Carling Cup Final - February 27th 2005
The team put together by Roman Abramovich’s money had not yet won trophy when it arrived at the Millennium Stadium for the 2005 Carling Cup final. But with Jose Mourinho in charge the players had a single-minded attitude to winning.
Even when Liverpool scored within a minute the team remained calm and slowly took a stranglehold on the game with Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Joe Cole all having shots well saved before the break.
The pressure on Liverpool merely increased in the second half with Eidur Gudjohnsen and William Gallas being denied by an astonishing double save. With 11 minutes left the equaliser came from an unlikely source, a Gerrard own goal, and from then on there was only one winner. It was only a question of whether it would come within the 90 minutes.
As it was, Liverpool held on until the second period of extra-time. Then the tireless Drogba controlled a long throw from Glen Johnson and sidefooted home. Five minutes later Mateja Kezman poked home a scramble and not even a late consolation by Liverpool could deny us victory with their increasingly sporadic attacks being easily repelled.
In some critics’ eyes it may have only been the Carling Cup but it was the first trophy for many of the team and it gave them great confidence in the pursuit of the league championship.