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.