It was one of those games we will remember, not because we beat Liverpool at home, and that looked very possible until Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off, but because of the fight, guts and passion all our players showed on Saturday, because we played 50 minutes with just 10 men against one of the in-form teams in England and held them – just.
Alan Pardew - time ref – blow the whistle before they score!
It was like a win, and certainly the Liverpool blogs are rightly saying that it was 2 points dropped for the Reds, but they give credit to Newcastle for a fine rearguard action..
And it must also be said that the almost 52,000 crowd also helped big time, and they roared on their side throughout the game, and went crazy when local lad Paul Dummett put us ahead again in that second half.
This is what Alan said today in the local papers:
“It was one of those games where we needed the crowd to help us, and they did.” “Actually, their honesty and sportsmanship – they clapped Steven Gerrard – and their support was outstanding.”
“What Newcastle fans want to see is attacking intent, a tackle, a resilience and flair.” “I thought we showed all those ingredients.” “Sometimes we show our love here in different ways.”
“We can tease and be sarcastic in our support, but there was genuine love for Steven Gerrard because he’s got us to the World Cup with his captaincy.”
“It was a win, in a way.” “I was slightly disappointed, because of the game at 11 v 11.” “I thought it was even.” “We were perhaps shading it.”
“We got the goal as well. It’s disappointing I didn’t see 90 minutes of that team.” “It would have been interesting to see the outcome of the game.”
“It changed. We went down to 10 men.” “We had a bad break in terms of Cheick coming back from injury.” “He kept him onside.”
“Then we had to show the other side – the side our fans at home perhaps haven’t seen so much of in the games this year and last year.
“Where’s the resilience? Where’s the character?” “Yet on the road, we have shown it at Villa and Cardiff.” “Our home fans haven’t seen that.” “They saw that it is there.”
Newcastle fans have always admired Steven Gerrard, probably because of his total loyalty to his local club, and we remember in our relegation season, when he was applauded off the pitch in the second half, having completely dismantled Newcastle with a superb performance and two goals, in the 5-1 hammering they inflicted on us that day.
Of course he is also now the England captain, which he should have been years ago – simply because he’s a real leader on and off the field – a legend who’s still playing the game.
Liverpool didn’t dismantle us on Saturday – that’s for sure – although they certainly tried in that second half.
All credit to the Newcastle players on Saturday.
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