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Newcastle 2 Liverpool 0 – Full Match Report

10:27 pm, Sunday, December 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 52 Comments

This could only happen at Newcastle as we defeated a strong Liverpool side this afternoon 2-0 with really two goals from Georginio Wijnaldum in the second half, but the first one was a deflection and ended up as an own goal from Martin Skrtel.

But it was a much-improved display from the last two games – it had to be – and only our third win of the season and only our 4th clean sheet of the season against a team that is being tipped to maybe even to win the Premier League this season.

Newcastle held Liverpool in the first half and then as the second half  went on we came into the game as more of an attacking force and went  ahead after 69 minutes with a  goal that was made by Sissoko as he fed the ball into Wijnaldum.

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Gini Wijnaldum after scoring

The Dutchman then beat a couple of men in the box and his shot was deflected into the net by Skrtel – but it was all about Gini.

Seven minutes later there was some controversy as Liverpool scored but it was ruled offside but TV replays showed it was really a goal.

But then in stoppage time it was Sissoko again who put in a great ball through to Wijnaldum three minutes into stoppage time and he put it into the back of the net beautifully to send Newcastle fans absolutely wild with joy.

There was five minutes of injury time – where that come from we have no idea – and even more as Skrtel was injured as 90 minutes ticked by – but Newcastle still  kept a clean sheet although we carried some luck now and again in this game.

Here’s how we saw the game as it unfolded.

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Newcastle started this game nervously and conceded three corners in the first 80 seconds as Liverpool pinned Newcastle in their own half.

Newcastle started to settle down a little but after 21 minutes Liverpool should have taken the lead as Benteke had a great chance from only two yards out from goal.

But he somehow managed to kick the ball over the cross-bar with Elliot making a desperate dive to block the shot.

On 27 minutes Dummett gave the ball away but then got back to make  a good block from an attempted Ibe cross.

On 32 minutes Papiss Cisse seemed to have missed a sitter from a narrow angle,  but he was adjudged to have pushed the center-back, so even if he had scored it wouldn’t have counted.

On 41 minutes, Mbemba rose high to the ball and only just headed the ball over the bar but he out-jumped everybody to get his head to the ball – good play by Chancel.

Half time came and it was still 0-0 and Newcastle had done a good  job of containing Liverpool after a shaky start to the game.

After 50 minutes, Sissoko got to the bye line but he was late in cutting it back to Wijnaldum who hit the ball wide.

And then Mbemba made a good run through the middle with the ball,  but he ran into trouble – however it was good enterprising play from Chancel.

Newcastle were coming more into the game and the crowd were starting to come alive.

After 64 minutes Siem de Jong got the ball in the box and seemed to be brought down but Siem was just too slow in the box.

It’s important the Dutchman gets more playing time so he can sharpen up his play – although it was a very decent run-out for the Dutchman.

On 66 minutes, Wijnaldum streaked away as Newcastle were becoming more adventurous and the crowd were warming to Newcastle’s efforts.

The TV commentators pointed to how loud the crowd were getting in appreciation of the efforts of the Newcastle players.

After 67 minutes Perez came on for de Jong and both players got good applause from the Newcastle crowd – it was good to see Siem de Jong put in a good stint for Newcastle.

Newcastle were playing better in the second half than in the first 45 minutes and after 69 minutes Newcastle took the lead and it was Sissoko down the right who got the ball to Wijnaldum in the penalty box.

The Dutch International beat two men before putting the ball into the back of the net and took a deflection off Liverpool defender Skrtel.

The Geordie crowd went crazy after the goal – as did Georginio-  who ran along the crowd – we were worried in case he got himself injured.

But it was good play by Wijnaldum, but his shot was off target and the ball was deflected into the net – so it was an own goal.

The crowd were now coming alive as the lads were ahead with 20 minutes to play.

On 71 minutes Newcastle made a beautiful fast move upfield as the ball was put into the box by Sissoko and good work between Wijnaldum and Perez – but Liverpool managed to clear the ball.

Vurnon Anita then made another move by breaking up play and the Dutchman was having an excellent game in the middle of the park for us.

On 75 minutes, Sturridge was through in the inside right position but he screwed the ball wide of Elliot’s right-hand post – that was a let-off for Newcastle.

On 77 minutes in came Yoan Gouffran for Jack Colback.

On 79 minutes, a left-wing cross was hit first time on the volley with his left foot by Moreno but  the linesman immediately  flagged for offside.

But TV replays showed him to be onside – and it should have been a goal for Liverpool.

Liverpool were starting to come at Newcastle looking for the equalizer.

On 82 minutes on came 22 year-old Florian Thauvin for Papiss Cisse.

With five minutes to go Newcastle were stoutly defending their 1-0 lead as Liverpool were having trouble breaking down the Newcastle defense.

There was five minutes of stoppage time and where that came from we have no idea there were no stoppages for any injuries in the second half.

And then three minutes into stoppage time Newcastle scored again and it was great work from Moussa Sissoko down the right wing.

The Frenchman went past Moreno and sent in a perfect low cross and Wijnaldum only just beat the goalkeeper to the ball and chipped it into the back of the net.

It was brilliant play from Newcastle and a beautiful finish from Wijnaldum to lift the ball over the goalkeeper.

That was Gini’s 7th Premier League goal of the season.

2-0 in stoppage time and the crowd and Gini went crazy – and the roof was coming off at St. James’ Park as Liverpool were beaten.

The whistle was blown to a huge roar from the ecstatic St. James’ Park.

A fantastic result for Newcastle and  a very good performance too – especially in the second half as their confidence continued to grow.

Out third win of the season and our 4th clean sheet of the season.

We go above Sunderland to 3rd bottom with 13 points from 15 games.

We are level on points with Bournemouth and Norwich above us but have a worse  goal difference of -14.

Teams:

Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett; Sissoko, Colback (Gouffran, 77), Anita, Wijnaldum; de Jong (Perez, 68), Cisse (Thauvin, 82). Subs not used: Darlow, Sterry, Mbabu, Mitrovic.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Lucas, Allen, Milner, Ibe (Origi, 75), Firmino (Lallana, 62), Benteke (Sturridge, 62). Subs not used: Bogdan, Toure, Henderson, Randall.

Goals: Skrtel 69 (og), Wijnaldum 90
Bookings: Colback 34, Lucas 45, Anita 60, Cisse 62
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
Attendance: 51,273

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52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thump // Dec 6, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Anita deserves special commendation. The lad played his best game in a black and white shirt today, absolutely bossed the midfield.

    I still don’t get McClaren’s fascination of playing Gini out wide rather than through the middle, though. Thauvin (or even Goofy) would provide some much, much needed width.

  • 2 bladeuser // Dec 6, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    So I suppose it’s SMAC for manager of the season now is it
    Liverpool were shocking get a grip that’s why most of u know sod all its one game it’s pathetic some of the comments on here
    ASH OUT
    SMAC OUT
    COLO OUT

  • 3 defenders needed // Dec 6, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Two dream signings in January to finish the team off and let us have a chance of making tenth.

    Matip & Isco

    —————————–Eliot—————————-
    —-Janmat——Mbemba—Matip——-Dummit—-
    ——-Sissoko————Isco———-Gini————-
    —————–De Jong———-Perez—————–
    —————————–Mitro—————————-

  • 4 lordy_geordie // Dec 6, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Bladeuser.
    Do you think attacking fellow fans helpful? Or does it make you feel better? Ah I get it , your a psychic and can speak for everyone??
    I am a fan who believe it was a fantastic result, Liverpool were shocking but thats football. Do I want to give Steve mc another chance?? Not really. We cant change the policy so dont worry about it. Cashley font care sbout us and I want him out. Assuming we are now all happy however is a massive misjudgment on your part

  • 5 JamesToon // Dec 6, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Defenders needed

    Isco?????

  • 6 sparky55 // Dec 6, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Jamestoon

    we need more than 1 mate

  • 7 Belfast // Dec 6, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    I think bladuser is an old blog warrior called toonruz ? I’m usually quite good with these guesses.

  • 8 defenders needed // Dec 6, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    JamesToon

    Isco — Yeah I saw a rumour a few weeks back of him coming to the premier league, I even think I have seen a couple on here. And shteve reacons we have 50 mil to spend so why not spend most of it on two players we need to add someone with a magic touch who can pick a pass out to the middle of the park. with Christmas just round the corner we can all have a little dream.

  • 9 Tsunki // Dec 6, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Thinking not your strong suit though normally Belfast.

    Aye Bladeuser turn the gas down a bit youngun I think we all realise it’s the Toon we’re on about here 🙂

  • 10 Tsunki // Dec 6, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Ashley Out! Btw

  • 11 Graeme // Dec 6, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    It was a delight to watch us work as a TEAM, to put in the EFFORT. They showed the PASSION that has been missing for 8 months.
    The result was a credit to the team, BUT, that performance, today, is the MINIMUM acceptable for the rest of the season.

    If you can do it against Liverfool, you can produce the same level of Commitment, Desire, Passion, Effort against every other team as well.

  • 12 Thump // Dec 6, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    @Belfast: There’s a name I haven’t seen in a while, and now you mention it, you might be right. A lot of similarities.

  • 13 JamesToon // Dec 6, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Defenders needed

    Yeah I get your logic and it would be a dream come true.

    Xhaka for me would be a perfect choice for midfield to bring some physicality, creativity from deep and leadership

  • 14 andrew84 // Dec 6, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    I slagged McClaren off all week and called him clueless for playing both Coloccini and Sissoko today.

    I’m happy to say I’ve been proved wrong and the three of them deserve credit, so I’ve got egg all over my face.

    Now we’ve got another 3 points in the bag though…more of the same for the rest of the season please (and by that I mean 100% effort and determination). That’s all we can ask for as fans.

  • 15 West Lancs Geordie // Dec 6, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Great win great team performance but agree we need two full backs & a class CB in the window. We just do not have strength in depth.Question why does NUFC always seem to have a long injury list? Is it the training? Can’t keep paying the likes of Saylor with no return. We also have a good half dozen on the payroll who simply aren’t good enough even as squad men

  • 16 Toon fm Exeter // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Well I didn’t see that coming just goes to show that you put a shift in you get rewards, prima donnas out

  • 17 West Lancs Geordie // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Passion, desire, effort, working as a team – long time since these words have been said about the Toon. Just now need to be consistent & replicate tis sort of performance. Got to say Klopp is a breath of fresh air to the Premiership – honest & always a smile on his face & a great motivator (apart from today)
    Cant stand Liverpool -what a result!

  • 18 West Lancs Geordie // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    Still plenty of work to do to climb the table. Money must be well spent in January to strengthen defence & bring in another recognised striker but if play like this -shouldn’t be a problem.

  • 19 Munster Mag // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    I had said before the game that we would be fine, just because the condemnation of the players and club in the media wud have an effect. Didnt expect 2-0 though. Can we keep it up? I doubt it

  • 20 Sav // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:52 AM

    At last some honesty about the fact we have not been putting in sufficient effort and pitch mileage before now. Lets hope once they have pulled their fingers out, they will keep them out like Leicester, Watford, West Ham and even Bournemouth. Play like this and add another 50 mil investment in January and we should see this season out.

  • 21 Sav // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Klopp has a touch of class and wit about him. This is the first time I can honestly say I’ve missed Rodgers and his veneered gnashers. Would love to have seen him spluttering about the disallowed goal and defeat after this.

  • 22 Magpie Season // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:04 AM

    Going to ignore the fact Sissoko is coming into his best form as January is almost here.

    Hard-fought victory. Haven’t been reading the posts & watched the last 20 minutes only. What did the Colo-bashers think of Colo? How was he?

  • 23 usmagpie // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:40 AM

    April Fools, your all going to wake up in the morning and it will be Sunday and the match hasn’t started yet.
    Ok silliness over, for those who attack fans for be happy that we won the game against on paper a team that should have killed us, then you can go and ( It rhymes’ with TUCK OFF). I watched the game and honestly was that the Liverpool I saw at Man City then the answer is no, but I also saw a team in Newcastle that wasn’t the same that played against Palace either. I’m not going to get ahead here and say wow we are going to be moving now, we are talking about Newcastle here. But if they go to Spurs and win or at least get a point and then we beat Villa well at least it progression, yes its not we have won the war talk. its positive and that all we ask for as fans. Be positive and put the effort in, if a teams beats us but we have work our butts off then that’s positive. Lets see how the next two games go and then we will be able to look at things, but until then it was a good game and the lads worked hard for the result.

  • 24 manxpie // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:55 AM

    Haha toonruz!! Bloody hell shut it Belfast or I’ll meet ya at a car park somewhere and knock ya teeth out!

  • 25 brklyngeordie // Dec 7, 2015 at 2:17 AM

    @Graeme

    Couldn’t agree more with todays performance being the MINIMUM expectation can totally understand fans being frustrated with ownership but the players are all played well and agreed to play for the club and owner and all recieve their wages not to mention backed by the crowd home and away so why does it take us battling relegtion have to inspire them to play as a TEAM and give proper EFFORT that is one thing i don’t get nor will accept the whip needs to be cracked and pride must be restored hopefully we can build on this HWTL

  • 26 brklyngeordie // Dec 7, 2015 at 2:20 AM

    sorry meant PAYED WELL

  • 27 brklyngeordie // Dec 7, 2015 at 2:20 AM

    wow really losing it after todays game PAID WELL

  • 28 Reyantoon // Dec 7, 2015 at 3:36 AM

    usmagpie – u summed our situation well.This is a great result, no doubt. A bit of a relief just about time & made us smile & happy for the day.

    Saying that,I still doubt whether Steve Mac is the right man to get a consistent result & save us.
    Unless he proves me wrong, I still think he should go.Credit for setting the team up well for this game but Not gonna swayed by it!

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 7, 2015 at 4:26 AM

    Morning…in the light of this performance I think Ron raised a very good question the other day. ‘Would a result like this just confuse Charnley the more when it comes what to do about McClaren?’

    A very interesting question now. Up until yesterday could have been close to a sacking if Charnley ever had it in him. But with a performance like this! And what if he delivers ones again?

    Tough choice for Charnley…tough choice for Ashley actually! The spotlight are on both of them.

    Another good question was raised by Reyan ‘are McClaren the right HC to to turn this around despite of the result against Liverpool?’. He bought himself some time here clearly.

    Well back to enjoying the 3 points 😉

    Morning Ron…

  • 30 Ron Knee // Dec 7, 2015 at 5:22 AM

    Morning jesper

    I think I’m still in shock. We won a match – convincingly!

    For once, the team played well as a unit, with a lot of luck thrown in – Liverpool off form and the disallowed goal.

    So Spurs is the next test. If they score first can we make a comeback?

    Maybe Charmless can now return to his winter hibernation?

  • 31 John Tudor // Dec 7, 2015 at 6:27 AM

    good result still some below performances could do better poor pools side cant wait for spuds

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 7, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    Ron…I bet Charmless is happy; he probably thought he had to pull in some work now 😉

    …we know how he hates that!

  • 33 Ron Knee // Dec 7, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    JT
    Do you think we’ll ‘turn up’ for Spurs? That would mean playing two good matches in a row!

  • 34 Ron Knee // Dec 7, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    jesper

    Yes. He can crawl back into his nest now. ‘Wake me up when it’s spring!’

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 7, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    JT…meeting teams that doesn’t show up will most likely be a requirement for us in the coming weeks…and we need to show we actually can play as a team like yesterday!

  • 36 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 7, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    Ron…lets just hope Spurs doesn’t show up 😉

  • 37 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 7, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    Cracking result. Can’t be anything but happy with it. I had a number of ‘mates’ come to watch in the hope we would get a sound drubbing. No such luck for them!

    Can’t criticise the performance. A very important result given how a few of the other results went. We played well, we looked organised and committed. Things that we have rarely been able to say about the side over the last couple of years, there does seem to be one common factor with the players putting in a committed performance though.

    Why did we look organised and committed at Old Traford, against Arsenal? Against Chelsea (for 70minutes)? It is all very similar to Pardew, the players seem to be motivated against the top clubs. Why can’t they get their arses in gear the rest of the time. 4pm kick off, only match on Sunday, live on Sky against a big club, shocker, the players turn up.

    Until they show the same sort of effort, work rate and commitment against the lesser lights on less glamorous occasions I can’t get too excited by it all any more.

    I remember reading Keane’s first book when at Uni. I lived with a Norwich fan, and in Keane’s book there is a part where he talks about teams playing against Man U and giving an extra 20%. Keane, being the fighter and having high standards was rightly baffled by this. To quote from memory (words may be slightly off);

    “If they put that sort of effort in every week, they wouldn’t be playing for sh1t like Norwich”

    Our players strike me as a similar mentality. Only interested and up for the big games. It wasn’t good motivational skills from Pardew or now McClaren, it is their desire to play against the top sides, and their lack of interest in the smaller ones. Needs sorting out with a few players of the right character.

    Anyway, it is nice just to enjoy the win for now. Let’s hope that one win doesn’t paper over all the cracks as happened so often in the last few years.

  • 38 Ron Knee // Dec 7, 2015 at 6:52 AM

    Could well be another false dawn. How many of those have we had?

  • 39 hibbitt // Dec 7, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    ron thats the big problem which team turns……. up loved the game loved the result crowed were amazing in the second half still short of defenders the january window is going to be very interesting will Mc get the players he needs will he get any players who will leave good result but only papers over the cracks

  • 40 Ron Knee // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Lilongwe

    Well, let’s hope they regard Spurs as a top club! At least, yesterday’s performance will give Pochettino something to think about.

    I’ve always hoped we could do as well as teams like Spurs. Sadly, this hasn’t been the case for a long time.

  • 41 Ron Knee // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    hibbitt

    I don’t trust our management to make the best buys.

  • 42 firebug666 // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Lil

    You echoed my thoughts perfectly, I wonder if we do well against the big teams because the play with space and create gaps that allow us movement. Against the lesser team we are harried and closed down quickly and given no space to play, that’s when we collapse.

  • 43 Santon03 // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Wow…just WOW. I can’t recognize the team, it was like all new players. Amazing!!
    Finally SDJ getting a start, a couple more games he will be great again. We will see 2 goal scoring midfielders, Gini PSV and SDJ Ajax.
    All the players are men of the match.
    Copy paste for next game against spurs.
    Well done SM!

    Some would say we were lucky that Moreno’s goal was disallowed, but overall we deserved to win, nothing less. Some bad calls have robbed us too, like vs sunderland.

    We are facing 2 in form teams, liverpool and spurs, we destroyed 1 so 1 more pleaseee.

  • 44 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Ron Knee,
    Funnily enough, we matched Spurs in pretty much every department when Mike Ashley took over, on and off field. They are the best benchmark club for Newcastle to judge itself by based on the Ashley era.

    In 05/06 Newcastle finished 7th, Spuds 5th. Ashley purchased Newcastle in Spring 2007, and our form had fallen off already a bit by that point, we finished 13th or 14th I think. Spuds 5th or 6th. Our Commercial revenue in 2007 was £28million, Spuds £29million.

    We are now bottom half also rans/relegation battlers, Spurs are knocking on that Champions league door. Spurs (in 2014) had commercial revenues of £42million, Newcastle of £26million.

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Why would they even think about sacking him if he can get the players to play like that every week though, question is though, can he?

  • 46 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Ron…one of the problems with changing manager now – should it happen – is of course recruitment in January!

    Will we be able to get players the new manager would want or will it be business ad usual. That means either no players or those who have already been target regardless of who’s the manager!

  • 47 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Disclaimer: I don’t think we’ll get a new manager if that was lost somehow 😉

  • 48 Ron Knee // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Lilongwe

    Spurs supporters moan about Levy. They don’t know how lucky they are – compared to our situation!

  • 49 Ron Knee // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    jesper

    On the question of recruitment, I think we know the answer to that one!

  • 50 mindshaft // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    great result yesterday , lots of effort and determination and a bit of luck
    Anita had his best game since West Ham which basically relieved some of the pressure off Collo /Mbemba hence they weren’t constantly charging out of position and actually did a decent job
    Dummett is a worry though and is being targeted by teams as a weak link
    watching the game back I noticed that Collo is so worried about pace that he stands a couple of yards back from the rest of the back line therefore playing everyone onside
    Thought DeJong and Cisse also played well and I’d stick with them for Spuds – Perez has been miles off his game for the last few matches he played and looks like he could do with a rest

  • 51 Santon03 // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    What I like about them yesterday was the defensive layers. Got through one then there is another one covering. Got through Dummet there is Colo, got through Colo there is Mbemba and so on. Both Anita and Colback did amazing job covering and pressuring them.

  • 52 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    Santon
    I gave Anita my Man of the Match – best game in a TOON shirt, tackled passed covered every inch of the pitch – seemed to be playing a lot higher/more forward midfield with Colback playing behind.
    Followed by Ding Dong -who I thought filled the hole between midfield and attack linking up play.
    Dummett also had his best game for a while and put in some crunching tackles – makes a change.




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