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Both sides" late substitutions swayed the game in Liverpool"s favour – Gary Neville

Both sides' late substitutions swayed the game in Liverpool's favour

A week is a long
time in football. I've
very rarely seen
Kenny Dalglish talk
as personally about
his team as he did
after the defeat at Bolton.

It seems as though he was
angry at the
professionalism of
individuals and perhaps
felt there was a lack of
respect for the club.

On

Off

Substitutes: Craig Bellamy came on while Paul Scholes went off

But in the last seven days he has got the reaction he wanted, with a win in the Carling Cup semi-final and now the victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup. It has been an incredible turnaround.

I feel the game turned on the late substitutions when Liverpool brought on Craig Bellamy on 74 minutes to go 4-4-2 and more attacking and United decided to match them by bringing on Javier Hernandez for Paul Scholes.

Up until that point, United had played well and were dominant in terms of possession. There are very few players who can control the tempo of the game just with their passing, like Scholes can. It was clear neither club really wanted a replay and United will have wanted to win it. But with so many players out injured, they didn't quite have the strength to do so.

Mistake: Patrice Evra made a crucial error

Mistake: Patrice Evra made a crucial error

Many times I've been defending that goal
in front of The Kop, with Liverpool pushing down the hill, and it did
seem like the goal could come as it was their best period.

United will be
disappointed with
the way in which
they conceded.

For the first goal,
it seemed the
tactic was to
crowd David de
Gea from corners
and it worked. He
couldn't get out and was
caught in no-man's land.
Patrice Evra had coped
really well all afternoon
with the bucket load of
abuse he received, which
he would have expected.

The boos won't have
disappointed him as much
as his mistake for Dirk
Kuyt's equaliser. That cost
United the game and
showed, for Liverpool, just
how quickly things can
turn around in football.