Newcastle Fight Back – Come From Behind – Earn 1-1 Draw Against Liverpool

Newcastle got an excellent point this afternoon against a good Liverpool side and came from behind to get the draw.

Newcastle are 9th in the league on 10 points from our first 7 games which is not too bad at all, especially after we have some lower league teams coming up to play.

The game was close in the first half, and the Reds were winning the ball too many times in central midfield, and there were a few scares on the Newcastle goal when Liverpool had three chances to score within a matter of seconds and missed the lot as our defense scrambled the ball away.

And then Liverpool took the lead with a brilliant goal from Coutinho.

There seemed no danger as the Brazilian got the ball (after 29 minutes) out on the left then moved inside and hit a stunning right foot shot past Elliot from outside of the penalty box and into the back of the net.

That’s the type of (world-class) player we currently lack at Newcastle, but the team was very well organized and all the players played their socks off as usual.

But then seven minutes later Newcastle equalized, and again it was slack defending by Liverpool that cost them the goal.

They allowed Joselu to get his second goal for Newcastle this season, and that will do his confidence a world of good.

It was a terrific through ball from Shelvey that put Joselu clear and a tackle from Joel Matip only resulted in the ball rebounding off the striker’s shin and into the back of the net to the roars of a sold-out St. James’ Park crowd.

Liverpool had been the better side in that first half with Newcastle working overtime to try to contain the Reds who had front men who could seemingly score on a whim.

It was 1-1 at the half.

Five minutes into the second half and Ciaran Clark completely miskicked the incoming ball on the edge of the penalty box but Rob Elliot was able to block Sturridge’s shot, and then Salah hit the ball over the cross-bar – a big let-off for Newcastle.

Liverpool had most of the possession in the second half but could not find a way to a second goal although it’s not unusual these days that Newcastle cede possession to the opposition.

And a fact to remember – Rafa Benitez has never lost yet against his former club Liverpool during his managerial career.

Newcastle were pushing for the winner near the end of this game, and it was Mo Diame who had a shot saved in stoppage time.

Otherwise, we could have had a great win.

But we are happy enough with the point.

Newcastle defended well and were solid enough in that first half when a lesser team could have been blown away by Liverpool’s speed and guile.

We are definitely starting to look like a Rafa Benitez team, and if we can get three players through the door in January, we could still do very well this season.

Rafa’s experience is great for our players who seem to keep improving under our Spanish manager.


Newcastle: Elliot; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo; Merino (Hayden, 74), Shelvey; Ritchie, Perez (Diame, 90), Atsu; Joselu (Gayle, 79).
Subs not used: Darlow, Gamez, Lejeune, Murphy.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah (Oxlade-Chamberlain, 84), Mane (Solanke, 74), Sturridge (Firmino, 74).
Subs not used: Karius, Klavan, Milner, Can.

Goals: Coutinho 29, Joselu 36
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)
Attendance: 52,303

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  • Reilly

    Oct 1, 2017 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #1

    ark Douglas?Verified account @MsiDouglas 23s
    Amanda Staveley has just walked down the stands at SJP with someone close to Rafa with #nufc links.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #2

    surprised the attitude isnt more upbeat. I thought overall we played well enough. Kept the shape and the gameplan to a tee. MOTM was shelvy for me, he created the goal. thought Clark looked terrible but, hes been great all year so he gets a pass. I am also surprised no one talked about how gomez wasnt sent off.The pullback on atsu was a textbook yellow. The high leg should have been his 2nd. I thought that play was careless, but not a straight red. Anyone that says that performance and result wasnt a positive is a little out of touch.

  • mfw13

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Would like to see Jacob Murphy get a start. We spent a lot of $$$ to buy him, and Atsu has not impressed so far….also would like to see Gayle or Mitro get a start…..Joselu has not impressed either…he scored today, but that was more a lucky bounce than any skill on his part.

  • Mag52

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Great result against a good team.
    Roll on the Jan. transfer window when hopefully we’ll pick up a sharpshooter up front and turn a draw like this into a win.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Being wound up by sky, constantly talking about Liverpool, and not even showing the handball incident. Penalty for me. Diame’s toe poke was heading toward goal, stopped by a hand, I would like to see it again, to judge if the keeper could have stopped it; but no, sky don’t show it. You can bet if it was at the other end they would have shown it.

  • The blogger formally known as OP

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #6

    How much has it cost Bishop to get that Amanda to Newcastle for a bottle of broon and a kebab?

  • Belfast

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Ferk off Manxpie it wasn’t even in the corner. He made it look great because he stepped (wrongly) to the left.

    Good point and well deserved.

    And well done on the 0-5 pre match prediction ilovetoon. Doh!

  • YoungMag :P

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Ilovetoon is the second most depressing poster on here after toon kk. I literally avoid reading this during the game because they never have anything good to say. Always what we’re doing wrong blah blah.

  • AncientC

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Read this post by a Liverpool fan. ha.

    “Enjoy the CL games this season because there wont be any next year.
    Klopp……..You’ve been Rafaed.
    When you are having a chat after the game ask him how he would set up this side defensively.”

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Gomez should have been booked for pull back no doubt but not much in the high foot incedent for me. Need something different on that left side as Atsu not cutting it. Can’t go anywhere with the no10 as no other options to speak of. Joselu looked like he was class at linking the play in his first few games so missing chances was not a major issue when you look at the options we have (mitro misses a lot of easy chances also and we looked better with target man than Gayle). Now he seems to have lost the link up ability in last two games we need to go back to Gayle or try mitro.

  • AncientC

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #11

    I voted for Shelvey myself. His goal line clearance and passing were game changers.

  • Belfast

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Yep definitely needs ta change that name.

  • manxpie

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #13

    as i said belfast cotinhio is capable of putting it in each corner plus lascelles was in the way so stupid to judge on that it was a stunner simple as that
    manquillo was terrible again tho atsu was doing most of the defending on that side

  • lukes26

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Yedlin/Manquillo/Lascelles for me were standouts in what was an out and out defensive approach for the last hour of the game.

  • Belfast

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #15

    We’re remaining in the game in every single fixture, which is definitely a good sign. I can’t see us getting any of our usual hammerings this season.

  • Belfast

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Aye apart from the goal. He had a good game. I’m still not a fan though lol

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #17

    We should have had a free kick for that pull back. Fair enough to see if Atsu can create anything, but then give the free kick if not. The tug obviosly stopped him getting to the ball earlier. Should have brought it back for the free kick and given a yellow. Didn’t think the ref had a good game. And if Perez is gonna get booked every time he kicks the ball away, he’s not gonna spend much time on the pitch.

  • Tsunki

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Ritchie bust a gut again but not getting much love here today.

  • mfw13

    Oct 1, 2017 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #19

    I think credit has to be given to Rafa for making us a really tough team to score against, even if it also makes our attack a little more sluggish. We did a really good job at keeping our shape and staying in position. We’ve only conceded four goals in seven matches 11v11, and our defense is as good as its been anytime in recent memory.

    What we lack is a player with enough brilliance (like Coutinho) to manufacture a goal out of nothing…

  • Onn

    Oct 1, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Under guidance by great rafa, we have seen newcastle not conceded many goals.. it proof that rafa’s system of coaching was so great. I don’t see Newcastle will struggling for relegation.


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