Half-Time Report: Victor Moses gives Liverpool lead at Bournemouth

Liverpool lead at Bournemouth thanks to a Victor Moses goal, but the hosts cause concern for Premier League side in the first half.

Victor Moses has put Liverpool on course to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup, but Brendan Rodgers's men have come under concerted pressure from an impressive Bournemouth side.

Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth fails to block Victor Moses of Liverpool as he scores the opening goal during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Bournemouth and Liverpool at Goldsands Stadium on January 25, 2014© Getty Images

The Dorset club, who came into tie on the back of only one defeat in their last seven games, started much the brighter and had an early chance when Andrew Surman's glancing header drifted wide of Brad Jones's goal.

Liverpool began indifferently as they struggled to put any pressure on the Bournemouth defence in the opening minutes.

The Cherries continued to enjoy the better of the game and almost took the lead when a free kick from Simon Francis needed keeper Jones to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Indeed, when Liverpool took the lead on 26 minutes thanks to Victor Moses's low drive that beat Lee Camp at his near post, the goal had come against the run of play.

Victor Moses of Liverpool points at Luis Suarez of Liverpool as he celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team mates during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Bournemouth and Liverpool at Goldsands Stadium on January 25, 2014© Getty Images

Bournemouth continued to press the Reds defence, but didn't have the first clear shot at goal until just after the half-hour mark when Harry Arter's effort had Jones sprawling across his goal, but his effort drifted wide in the end.

Their two best chances of an enterprising first half came 10 minutes before the break. First, a ball cut back to the centre of the area found Surman unmarked, but his effort was diverted over, and from the following corner, Surman picked out the run of Tommy Elphick, whose diving header narrowly cleared the bar.

Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban vies with Liverpool's Ivorian defender Kolo Toure during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool at Dean Court in Bournemouth on January 25, 2014© Getty Images

Moments later, Jordan Henderson ought to have put daylight between the sides when a rare Liverpool attack reached the England midfielder at the heart of the area, but his effort failed to trouble Camp.

With the interval approaching, Liverpool started to attack with greater freedom and control and Luis Suarez's jinking run and shot was seen off by a watchful Cherries defence.

Liverpool exited the FA Cup at the fourth round stage last year after a shock 3-2 defeat at Oldham Athletic.

A general view of Dean Court, or the Goldsands Stadium, home to AFC Bournemouth on July 21, 2013
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