Newcastle 2-0 Liverpool

Premier League
Sunday 01 April 2012 - 1:30 pm
St James' Park
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Liverpool ended with 10 men after Pepe Reina was sent off, leaving Jose Enrique to put on the goalkeeping gloves, as the reds horrendous Premier League form continued.

Liverpool have dropped a mammoth 18 points over the last 7 league games since winning the League Cup, obliterating the chance of Champions League football.

The reds can feel aggrieved that they were not handed an early penalty for handball, and the opportunity to play against 10 men themselves, but the difference in the two sides was that Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse took his two chances – whereas Liverpool, like so often this season, simply did not take theirs.

There were changes from last week’s team – with Shelvey coming in to the side alongside Bellamy, as the reds opted for a 4-3-3 formation.

Carroll, Bellamy, Enrique and Dalglish were all returning to their former club, and all four endured the boos from the home crowd.

Liverpool started brightly, and Andy Carroll was behind all of Liverpool’s good work in the first half.  But he angered both reds and geordies when after doing so well to give himself a one-on-one with Newcastle’s Tim Krul, he fell to the ground without being touched.  Whilst he did not claim for a penalty, the referee handed him a yellow – being of the opinion it was a clear cut dive.

Carroll reacted well to get to a header which went narrowly over, Bellamy saw a cross deflected on to the crossbar but it was Danny Simpson who stopped the reds going 1-0 up when he handled the ball on the goal-line.  The referee and the assistant who was shielding his eyes from the glare of the sun failed to spot the foul, and Newcastle escaped with what should have been a penalty and a sending off.

Danny Simpson handles on the line and gets away with it

Ben Arfa at the other end, made the most of a lack of protection in front of Enrique to whip in a fine cross.  Skrtel was caught out and Cisse fired the header in off the post past Reina.

The second half started out as a more sterile affair.  Newcastle hit the post, and at the other end Shelvey drove forward to force a save from Krul.

Ben Arfa and Ba were involved as Newcastle doubled their lead – although it was Cisse again who put the ball past Reina.

Things went from bad to worse when Reina was sent off in the 82nd minute.

Having collected the ball he was deliberately tripped by Perch.  Pepe reacted furiously and feinted a head at Perch.  The Newcastle player went down dramatically such was the force of air.  Perch was booked for the foul.  Reina was sent off for the simulated headbutt.

After 183 consecutive league games in goal, Reina will miss the next 3 games, including the FA Cup Semi Final against Everton at Wembley.

Jose Enrique was forced to don the gloves for the final minutes of the game but had little to do apart from one punched clearance.

Liverpool slip in to 8th place, one point and place behind their Merseyside neighbours.

Dalglish has banked a trophy in his first season in charge, but things change quickly in the mind of the modern football fan – and irrespective of the varying performances, the last 7 Premier League games have placed a degree of pressure on him.

Liverpool have 7 league games of pride left in the Premier League.  Liverpool supporters everywhere will be hoping 2 successful cup games can be added to that.

Since the Robin Van Persie show at Anfield 6 games ago, we knew the game was up for 4th place.  It appears that the players did as well.

Aston Villa travel to Anfield next Saturday.  Three points for LFC will be the minimum acceptable return.

4 comments on
Newcastle 2-0 Liverpool

  1. Considering we spent so heavily in the summer it’s heart breaking to see our team in such a mess. This time we can’t blame the owners instead must question Commoli for suggesting flop players. KD must also be questioned for not only agreeing to buy them but also for not signing anyone with pace. 

    I don’t agree with the calls of “give him more time” yet it’s also the wrong time to sack him so we should wait at least until the end of the season.The question is that why are we so poor in the transfer market compared to other sides??.

    Man Utd sign class in Smalling and Hernandez ,Newcastle do the same in in Cisse and Ba where as Arsenal are also regularly signing exciting players for very little compared to the £100 million we spent on our flops. Raheem Sterling looked good but Kenny seems too afraid to play him for some reason.

    It’s our scouting system that firstly needs replacing because obviously they’re recommend players that are not only rubbish but over priced that no one else wants! If we don’t finish in the top four next season then Kenny must be sacked like he was at Newcastle.

    If Hodgson was sacked for his team under performing then why should Kenny be exempt especially when he has spent so much on players who have not delivered?? Goodness gracious, Everton and N’castle who are both above us have hardly spent anything yett Kenny continues to tell us that we’re building for the future and how Carrroll will come good! Talk about trying to fit a round plug into a square whole.

    Traditionally we’re not a sacking club often leaving it to the very last minute so the merry-go-round is sure to continue! 

    • You need to wind it in mate. The fact that he’s won a trophy this year means he’s gonna get at least another season at the helm. Besides, all managers deserve at least 2 seasons to prove (or disprove) their worth. Until recently, the only thing wrong with our season has been an inability to score goals, hence we’ve drawn at lot of games that we should’ve won. Not much wrong with most of those earlier performances and it didn’t seem to affect confidence. However, now confidence does seem to be an issue – hence we’ve played poorly of late, but I can’t accept that we’re a poor side becuase we’re not. Kenny deserves a chance to sort out our issues scoring goals – he did win us our first trophy for 6 years afterall. Envious galnces from Everton, Spurs, Newcastle, Villa, Arsenal and all the other clubs that haven’t won anything for ages and won’t this season. If Kenny gets it wrong next season then he should go. He won’t need top be pushed though becuase he’ll do the honourable thing and walk anyway

  2. Click on the image below to see the “Simulated headbutt”.
    As you can all plainly see, there is absolutely NO CONTACT AT ALL.
    Wait a minute….it looks like Perch has forced his nose against Reina’s forehead…how dare he! LET’S ALL BLAME THE VICTIM!!!!!
    Now ….. for goodness sake…. stop crying…..GET OVER IT!!!!!!

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