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Magpies Grab Quick Lead But Reds Respond Late In 1-1 First Half



Newcastle came out in a 3-4-3 with Javier Manquillo as one of the center halves. Valentino Lazaro and Matt Ritchie were the wingbacks as Dwight Gayle led the line.

It was a dream start once again against the Reds. This time the lads took the lead inside of 30 seconds. Allan Saint-Maximin was brought down by Virgil van Dijk inside the center circle.

Jonjo Shelvey astutely lobbed the ball upfield quickly to a running Dwight Gayle. The in-form striker poked the ball past Allison, who got a touch but couldn’t keep it out.


As expected, Liverpool pushed for an equalizer and had mounds of possession after the goal. However, Newcastle kept it tight at the back and were hard to break down.

In the 29th minute, Takumi Minamino, who has looked bright for Liverpool, launched a shot from about 25 yards that forced Martin Dubravka into a flying save. That’s why he’s our Player of the Year.

Newcastle finally got their second shot off in the 33rd minute when Federico Fernandez connected on a quick ball into the box from Matt Ritchie. Allison was able to push the ball behind for a corner.

Newcastle’s diminutive backline came into play when Liverpool got the leveler through Virgil van Dijk in the 38th minute. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain whipped in a cross from the right, and the Dutchman easily outleapt Javier Manquillo to float a header over Martin Dubravka into the net.

Liverpool continued to push for the lead as Newcastle remained under pressure to close out the first half. The lads defended exceptionally well to keep the score level going into the break.


140 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 26, 2020 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Need to change it up at halftime. Let’s have a go at em ffs. Nowt to lose

    7
  • TheTinman

    Jul 26, 2020 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #2

    He should have been doing that from the start. No balls at all

    9
  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 26, 2020 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Shelvey keeps appearing in the attacking right channel. I figure we 5 at the back, but it looks like the formation is Benteleb in the middle and everyone else in a circle.

    4
  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2020 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #4

    If Keita had come in the back of Miggy the way he did on Rose LPool would have been playing most of that half with 10 men.
    Yet Ferdy gets a yellow for kicking the ball away
    English match officials are PURE SHITE

    23
  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Almiron and ASM haven;t looked as sprightly for a while.

    Neither seems to want to really step on the accelerator.

    Half went as expected, excepting the early goal we pinched.

    Don’t get the same sense of dread and inevitability when this Liverpool team has all the possession, compared to when we play Man City. Short of 3 of their best, they’re not very impressive.

    ASM needs to be taken off if he isn’t fit enough to sprint and move freely with the ball. No point risking aggravating a niggle. Need him fresh with a full (short) pre-season come September 12th.

    Who is this waffling woman on BT Sport ffs?

    7
  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Dwight Gayle..fastest ever goal on last day of season…something to tell his grandkids

    5
  • Romford mag

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Come on Bruce let someone of the young uns have a go ffs !

    4
  • lochinvar

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #8

    can we take it that West Ham with no shots on target at home have agreed to let Villa stay up ?

    FA need to investiagte

    7
  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #9

    If results stay the same and Villa stay up, they will have survived thanks to a goal line technology failure in the Sheff U match.

    Hope West Ham get the goal to send them down and Bournemouth stay in front.

    5
  • GhostToon

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Joelinton for ASM…thats really going to scare the Liverpool defenders to death

    2
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Almiron had a few chances to knock the ball past his man with his first touch and try to drive forward, didn’t seem to want to do it. Think him and ASM (and a few others) are a bit burnt out. Next season’s going to come around very quickly and we need to get control of these injuries.

    0
  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Aside from the 5 off games and a couple after epl restart, we have been god awful to watch with embarrassing possession stats. So many fluke wins.

    I’m just glad the season is over as I don’t need to watch that shi* which Bruce delivers.

    Next season might be relegation if no takeover and Bruce is left in charge.

    14
  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Lack of a real central defender aside, we are guilty of letting them come on to us too much. The lack of quality in central midfield is really at the heart of the teams struggles this season. We don’t offer any control of the ball which leads to risky attempts to move the ball forward too quickly, more often than not.

    3
  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Yes lochinvar…and relegate them both mate

    1
  • Tackle from behind

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #15

    That is Rachel Brown-Finnis USA goalkeeper and ex Liverpool ladies gk

    1
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Joelinton on for ASM.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #17

    We have a ‘purple player’ coming off the bench

    0
  • lochinvar

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #18

    We send in low crosses to try to reach Gayle he short f stature and Liverpool send of pacey higher crosses to tall Van Diyk

    Go figure Bruce

    3
  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Glad he’s gone off. No point to having him out there at 70%.

    1
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Hope ASM isn’t injured and is just being rested before he gets injured.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Not sure what Moonraker is shouting about. Presume maxi isn’t right.

    0
  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Hope that’s the last of benteleb we see.

    2
  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #23

    With Villa’s taking Pepe Reina on loan – it did start me wondering if they had talked to Rafa cos Reina has said he will coach with Rafa when he retires.
    West Kirby is 2 hours easy drive from Villa’s training ground

    3
  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Hopefully the last we see of Bentaleb.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Matty or Shaun?

    0
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #26

    Piss off Bentaleb. Hope to never see you play in a toon top again.

    Good to see S.Longstaff back.

    5
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Good play from us there.

    0
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #28

    That’s 2 of our 3 changes used then

    0
  • Unused Substitute

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Can’t fluff like that.

    1
  • Phil K

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Bruce, probably under orders – has given Bentaleb a ludicrous amount of time – probably to prove how bad he is.
    Please PLEASE let it be the last time he is at Newcastle. Disappoint Schalke by sending him back

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #31

    Are any of the channels showing all the goals as they happen, this is footin painful 😮

    1
  • Unused Substitute

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Get Yedlin on for Manquillo and put Lazaro in rw.

    1
  • Unused Substitute

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #33

    That’s it for us then! When sense will dawn on Bruce, I wonder.

    2
  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #34

    What a goal by origi.

    0
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Why did Fernandez duck

    1
  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #36

    FFS.

    Joelinton should have won us the ball back in the centre circle. Was favourite to win it and put in a piss weak slide tackle.

    A few moments later we concede.

    Please announce takeover tomorrow.

    6
  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #37

    Has been a god awful season. I can only remember 5 games where we played like we deserved a win.

    The rest of the win was a complete fluke. Lucky to have avoided relegation this season.

    Shocking how people can still defend Bruce saying he’s done well. He’s been shi*. If not for ASM we would have been relegated. No doubt.

    Just so painful watching us.

    9
  • GhostToon

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Here comes the onslaught

    0
  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #39

    C’mon West Ham you corrupt twats, have a go.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 26, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Can you imagine if they’d played their first team?

    5


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