Newcastle continued their amazing run of results today with yet another win – this time against Liverpool at St. James’ Park, in what was a close game with the Reds.
Alan Pardew hails Magpies goal from Ayoze Perez
But it was Newcastle who did enough to win the game, and after Tim Krul had kept Newcastle level after 56 minutes with a magnificent save from a Coutinho header – Newcastle broke away 16 minutes later with Moussa Sissoko down the left wing, and the ball ended up in the back of the net.
Moussa Sissoko made a surging run down the left wing after 73 minutes, put it through to Dummett who played it back to the Frenchman , who put it into the middle and it bounced off a Liverpool defender to Ayoze Perez, who smashed the ball home and Newcastle were ahead 1-0 and we held that lead fairly easily through the three minutes of added time.
This is how we saw the game as it happened.
After 10 minutes there was a scintillating run by Gabby Obertan down the right wong and his cross found Sissoko who quickly dived to the floor – but it wasn’t a foul and no penalty – Moussa should have stayed on his feet.
Both sides were closing the other players down well, and it was a close game.
Liverpool counter-attacked well but there was a great intercept by Janmaat, who then went forward on the attack – it was good play by Daryl who seems to be settling down for Newcastle at right back.
Obertan had looked very good on the right wing, but then after 24 minutes he went down after a challenge and he was obviously injured – and it looked like his thigh muscle.
The unlucky Obertan, who has had problems with injuries in his career, went off to some good applause from the home crowd, and young Rolando Aarons came in on the right wing.
After 37 minutes from a corner a decent shot by Papiss Cisse was headed off the line by Glenn Johnson – and that was unlucky for the Magpies.
After 40 minutes from a Liverpool corner Martin Skrtel got clear and he had a free header on goal, but he headed the ball wide – that as a good chance for Liverpool and a lrt off for Newcastle.
Newcastle got a free kick just outside the box just before half time, and somehow Steven Taylor managed to get his name taken by the referee – but then Cisse hit the ball way over the bar.
At half-time it was still 0-0 and a close game.
Liverpool had 65% possession in the first half but Newcastle were content to counter-attack the Reds, and we had looked dangerous in the first half.
At the start of the second half, Ayoze Perez came on for Papiss Cisse, so we have to think that knee of his was bothering him again, and so Newcastle had an 18 year-old a 21 year old and a 22 year-old as the front three.
Liverpool switched to a back three, and they came at Newcastle at the start of the second half.
After 50 minutes a very good swerving free kick from Mario Balotelli was well held by Tim Krul, and the Newcastle goalkeeper saved again from the Italian a few minutes later.
On 56 minutes Coutinho had a great header from a Gerrard cross and it looked like it was going in – but Tim Krul made a fantastic save as he turned the ball behind for a corner – a terrific save from the Newcastle goalkeeper to keep the scored level.
And as Liverpool were starting to press Newcastle, Daryl Janmaat put in a terrible tackle after 62 minutes, and the Dutchman was very lucky to just get a yellow card from referee Mariner for that. 🙁
On 66 minutes with the game on a knife’s edge, in came Remy Cabella for Sammy Ameobi – and manager Pardew had made all three substitutions.
Ayoze turns away after scoring winner
After 73 minutes Newcastle went ahead with a well worked goal.
Moussa Sissoko made a surging run down the left wing – put it through to Dummett who played it back to the Frenchman , and then Moussa crossed it into the middle and it bounced off Moreno to Ayoze Perez, who made no mistake and smashed the ball home in a jiffy – and Newcastle were leading 1-0.
This lad doesn’t think in the penalty area – he has a goalscorer’s instinct and just hits the ball home – and that was his second Premier League goal in as many games.
And then three minutes later Newcastle caught Liverpool short at the back, and it was Remy Cabella who had a great chance to make it 2-0 but Mignolet made a decent save, and then Cabella was just wide with another shot.
Remy needs to plant one of them home and it will do his confidence the world of good – in truth he didn’t do much wrong but still should have scored.
Newcastle were going for the second goal and were looking lively, and it was Moussa Sissoko who forced another good save out of the former Sunderland goalkeeper.
The referee added on three minutes at the end of the game – but Newcastle held out for another fantastic win – our fourth win in a row – and two clean sheets at home. 😀
This has been a terrific turnaround from a young and energetic Newcastle side, and we have played three games in six days and won them all against Tottenham, Manchester City and now Liverpool.
Who could ask for anything more?
We are now in 9th place – before the other teams have played their 10th league game of the season – and just one point behind Liverpool.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback; Gabriel Obertan (Rolando Aarons 25) , Papiss Cisse (Ayoze Perez 45), Sammy Ameobi (Remy Cabella 66)
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Ryan Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Simon Mignolet; Glen Johnson, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel, Alberto Moreno; Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard (c); Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling; Mario Balotelli
Substitutes: Brad Jones, Javi Manquillo, Kolo Toure, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Fabio Borin, Rickie Lambert