Liverpool 3 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Well Beaten


Newcastle tried their best this afternoon, but the truth is they were just not good enough against a fast improving Liverpool side, and the home side ran out rather easy 3-0 winners at the end, after being 1-0 up at the break.


The game started in bright sunshine in Liverpool, with both side playing good football at the start of the game.

Newcastle were very tidy in the early stages and were obviously hoping to get into the game without conceding an early goal.  But Liverpool went ahead after only 10 minutes and it was rather a fortunate goal for the home side.

Young right back Flanagan put in a good cross from the right wing, and it was only partially headed clear by Williamson and it went to Maxi in the box who hit the ball first time, and it seemed that Tim Krul had it covered,  but it glanced off Simpson and into the back of the net.

Again, it was an unfortunate goal for Newcastle to concede and it was Maxi’s 4th goal in the last two games.

But Newcastle continued to play today football,  but once again they seemed to lack a cutting edge up front, unlike Liverpool, who were attacking very quickly from the back.

There was a good spell of pressure midway through the half by  Newcastle, as they  seemed to get corner after corner, which Joey Barton took,  but they couldn’t force a breakthrough in the Liverpool defense.

One way through for the Magpies looked to be on the left wing where Gutierrez was giving youngster Flanagan a bit of a torrid time, and the 19 year old had his name taken for one foul against the Argentine, who was using all his vast experience against the inexperienced Liverpool youngster.

The big question was whether Newcastle could get a goal back, after going behind, and they may have been hoping to get a scoreless draw as they did against the Red Devils almost two weeks ago.

Half time came and Newcastle continued to play good looking football, but Liverpool had got the vital first goal, and were leading 1-0 at the break.

Newcastle had a chance to equalize in the first minute of the second half,  when Kevin Nolan picked out Joey Barton at the far post, but from just 8 yards out Joey hit the ball first time into the side netting.

On 58 minutes Liverpool went further ahead when Suarez wiggled past Mike Williamson along the bye-line,  and Williamson brought the Uruguayan down for what looked like a clear penalty.

Dirk Kuyt made no mistake from the penalty spot,  and sent Krul the wrong way and it was 2-0 to Liverpool, and this game was probably beyond an impotent Newcastle side.

Liverpool were gaining in the ascendancy and were getting the better of this Newcastle side and after 65 minutes they easily sliced through the Newcastle defense once again, when Suarez did a nice one two with Kuyt, and he was suddenly clean though before slotting the ball past Krul from about 8 yards out.

This was not looking good for Newcastle, who were 3-0 down with still 25 minutes to play, and the goal difference getting worse.

And then Andy Carroll was introduced after 70 minutes to huge boos from the Newcastle United contingent at the game – and shirts showing the Newcastle number 9 shirt and “not worthy” on the back of it.

Nile Ranger was brought on after 74 minutes for Peter Lovenkrands who had hardly been in the game and Shefki Kuqi was brought on for Shola Ameobi after 82 minutes and both starting Newcastle strikers had been almost anonymous today.

The game was starting to die a little as Liverpool seemed satisfied with 3 points and a clean sheet, and then young Shane Ferguson was brought on for Jose Enrique in the last minute of added time.

To their credit the Magpies kept plugging away at Liverpool all the time, but it could also have been that Liverpool were quite satisfied at 3-0, because the three points take them above Tottenham into 5th place and a Europa League position for next seaosn.

Is there anything else Kenny Dalglish has to do to get the job full time?

But this game illustrates just how far behind the top teams Newcastle are at the moment, and when you consider Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham, it will be very very difficult to break into the top six next season – let’s face it.

And to illustrate the impotency of the Newcastle attack, this is the 6th game in 12 games since Andy Carroll left the club, that Newcastle have failed to score a goal in a game, and you have to go back to December of 2004 for the last time Newcastle even scored in this fixture, through Dutchman Patrick Kluivert.

Liverpool deserved the win this afternoon, and we didn’t expect much out of this game – and didn’t get anything either.

But it’s games like against Birmingham at St. James’ Park next week, that Newcastle must get back to their winning ways.

In the other early game Wolves could only draw 1-1 at Birmingham, even though Gardner received his walking orders after only 28 minutes, following his second yellow for diving – and TV replays showed he did exactly that.

Newcastle remain in 12th position on 41 points and are still 6 points above the the drop zone with only 3 games to play and are very likely safe.

Newcastle also have a much superior goal difference to all teams below them in the league, even after today’s scoreline!

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160 comments so far

  • WWJBD

    May 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    If Jonas doesnt get MotM then I will personally be disgusted

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  • ochytoon

    May 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #2

    We need:
    -1 CB
    -1 CM
    -1 RM
    -1 LM
    -2 FC

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  • WELSH TOON ™

    May 1, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Well I’ve just finnished watching the game with my 2 mates (Both Liverpool fans) and before the the game I was telling them how I think Suarez is a good player but he cheats and dives alot and I was proved right today my 2 mates even said themselves it was a dive, then when Ameobi went down in the box and we got nothing my 1 mate turns to me and say “I guess your team aint big enough to get the pen”

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  • jay333

    May 1, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #4

    not a bad performance, despite the score line. we dominated the second half of the first half, and looked more likely to score until williamsons schoolboy error of givng away a penalty, then his second error that led to the second goal. however, with shola leading the front line, we were never going to score. the fella lasks ability, but doesnt make up for it with effort, the way kuqi does. why he leads the line instead of nile ranger, who just needs game time (like a 19 year old carroll did) is beyond me. and i dont want to here this rubbish of faithful servant, because if he was, hed run his heart out every game, but he doesnt, he minces. we need 2 strikers minimum in the summer, even if we go down again

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  • jay333

    May 1, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    sorry, i meant the 3rd goal

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  • ochytoon

    May 1, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #6

    @Welsh Toon, your mate’s right, big decisions only benefit big teams something which the FA needs to sort out

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  • nufc89

    May 1, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #7

    kevin nolan was useless today.. can tell who he supports!!! 70 min it took pardew to make a change.. loverboy is nt gd nuf. i cant remember 1 shot on target.. JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH you can tell the club feels its safe for another season but any chance of playing for pride

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  • toonoholic

    May 1, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed, we were not well beaten. We did not have any desire to score goals upfront and were not lucky enough. To add to that we also played poor sometimes with the wingers looking tired. I have never been vocal about Pardew but this tactics today were pi$$ poor.

    if we do not try and get quality players to challenge for uefa cup this season its going to be another frustrating year and with all the paper talks of players we are linked with, i would’nt be surprised if we are in for another one.

    Signing off a frustated toon fan. Funny 6 months ago we beat this team 3-1 and today they are 5th in the table going to europe.

    On a bright side, AC did not score

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  • Sir Alan

    May 1, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #9

    We weren’t actually that bad! It was only in the final third where we lacked a bit of creativity and hold up play. But what do you expect when you look at our four strikers? Wait until we get Benny boy back for the remainder of the season and we will look a much stronger team. We lost to a team away from home who have spent 50 million in January! That is not too disgraceful, we are focusing on the West Brom and Birmingham games to get 6 points. Next season we will sign a couple of strikers and although Tiote and Enrique are probably almost certainly going, we will have a much better team and can start looking up instead of down. But we can’t compete with teams that spend 50 million in one transfer window.

    If i had to give Kate Middleton a mark out of two…………I’d giver her one.

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  • jay333

    May 1, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #10

    oh, and another thing, dalglish switched thast 18 yr old full back onto the left because he couldnt handle jonas, if pardew had followed suit, and kept jonas attacking him, and switched barton to the left(granted, hed be outa psoition) i guarantee the kid would have got himself sent off. 10 man liverpool would have been a better prospect! oh well, rant over!

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  • WWJBD

    May 1, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #11

    I cant wait til next season. If summers handled right we could easily be the level Liverpool have hit recently.

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  • jay333

    May 1, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #12

    flanagan, the kids name was flanagan

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  • MacToon

    May 1, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Barton atleast tried and was one of the better players today (not saying much there though) but Jonas really was our only piece of class on show and that certainly wasn’t enough.

    We dominated at times though, many corners and freekicks in good areas but no real chance on goal and what do we expect with what’s available.

    Drop Jose if he’s sold, no good to us atm.

    We have to get players in DESPERATELY.

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  • ochytoon

    May 1, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #14

    @ Siralan
    Actually they only spent about £5 million because of the Torres money

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  • dave 1961

    May 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #15

    someone defend Pardew, how far we fallen under this no not puppet, zombie that’s the word for him, not once in 5,400 seconds did I think we would score, have sent off my season ticket renewals & I prey its lost in the post, if we get anyone in the summer I will be in shock, Pardews job is to dismantle the squad, sell the club piece by piece

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  • Toon1978

    May 1, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Newcastle played well today and the score line is some what flattering for Liverpool. The referee is AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE to Football. How can he give a penalty one end and not the other?, How can a Liverpool player get booked in the first half, hand ball it in the second half and not get sent off? How can Tiote get a Yellow card for doing very little to the player if anything? Disgrace. However, we had NOTHING up front, Ameobi is a total waste of space and i will never understand how he was spotted. Lovenkrands is not PL standard as are Kuqi and Ranger. Sorry but we need the whole 35 million and another twenty on top of that. We need to clear the decks up front and get rid of the hangers on. Football is a cruel game and it was especially cruel today for us. Shows how poor the EPL is when you see Liverpool sitting in 5th because to be quite honest they are an average Football team.

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  • NickeAlvaro

    May 1, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #17

    I thought we just lacked a striker, Jonas did play well but he can’t do everything himself.
    An expected result but I’m not so disgusted by the performance, well besides 1 or 2 who were AWOL today….
    Heres hoping for 4 points from the last few games 🙂

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  • Sir Alan

    May 1, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Yes but they still spent 50 million on players. If we spent 40 million on two new strikers when Carroll left, do you reckon we would be a better team?

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  • jamesnufc86

    May 1, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #19

    No cutting edge to newcastle , we only have the left hand side to attack from with jonas and jose, barton isnt a winger and needs to be in the centre, and simpson isnt the best going forward. I hated watching the game today, Andy Carroll had a smug look on his face really bugged

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  • Toonmania

    May 1, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #20

    toonoholic,
    think you’ve just about summed it up there we really need 5-6 attacking type players.
    enrique was looking a little lost at times today, i think he has his mind elsewhere, but Pardews tactics really let us all down and to leave the subs until the 70th min was a complete joke C.Hughton wouldn’t have done any worse than him.
    Hopefully we will turn up for our home match against Birmingham.

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  • jay333

    May 1, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #21

    yup, tiote’s yellow was a joke, the ref wasnt even going to give a free kick until the theatrics kicked in. i would appeal that if i was pardew, but then again, pardew lacks bottle, so i doubt he will

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  • coolcatcarter89

    May 1, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #22

    This team has been through a lot together, they’re mentally fatigued and bereft of invention, cutting-edge and most of all consistency. It will only be resolved by selling most of the core and starting again, fresh, a new chapter. This is never going to happen under AP because he isn’t bold enough and is clearly a manager who has ‘favourites’.

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  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 1, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #23

    we need to do the same as liverpoo.. buy top quality players in the summer!!!!!!!!!! instead of carroll we can buy sow ? instead of suarez we can buy gamerio or another fast sriker ?
    +kranjar, taiwo, gervinho, larsson and a new cb.

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  • jay333

    May 1, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #24

    another thing, i think we really need a right back, dont think simpson is up for the challenge of premiership football. might be why man u sold him for less than a mil…

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  • jay333

    May 1, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #25

    gameiro wont come, hes going to la liga

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  • Foxworth

    May 1, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #26

    I thought we played well considering

    1) We’re a newly promoted team us against a top 6 side who were playing at home

    2) we more than matched them in defence and midfield, the only difference was our strikers we’re a drop in class to theirs (that can be rectified next season)

    3) you can’t account for luck and their 1st & 3rd goals took lucky deflections. we’ll get our slice of good fortune sometime soon i hope.

    4) you can account for individual mistakes and Williamson’s took the game beyond our reach

    5) Judas didn’t score, let alone look a threat – and we got 35 MILLION for him!!!!

    6) we should have had a penalty but that’ll hopefully even itself out at home vs Brum

    7) Two deflections sandwiching an individual mistake minus a penalty that should have been given leaves the score at 1-1.

    its not the end of the world, we weren’t supposed to get anything out of the match but we gave it a good shot (apart from the strikers).

    Next up Brum where if we play the same (and get a bit of luck AND cut out stupid mistakes) we should get a good win.

    Don’t let the heads drop, stick behind the team and HWTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Toonmania

    May 1, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #27

    You would have thought with all that money carroll would at least be able to buy haircut he looks like a bin man, he looks like a complete Judas twat 😉

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  • jay333

    May 1, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #28

    looks like peter “im a lanky retard” crouch is our best attacking bet for next season

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 1, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #29

    With Lazy ass Strolla Ameobi in the team we will achieve nothing!!!! We have to ditch this clown once and for all. I can’t stand to see him here anymore. I don’t care if he scores a hat-trick next match I’d still want that fool out of our club. He never is consistant, and he never will be. Even when he’s n top form he’s average at best.

    Ship him out along with :

    Kuqi, Campbell, Smith, Perch.

    2 New Quality Strikers PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • toonoholic

    May 1, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #30

    i would be happy with peter crouch. with a club yo-yo ing at 10th spot we cannot attract any other big names.

    enrique already looks a goner and will be missed. but if nolan and barton are not here next season its going to be frustratingly annoying.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 1, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #31

    I don’t think Ashley’ gives a rat’s pataudi, but it’s fairly obvious we’re going nowhere under pardwho.

    I know some West Ham fans who were screaming for pardwho to go at the end of his time at upton park, who told me I would see what they meant soon enough. Pardwho is total 3rd rate but we’re stuck with him unless we get bought out.

    Good french players won’t come because of barton, that’s well known and after his last 7 performances since his ”I’m the best english midfielder ” speech lol, I’m sure we could do better. As for Nolan absolutely anonymous and has been for a long time now.

    carlos Slim, Ambani, USA anybody please save us from more years of mediocrity.

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  • WELSH TOON ™

    May 1, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Anyone no what we were singing about Judas?

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  • aussietoonfan

    May 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Two bad decisions in particular.
    1. Liverpool goalie drops the ball in his own box (opening minutes) and gets a free kick.
    2. Push in the back at one end leads immediately to the opening goal at the other.

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  • Dai

    May 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #34

    Very disappointing performance. Lots of possession 1st half but no creativity or strikers. We seem to have gone to sleep and effort levels died. Irs as if the players are looking to their holidays. Its not over yet !! We also sem to be blogging about keeping our best players being a priority. Well today the likes of Barton and Nolan looked what they are, average. We should not get hung up if either of these guys leave and we replace them with players with more energy and fight. We looked hung-over today. Jonas looked ok and Colo played well, but all the others could easily be replaced.

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  • dave 1961

    May 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Pardew has no brain he’s a zombie, I’m sure I heard him shouting brains, what excuse will we get after this shocking result, tired, the ref, or will he say sorry for waiting until we go 3 down to change things, if he was the credit for the 4-4 fight back where’s the motivation in this piece of pardpoo, if it was not for my hospital appointments this week I would get the first plane out the country.

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  • north east lincs toon

    May 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #36

    IS BELLAMY RELATED TO LUCAS OR HAVE THEY BOTH FELL OUT OF THE SAME UGLY TREE C HANSON AND BIG NOSE THOMOSON IN THE STANDS PAIR OF COCKY TWATS

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 1, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #37

    toonoholic

    crouch oh yeah just what we need as if we haven’t got neck ache enough as it is. why can’t we keep the ball on the ground for a change.

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  • jay333

    May 1, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #38

    you cant slag off nolan, his imput this season has been impeccable, leading scorer and all. and a good club captain, though i would like to see him in the refs face a bit more, especially a weak one like we had in todays game.

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  • TimToon9

    May 1, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #39

    @Coolcatcarter
    You honestly believe we should start over again because of this loss? All we need are a good winger, a good striker and a bigger squad. We dominated the first half, but we couldn’t produce. If we had Arfa in this game, it would have been completely different. All we lacked, were creativity. He has that in spades

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 1, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #40

    we have to get rid of all our forwards except ranger and must bring in sow gamerio gervinhio long

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