A brilliant rearguard action by 10 man Newcastle in the second half gave Newcastle a well deserved point against powerhouse Liverpool this afternoon – after Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had been sent off just before half time for fouling Luis Suarez in the box.
Steven Gerrard converted the penalty and it was 1-1 at the half, after Yohan Cabaye scored a brilliant goal from all of 30 yards after 23 minutes to put Newcastle ahead.
In the second half Paul Dummett played well at center-back and scored a great goal after 56 minutes – his first for his home town club – to put 10 man Newcastle ahead, but then after mounting pressure Sturridge got the equalizer after 72 minutes but Newcastle hung on in great style to get the point and deny Liverpool.
We would have taken a point before the game – but to do this with 10 men for more than half the game – well – it was a wonderful fighting performance from our lads.
Give them all full credit – they were magnificent today.
This is how we saw the game – as it happened:
Newcastle started this game well and had a lot of early possession, and every player was trying to close down Liverpool when they got the ball.
After six minutes Debuchy had a long-range shot which was straight at the goalkeeper, but then after 23 minutes it was another Yohan Cabaye special that put Newcastle ahead, as Tiote gave the ball to Cabaye inside his own half.
Cabaye took the ball forward and with no Liverpool player closing him down the Frenchman unleashed a terrific shot from all of 30 yards out, that swerved and dipped past Mignolet – a fantastic goal from the Frenchman.
But a few minutes later Sakho should have leveled the scores when he headed the ball over the bar from seven yards out after a Suarez cross.
Ben Arfa was playing up front in the middle, and doing a lot of work going after the ball, but a couple of times crosses came over and nobody was in the middle – Ben Arfa is not a natural center-forward.
And with four minutes to go to half time and Newcastle looking to be in the ascendency a terrible mistake by Yanga-Mbiwa changed the whole game – as the Frenchman fouled Suarez in the box, as the Uruguayan was through on goal, and it was a penalty.
But to make matters a lot worse, since the Frenchman was the last Newcastle man, he received a straight red card. Oh no!!
Steven Gerrard easily converted the penalty to put Liverpool level and that was Gerrard’s 100th Premier League goal.
So half time came after a very good performance in the first 45 minutes by Newcastle, but a bad mistake by Yanga-Mbiwa will make it difficult in the second half – with Paul Dummett coming on at center-back.
And then would you believe it after 56 minutes a free kick from Yohan Cabaye on the left wing went right through to Dummett, who got in and brilliantly put the ball into the back of the net with his left foot, and Newcastle were 2-1 ahead.
The local lad scored his first goal for Newcastle, and Paul and the Newcastle crowd went absolutely wild – maybe Paul should be playing in the first team regularly these days?
Newcastle were playing well in a good rearguard action, but after 72 minutes Liverpool were level as a move down Liverpool’s left wing caught Newcastle short, and it was the SAS partnership as Luis Suarez crossed for Sturridge to head the ball home.
Liverpool were now taking the game to Newcastle, and after 78 minutes a double change as Anita and Sammy Ameobi replaced Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa.
Liverpool had their chances to win this game, but it was courageous play that kept Liverpool out – even when referee Andre Mariner kept the game going way past the four minutes of added time.
And with the last kick of the game Tim Krul made a great save from a Luis Suarez free kick, just outside the box.
But make no mistake about it, Newcastle deserved this point today and the organized play and fighting spirit of our lads augers well for the future – very well.
This Newcastle side were simply great today.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye (Vurnon Anita 78), Cheick Tiote (c), Moussa Sissoko (Paul Dummett 45); Yoan Gouffran, Hatem Ben Arfa (Sammy Ameobi 78), Loic Remy
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi
Liverpool (3-4-1-2): Simon Mignolet; Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho (Luis Alberto 63); Glen Johnson (Raheem Sterling 83), Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard (c), Aly Cissokho; Victor Moses; Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge
Subs not used: Brad Jones, Jon Flanagan, Martin Kelly, Daniel Agger, Joe Allen
Referee: Andre Marriner