Downing sets up potential FA Cup semi derby

LIVERPOOL manager Kenny Dalglish insists a potential all-Merseyside FA Cup semi-final encounter against Everton will not take place on 15 March, the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Winger Stewart Downing scored the winner, after former Anfield striker Peter Crouch had cancelled out a Luis Suarez opener, as Liverpool beat Stoke yesterday to take their place in the last four.

The semi-final, against the winner of a replay between Everton and Sunderland, falls on 14 or 15 March. Dalglish said: “We won’t play on the 15th. The Football Association have always been exemplary and very supportive. That’s great credit to them.”