Newcastle 2 Liverpool 0 – Full Match Report

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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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