It seems that Michael Owen was watching the game between two of his former clubs yesterday, and when Fabricio Coloccini got a straight red card from referee Anthony Taylor, Michael was very active with his tweets on his Twitter account.
Michael Owen – when he signed for Stoke late in the summer
The Stoke City striker thought that Colo’s red card was laughable, and when you see the TV replays, Colo just about touched Suarez’ thigh, but the referee Anthony Taylor of Manchester told Alan Pardew after the game that it was the intent of the challenge that got the Newcastle captain sent off.
Of course we got the usual dramatics of Luis Suarez rolling around the floor in supposed agony, which is not a good part of the game these days.
This is what 32 year-old Michael Owen tweeted at the time the sending off happened:
“Not having that at all. Coloccini didn’t touch him and to say there was intent is laughable.” “Let me tell you, he kicks a moving ball a thousand times a day and doesn’t miss it once.”
“If he wanted to connect with a standing leg then he wouldn’t have missed.” “He pulls out at the last minute and doesn’t touch him. Not having that’s a red at all.”
Coloccini’s sending off added to the woes of Newcastle, since we had three players – James Perch, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye – all replaced during the game because of injury, so it was not a good day at the office for Newcastle in that respect.
Newcastle going down to 10 men after 84 minutes gave Liverpool a chance to win the game, but some stout defending by Newcastle, with local lad Steven Taylor simply outstanding – we held out for a good 1-1 draw.
Liverpool played very well yesterday, and Luis Suarez had one of his best games for the Reds, so given that – Newcastle did well to hold Liverpool to a 1-1 draw.
We’re happy with the point, although we thought at halftime we could get our first win at Anfield in a league game since 1994, but it wasn’t to be.
Now we’ll need to hammer West Ham next Sunday at home – these draws don’t get you moving up the league table.
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