If the truth be told, Newcastle were just not at the races at all on Sunday afternoon at Anfield.
Steven Taylor – could get starting place Saturday?
Yes, we’ve heard of all the woulda coulda shoulda that you always hear after a defeat, but in truth Newcastle didn’t deserve anything from the game, and they didn’t get anything from the game either.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has put his best spin on the game:
“It was strange game,” “We had a lot of possession, but they scored after making a fast start. That was really disappointing for us as we thought we had a foothold in the game.”
“But then we had a great spell, passed the ball well and put the emphasis on us rather than them.”
“We lacked a little bit of a killer pass or punch that would hurt them and had a couple of decent chances, but in the second half the second goal was a crucial factor in the result.”
“We had a good chance just before that with Joey (Barton) and felt we had some sort of control of the game. But at 2-0 down it’s a long way to come back from that.”
The critical goal was certainly that second goal 13 minutes into the second half, as Newcastle had played quite well after conceding the first goal after only 10 minutes, to in-form Maxi Rodriguez, the Argentine International.
Newcastle’s players argued the tackle was outside the box, but that’s almost a technicality after Williamson allowed Uruguayan star Suarez to squeeze past him on the bye-line, and that was a huge error by the 27 year-old former Portsmouth player.
Newcastle must have known that’s a play that Suarez tries all the time, and is very good at, but Mike didn’t seem ready for it.
Alan Pardew was more down to earth and truthful about the second goal when he said this:
“I think it was just outside the box by the look of it, but in all honesty he’s got to deal with that before we even get in that situation,”
With Mike Williamson not having a good game on Sunday and plainly at fault for Liverpool’s second goal, and with Steven Taylor still waiting in the wings, we wonder if Alan Pardew will give a start to Steven on Saturday against Birmingham City?
It seems that Steven has needed to lose a bit of weight over the last month or so, but he could get a chance on Saturday to show what he can do, in what is almost a must win game, if Newcastle have any chance at all of finishing in the top 10 this season.
It’s probably a good time for Pardew to take a look at 25 year-old Taylor, but of course Mike Williamson is such a good lad and so professional, that the Stoke-born player usually comes back with a solid performance, after he’s had one of his poorer games.
That’s a call Alan Pardew ill have to make for Saturday’s important game.
What do you think?