But there was no clear-thinking inventiveness, no pace about them and takeable
chances were few and far between.
'The survey we carried out earlier in the week shows about 300 tonnes of takeable
cockles to be harvested without damaging cockle numbers and based on what happened during the last two days.'
One, for offside, denied Nicky Forster a very takeable
scoring opportunity; the other ignored strong grounds for a penalty after the same player had been manhandled to the ground by French defender Manuel Thetis.
Ironically, it was McSheffrey's and Blues' least takeable
Encouragingly, Michael Owen shed some rust as the game progressed, but he began by missing a takeable
chance, with Taylor also foiling Lampard and Beckham.
Substitute Daniel Nardiello had Barnsley's only takeable
chance in the i 75th minute when he smashed a volley just wide on the turn from a right-wing cross.
All afternoon he gave Sami Hyypia and Stephane Henchoz a hammering only to fail to despatch takeable
chances - two in the gaping mouth of the Kop - before Liverpool realised the match had kicked off.