As expected before the game, Newcastle lost at Anfield today 2-1, but only after playing really well for the first hour and defending really well, but then Newcastle’s lackadaisical defense finally turned up, and we conceded two poor goals after 63 and 65 minutes from set plays – free kicks just outside the penalty area – and that was after we were leading 1-0 at the break through an own goal from Daniel Skrtel after 20 minutes.
Shola Ameobi was sent off for something he said to the referee before the game got going again after the second goal, and substitute Paul Dummett was sent off after a rash tackle on Lois Suarez after 87 minutes.
That’s a terrible way for Shola Ameobi to end his Newcastle career, after playing for fourteen years in the first team, and he was also having a good game. 🙁
Stoke won 2-1 at West Brom through a late goal and therefore finish one point above Newcastle – everything went wrong for Newcastle in those last 30 minutes.
A few facts – since the 5-1 defeat of Stoke City on Boxing Day we lost fourteen of the last twenty league games, failed to score in 13 of them and got only 16 points after getting 33 points in our first 18 games – so you couldn’t get more of a collapse than that.
We lost eight of the last 10 games and seven of the last eight – and if we don’t build up the squad significantly in the summer, we will definitely be fighting relegation next season.
And this season we conceded a massive 59 goals, and that goes with our worst ever goals against tally of last season, which was 65, so that’s one place where reinforcements are necessary – but they are needed all over the field in truth.
But the next important decision for Mike Ashley to make is the fate of Alan Pardew.
Newcastle even looked good – very good in fact for the first hour, but then we completely collapsed – just like we did in our last 20 games of the season.
And we didn’t even mention we lost 2-1 at home to Cardiff City in the FA Cup third round in January, which means we lost 15 of the last 21 games played – that is pathetic.
As far as the game went today – Newcastle had gone in front after 20 minutes, when Gouffran took the ball down the left wing and cut in and put a nice right footed cross towards Ameobi, but Martin Skrtel miskicked the ball and it flew into the back of the net off his right leg, to put Newcastle 1-0 up.
And then Yoan Gouffran was clean through on goal, and should have made it 2-0 a few minutes later, but he shot straight at Mignolet, when he should really have scored.
Then after Newcastle had looked so solid we started to lose our discipline in the second half, and gave free kicks away just outside the box, and you really cannot do with a Liverpool side that includes Suarez and Gerrard, who are simply excellent at free kicks.
After 63 minutes a free kick to the far post saw Daniel Agger poke the ball home unchallenged, and then two minutes later, after we had given another daft free kick away just outside the box. Daniel Sturridge got on the end of the free kick to score Liverpool’s second goal.
So after being 1-0 ahead after 62 minutes, we were 2-1 down after 65 minutes – and then came the two red cards for Ameobi and Dummett, and then came the late Stoke City winner at West Brom.
What a terrible way to end what has turned out to be another terrible season. 🙁
Liverpool (4-3-3): Simon Mignolet; Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jon Flanagan (Aly Cissokho 46); Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard (c), Joe Allen (Philippe Coutinho 59); Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge (Lucas 80)
Subs not used: Brad Jones, Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho, Iago Aspas
Newcastle (3-4-2-1): Tim Krul; Steven Taylor (Luuk de Jong 73), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini; Mathieu Debuchy, Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote (Paul Dummett 82 – sent off 87), Massadio Haidara; Yoan Gouffran (Sammy Ameobi 78), Moussa Sissoko; Shola Ameobi (sent off 65)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, Lubo Satka, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Referee: Phil Dowd