Tamas Priskin fired npower Championship strugglers Ipswich to a deserved 1-0 win over a strong Arsenal side in last night's Carling Cup semi-final first leg at Portman Road.
The Tractors boys had been thrashed 7-0 at Chelsea in their FA Cup third-round tie on Saturday after axing Roy Keane.
However, there was to be no repeat last night as under the guidance of Ian McParland, with new boss Paul Jewell watching from the stands, a second-half strike from Priskin gave the Suffolk side reward for their endeavours and a slender advantage which to defend at the Emirates Stadium in a fortnight's time.
The manager and the year may have changed but Liverpool's problems away from home continued as Kenny Dalglish's first Barclays Premier League match since returning as boss ended in a 2-1 defeat at Blackpool.
Liverpool's troubles on the road contributed to the departure of Roy Hodgson last weekend but the Seasiders showed October's win by the same score at Anfield was no fluke.
Fernando Torres had given Dalglish the ideal start with a third-minute strike but goals from Gary Taylor-Fletcher and DJ Campbell extended Liverpool's miserable away league record to just two victories in almost 13 months.
It was not the start the 59-year-old Scot was expecting on his return to the top flight after more than 12 years away.
West Ham have confirmed the signing of Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge on loan until the end of the season.
The 30-year-old has dropped down the pecking order at Eastlands since the arrival of Aleksandar Kolarov and Jerome Boateng in the summer.
"It will be great to play a part in helping keep West Ham in the Premier League," Bridge told www.whufc.com. "It would be a big achievement."
Derby captain Robbie Savage has revealed he could leave the club before the end of the season to join Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps.
Savage's contract with the Rams is due to expire at the end of the current campaign.