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Newcastle 3 Liverpool 1 – Carroll Unplayable, Magpies Magnificent

Well – you just never know do you?

Newcastle had one of their best wins of the season this afternoon when they showed how to score, with two late goals which included an absolute stunner from Andy Carroll from easily 35 yards out – truly an England center forward – and an absolutely wonderful strike – and there was over 50,000 at St. James Park.

And this game will show that Newcastle and England have uncovered another terrific center forward in Andy Carroll, the new Newcastle number 9,  who had an assist in each of the first two goals, and then from 35 yards out in added time,  hit a stunning low left foot volley into the corner of the net that gave Reina no chance.

This goal will be shown when they talk about Andy again – and it will be very often.   It was similar to Hatem Ben Arfa’s goal, but this one was very low and just flew into the net.

Newcastle started well and they were in this game to play, just like they were against Chelsea,  after all the nonsense that went on this week.

But Liverpool looked good and sharp early in the game, and this was not the Liverpool of early season as they threatened to make it a difficult afternoon for the Magpies.

But then after 15 minutes Newcastle got the all important first goal, and it was a Barton free kick to Andy Carroll that did it again – good job Joey’s back to put those crosses in.

Barton floated in the free kick and Andy Carroll won the header and nodded it down nicely to Kevin Nolan, about three yards from the goal line, and he was first to the ball to put it in – and make it look so easy.

Newcastle are a different team with Barton and Nolan in the side, and add Carroll and Tiote to those two, and they are tremendous players for Newcastle right now. Tiote was busy trying to give Newcastle some presence in the midfield, and he was having another good game – of course.

On 33 minutes Liverpool gave the ball away to Shola Ameobi, who moved forward and hit and it rebounded off a Liverpool player and almost wrong-footed Pepe Reina in the Liverpool goal.

It was similar to the goal Shola scored at Chelsea when he just hit it from 30 yards and it went in, but this time his shot was deflected just wide.

And then just two minutes later Newcastle had some luck when a shot ricocheted and Jose Enrique blocked the ball on the line, although he didn’t seem to know much about it. But Liverpool were pressing at this  stage of the game.

And then just before half time from a corner, Liverpool missed another good chance when Sotirios Kyrgiako headed wide under the challenge from Sol Campbell and he should have done better.

Liverpool had a lot of the play in the first half but didn’t take the couple of chances they had but Newcastle still looked too uncertain at the back – but half time came and Newcastle were still 1-0 ahead even though Liverpool had 60% of possession.

But then on 49 minutes minutes the Newcastle central defense again showed how soft they are as they let another soft goal in as three Newcastle defenders allowed Dirk Kuyt in, and he hit the ball into the goal off Steven Taylor.

It was another sloppy goal if ever there was one – and all the good work of the first half had been undone by a terrible defensive mistake. We have to get stronger in defense, but of course both Mike Williamson and Fab Coloccini are available next week.

Alan Pardew brought on 19 year-old Nile Ranger in the 63rd minute for Shola Ameobi, and the striker almost scored  immediately, when he shot just wide after beating off Martin Skrtel.

But Newcastle kept fighting and then out of nothing on 80 minutes Newcastle went ahead for the second time in the game.

Tim Krul lofted a goal kick up field and Andy Carroll headed it on and the Liverpool defenders hesitated as Joey Barton came in and neatly lifted the ball over the Liverpool goalkeeper, and the Newcastle players and the Geordie crowd went wild.

A poor goal for Liverpool to concede but great opportunism from Joey Barton. and Newcastle were 2-1 up with just 10 minutes to play. Joey Barton is a big big player for Newcastle United.

And with four minutes added  time it was going to be a nervous time for Newcastle – but wrong again.

Andy Carrol got the ball 35 yards out in the second minute of injury time and hit a magnificent left foot shot that flew into the net low to Rein’s left like an absolute missile. In fact we hear the Royal Air Force was put on alert!

Fabio Capello will be a happy man when he sees that goal and the overall performance of Andy this afternoon,who had two assists and a goal. Again defenders seemed to be fearful of what he may do – and he showed them this afternoon – that’s for sure.

The final whistle  blew and this was just what Newcastle fans wanted – almost a miraculous result after everything that has gone on this week.

But you forget – this is Newcastle United.

Newcastle moved up to 8th position with this win, with 22 points from 17 games, and are now 6 points above the drop zone, and just 4 points out of 5th place.

As Warren Barton on Fox Soccer Channel over here, said in the 30 minute pre-show just before kick-off, Alan Pardew will know this is his chance in a lifetime, because this is no ordinary club – this is Newcastle United – one of England’s greatest clubs.

We told you Warren was a walking ambassador for Newcastle in the US.

And finally, we have to mention new manager Alan Pardew – he couldn’t have dreamed his Newcastle career could have started like this, with another gutsy performance from the Newcastle players – and a wonderful win by Newcastle that was seen around the world against the five time European Champions.

Welcome to Newcastle Alan – and keep it up!

We salute our players today – they were magnificent.

Howay The Lads!!

Don’t forget to vote for your Man of the Match on our home page. There were many good performances from the lads today – another great team performance – unbelievable.

We also have the video highlights out in another article.

Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Campbell, Enrique; Barton (Routledge, 90), Nolan (Smith, 87), Tiote, Gutierrez; Ameobi (Ranger, 63), Carroll. Subs not used: Harper, Perch, Guthrie, Lovenkrands.

Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Konchesky; Kuyt, Meireles , Lucas, Rodrigeuz (Jovanovic, 85); Torres, Ngog (Babel, 72), Subs not used: Jones, Aurelio, Cole, Poulsen, Kelly.
Goals: Nolan 15, S Taylor 50 (og), Carroll 90
Bookings: Johnson 19, Gutierrez 78, Tiote 83
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Attendance: 50,137

47 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Dec 12, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #41

    The key of today match is the substitution of ameobi with ranger, that leas to us score two more goal.

    Barton and Nolan was great

    Jonas need to improve a bit, wait till ben arfai is back and he will give more competition on the left

    Carroll was excellent, skrtel and kriaakos(sp?) struggle to keep up with him

  • willardinho

    Dec 12, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #42

    (1)Shola Ameobi would not make it into any premiership team so why are we playing him? he actually brings nothing to the game at all…ever. Get Robbie Keane cheap at christmas to play off Carroll…..delish.
    (2) Sol Clap!!…..Sol Campbell should stick to gardening.
    (3) Gutierrez was very week today, Ben Arfa on crutches would have been a more creative passer. Give my boy Wayne Routledge a go as he may actually cause some fear in defenders.
    (4) Go go power Ranger! despite me recommending Keano above, Niall Ranger is like what you wanted Ameobi to be or at least try to be…but never did. Ranger is the bees knees and should be starting before we get Roberto Keano under the christmas tree.

  • willardinho

    Dec 12, 2010 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #43

    (5) T-Pain – I nearly forgot Tiote!! The man is a tackling machine, literally half man half tackle. He also has some very neat close control and an engine fuelled purely by tackling fuel….fair play to him today for keeping it calm.

    Who would win in a fight…..Enrique or Barton?

  • Trent Toon

    Dec 12, 2010 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #44

    Great win for the lads!

    3 Negatives

    1) Ameobi simply isn’t good enough. His work rate is terrible and his impact on the game is next to nothing. He barely runs, loses the ball 7/10 times, doesn’t link up with Carroll well!

    2) Sol Campbell is terrible and really looks nervous on the ball. He always seems to kick it to the opposition midfield or in some cases forwards. The guy need to get some composure and ball control/ dribbling training or he will be left in the trails of Coloccini. He really just looks like a tree stump waddling around the field. Also to mention he can’t jump anymore, i watched him closely and he was litterally unable to get his two feet off the ground.

    3) Jonas was ineffectual today and has been like that for some time now. Start to look for some competition for the spot. Lovenkrands can play left wing and is my top canidate.

    3 Postives

    1) Danny Simpson was a real unsung hero today and really did exceedingly well against torres. He Really is a rock and i think he is learning a thing or two from Enrique, because i saw something like a mirror image on the right wing today

    2) Barton really is a play maker and a super important player for us. Danny Guthrie and even possibly Gosling will find it hard to compete for a starting spot. Not to mention Smith!

    3)Nile Ranger completely changed the game and looked quite good with Carroll. It was sooo obvious to see that he must now take the starting spot of Ameobi. He kinda play like Ameobi but is all round more skillful and Atheletic. A performace like that changed the game and really deserves merit.

    All in all a great win for the lads. Very proud of my team today, even so i wore the replica shorts to work 🙂

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #45

    Brilliant one of our best results this season to be honest. Have to give Pardew some credit as most people would have expected Liverpool to hammer us after we had just lost Chrissy Hughton but fair play to Pardew.

  • rwpoynter

    Dec 12, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #46

    Two hours is a long time in football. 5.30pm yesterday we were 14th, by 7.30pm we were 8th. All this just shows what a topsy turvy season this is for virtually every team in the EPL.Some are in far worse positions than us which makes the ridiculous events of last week even more nonsensical. The jury will be out on Pardew for several games yet but his responses yesterday will help endear him to the fans, but quite honestly if ,as Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton said, the team spirit carries on as yesterday with the talent we have (and what is waiting to come on in Ben Arfa and Gosling) the input needed from any manager will only need to be minimal.


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