Newcastle didn’t really deserve anything out of the game last night at Anfield, and it was not one of Newcastle’s better performances.
Andy Carroll in action last night for Liverpool
The game was fairly even in the first half and Newcastle even went ahead with an own goal from Daniel Agger after 25 minutes.
Yohan Cabaye had headed on a good cross from Ryan Taylor, and the ball was going in, before it was diverted by Agger’s arm into the net, and maybe the goal will eventually be awarded to Cabaye by that dubious goals committee.
But would you believe it, they equalized after 3 minutes later through Craig Bellamy, who hit home a poor clearance by Cheick Tiote from a right wing cross into the Newcastle box.
We thought we could have even gone on and won the game 1-0, or at least got the 1-1 draw, because in their last six home games Liverpool had not been able to score more than one goal.
It was fairly even in the first half, and even in the second half with three quarters of the game gone, Newcastle were nicely placed at 1-1, and we thought we even had a chance to even win it at that point.
And it was also annoying all game when the TV commentators obviously wanted Andy Carroll to score against his old club, and Andy did hit the cross-bar with a good header in the second half, and he’s still a good player but Liverpool hardly play to his strnegths.
Let’s put it this way – if he returned to Newcastle he’d be as good as he ever was, because Newcastle play with two good wingers and get those crosses in and would use Andy’s strengths.
Steven Gerrard had come on after 60 minutes, and in retrospect if the England International hadn’t played at all last night, Newcastle would have probably got something out of the game.
But Steven seemed to energize the Liverpool team, and he started putting some great crosses over to Andy Carroll.
It was from a free kick after 65 minutes that Liverpool went ahead after 67 minutes, and after the game Alan Pardew was complaining it was never a free kick.
But we always think that’s a poor excuse – and he sounded too much like Steve Kean after a game – and it would have been better if Newcatsle had defended the free kick a lot better than they did.
But Craig hit the ball past the wall and basically Danny Simpson and Tim Krul got in each other’s way, and the ball somehow ended up in the back of the net.
And then to make it even worse, Steven Gerrard decided to get himself a goal, and on 78 minutes he had the ball clear down the left wing , and put the ball in from a narrow angle, but Tim Krul will be asking himself how he let that one in.
It was the 9th time in the last 11 league meetings that Liverpool have beaten Newcastle at Anfield, and the fourth time in a row that Liverpool had scored three goals at home against the Magpies.
Let’s put it this way, we were not at our best last night, and didn’t deserve anything from the game.
But there were some good patches, especially in the first 20 minutes of the second half when the lads played some good football, as they tried to get control of the game.
It was a disappointing result and a rather disappointing display from the lads – and that’s the truth.
But it’s only one game, and once Mike Williamson is back fully match fit again, we have to hope the defense becomes a lot more solid than it looked last night.
But that’s the fifth time in the last eight games that Newcatle have conceded three goals, in a streak that has seen us get us one win and only 5 points from the 24 points that were available.
We’ll have to do better than that early next year, but the next game will also be tough against Mancsheter United next Wedbneday evening at St. James’ Park.
We’re not expecting too much out of the game, but we’d like to see a better and more solid performance from Newcastle than the lads gave last night at Anfield.
It’s time for Newcastle to regroup, because we still have a decent side and some good players, but too many of them were off form last night.
But as we said it’s only one game and we have to hope we’ll be a lot better over the next few games.