06.12.2015… Liverpool (h)…

Newcastle United 2 Liverpool 0

St. James’ Park… Sunday December 6th… 4pm

Attendance: 51,273

Ticket: £39 – Programme: £3

Newcastle United, they never cease to amaze…

A second-half performance of which I didn’t think we were capable. Which poses the question, why can we only raise our game against the supposed ‘big’ teams…?

For the first time in a few weeks the team actually appeared to be trying. I know, guys earning more in a week than most of us earn in a year, actually pulling their fingers out. Wonders will never cease…

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Pre-Match: Liverpool Warm Up…

The game itself. The less said about the first half the better, it really was awful. Neither side created very much at all, the major plus from this being that it meant that we went in goalless…

Second-half, and we picked up, gradually building momentum as the half went on. We took the lead on 69 minutes with our first attempt on target, an initial Wijnaldum effort via a Skrtel deflection. Liverpool took this as their cue to wake up, putting together a few decent attacks, and having what looked like a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside. We’ll take that though, in our position, we’ll definitely take that. With 90 minutes complete, the board went up signalling that there would be an additional five, groans all around. Fortunately, not long into the added time we added a a second, Sissoko breaking and passing beautifully to Wijnaldum, who dinked the ball over an on-rushing Mignolet and into an empty net…

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Second-Half Action…

A great win, and it would be churlish to suggest otherwise. I’m not sure if this win has ‘averted a crisis’ though, as Steve McClaren tried to suggest post-match. I’m more of the opinion that it’s delayed one…

Most importantly, from an effort perspective, this has set a minimum standard. I expect us to be playing with this level of intensity every week, not just against the alleged ‘bigger’ sides. We need to keep pushing when we go behind too, why did our heads go down so quickly at Selhurst Park…?

Anyway, no match next weekend (giving Spurs a miss), going to do some overtime instead. I really need to spend some time putting money into my wallet rather than taking it out…

Next game, Nuneaton v Chorley a week on Saturday…

Newcastle United; Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Anita (YC), Colback (YC) (Gouffran 77), Wijnaldum, de Jong (Perez 68); Cisse (YC) (Thauvin 82)

Not Used: Darlow, Sterry, Mbabu, Mitrovic

Goals; Skrtel (og 69), Wijnaldum (90)

Liverpool; Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Lucas (YC), Allen, Ibe (Origi 75), Firmino (Sturridge 62), Milner, Benteke (Lallana 62)

Not Used: Bogdan, Toure, Henderson, Randall

Goals: None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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