In retrospect, this morning was not a good time for Mike Ashely to announce he would remain owner of the Newcastle United club.
Joe Kinnear – missing too many players today
Newcastle put in their worst performance under manager Joe Kinnear this afternoon, and suffered their worst defeat of the year with a 5-1 hammering by a very in-form Liverpool side.
Liverpool looked tremendous today, and on this form, The Reds will be a hard team to overtake in the league this season.
For those who didn’t see the game, let’s just say the good news is that the score-line could have been a lot worse, but for the brilliant goalkeeping by Irish International Shay Given.
How he managed to keep the scores level at 0-0 in the first 30 minutes has to be classed as some kind of miracle.
We think he was putting a video together for some of his best-ever saves on Tyneside, because he was a miracle man in the first half today.
Hey, at least we have a good goalkeeper – now for the other 10. 😀
Yes, Newcastle were short of Sebastien Bassong and Habib Beye in defense, and Joey Barton in midfield and Oba Martins up front, but this is proof, in case we needed it, that we need a much bigger squad, and with a lot more quality.
Liverpool showed quality in everything they did, and we’re just pleased that Steven Gerrard is English. Gerrard was appluaded off the field after his two goals and another masterful display for Liverpool – what a player this boy is.
It was a sobering experience to watch just how much Liverpool were better than us today. 🙁
Kinnear talked to Sky Sports after the game:
“We were short of about six or seven players,”
“Everything else that could have gone against us went against us today, even from when we had just got a settled back four, we lost two at Wigan, so we had to change things round a little bit.”
“Of course, we had to play one of the best teams I’ve seen in a long while and you’ve got to take your hat off to Liverpool.”
“They were always in command, but I thought we had a lifeline when we got back to 2-1, but to be fair to them they could have put the game to bed in the first half.”
“We looked a little bit tired at times as well with the second game coming so quickly. It shows we are struggling as far as strength in depth is concerned with players.”
“When you’ve got seven key players missing it’s never going to be easy, irrespective of who you play against.”
“Unfortunately, we had to play an in-form side today. Steven Gerrard was magnificent and fair credit to them, but I would have liked to have gone in with the best 11 we had.”
We shouldn’t worry too much about this game, because Liverpool were in-form, and since they are one of the best teams in Europe, it may be just one of those games.
Remember we don’t have to play Liverpool in every game, thank goodness.
But we didn’t play well today, to say the least, and now is the time for Ashley Kinnear, Wise and hopefully Chris Mort, to ensure that by the time February rolls around, Newcastle have at least 5 new good players in the squad.
This is a bad finish to a terrible year, let’s face it, but we have to look forward, and hope we can start knitting together a much better squad, that is much bigger in numbers, and has a lot more quality in it.