Newcastle United 2-0 Liverpool

Cisse scored twice at the Gallogate End to give Newcastle a deserved victory against an out-of-form Liverpool


By Alex Byrom
Referees Editor from Sports Direct Arena

Newcastle all but secured a top six finish and boosted their Champions League hopes with a superb performance to inflict another defeat on the ill-disciplined Liverpool. 

January signing Cisse scored both goals - both inside the penalty area - from assists from the ever-improving Hatem Ben Arfa to put Newcastle in a strong position. His first came with the hosts' first effort, the second just before the hour. Frustrations for the Reds spilt over as goalkeeper Pepe Reina reacted angrily to Perch's challenge and was shown a red card by referee Martin Atkinson, leaving Jose Enrique to see out the final minutes between the sticks. 

Newcastle made jutst one change from the 3-1 win at West Brom last time out, as they were rocked by the news that Captian Fabricio Coloccini was injured, so Tiote returned from suspension with Jonas Gutierrez dropping back to left back. 

The Reds made three changes: Henderson and Downing were dropped to the bench. In came Jonjo Shelvey and Craig Bellamy - back from injury. Former Geordie striker Andy Carroll also came in for Dirk Kuyt who dropped to the bench, and returned to his old stomping ground along with Jose Enrique. 


Pepe Reina has played 183 consecutive games for Liverpool. That run is about to end with his red card. 

Liverpool started brightly with some neat possession. Carroll also started well, eager to prove a point, as he and Enrique were booed from the first minute. The tall man had a chance to put the visitors in front when he rounded Tim Krul - but so short is his confidence - he decided to go down instead of shooting. He was subsequently booked for diving in midst of sarcastic cheers from the Toon faithful.  

Carroll - with just a paltry eight goals in fifteen months, then headed over, under good pressure from Krul. 

Craig Bellamy, also returning to St James' Park, saw his cross deflect off Perch and Krul had to tip it onto the bar and away. 

A goal seemed inevitable. And it should have come from the spot as Danny Simpson clearly handled Carroll header off the line. No penalty, and what a turning point it was. 

The hosts took the lead on 19 minutes when Ben Arfa was given too much time to cross from the right, and Cisse - onside - nodded the ball home - via the post. 

The Senegalese then headed Guthrie's cross wide as Newcastle took control. 


This is now Liverpool's worst run of form since 1958.

But Liverpool's problem is scoring. Perch blocked Shelvey's shot and then made a superb block to deny Suarez a certain goal, as the Reds' pressure increased. 

The cheers increased when Carroll was replaced. His frustration was clearly evident as he stripped and headed straight down the tunnel, much to the amusement of the home faithul. 

The winner - from Cisse - had a bit of fortune about it, and Liverpool felt every decision was going against them.  

Again it was Ben Arfa the creator. 

The Frenchman attempted a one-two with Ba but in a attempt to get to the return, he flicked to Cisse who was in an offside position to tap past Reina and into the net. 

Tempers flared on 82 minutes when Cabaye's cross was well claimed by the Spaniard, but Perch fouled him. Reina then put his head into Perch's face (and the latter went down as if he'd been shot) and Mr. Atkinson was given no option but to dismiss the keeper, leaving fellow countyman Enrique to don the gloves. Luckily, Newcastle decided to play keep-ball so he wasn't tested.   


Sunday 1st April

Barclays Premier League

Sports Direct Arena


Newcastle United 2-0 Liverpool                        KO 1:30pm              (HT 1-0)

Cisse 19, 59                         


Newcastle26. Krul7.5/10, 05. Simpson8/10, 14. Perch6/10, 06. Williamson (C)8/10, 18. Gutierrez6/10, 04. Cabaye7.5/10, 08. Guthrie7.5/10 (Gosling 65- 3.5/10), 24. Tiote8/10, 10. Ben Arfa8.5/10 (Santon 90), 09. Cisse9/10 (Shola Ameobi 74- 3/10), 19. Ba7/10.

Subs not used:  35 Elliot, 16. R. Taylor, 29 Vuckic, 31. Ferguson

Booked:     Cisse (31), Tiote (48), Perch (82)

Liverpool:  25. Reina- 3/10, 38. Flanagan6/10, 37. Skrtel6.5/10, 23. Carragher6.5/10, 03. Enrique6/10, 33. Shelvey7/10 (Downing 75- 2/10), 08. Gerrard (C)6.5/10, 20. Spearing5.5/10 (Long 45- 6/10), 07. Suarez- 5.5/10, 09. Carroll- 5.5/10 (Kuyt 79 2.5/10), 39. Bellamy- 4.5/10 (Henderson 79 2/10)

Subs not used:  32. Doni, 06. Aurelio, 11. Maxi, 16. Coates

Booked:     Carroll (12), Shelvey (24), Flanagan (45) 

Sent Off:   Reina (82)


My Man of the Match:     Papiss Demba Cisse (Newcastle United)- Rating 9/10

My Poorest Performer of the Match:     Pepe Reina (Liverpool)- Rating 3/10

Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)- 8.5/10
Attendance: 52,363



Match Facts

Possession: Newcastle United- 52%            Liverpool- 48%

Shots: Newcastle United- 11            Liverpool- 9

Shots on target: Newcastle United- 7            Liverpool- 6

Shots off target: Newcastle United- 4            Liverpool- 3

Corners: Newcastle United- 3            Liverpool- 6

Fouls: Newcastle United- 10            Liverpool- 11

Offside: Newcastle United- 2            Liverpool- 2

Assists: Newcastle United- Ben Arfa (2)             Liverpool- None

"Ben Arfa is our Messi" - Alan Pardew Newcastle United Manager

"When the ball's at his feet, he's magic. We had to work with him to find what he's about. But there's no doubt he's a special player. 

"Our flair decided. We could have had four or five. In the end, we controlled the game, and at the end we dictated play which was the most pleasing thing."

Click here to hear the full interview with Alan Pardew

"Frustrations got the better of us" - Kenny Dalglish Liverpool Manager

"There's no point feeling sorry for ourselves. We've got to realise we need to stick together and start believing in what we're doing, then we'll have a great chance. 

The boys have shown [a bit] of frustration and disappointment at recent results. That's the reason Pepe [Reina] got sent off. It was the frustration of going behind. When Andy [Carroll] comes off and heads down the tunnell, it's purely frustration and disappointment."

Hear Kenny's full thoughts here

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