Well – you just never know do you?
Newcastle had one of their best wins of the season this afternoon when they showed how to score, with two late goals which included an absolute stunner from Andy Carroll from easily 35 yards out – truly an England center forward – and an absolutely wonderful strike – and there was over 50,000 at St. James Park.
And this game will show that Newcastle and England have uncovered another terrific center forward in Andy Carroll, the new Newcastle number 9, who had an assist in each of the first two goals, and then from 35 yards out in added time, hit a stunning low left foot volley into the corner of the net that gave Reina no chance.
This goal will be shown when they talk about Andy again – and it will be very often. It was similar to Hatem Ben Arfa’s goal, but this one was very low and just flew into the net.
Newcastle started well and they were in this game to play, just like they were against Chelsea, after all the nonsense that went on this week.
But Liverpool looked good and sharp early in the game, and this was not the Liverpool of early season as they threatened to make it a difficult afternoon for the Magpies.
But then after 15 minutes Newcastle got the all important first goal, and it was a Barton free kick to Andy Carroll that did it again – good job Joey’s back to put those crosses in.
Barton floated in the free kick and Andy Carroll won the header and nodded it down nicely to Kevin Nolan, about three yards from the goal line, and he was first to the ball to put it in – and make it look so easy.
Newcastle are a different team with Barton and Nolan in the side, and add Carroll and Tiote to those two, and they are tremendous players for Newcastle right now. Tiote was busy trying to give Newcastle some presence in the midfield, and he was having another good game – of course.
On 33 minutes Liverpool gave the ball away to Shola Ameobi, who moved forward and hit and it rebounded off a Liverpool player and almost wrong-footed Pepe Reina in the Liverpool goal.
It was similar to the goal Shola scored at Chelsea when he just hit it from 30 yards and it went in, but this time his shot was deflected just wide.
And then just two minutes later Newcastle had some luck when a shot ricocheted and Jose Enrique blocked the ball on the line, although he didn’t seem to know much about it. But Liverpool were pressing at this stage of the game.
And then just before half time from a corner, Liverpool missed another good chance when Sotirios Kyrgiako headed wide under the challenge from Sol Campbell and he should have done better.
Liverpool had a lot of the play in the first half but didn’t take the couple of chances they had but Newcastle still looked too uncertain at the back – but half time came and Newcastle were still 1-0 ahead even though Liverpool had 60% of possession.
But then on 49 minutes minutes the Newcastle central defense again showed how soft they are as they let another soft goal in as three Newcastle defenders allowed Dirk Kuyt in, and he hit the ball into the goal off Steven Taylor.
It was another sloppy goal if ever there was one – and all the good work of the first half had been undone by a terrible defensive mistake. We have to get stronger in defense, but of course both Mike Williamson and Fab Coloccini are available next week.
Alan Pardew brought on 19 year-old Nile Ranger in the 63rd minute for Shola Ameobi, and the striker almost scored immediately, when he shot just wide after beating off Martin Skrtel.
But Newcastle kept fighting and then out of nothing on 80 minutes Newcastle went ahead for the second time in the game.
Tim Krul lofted a goal kick up field and Andy Carroll headed it on and the Liverpool defenders hesitated as Joey Barton came in and neatly lifted the ball over the Liverpool goalkeeper, and the Newcastle players and the Geordie crowd went wild.
A poor goal for Liverpool to concede but great opportunism from Joey Barton. and Newcastle were 2-1 up with just 10 minutes to play. Joey Barton is a big big player for Newcastle United.
And with four minutes added time it was going to be a nervous time for Newcastle – but wrong again.
Andy Carrol got the ball 35 yards out in the second minute of injury time and hit a magnificent left foot shot that flew into the net low to Rein’s left like an absolute missile. In fact we hear the Royal Air Force was put on alert!
Fabio Capello will be a happy man when he sees that goal and the overall performance of Andy this afternoon,who had two assists and a goal. Again defenders seemed to be fearful of what he may do – and he showed them this afternoon – that’s for sure.
The final whistle blew and this was just what Newcastle fans wanted – almost a miraculous result after everything that has gone on this week.
But you forget – this is Newcastle United.
Newcastle moved up to 8th position with this win, with 22 points from 17 games, and are now 6 points above the drop zone, and just 4 points out of 5th place.
As Warren Barton on Fox Soccer Channel over here, said in the 30 minute pre-show just before kick-off, Alan Pardew will know this is his chance in a lifetime, because this is no ordinary club – this is Newcastle United – one of England’s greatest clubs.
We told you Warren was a walking ambassador for Newcastle in the US.
And finally, we have to mention new manager Alan Pardew – he couldn’t have dreamed his Newcastle career could have started like this, with another gutsy performance from the Newcastle players – and a wonderful win by Newcastle that was seen around the world against the five time European Champions.
Welcome to Newcastle Alan – and keep it up!
We salute our players today – they were magnificent.
Howay The Lads!!
Don’t forget to vote for your Man of the Match on our home page. There were many good performances from the lads today – another great team performance – unbelievable.
We also have the video highlights out in another article.
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Campbell, Enrique; Barton (Routledge, 90), Nolan (Smith, 87), Tiote, Gutierrez; Ameobi (Ranger, 63), Carroll. Subs not used: Harper, Perch, Guthrie, Lovenkrands.
Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Konchesky; Kuyt, Meireles , Lucas, Rodrigeuz (Jovanovic, 85); Torres, Ngog (Babel, 72), Subs not used: Jones, Aurelio, Cole, Poulsen, Kelly.
Goals: Nolan 15, S Taylor 50 (og), Carroll 90
Bookings: Johnson 19, Gutierrez 78, Tiote 83
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)