Magpies Set For First League Win At Anfield In 18 Years

After Newcastle’s less than stellar performance in the second half on Sunday against West Brom, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has challenged his players to produce their first Premier League win at Anfield since Kevin Keegan was managing the club back in 1994.

Kevin Keegan in 1994 – last time Newcastle won a league game at Anfield
Nice tie

Newcastle ended up with 3 points through a late lucky goal from Papiss Cisse, his first in the league this season, but Newcastle were decidedly second best to West Brom in the final 45 minutes of the game, and could easily have lost to the Baggies.

But we won, and that’s always good, even if the performance wasn’t, and Liverpool are not the force in English football they once were and a win at Anfield is not out of the question for the Magpies.

Liverpool are 3 points behind Newcastle after 9 games in the league, and the Reds have won just three games  in the Premier League this year, and have only two wins this season – one at home and one away.

At home Liverpool have drawn two and lost two of their first five home league games at Anfield – not great.

This is what Alan Pardew told the local media today:

“I think a little bit of history does come into it. We are going to have to buck that trend if we are going to get the win.” “We all know it is a very tough place to go.” “But there is no reason why we can’t win.” “We’re looking forward to it and I’m sure we can give a good account of ourselves.”

If Newcastle can play well on Sunday, there’s no reason we couldn’t nick all 3 points and that would add to the momentum of last week when we drew at Sunderland with 10 men and then had wins against Club Brugge and West Brom at home.

Howay The Lads!!

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11 comments so far

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Oct 31, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Would love just love it if we beat them !

  • mindshaft

    Oct 31, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    cant see us getting anything from anfield, weve looked really flat this season so far

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 31, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    To be fair to our players I don’t think this is just about challenging them to play better – it about how we approach a game mentally and tactically.

    …I think Pardew need to do some self reflection.

    And to quote my old teacher ‘learn to kill your darlings’! This was actually a old quote from the English writer Sir Authur Quilller-Couch!

  • Spoof

    Oct 31, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #4

    We are top of our Europa league and only 2 points off the top six, so why are so many down beat on how we have done so far this season

  • beefman13

    Oct 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    If AP starts with the team that played west brom, i hate to say it but i cannot see us beating liverpool

    I come on to this blog and am uncanally positive about the way the club is moving forward, but if perch and jonas start in the middle then that means no creativity and yohan needs to up his game he has only really had a couple of decent games imo this season for us.

    AP will be looking for a point if he sets up as he did against the baggies, it will be backs against the wall, and saying how well we defended.

    If you want to win at anfield go for it, lets not hope to sneak it, its an awful long time since we took the spoils down there, maybe no demba as well so it will be even tougher, but lets not just have one good 10/15 min spell then absord pressure for the rest, its bloody awful to watch.

  • martoon

    Oct 31, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #6

    I watched the Merseyside derby last weekend and though it pains me to write it I thought Liverpool played well and were unlucky not to win it. We’ll definitely have to up out game to get anything at Anfield but hopefully with our week off and Liverpool playing tonight might help us.

  • wynsleap

    Oct 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Have to go along with the consensus on here – I can’t see us getting anything (as usual) at Anfield at the weekend.
    Unless we get Cabaye vastly improving his game and Saylor in at the back it’s going to be tough.
    Certainly don’t think a static Shola up front will cause them too much bother but Benny certainly could if he’s in the right frame of mind.
    Having said that I’d love to get 3 points there as I despise them even more than the Mackems and Manure!

  • danuneek

    Oct 31, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #8

    This is definitely the type of game to use 4-2-3-1 especially as we don’t have to accommodate Ba and Cisse. Strolla is good for the last 20 minutes, but for me he hasn’t all of a sudden become a great player. He’s average at best!

    We need Cabaye in a role where all he needs to think about is creating chances. And we also need to give Ben Arfa license to wander. I see him closing that gap between Cisse and Cabaye, playing more as a withdrawn striker.

    Liverpool will use a 5 man midfield, so if we set up with 2 in the middle we’ve lost.

    I would also start with Ferguson on the left of the 3 as his delivery would compliment Santon’s runs. Also he’s guaranteed to supply at least one cross that would result in a goal chance.

    With two holding players, and Ferguson hugging the touchline, Cisse, Cabaye and Ben Arfa can concentrate more on attacking.

    Ben Arfa———–Cabaye————Ferguson

  • q8igeordie

    Oct 31, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #9

    @dunaneek nice formation l agree

  • Graeme

    Oct 31, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Based on our playing performance over the season so far; together with the way Pardeau has set the team up in the league, I would suggest that the likelihood of us winning at Anfield is ZERO.

    We are not playing to our strengths, the way we did last season – we are playing more hoof-ball than we ever have and it just doesn’t suit the players. What exactly is the point of having players like Cabaye and Anita if the defence just lump it up to the opposition 18 yard box and hope, completely missing out our mid-field??

    Having Tiote out yet again certainly doesn’t help the situation as Anita is supposed to be playing alongside him to release Cabaye to be the playmaker at the base of a 4 man diamond with HBA and Obertan / Marveaux outside him with Cisse OR Ba at the apex.

    That would give us so many more options when defending and allows a very fast transition to attack. I guess we just live in hope that one day something will click and we become a team again!!

  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Oct 31, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #11

    @dunaneek, nice formation, but i think this would be more balanced:






    Good wingbacks, skilfull and quallity wing forwards, creative attacking midfielder and one box to box midfielder EPL standart and CDM capable of doing his duties. Defense pair is solid too.. Keeper is as good as always. For me the only question is Cabaye. if he could find his form we’ll win.

    back up plan:

    subs: Obertan IN, Jonas Out (Fergie LB), Sammy IN Perch or Bigi Out, And Shola IN for Cisse if he doesn’t score in 75min..






    Santon, Jonas and Fergie are much bigger threat going foward (and with that in mind opposition has more questions – easier to defend). Santon, Jonas and Fergie can defend as well as Simmo if not better. Santon could cause more problems crossing with his right foot, over lapping benny who cuts inside to shot with his magical left. Jonas is a good Left Wing Back wich tends to cut inside, he can take on his man, or by cuting inside create some space for fergie to put a nice cross. Cabaye could pass a through ball two cisse as well as dictate the tempo of the game with his range of passing. Perch and Bigi in my eyes are good pair to have protecting cabaye’s back. Cabaye also usually defens well. I really would like to see my formation against liverpool. I stated my case so i’d like to hear something from you (Blog Readers and Writer). Thank You.


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