Brilliant Ten Man Newcastle Deny Liverpool

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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

24 comments so far

  • Slank

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #1


    Tayls @ 22

    Disagree that Dummet has potential.

    He is as near to the finished article as you can get. He does not look out of place in the first team.

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Who said the french lack fight.

    Also two players that have had alot to prove were the best players on the pitch today, tiote and debuchy, true defensive walls.

    How owen justifies picking gerrard motm ill never know.

  • toonking

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Cardiff ahead where is that great morineho

    @norcal 29

    that is why I believe managers in general are never given enough time.

    last year when everyone wanted pardew sacked which TBH I did call for once or twice his head myself, the thing is Jonas was an excellent player the year we finished 5th so it was a lot harder to question weather to drop him but, by the end of the season I think pardew saw all his mistakes made last season from subs to formation and starting 11 so now has learned from them.

    the best thing I saw out of todays game was we have played like a team who didn’t give up once that red card come, something we saw loads of times last year when we went a goal down.

  • MosesNUFC

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #4

    first 40mins we looked like a real top team and we mastered the 4-2-3-1 very well

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Missed the game today.

    Who played CB for NUFC after MYM was sent off?

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Can’t fault Pardew or NUFC today. Probably the best game with Pardew in charge.

    A good exciting line up and at times NUFC players with the ball had a player left and right to pass to which was great to see and a first.

    Tragic MYM getting sent off as up till then it was probably his best game too.

    One of my beefs with Pardew is lack of consistency so I just hope that today isn’t a prelude to the usual same old, same old.

    If we can be this good as we were today we have to keep tapping in to it. Dummet looks the business too.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #7

    12toonarmydownsouth // Oct 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    All things considered that was a fantastic point today!

    All the players played like they had a point to prove and for me we matched pool all over the pitch!
    As I wanted too see Debuchy and Cabaye both had much improved games, they were fantastic, and what a goal from cabs!

    Goofy, remy, HBA all worked hard up front and if I’m honest I actually think we DESERVED all 3 points

    So happy for dummet, this lad is special, I’ve been saying this since the Brighton game last season and it’s great to see him rewarded with a goal, although santoon has upped the stakes by putting in a fantastic display today

    And lastly full credit to pardew! He has his critics and tbf his limitations but let’s be honest he got it spot on today!

    Been along time since I’ve felt proud of the lads after a game but definitely feeling it today

  • Ted Bundy

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #8

    In other news:

    Gosling was fouled in the box on is debut for Blackpool and Ince slotted it for the only goal of the game. Gosling twice came close to scoring, too.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s not that much of a surprise dummet came on instead of Taylor, Taylor wasn’t in the squad!!!

  • MosesNUFC

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #10

    toonarmydownsouth couldn’t agree more

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #11


    fair play i like paragraph 4 as well you have to get a dig in too yeh haha 😉

  • BandB

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #12


    Why do you feel the need to pop up with that “where are all the…blah blah” every time we don’t lose?
    I have been posting all week, against the general run of sentiment, saying I thought we could win today.
    Tiote, Debuchy and Cabaye very good. The sending off changed the game, and we coped. The system was a brave one, and led to us dominating for 40 minutes. Dummet did well defensively, even without his goal.
    Plenty of good things to talk about tonight, for a pleasant change.

  • askar

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #13

    IMO we must say THANK YOU MISTER TIOTE! He is back 🙂

    DUMMETT = AMAZING player, good job 🙂
    Gouf = GOOD
    Cabaye = GOOD
    HBA = GOOD
    Krull = GOOD
    Sissoko = NOT GOOD TODAY
    Remy = NOT GOOD TODAY 🙁

    Anyway Well done and Howay The Lads! 🙂

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #14

    We deserved to walk away with 3 pts there..

    if Remy was not selfish and saw Anita and if Tiote was not selfish and saw HBA or Gouffy… we would have gotten 3 points..

    a bit gutted could have paid the scourers back with 3 men…

    real pity. But played well biggest disappointment for me HBA today worked hard but nothing came off few tricks nearly had a breakthrough but didnt come off pitty.

    Gouffy worked his sox off…. Tiote was great too for a change Cabayes goal was sick

  • toonking

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #15

    rotunda well done atleast you have not still give neg, something catchy still did.

    I will take some peoples options on poor management by pardew but only if they are also will give him credit on the good results AND not blame him alone for every single bad result because sometimes it is certainly the players fault ie that everton game.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #16

    What was actually amazing today is that hoofball looks totally off the menu even with Willo at the back ha ha

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Been saying for a while Dummet is brill.

    Would use Santon possibly LW Remy of front with Gouffy Right.

    Great performance from the lad. Very good positioning and play, quick and has a left foot.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #18


    I we can play regularly like we did today then no complaints

  • toonking

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #19

    the best starting 11 I see for us the majority of this season is this



  • Tayls

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #20

    @Slank you’re not wrong. Dummet didn’t look out of place at all and played very well. When I say he has potential I mean he’s still only 22 and is a defender. Defenders cone of age sooner in there careers as they gain experience, so if this is hom now imagine him in 5 years? 😀

  • lesh

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #21

    toonking….. @15

    You’ll need to be careful what you say here. Asking the beggars to praise Pardew when appropriate might just be too big an ask fir some!

    Credit where it’s due today we attacked and coped well under a lot of pressure.

    I wonder if Pardew’ll receive some criticism for continuing to attack when the game was coming to an end at 2-2? I suspect he will as the Pardew Out brigade’ll find something to whine about.

    Oh, and I wonder whether Tiote still needs to be shipped out along with Debuchy and Willo.

    Tremendous result and it could’ve been better if the ref was a bit more alert to Suarez’s cynical diving.

    However, well done all and the crowd, well they sounded awesome on the radio and it must’ve been a helluva atmosphere at the Park today.

  • pottsclock

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #22

    When Enrique left us, we thought left back would be a massive problem. Remember before he left we were chasing a number of players who have since come to the EPL – namely Cissoko and Pieters. Even young Shane Ferguson played for us in that position a number of times and did not do too badly.
    I have to say with Dummett, Santon, Haidara and MBiwa it is probably the position for which we have most coverage at the club. But something has to give as in my opinion Dummett needs to be starting in that position now.

  • toonbrother

    Oct 19, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #23

    . He was stupid to give away a pen but i dont think its right to crucify MYM. he and Willo kept the country’s best attack at bay for 45 minutes.I still think he is a better central defender than Colocinni

  • Sav

    Oct 20, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    Comment #24

    What about running that fans’ poll for Newcastle’s left-back, Ed? Might be a different result after today.
    Credit Pardew with outfoxing Rodgers’ to some extent. And for geeing up the players for a great effort today. Tiote as captain seems to be working, too. Special mention for Williamson.


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