In a great finish for Newcastle, in today’s FA Cup semi-final tie, Andy Carroll headed the winner for Liverpool after 86 minutes to put Newcastle into Europe.
Andy Carroll scores winner against Everton today
Oh yes, I almost forgot, and Liverpool reached the FA Cup final with their 2-1 win over Everton.
And over the 90 minutes Liverpool probably deserved to win the game although their defending at times was not good.
It hadn’t looked good for Liverpool in the first half , when Jamie Carragher had given away a terrible goal after just 23 minutes, when he dithered instead of thumping the ball away, and Jelavic hit the ball into the back of the net, and Liverpool were 1-0 down at the half.
But Liverpool were a much improved side in the second half, although Andy Carroll missed an absolute sitter from just five yards out on 47 minutes, when he somehow headed the ball wide.
He used to score those when he wore the black and white stripes of his home town club Newcastle.
But then it was former Newcastle center-back Sylvain Distin who made a terrible mistake for Everton, and his poor pass back was jumped on by Luiz Suarez, and he had the ball in the back of the net in a jiffy.
It was anybody’s game now, but then on 86 minutes, following a corner, it was that Geordie lad Andy Carroll, who back-headed the ball into the back of the net, to see Liverpool into their second cup final this year, and it was Andy’s second goal this week.
But much more importantly, it means that 6th place in the league will qualify for Europe, and Newcastle are currently 12 points ahead of 7th placed Everton.
While it’s still technically possible for Everton to catch Newcastle, we will go a long way to making that almost impossible, with a win against Stoke next Saturday.
We need just 4 more points in our last 5 games to make 100% sure, but that also assumes Everton will win every one of their remaining games.
We’re in Europe next season – believe me – and it’s unbelievable.
Now let’s see if we can make it the Champions League!
Howay The Lads!!