Bellamy brace sinks Toon: Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 1 match report

Posted on December 31st, 2011 | 32 Comments |

Kenny Dalglish and Alan Pardew.
King Kenny has the last laugh.
It was chucking it down with rain as the teams took the field at Anfield, with Newcastle United wearing their first choice kit of Puma’s version of black and white stripes. Three ex-united players were in the Liverpool team: Bellamy, Enrique, and of course, Andy Carroll. There was also some bloke called Jordan Henderson, who, as we know, has a dodgy past.

First Half

The first 10 mins saw United getting plenty of the ball without actually threatening the Liverpool goal. As expected, Mike Williamson got the job of marking Carroll. I was going to say “Williamson was preferred to Perch” but I thought better of it.

Both teams were taking a while to settle and the first bit of excitement came in the 11th minute when Downing hit the ball against Ryan Taylor’s hand. There was a shout from the Kop for handball rather than the Liverpool players, but there was nothing doing from the referee.

After a quarter of an hour we saw a dangerous cross from Enrique – cue the chant from the Geordie faithful “you’re just a s**t Ryan Taylor!” I’m sure they both saw the funny side.

On 18 minutes the Referee appeared to tackle Obertan and set up Charlie Adam for a shot. It would have been fun and games if that had gone in. Can referees be credited with an “assist”? Oh yes, Howard Webb and Manchester United – enough said!

Downing was getting the better of Taylor far too easily and as a result was looking like Liverpool’s most dangerous outlet.

But it was who the Magpies who took the lead in the 25th minutes. A cross flicked on by Cabaye seemed to hit Demba Ba and went in. The PA system gave it to Ba but TV replays seen from my comfy chair actually suggested it might have gone in off Agger’s Arm. Jamie Redknapp in the Sky studio gave it to Cabaye. Either way it was a goal for United and the Geordie fans were bouncing, for now. Liverpool 0 Newcastle United 1

Sadly, the joy lasted only 5 minutes. Adam crossed a low one into the area from the right, it bounced out off Tiote to the unmarked Bellamy, who then proceeded to bury it in the bottom left-hand corner of Tim Krul’s goal from about 15 yards out. If Williamson had stayed where he was instead of moving to his left he would have blocked it, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. Liverpool 1 Newcastle United 1

On 35 minutes Downing passed Taylor easily again, Taylor just grabbed him and held him. Yellow card. However, with a few minutes left to half time there was some great defending by Taylor, who made a crucial interception to prevent Downing putting Bellamy through on goal with only Krul to beat.

The first half ended in the 3rd minute of extra time with United on the attack and a long range shot from Cabaye.

Second Half

For the second half, Davide Santon was sent on in place of Taylor at the start – Alan Pardew obviouly deciding we needed to try harder at keeping Downing quiet. The young Maldini then proceeded to tackle Downing, giving away a free kick near the Newcastle corner. From the free-kick, Liverpool chose to “stand one up” for Andy Carroll who shoved Williamson in the back. Another free kick.

With half an hour to go Steven Gerrard came on for Charlie Adam. That’s never good news as Gerrard always seems to do well against us. He started to have an impact almost immediately with a good cross from the right setting it up for Carroll. However Mike Williamson got in front of him and dealt with the situation.

Ben Arfa was then brought on in place of young Haris Vuckic after 64 minutes.

Tiote was penalised for what looked like a perfectly good tackle outside the area. The free kick was taken by Bellamy, over the wall, and just over Carroll’s head. Simpson and Krul both went for it and got touches but it carried on into the net. Pardew called it “a bit sloppy” in his interview after the game. Liverpool 2 Newcastle United 1

There was almost an equaliser for the Magpies in the 71st minute though when Demba Ba almost beat everyone with a lovely dinked effort. The ball rolled teasingly towards for the empty net for what seemed like an eternity, but, sadly, the pace just wasn’t quite enough and Skrtel managed to get back and clear it just before it crossed the line. He ended up in the back of the net holding his back in agony but was able to carry on after treatment.

On 72 mins that man, Steven Gerrard, crossed it onto Carroll’s head and the Bensham Bomber hit the bar – that was the closest Agent Carroll got to scoring against his beloved United all night. Well done Andy lad!

Another substitution then came and went after Bellamy tried to assault Coloccini’s elbow with his head, cutting his eye in the process. Sadly, the double goal scoring mini menace had to go off. However, they still had the considerable talent of Dirk Kuyt waiting in the wings so he came on to replace the Welsh golf enthusiast.

On 77 mins some bloke from the wrong side of the tracks called Henderson picked up a diagonal pass from Jay Spearing, who in turn slipped it to Gerrard. The Whiston Whirlwind then taking the ball into the area, eventually tucking it under Krul, and into the back of the net from a tight angle to complete the Geordies’ misery. Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 1

All that remained was for Obertan to be subsututed with Sameobi after 84 mins, but he had little impact. And that was that.

Sky gave Man of the match to Gerrard and there is no doubt he made an impact as sub. Prior to his introduction, the Liverpool crowd had been relatively quiet and the team seemed a little lacking in confidence on the back of many home draws this season. But Gerrard’s introduction seemed to lift everything and we were always going to have to work harder after that.

20 minute match highlights and post match interviews with Alan Pardew and Kenny Dalglish

Teams and stats

Goals: Daniel Agger (O.G. 25), Craig Bellamy (30, 68), Steven Gerrard (78).

Liverpool: Pepe Reina (G), Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique, Jordan Henderson, Jay Spearing, Charlie Adam (Stephen Gerrard 60), Stuart Downing, Andrew Carroll, Craig Bellamy (Dirk Kuyt 74).

Subs: Alexander Doni, Steven Gerrard, Maxi Rodriguez, Dirk Kuyt, Jamie Carragher, Johnjo Shelvey, Martin Kelly.

Newcastle United: Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Ryan Taylor (Santon 45), Obertan (Sammy Ameobi 85), Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Haris Vuckic (Hatem Ben Arfa 65), Demba Ba.

Subs: Elliot, Santon, Ben Arfa, Perch, Best, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Yellow cards: Jonas Gutierrez (28), Ryan Taylor (36).

Red cards: None.

Possession: Liverpool 51.4%, Newcastle United 48.6%

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32 Responses

  1. Quite happy with were we are at mo think thats were we will finish season in 7th.My half term report would say we need a deeper bench . got a decent 1st team when every1s fit just needs a few decent back up players now.Hopefully finish 7th and push on next season.

  2. One win in seven is relegation form and could well start to sap confidence. Good job we’ve got a nice easy home game next!

    Getting the “10 points for safety” we need is proving harder than I expected. And that’s before we lose Ba and Tiote and/or before our portly owner decides to cash in on anyone in the January window.


  4. Too many players coming up short again obertan needs to be dropped jonas was quiet and tiote had his worst game in a black and white shirt.Bellamy was wanting to win the game on his own so you could see what was coming.As usual gerrard stuck the knife in.Demba on his own was not the answer again why wasnt ben arfa on from the start.We need 2-3 players NOW Ashley get that cheque book out or its a slide down the table.Can even see the scum above us by the time we play them in march.

  5. Dissapointing, but no more than most pundits would have predicted.

    Thought our big weakness was Jonas and Obertan. The lack of pressure on their defenders allowed them to get forward to easily. IMO this was possibly one of Jonas’s worst games, he wasn’t even much help at the back and looked like a red card waiting to happen at times.

    HBA started to late to have any real impact and unfortunately Vukic looked a bit overawed by the occassion. I thought Taylor had a decent game but was just a bit overwhelmed (see my previous paragraph) ditto Simpson.

    At times we were stroking the ball around with style and looking good in the process but somehow couldn’t get into the box for the killer pass (HBA?)

    I also thought they had the run of the ball with deflections etc somehow finding LPool players rather than ours but it’s part and parcel and happens like that sometimes!!

    As for Bellamy, how come he could never get shots on target for us!!!!

  6. Not a pretty game to watch, our defense was awfull.
    Starting from the back, Krul has to get a better understanding with his fellow defenders, who seemed as if this was the first game they had played to-gether.
    Simpson was awfull, giving the ball away constantly, plus his lack of pace became apparent and was taken advantage of.
    Williamson, this guy should be playing in the second tier.
    Colo. not his best game, but decent.
    Raylor, see (Williamson)
    Santon, the guy has the skills and just needs match practice to get up to speed, but with Pardew picking the side, little chance of that.
    Tiote had, probably his worst game in this recent stretch,his passing was poor and was overeager to lay the body on the opposition, instead of picking his shots.
    He looked much like he did when he arrived, over physical and poor pass selections.
    I dont agree that Jonas had a bad game, not his best but he defended hard and it’s difficult to show any attacking skills, when you spend most of the game in your own half.
    Obertan, great skills, pace to waste, but lacks a footballing brain to make it all work, ah well!
    As for Ba and Cabaye, without these guys we would probably be next to Wigan in the league.
    We are so lucky to have these two talented players, I cam’t praise these guys enough.
    Vukic and Sammy, not ready, and if this is all we have to fill our bench, god help us!
    Does anyone doubt our grey fox made the wrong decission’s in starting Raylor over Santon and not starting HBA ?
    His substitutions were acts of desperation, that had little or no effect.
    What i’m saying here is this club needs help, dig deep fatso!

  7. What another poor prediction league set of results.. ANYONE GET MANY POINTS?

    following on from last weekend it was more of the same. alot of draws and unexpected results

  8. @sirjasontoon – would not be suprised if that was one of the highest scores of this round. all the “guaranteed” winners which im sure 99% of people whould of backed failed to win apart from arsenal but im sure alot of people would of backed them to win more than 1-0 :S

    squeeky bum time for me.

  9. Tuff at the top GM….I started really well but last few moths have seen me plummet down the table.

  10. sirjasontoon says:
    December 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    “I started really well but last few moths have seen me plummet down the table.”

    You’re the Alan Pardew of the prediction league SJT.

  11. Chuck, I don’t know if you watched the whole game but I have to disagree with your assessment of Tiote and Williamson. I reckon they were two of our best players in the game. Tiote was the instigator of some really good passing football by us and I wouldn’t mind betting his yardage % was second to none in our side. His covering and tackling was good and that foul leading to their second goal was a travesty by the ref.

    Williamson (just back from injury by the way) was fairly solid against a potent arial attack and the only time Carroll really beat him to nearly score was with Carroll jumping all over him in a blatant foul.

    Jonas was poor and needs to be shown he aint an automatic selection, HBA is the obvious choice although Ferguson perhaps should get an outing.

    Funny how people see the same game differently, we are both probably right and both wrong, although I think I’m more right than you. ;)

  12. Have 3 of us finished joint top in the predictions comp?! What does that mean prize winnings-wise? Ha :)

  13. Can’t believe Blackburn won at Old Trafford today.

    Hope this is the beginnings of a bad run for ManU

    Pleased for Steve Keane though – some of the abuse he has suffered has been disgraceful.

  14. El Toro says:
    December 31, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    “Have 3 of us finished joint top in the predictions comp?! What does that mean prize winnings-wise? Ha”

    It’s over to Hugh El Toro, I’m not even sure if that’s the final update? I was only supposed to be handing out the prizes at the beginning! I’m all ready to do that just as soon as I’ve recovered from the inevitable new year festivities and Hugh gets his act together.

    Congratulations to the winners BTW and a happy new year to all!

  15. Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    December 31, 2011 at 7:33 pm(

    “that foul leading to their second goal was a travesty by the ref.”

    I wouldn’t moan about the ref too much Grumpy, he could have sent off Cabaye and suspended him for three games if his eyesight was better than Stevie Wonder’s. That could still happen as neither he or his guide dog saw that tackle so it’s in the hands of the FA’s chamber of righteous justice. Tiote looks like he could be buggering off to Africa earlier than Pardew hoped too. Doom and gloom!

  16. Hey el toro surely 1st and 2nd should be split between me and you as clint flick is a writer meaning he was only in this for fun. im happy with £75 each?? well played. weve done great to finish top

  17. Right, quickly before I gan oot!

    ElToro, if that is the final update there are two in the top positions, yourself and Geordie Magpie. Clint Flick is a contributor (well, sort of) so a third place spot will go to “GrandPoobah”.

    GeordieMagpie, personally, I was just thinking the same thing as you but as I wrote above, it’s Hugh’s competition so I’ll let him have the final word. Also as I wrote above, There’s a £175 total prize fund ready to go.

    I did write this previously but Geordie Magpie, El Toro and GrandPoobah, do you have Paypal accounts? Of course, we’ll sort out out something else if you haven’t, but that would be the easiest way if you have.

  18. Ah!

    That’s some top craic!

    Feasting me new year eyes upon me moniker atop the prediction league, albeit alphabetically!

    Woah! Me Lads!


  19. Grumpy,

    you are definitely more right mate.

    Although it was blatantly Tiote’s fault for the 3rd & killer goal, suicide pass to Simpson, he had no chance.
    What about that dirty bazza Colo, caning bellamy?

    It was a close game ’til they got the 3rd. Some jaundiced views gannin’ on.
    To which you are entitled, of course, as i am mine.
    Just look at the results this weekend & cultivate a perspective.

  20. There is a gap opening between the top 6 and the next 6 – as I have been saying for a few weeks.
    NUFC is the top of that next 6 (10 points above Fulham in 13th) – and we can finish a creditable 7-8th.
    We must stop thinking about the teams above us – our rivals are those below us, including Villa who beat manciteh = not a good result for us.

    So I hope the talk of not signing a proven striker is only a smoke screen – cos if we don’t then I’m afraid back down to 11th is on the cards !

    surely Pardew is not so useless he can’t see this!

  21. Dont begin counting any chickens yet !
    We could be struggling to avoid relegation, in no time
    (Reality check, one win in the last eight and that against the bottom side)
    With Ba and Tiote, off for at least three or four weeks, there goes our goalscorer, plus the guy who breaks down most opposition attempts at coming forward.
    For those who continue to criticise Jonas, it’s clear you dont see what the man accomplishes.
    But i understand the frustration, due to the fact he plays what is supposedly an attacking role, but ends up defening for the most part.
    It seems obvious to me he has been playing out of the position that would best suit his abilities, which is as an inside DM, the same role as Tiote.
    Think of him bringing the ball forward, through the middle, instead of along the sideline, with so many more opportunities to lay on the killer pass ?
    Now that we are short of players, how about young Ferguson in place of Jonas and give Jonas the Tiote role?
    I would also like to see young Abeid get a cameo, could’nt be any worse than Sammy.
    So who’s your pick for a new defender ?
    Your choice ?
    Soh ! with Ba gone,who we gonna play up front,
    Ben Arfa,
    The rest of the EPL teams must be terrified !
    Oh! forgot, we have been told we dont need another goalscorer yet, by our brains trust, sorry!
    I hope the 2012 part of the season does’nt see us collapse, but we all know there are some tough games approaching.
    With the lower sides fighting relegation, as dangerous as those fighting for a European place.
    In which case can we have some younger, cheaper and better additions to the side ?

  22. Grumpey
    Yes appears we disagree, on Tiote, he’s a player i admire to a degree and an essential cog in the team.
    But he is far from the finished product, being overly physical, a jolting tackle, when a simple easing off the ball is necessary, plus better distribution, both need improvement.
    He is prone to getting rid of the ball, to the nearest safe team-mate, as opposed to looking around for the pass, this is all about coaching, by the way !
    If you want a comparison, watch Cabaye, how when receiving possession, looks all about him before laying on the pass.

    As for Williamson, he spent to much time on the ground and for a big man was’nt particularly good in the air.
    He tends to be caught out of position, ball watches, has no pace, yeah! you and others may think he is the real deal, but he’s actually not the quality we need, there are younger, better but possibly not cheaper, players available.