Liverpool were losing the 2006 FA Cup Final to an Alan Pardew managed West Ham, on merit, when Steven Gerrard scored an amazing goal in added time to bring Liverpool level and go to extra time.
Alan Pardew – payback time against Liverpool
That was at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and Liverpool went onto win on penalties, and to think that was just one year after Gerrard had brought Liverpool back form certain defeat against Milan in the European Champions League Final.
That was the now famous game when Liverpool were dead and buried at half time at 3-0 down against Carlo Ancelotti’s side and the ended up winning that on penalties too.
And the last time in this afternoon’s same fixture two years ago, Gerrard was magnificent as Liverpool took Newcastle apart 5-1, and he got a standing ovation – from the Newcastle fans, when he left the field in the second half – job done.
It’s just great news that Steven will not be playing today for Liverpool.
Alan Pardew is hoping ot get a little revenge on Liverpool this afternoon:
“It’s a club that I feel I owe one to, so hopefully I can get a good win.” “They have picked up just recently and we have had a little dip, so it’s a tough game.”
Pardew in his playing career scored an added time time goal when Crystal Palace beat Liverpool 4-3 in the 1990 FA Cup semi-final win at Villa Park, and the lost to Man United after a replay in the final.
“I have had a kind of chequered career with that club.” “It’s funny, they always seem to turn up for me, and here we are again.”
Alan get his first chance to show what he can do this afternoon at St. James’ Park although with all the protests and fans apparently staying away – at least for the first half, the atmosphere will not be conducive to getting any points from this game – but it’s not one we would have been expected to win in any case – we’ll just hope for the very best this afternoon.
“I have always thought that fans of the teams I have managed have enjoyed my style.””I have always been the type, even when I play against dominant teams, teams who have more possession than us and can keep the ball better, who wants us to be on the front foot and looking to win the game.”
“I have managed to get some decent results against some of the top clubs.” “Obviously this is a top club, so it is a little bit of a different agenda and we need to set the agenda.”
“One area of improvement is obviously going to have to be our home form. We don’t need another down day on Saturday.” “That’s an area I am going to have to look to, to make sure we are really putting teams under pressure, and continuous pressure.”
We have to hope (pray?) that midfielders Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton are back from injury today, and if that’s the case we will have a chance of getting something out of this game.
Anything out of this game will give Newcastle fans a massive lift – which the fans and club need more than ever right now.