We said before the game that the result would depend on how Mike Williamson and James Perch played at the back against Liverpool yesterday.
James Perch stupidly head butted by Reina yesterday
And both lads played great, and James Perch showed what a gutsy and good player he is, and he was simply magnificent yesterday, even in the way he kept himself out of trouble, after he was head-butted by a very frustrated Pepe Reina.
That incident lacked complete class from the Spanish goalkeeper, and was indicative of how frustrated Liverpool had become, as they were contained by a strong Newcastle side..
And it was also a sign that Newcastle had outplayed Liverpool in the second half, and the Merseyside team have now lost six of their last seven league games, and Pepe will miss the FA Cup semi-final against Everton at Wembley.
The two center-backs were tremendous for Newcastle yesterday, and they illustrated the fighting spirit we see from all the Newcastle players these days, and there were some good performances all over the field for the Magpies.
But James doesn’t always get the headlines he deserves, so let’s hear it for James today.
Here are the poll results and there’s still time to vote – but nobody is going to catch James Perch on 54% of the vote, with Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Mike Williamson behind him in that order.