournemouth down the right. Ritchie loops it towards the far post, tempting
Gellar Jones to come out off his line on one of his stuttering sorties. The keeper stays put. At the far post, Pugh tries to head towards the top left, but he's falling backwards and the ball skims off his noggin and safely into the crowd. It's still all Bournemouth.
18 min: An idle observation from Hubert O'Hearn: "Brad Jones. David Schwimmer. Separated at birth? Or did Ross and Rachel have a love child?" He keeps goal in the jittery manner you'd expect Ross Geller to, as well. His is not a calm, authoritative, alpha-male presence. Here he is chesting down a Henderson backpass and hesitating, then slicing it upfield in a flat spin. It's all Bournemouth.
15 min: Moses embarks on a skitter down the left and reaches the byline, but his pullback, executed off balance, is poor. Bournemouth go up the other end, Ritchie causing a bit of bother down the right. Toure mops up. Liverpool look very uncertain, bordering on visibly nervous. This is a strong opening by the Championship side.
13 min: A free kick to Bournemouth down the left. Francis lumps it into the loaded box, but mishits. No worries: it loops and spins through the air along a very surreal parabola, forcing Jones to tip over the bar in a rather panicked fashion. Daniels puts the ball into the mixer from the right, and Jones manages to punch clear, though not in a manner which inspires much confidence.
12 min: Another corner for Bournemouth, this time down the left. The set piece nearly finds the head of Francis, ten yards out, but Toure's eyebrows get involved to disappoint the home side. A lovely open feel to this game.
11 min: Gerrard chips a clever pass down the inside right to release Suarez into the area. The striker's one on one with Camp, but the flag goes up for offside. To the naked eye, he did indeed look a mile off, but in fact he timed the run perfectly. Awful decision, albeit one of those that's understandable; Suarez was simply too good there.
10 min: Grabban, down the inside-left channel and competing for a bouncing ball, spins around the static Skrtel and so nearly hooks the ball over Toure. If he'd got that over the defender, he'd have been one on one with Jones.
8 min: Henderson breaks up a Bournemouth attack and sends Liverpool upfield on their first sortie. After a few passes hither and yon, Coutinho tries to thread a pass through to Suarez down the middle, but Ward steps in on the edge of the area, and that's that.
7 min: Gerrard Hollywoods a diagonal pass from right to left, hoping to find Cissokho, but it flies into the stand. A few seconds later, Suarez is penalised for handball in the middle of the park, and responds by wearing a face. Much to the home support's amusement. This is a pretty shambolic start from the visitors.
5 min: Arter robs a ponderous Gerrard in the centre circle and nearly sets Grabban clear down the left. Skrtel, who hasn't always enjoyed the best of times in the fourth round of the FA Cup, as Havant & Waterlooville would be able to confirm, flies over to dump man and ball into touch. Danger over, but Liverpool haven't settled, and the home side are on the front foot.
3 min: A stunning start by Bournemouth, this. Daniels is sent clear on the overlap down the left, and whips a cross in for Surman, who flashes a header wide right. That wasn't far from nesting in the top-right corner. Liverpool haven't turned up yet.
2 min: And what a shaky start by Liverpool! Grabban bustles down the right and wins a corner within the first 40 seconds. The set piece is swung in, and the occasionally shaky Brad Jones flaps under the ball, sliding around the crowded area on his teeth. Liverpool hack out for another corner on the left. This one doesn't cause so much bother, Grabban eventually caught offside on the opposite wing.
And we're off! Poor pixellated Liverpool, dressed like Real Madrid rendered by a Sinclair ZX Spectrum (16k), get the ball rolling! I'll be describing the action in words, just about, but for those of you who enjoy some good lookin', here's a gallery of what our man Tom Jenkins is up to with his camera down in Boscombe.
The teams are out! There's a stunning atmosphere at Dean Court, a proper old-school FA Cup brouhaha. This is football, right here! Bournemouth are wearing their beautiful AC Milan-inspired stripes ...
... while Liverpool, forced to change out of their famous all-red clobber, are wearing a predominantly white Warrior-inspired dog's dinner.
Bournemouth take to the field wearing scarves publicising the good fight against Prostate Cancer. The charity's website is well worth a look, containing as it does some fine football writing alongside a few important messages.
AFC Bournemouth: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Ward, Daniels, Ritchie, O'Kane, Arter, Pugh, Surman, Grabban.
Subs: Allsop, Cook, Pitman, Harte, MacDonald, Fraser, Rantie.
Liverpool FC: Jones, Kelly, Toure, Skrtel, Cissokho, Moses, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge.
Subs: Alberto, Aspas, Mignolet, Sterling, Ibe, Flanagan, Sama.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
Bournemouth may not have the greatest pedigree in the FA Cup - they haven't reached the fifth round since 1989 - but they've one or two proud stories to tell nonetheless. It's exactly 30 years, give or take, since Harry Redknapp's Third Division side knocked out the holders Manchester United, a day Ron Atkinson, Gary Bailey and Bryan Robson would rather forget.
Then there's Ted McDougall. He scored six against Oxford City in 1970 then battered an unprecedented nine past Margate 12 months later, earning himself a place in a European All Stars team in Geoff Hurst's testimonial match, a game which also starred Eusébio, Uwe Seeler, Jimmy Johnstone, Tommy Gemmell, Jimmy Greaves and Rodney Marsh. Yes of course he scored.
But it's Liverpool who are in town today, and there's a bit of history here too. The Cherries have never faced the Reds in league football, but the teams have drawn each other twice in the FA Cup. And on both occasions, Bournemouth have given Liverpool a bit of a fright. First up, in 1927, they came within four minutes of victory at Dean Court, Frank Taylor putting Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic in the lead, but the legendary Gordon Hodgson popped up to salvage a draw for Liverpool, who won the replay 4-1. (An aside: on the same day as the first match, Bournemouth's near neighbours Poole gave Everton a close run at Goodison, losing 3-1 to their Dixie Dean inspired hosts. "Their goalkeeper gave a capital display," reported the Manchester Guardian, "and although he had his jaw partly dislocated, he resumed after undergoing an emergency operation by the ambulance men.")
Then in 1968, Bournemouth held Bill Shankly's title-chasing side to a goalless draw, also at Dean Court, with some ease it has to be said. "Bournemouth were well worth their draw and deserve full credit for holding us," rasped Shanks. They enjoyed the bulk of the chances, and Keith East swept the ball past Tommy Lawrence only for the linesman's flag to pop up, but Shankly's men held on. And then won the replay 4-1. A pattern developing here.
Could Bournemouth force a third replay in three FA Cup ties with Liverpool, then? It's not beyond the realms. Liverpool were an egregious disgrace last weekend against Aston Villa, and they've got a Merseyside derby coming up on Tuesday evening. The transfer window's got them in a hot funk, too. In other words, they've much to think about, and their mood isn't the greatest at the moment, with a worry that this season could slip away from them if they're not careful. If Steven Gerrard's asked to hold the midfield together again, anything could happen. By way of contrast, Bournemouth's spirits will be high, recently buoyed by their top scorer Lewis Grabban's contract extension, and there's no pressure on Eddie Howe's XI this afternoon whatsoever. A cup stroll or a cup shock? Either's possible. This is on!
Kick off: 12.45pm