King Kenny’s Mersey men dropped a royal clanger yesterday as they surrendered yet another three Premier League points, this time to top flight strugglers Wigan Athletic.
Dalglish turned to his £35million substitute at half time, giving Carroll 45 minutes to turn the game around after the home side came in at the break 1-0 down. Big Andy wasn’t up to the task, however.
Liverpool did manage to pull level through a combination of Gerrard and Suarez, but the brief moment of brilliance was all they could muster in the game and Wigan captain Gary Caldwell was able to cancel it out with a neat finish on 63 minutes.
From there on in, hump ball was the answer. It was a plan B that we on Tyneside witnessed often when Carroll wore the black and white – stick it on his head and hope for the best. The best was one flick on to Suarez that ended with a tame effort on the Wigan goal.
The loss was Liverpool’s fifth in six Premier League outings, and it was celebrated by this Toon fan like an NUFC win. The question now is can we take advantage?
Pardew and the lads must smell blood. Liverpool are a wounded, disjointed side that can’t seem to buy a win in the league right now. That said, they’ve been struggling for the best part of six weeks, and where we ought to have been going in for the kill, we’ve let the chance to pull away slip.
In recent weeks, Newcastle have dropped points at home to Wolves and the Mackems, as well as let a deserved point slip at Arsenal. The Norwich game was, for the most part, sloppy and unattractive. Yet, it was a win, and three points looks the same in the table no matter how it is achieved. But was it the ‘turning point’ that Pardew hailed it as?
As it stands, the distance between Liverpool in 7th and Newcastle in 6th is 5 points, with a win at The Hawthorns on Sunday stretching that gap to 8 points. By this time tomorrow, we could be sitting on 50 points – joint with Chelsea in 5th and propping up the top 6 teams in the Premier League.
It seems as though it’s ours to throw away now. Here’s hoping our grip on 6th place will be strong enough to bring European football back to St. James’ Park.