HT: Newcastle 1 Liverpool 2: Newcastle Lifeline


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Newcastle have been completely outplayed and outclassed by Liverpool in the first half at St. James’ Park this afternoon.

That’s the bad news, but the good news is that it took Liverpool 31 minutes to score their first goal through Gerrard, and Newcastle have to thank the brilliant Shay Given, who has been better than magnificent in the first 45 minutes with 5 first class saves in the first 30 minutes alone.

Gerrard’s goal after 31 minutes went in off the bar, otherwise Given would probably have got that one too.

Then after 36 minutes a Hyypia header thundered past Given from a Gerrard corner, and the flood-gates seemed to have opened.

In the first 40 minutes Liverpool had been completely in control and on top, and the difference in class between the two sides, was only too apparent.

In fact this has to be one of the most lop-sided first half for a long long time at Newcastle, but the lads are only 2-1 down – and that has to be classed as some kind of miracle, so we have absolutely nothing to lose in the second half – and we should go for it.

Liverpool had 12 shots on target to only two for Newcastle.

But then just seconds before the half time whistle, right back David Edgar scored a beautiful goal from a corner, his second goal for Newcastle at St. James’ Park and Newcastle were right back in it.

Let’s be honest, Newcastle could and should be dead and buried by now, with the way Liverpool were so on top in the first half.

But hopefully Edgar’s goal will have the right effect on Newcastle, and we are still in this game, although we have absolutely no right to be, other than as usual, the lads have kept to their game.

Kinnear will need all his motivational powers at half time if we are to get anything out of this game, with the League leaders in such terrific form both individually and as a team.

This is similar to the game at Everton when Taylor scored a goal just before half time and in fact a minute or so before Edgar scored, Taylor himself had a good chance from a corner but headed wide.

Liverpool have completely dominated midfield and Butt and Guthrie cannot get any hold on the game at all as once Newcastle get the ball they are being harried and hustled by the brilliant Liverpool players.

We’ve been second best in the first half, and we can hardly do any worse in the second, and with the crowd behind the lads, we may even be able to get a miracle performed at St. James’ Park this afternoon.

TEAMS

Newcastle United: Shay Given, David Edgar, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez, Charles N’Zogbia, Damien Duff, Michael Owen (c)
Subs: Steve Harper, Geremi, Xisco, Shola Ameobi, Tamas Kadar, Andy Carroll, Kazenga LuaLua

Liverpool: Jose Reina, Sami Hyypia, Daniel Agger, Steven Gerrard (c), Yossi Benayoun, Dirk Kuyt, Ryan Babel, Javier Mascherano, Lucas Leiva, Emiliano Insua, Jamie Carragher
Subs: Diego Cavalieri, Robbie Keane, Albert Riera, Xabi Alonso, David Ngog, Nabil El Zhar, Martin Skrtel

Referee: Mark Halsey
Attendance: tbc



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164 comments so far

  • Joe

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #1

    How the hell are we in this

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Gerrard will come out and destroy us within 5mins and the heads will go down again…….
    Butt hasn`t got the legs for these games anymore and Guthrie cannot do the job of two.
    We should have Lua Lua in there.
    The two Irish have done well,Shay has been outstanding and Duff has sent in great crosses the 3 times he has had the ball that far up the field,THATS SOMETHING MILNER COULDN`T DO IN A YEAR

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #3

    oh my good god. that isnt even defending. players actually just stood and watched that live ball. you have to be kidding me. there’s 4 players there. im going, this is disgusting.

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  • hadrian

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #4

    turned it off , my home town team does nothing but disapoint me .

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  • briss

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #5

    i cant get a damn link but what i have watched has been god aweful. how can we let goals in off set plays and keep letting them get wide open unmarked right in front of goal!!!!!!!!1 effing frustrating

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  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Dead and buried now Ed.
    Geremi is coming on haha

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  • hadrian

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #7
  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Game Over.

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  • hadrian

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #9

    well mike , you got us into this mess, if your staying , get us out of it sharpish !
    if that supposed 20 million per season isnt spent in this window we will know he’s full of it .

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  • briss

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #10

    thanks for the link, too bad liverpool make it 4 the second i get it on 🙁

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  • mark

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #11

    pwoar our defence has been terrible. colo not having a good game. 4-1 now =/ lets hope this doesnt get embarassing

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  • ToonRich

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #12

    🙁 🙁 🙁

    I thought after that first half we were going to get some luck, but I guess not. we’re our own worst enemy…
    Ok, L’pool should have had 4or5 in the first half, but I dont think they deserve the goals in the 2nd half…lucas handballed for babels!!
    Yes I’m having a sour grapes moment, but I dont think officials are helping us any. Duff wasnt offside in the 1st half, and that goal could have changed it all.

    Oh well…hope ashley gets his cheque book out now.

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  • dan from france

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #13

    wat can i say
    appauling just appauling
    c this MA buy some decent players defense midfield attack no penetration anywhere

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  • reillers

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #14

    This game could end 4 plus-1 to Liverpool and there’s still a very good chance that Given could get the MOTM, and rightly so.

    Gerrard’s having a good game, he’s having the time of his life there. He’s getting so much space and time, it’s like training, it’s pathetic.

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  • JonnyNUFC

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Just embarassing.

    Plain embarassing.

    That 3rd goal was the most pathetic thing i have seen in a long long time.

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  • impact

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Our middlefield dont make it hard for the Liverpool player. I dont like Cattermole but at least he make it hard to other player on the field by his hard tackle. We miss that kind of player in our team.

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  • ToonRich

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #17

    How on earth do u get a pen from that…Ngog hit edgars foot, not the other way. terrible

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  • JJ

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #18

    People are asking why we having a go at Owen…
    Well its simple… if its so obvious that Owen is going to be ineffective in a game like this then why dont the managers have the f-ing balls to put him on the bench and play someone who will have in impact in this type of game against good opposition…

    And as for the people having a go at Taylor… hes been far better than Colo and perhaps he’d look much better playing next to Bassong too…

    Coloccini needs to play as DM instead of Butt…

    Why Enrique always gets sacrificed is beyond me and Zog has to play LB where he is useless…
    Joe Kinnaer’s tactics are a joke…

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  • ronak2004

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Kinnear is an idiot poor tactician no chance of us getting anything without a bigman upfront from the start.

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  • dan from france

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #20

    typical newcastle
    decent run then it fall to peices
    joys of supporting newcastle embarrasement all i can say im disgusted were not even bothered to turn up!!!!

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  • ToonRich

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Fair to say we’ve missed Bassong today 🙁

    Only Given has stood out…

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  • cause I got the girth

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #22

    what the hell did taylor just do on reina??? hahaha embarassing isnt the word….ohh and edgars just given a pen away……..great!

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  • JonnyNUFC

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #23

    5-1

    Laughable

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  • JonnyNUFC

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #24

    WTF hasnt KINNEAR given CARROLL a chance after the wigan game ffs ???

    Agree with the comment above that we needed a big man from the start also.

    It was so obvious

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  • valle

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #25

    As i write this, NUFC are being beaten at home by Liverpool. A good team they might be, but not 10 years ago a team that was below us in the league. Today, we are nowhere near Liverpool, and with our current squad, manager and owner, we wont be in the future either. I have always defended our status as a big team against the likes of spurs, but we arent are we? not that spurs are, they are worse than us.

    Squad…

    Defense… Beye, Enrique, Bassong can be a base to build on. Cacapa, Taylor and Collocini simply arent good enough.

    Midfield… Only Duff and Jonas are good enough here, we are lightyears away from having a good enough midfield.

    Attack… Only Martins and Owen are good enough and Owen will soon leave for free.

    Manager… He has heart, but he simply isnt a Bobby Robson who is needed now.

    Owner… He will run us into the ground, he wont spend, and he has finances at heart.

    verdict… The future is as black as i can remember since we got promoted.

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  • GOERDIE IN NORWAY

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #26

    im not a guthrie or a joe kinear fan… and never will be

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  • JonnyNUFC

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Lua lua on now ahead of Carroll…..

    fck off kinnear, fck off

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  • impact

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #28

    loosing 5-1 isnt great for the table. i dont care to loose if we go for a fight. Now its pathetic. Put youngster JK. At least they cant do worst tan player we have on the field.

    Even championship side can do better than us.

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Crushed….
    Didn`t think we would get beat by this much

    Good to see Lua Lua getting on
    well done Joe

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  • jan_nufc

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #30

    it´s no fun beeing a nufc fan those times.
    do ye lot think we´re going down? the longer i watch this match the surer i become

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  • totsy

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #31

    oh well………i was pleased with our second half performence especially when we consider who we are playing….give the lads a break guys

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  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #32

    There is just no fight in the players..I don’t even think we will be in the premiership next season.

    If we be honest the next 4 games are crucial, if we don’t beat the teams around us that is the writing on the wall I don’t want to see.

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  • arnie

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #33

    The 4-1 goal is a perfect example of how not to defend. When Gerrard starts from midfield and exposes Collocini, Taylor rushes forward to mark Kuyt instead of falling back to cover…Watch the re-run, its just embarassing. Mike A. wants to keep the club, if this continues he’ll be owning a championship team!

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  • neeraj

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #34

    totsy
    you talking abt liverpool and the player is given

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  • dan from france

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #35

    DISGRACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Carroll should definately have been on instead of ameobi and lua lua instead of geremi, absolutely appauling game. gutted

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  • ToonRich

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #37

    I really hope the scousers dont win the league…

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  • Vin

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #38

    pathetic roll over and die…

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  • kukubird

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #39

    mike ashley pls die

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  • nimo

    Dec 28, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #40

    all those who never have anything bad to say about collocini, i hope you watched today

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