HT: Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0 – Storm Clouds Gathering


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Newcastle are having the kind of bad luck that can still see them relegated as they conceded 2 goals in the last 3 minutes of the half to go down 2-0 at Anfield at the break.

Since we have been playing one up front in Owen with Smith helping out the midfield the tactics will need to change if we are to get anything out of this game, which to put it mildly looks unlikely at best.

Newcastle played quite well in holding Liverpool to 0-0 through most of the first half but then a completely fluke goal but Liverpool 1-0 ahead and gave them the first crucial goal.

The ball was on the right by the goal line and Enrique turned to boot the ball away but it hit Pennant and the ball looped over Harper into the goal. Pennant will be credited with the goal but he knew nothing about it.

Geremi had just some on for Milner, but that goal was exactly what Newcastle did not want to concede because, just like against Manchester United it could open the flood gates.

Just before the half as up another kick in the pants for Newcastle as Liverpool got another goal as that man Torres had the ball around the penalty area and he dispatched it into the net to amazingly put Liverpool 2-0 up.

It is not looking good for the Magpies and another loss now looks more than likely – but we’ll accept any miracles that may come our way in the second half.

Not only that but our goal difference keeps getting worse and right now it is a staggering -25 with only Derby having anything worse with a goal difference of -44. Yes – that’s the same team whose only win came against Newcastle and they took 4 points off us and yet they only have a points total for the season of 10.

When you look at it that way maybe we are favorites for the drop. What a complete and utter disaster that will be for the Geordie Nation.

As a relegation watch both Reading and Fulham are drawing their games 0-0 at the half.

If the hierarchy were worried about the chances of Newcastle’s survival before this game then if Newcastle fail to get anything out of this game there will be big black clouds over Tyneside.

It’s OK complaining about our luck, but this is the type of thing that happens to side’s who get relegated. For those of you who remember us getting relegated back in 1961 we had the same kind of luck then – although we didn’t have the stars we have today.

We don’t want to be too pessimistic but we also have to be realistic – a defeat today and we’re in big big trouble for the drop – that’s the reality.

The lads have played quite well but it’s obvious Liverpool are a much better team, and they only needed the break-through of that first goal – which they got with one the unluckiest goals we’ll ever concede.

Steven Gerrard has scored a 3rd for Liverpool after 51 minutes so our goal difference is now -26 and we think this game is now gone.

We need to try to keep the goals down though.

Comments welcome.



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89 comments so far

  • Leo

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #1

    i hate smith and his agent, he surely has a clause saying he must play.

    at 3-0 the game is lost, we should try using some young ones and obafemi too

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  • obamagic

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #2

    GET OBA AND CARROLL IN!!!!!!!! and smith is just pure shit come on kevin open yr eyes fool!!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Got to admit it the players are letting every fan down… pathetic

    If Smith has a must play clause (which I doubt tbh) it should be bought out and him strung up at tha Bigmarket Saturday night by his ………..

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  • Gilly

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #4

    make that 3 nil

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  • Momo

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Cant Smith and Butt just say they are not helping the team at all. Its just ridiculous now that were 3-0 down

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  • Matt Lacey

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Going in 2 down at half time was unlucky but conceding that 3rd goal so quickly is testament to the absolutely shite play that’s got us in the relegation fight in the first place.

    Useless, completely and totally useless

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  • Tripp

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Wow, what a shitty finish to the half. And now we’re down 3-0. Reading are 0-0 with City. For all of the praises that Sven was getting early in the season, City are rubbish in the new year. I hope that they can get a win at madjeski (sp?). We really need a win last week, we have no luck in the league and can’t play with the top teams. That much is obvious. I just hope we can somehow stay up. It’s looking in doubt.

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  • Griff

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #8

    torres and gerrard just walked through 3 of our defender again, coulda been 4-0

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  • obamagic

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #9

    bye bye n’zogbia…. sell him in the summer!!!!

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  • millepede

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #10

    loosing the f***king rugby as well!

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  • Griff

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #11

    lol martins comes on 😀

    but the first thing he does it give the ball away…

    dear oh dear

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d say sell the whole Fin lot atm …….. 1 or 2 exceptions

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  • geordieo

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #13

    never expect in a million years were gonna get anything from this even before it kicked off, shud have sent the kids to play it or ask if we can concede or somit no faith till next game

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  • Leo

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #14

    what the fk is he bringing duff off for martins, why not grow some balls and get off smith or butt

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  • Gilly

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #15

    at least Fulham are now getting beat 1 – 0

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  • millepede

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #16

    5-0?

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  • Griff

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #17

    next time keegan does a phone in or something please someone ask him why he never takes off smith or butt?

    i want to see him stutter as he wont admint he bums them after each game 😀

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  • shaunm

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #18

    our team is shite, i wasnt expecting a win but everyone of our games is embarassing, were becoming a joke in the premiership

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Someone ask him why Smith is on from the start tbh!

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  • Leo

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #20

    fk we r going down, mancity are getting beat by reading is the world against us

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  • Tripp

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #21

    At this point we ought let Oba and Carrol on. We’re done today. Switch to 4-4-2, take smith off for carrol and take butt out and put Martins on. Then move geremi into the CDM role. Play a 4-1-2-1-2 with Carrol sitting in the hole behind Martins and Owen. Duff and Zog on the Wings.

    Zog should never take another free kick or corner. He’s rubbish. Good Championship player, nothing more.

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  • Callum

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Its official – We are Derby version 2

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  • Dave

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #23

    What the heck is Smith on that pitch for he is hopeless

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  • Dragoner

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #24

    reading 1 – 0, man city are shit

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  • Martins

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #25

    I know Alan Smith is crap but dont make him the scape goat its the whole team that is a disgrace not just one player.

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  • toon1978

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Newcastle United are garbage, no flare, cant pass,cant score i have had enough of this rubbish 30 years support has come to an end with me finished with NUFC the club is full of false promise and lies. Newcastle are not a big club only fan wise and i have had enough, spent thousands of pounds over the years for the fat cats to spout garbage about silverware and Europe. The club is big lie sorry if i upset you toon fans but in reality we are not good enough for the PL and we have a squad full of mercinaries well i’m finished with the club good bye NUFC good luck in the future you need it.

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  • Obafan

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Our misery all started back in January;
    1. SA got the sack without a replacement being lined up
    2. KK is the new manager; I did not want him, but I also got carried away when he entered the stadium against Stoke.
    3. KK starts with 0-0 against a very poor Bolton
    4. Tough fixtures coming on, but we aren’t able to give 2 descent passes

    5. KK does his thing cause he is the Messiah, but in fact he is draggin us into relegation. All his memories are fading away; if you ask me now about KK; I will not answer with great manager for us, no I will say that is the tactical loser that got us into relegation battle.

    I HATE THAT SMITH, WHY OH WHY DO THEY LET HIM PLAY! I REALLY WONDER HOW THE OTHER PLAYERS FEEL AVBOUT THAT! IF NEXT WEEK HARPER IS SUSPENDED KK WILL PUT HIM BETWEEN THE POSTS. SO FRUSTRATING;

    Now he brings on Oba, way too late you stupid pig. Then he will say Martins hasn’t got an impact so next game on the bench. KK you are a f*cking loser IMO. Go away and leave the club ASAP. You are erasing you fantastic past, but you are past!!!

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  • pete

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #28

    lol, reading are 1-0 up….sigh

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  • Tripp

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #29

    City are worthless. All the people pointing to Sven earlier in the season ought to the kicked in the junk. If we lose any of our home games to Reading, Fulham, or Sunlun we’re probably done, unless we can replace with a shock away win somewhere. Next week at St Andrew’s is also a massive game, a draw there is the minimum result. We can’t loose to Brum. It sucks being in this position where every game is so massively important.

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  • Howie

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #30

    down to 14th tonight. 15th next week. 16th few weeks later. then 17th. and then 18th after last game of season. RELEGATION

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Oba created his own chance… ul

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  • Leo

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #32

    we had a chance….

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  • Obafan

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Thank god SA managed to get us 25 points otherwise we would be behind Derby. SA agains I called for his sack and now I’m sorry for it, really. Why? If you sack a manager you need to replace hioom by a better one and that is absolutely not the case.

    First shot on target and it is Martins. KK will be pulling his hair now, cause maybe he needs him to start the game next week at Brum.

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  • obamagic

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #34

    woo martins!!! i hope kevin sees that martins is better than smith

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  • boywatts

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #35

    martins just hit the bar from 40 yards !!!!!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #36

    omg unlucky again fgs………

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  • Obafan

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #37

    KK that is why you need Oba in your team. Wake up you twat!

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  • obamagic

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #38

    wtf dasfjk where the hell did tht one come from?????

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  • Griff

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #39

    lol thas the happiest moment ive had watching newcastle for a long long time and it hit the bar….

    oh dear oh dear

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  • Dave

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #40

    What a shot by Martins, that deserved to go in

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