Newcastle took another step closer to Europe today beating Liverpool 2-0 at St James Park. Papiss Cisse carried on his good goal scoring start with another two goals.
The win takes us 10 points clear of Everton in 7th and 11 points clear of Liverpool in 8th. But in my opinion we should stop looking down, because we’re joint on points with Chelsea and only 2 points behind Tottenham in fourth, but they do have a game in hand which is played today, vs Swansea.
The first real chance of the game for Liverpool was when ex-Newcastle player Andy Carroll out jumped Mike Williamson and ran past James Perch before rounding the goalkeeper Tim Krul and throwing himself to the floor. If he’d stayed on his feet he’d have had a tap in, but instead he tried to con the referee and get a penalty, unsuccessfully.
Liverpool possibly could have had a real penalty when the ball seemed to strike Danny Simpson’s arm from a Liverpool corner. The ball bounced off Williamson and Simpson had his hand on the post, and the ball bounced up off his arm. He didn’t move his arm towards the ball, neither could he really move his arm which may be why he got away with it.
Just after that Newcastle made them pay when Hatem Ben Arfa picked up the ball on the right hand side, dribbled past Jay Spearing then produced an inch perfect left footed cross onto the head of Papiss Cisse who found the far corner of Pepe Reina’s net, leaving the Spanish goalkeeper stranded – as usual.
Andy Carroll was relishing the battle and later on in the half he headed the ball just over Tim Krul’s crossbar when there was a mix up between Simpson and Williamson sliding in to block a cross.
Papiss Cisse could have made it two at the end of the first half when he glanced a Danny Guthrie cross past the far post, a header which was possibly easier to score than his first chance.
The second half began very much the same, Liverpool had some early possession and moved the ball a little bit quicker, but couldn’t create anything of note.
Not long after the restart Mike Williamson connected to a Yohan Cabaye free kick and his header hit the base of the post and just evaded the onrushing James Perch. Williamson looked dangerous in the air throughout the whole game, which was impressive.
Jonjo Shelvey had a rare effort for Liverpool when he shot from long range, but it was easily dealt with by Tim Krul who didn’t have a massive amount to do due to the great efforts of the 10 men in front of him.
Not long after Newcastle went up the other end and Demba Ba slid the ball across the box towards the onrushing Ben Arfa who may have got a slight touch, but could not gather the ball completely, thankfully Cisse was on hand behind him to round Pepe Reina and pass the ball into the corner of the net with the coolest of finishes.
A mix up between Tim Krul and James Perch nearly gifted Liverpool a way back into the game when they collided and the ball fell to Luis Suarez who went by Krul only to be denied by the sliding Perch when the goal seemed gaping.
Both teams made changes and Shola Ameobi came on for the goalscorer Papiss Cisse and Dan Gosling replaced the injured Danny Guthrie. Liverpool made all three of their changes in four minutes taking off both Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll, the latter supposedly swore at his manager when he left the pitch, just before throwing down his shirt and storming down the tunnel. Look what you’re missing Andy.
The game petered out and it just looked like it was going to end 2-0 with no more major incidents, but then Pepe Reina decided he’d completely kill the game for Liverpool. Reina reacted to James Perch when he left his foot in after a cross, he stormed towards him and pushed his head into Perch’s face. It was clear that there was contact, how much contact I’m not sure, but James Perch reacted and went to the floor holding his face. Some people are criticising him for it, but if he’d have stayed on his feet and the ref had missed it, I’d have been livid with him.
As Liverpool had used all of their subs they had to put Jose Enrique in goal for the final 10 minutes, unfortunately Newcastle were not really able to test him, but the game finished 2-0 after a lot of keep ball from the home side taunting the once famous away team.
Everyone played their part today and it was a great game so I was unable to choose a man of the match, but there were about 5 real stand out players. Danny Simpson, James Perch and Mike Williamson were outstanding; all three of them kept Liverpool quiet and put in some crunching tackles on the scumbag Luis Suarez in the process.
The goal scorer Papiss Cisse had another great game, and his movement allowed him to grab another two goals to make it 7 in his first 7 in the Premier League, and excellent start. Luis Suarez has 7 Premier League goals in 25 games this season, and Andy Carroll has 3 in 28, both of these players cost over 3 times what we paid for Cisse.
The returning Cheik Tiote was outstanding and he really broke the game up well and allowed Danny Guthrie and Yohan Cabaye to go and play football with our menacing front three. I would certainly try and get Guthrie to sign a new deal and have them 3 as our permanent central midfield combination.
Liverpool were really poor today, none of our former players came back to haunt us and the media lovechild Steven Gerrard was awful, his passing was actually embarrassing at times. Luis Suarez did nothing and was kept quiet by our defence, which is a real credit to them. The stand ins managed to keep a clean sheet, something which nobody expected.
Andy Carroll looked lost, I started to feel sorry for him in the end. I wasn’t going to abuse him, until he dived like a scumbag when he could have scored. He dived against the “team he supports”, just disgraceful really. His reaction made me smile though, it just shows to our current crop who are being sought after, the grass isn’t always greener. I wouldn’t have that Enrique back either, he’s nothing on Tim Krul.
The game has really shown how far we’ve come, and the fact we are 2 points off the Champions League places as I write this (before the Spurs game), shows what a great job Pardew and the players are doing and long may in continue.
E I E I E I O, Up the Premier League we go, when we get to Europe…..
My final words, COME ON SWANSEA!