A delighted Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew, thought his side were awesome at times today against Liverpool.
Alan Pardew on the sidelines today
Newcastle won 2-0 and again showed significant attacking flair with Ben Arfa prominent, and Papiss Cisse in the goals again with two opportunist efforts.
And Cisse now has 7 goals in just 7 appearances for the Magpies – one more goal than Andy Carroll has in 38 appearances for the Reds.
Was Papiss a good buy in January or was Papiss a good buy in January?
Newcastle are now 11 points clear of Liverpool with 9 games to play on 53 points, and Newcastle are a side in form.
Danny Guthrie did go off injured in the second half and Dan Gosling got a run-out, and we’re not sure how seriously Danny was injured.
Pardew was full of praise for his players after the game, and that’s hardly surprising as Liverpool looked very good in the first half, but Newcastle controlled the game in the second half.
This is what Alan told Sky Sports after the game today:
“They were awesome today. We were very much in control of the game, I thought,” “Liverpool had a lot of flair on the pitch and we dealt with it well.”
“The two center-halves for us were magnificent and we got goals. We have said all along that the front four or five of ours will get goals and we just have to make sure we are disciplined and defend.”
“It was an outstanding performance from us.” “I have seen it three times now, I think it hits him high on the shoulder. I think I would be surprised if a referee gives that,”
“It wasn’t like his hand was sticking out or anything like that, I thought it was OK.” “He wasn’t involved in the play and you could see it was a one-two through the middle but it broke to Cisse.”
“By that time the Liverpool player was level and therefore he was onside.” “That’s a rule all us managers are not keen on but it’s the rule and it was always going to count.”
“It just consolidates our position, we’ve been 10 points ahead of the group all season below us and we have stretched that with Liverpool today and so now we’ve just got to make sure we see it home and take this club into Europe,”
“I think our fans deserve it, they have been absolutely outstanding following us all season and it would be a bit of a disappointment if we don’t get there now.”
“I thought Reina was frustrated and he has done something you can’t do as a professional footballer and put his head in our players’ face. He is going to get sent off.”
Newcastle rode their luck in the first half – no doubt about it – and Danny Simpson seemed to handle the ball on the line in the first half, and it could have been a penalty and Danny could have been sent off.
But nothing was given, and that’s when we thought this could be Newcastle’s day.
It certainly wasn’t Liverpool’s day, as Pepe Reina got himself sent off after 82 minutes, when he head butted our Man of the Match James Pardew, who was magnificent in the Newcastle shirt today.
You talk about a grafter who gives everything he’s got for Newcastle!
And when Andy Carroll was taken off after about 75 minutes, he showed his frustration as the Newcastle crowd definitely got to him today, and that’s what happens when you leave your local club for more money.
It was a magnificent victory for Newcastle today, and a very strong performance from our lads.
We’re proud of them all.