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April 1, 2012 1:30 PM BST
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 52363‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Newcastle United 2-0 Liverpool

Pepe Reina is sent off in disgrace after Papiss Cisse strikes condemn Liverpool to fourth straight defeat and consolidate Newcastle's grip on sixth place

By Rob Stewart at the Sports Direct Arena

  • Tim Krul
    44
    44
    2.50

    Tim Krul

    The Dutchman lived dangerously with some questionable positioning but Liverpool were not good enough to take advantage.

  • Danny Simpson
    48
    29
    2.50

    Danny Simpson

    Untroubled defensively as Liverpool lacked width throughout. Was lucky to see the referee wave play on after blatantly handballing Carroll's header off the line in the first half.

  • Mike Williamson
    71
    19
    3.00

    Mike Williamson

    After a shaky start he coped well with the aerial threat posed by Andy Carroll and looked a threat from set-pieces, rattling the post and forcing a sharp save from Reina moments before the Spaniard's sending off.

  • James Perch
    92
    78
    3.50

    James Perch

    Magnificent performance form the make-shift central defender, his impressive match may have been overshadowed slightly after getting neddlessly involved with Reina, and throwing himself to the floor after brushing heads with the Spaniard.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    95
    11
    3.50

    Yohan Cabaye

    Has been overshadowed by Hatem Ben Arfa in recent weeks but the former Lille man remains a vital cog in the Toon machine as his vast range of passing makes Newcastle such a formidable counter-attacking side.

  • Danny Guthrie
    57
    15
    3.00

    Danny Guthrie

    Deemed surplus to requirements as a youngster at Anfield but showed his boyhood club exactly what they are missing with an assured performance, passed well and showed good bite in the tackle ot help the Magpies control the game.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    159
    9
    3.50

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    The mercurial French midfielder was at his crowd-pleasing best and was simply too good for Liverpool to handle as he laid on both of Cisse's goals after bamboozling Enrique.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    56
    23
    2.50

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Played in an extremely unfamiliar left-back role but was tenacious in his tackling and his attacking qualities from deep benefitted his side's game, was given the captain's armband in compatriot Coloccini's absence, further showcasing his growing importance and popularity on Tyneside.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    94
    10
    3.00

    Cheikh Tiote

    Typically physical performance from the Ivorian who comfortably shut down Shelvey's attempts to create chances for Liverpool and handled Gerrard well when the England man moved into the centre.

  • Papiss Cissé
    226
    13
    4.00

    Papiss Cissé Top of the Match

    Andy who? The new No. 9 on Tyneside has made an unbelievably good start to his Newcastle career and was at his poaching best, grabbing a brace. Looked to be offside for his second but still kept a cool head to round Reina and slot past the sliding Skrtel on the line.

  • Demba Ba
    80
    34
    2.50

    Demba Ba

    Has begun playing in a much deeper role since Cisse's arrival and does well to link up the play closer to the midfield. Has now gone seven games without a goal though and the Toon fans will be hoping he can start finding the back of the net again sooner rather than later.

Substitutions

  • Davide Santon
    45
    10
    0.00

    Davide Santon

    Sent on in the game's dying embers to give Ben Arfa a richly deserved ovation.

  • Dan Gosling
    39
    13
    3.00

    Dan Gosling

    The former Everton midfielder played out the latter stages of the match and looked tidy in possession.

  • Shola Ameobi
    37
    15
    2.50

    Shola Ameobi

    Brought on for Cisse and will regret not testing stand-in keeper Enrique when presented with the opportunity.

  • Pepe Reina
    88
    144
    2.00

    Pepe Reina Flop of the Match

    Just as things looked as though they could not get any worse for Liverpool, they did as the Spaniard lost his cool and was sent off for violent conduct for appearing to headbutt James Perch.

  • José Enrique
    46
    96
    2.00

    José Enrique

    If the Toon Army were trying to put him out of his stride with their taunts then they succeeded because he looked a shadow of the player who became a favourite on Tyneside. Took the gloves after Reina's dismissal but wasn't tested.

  • Jamie Carragher
    73
    73
    3.50

    Jamie Carragher

    He is approaching his 700th appearance for the Reds and put all his experience to good use with an assured display as the defenders around him looked totally incapable.

  • Martin Skrtel
    46
    89
    2.00

    Martin Skrtel

    He paid the ultimate price when caught ball-watching for Cisse's opener and was then at sixes and sevens when the Senegalese striker doubled the lead.

  • Jon Flanagan
    59
    65
    3.00

    Jon Flanagan

    The 19-year-old full-back showed that there are reasons to be optimistic about the future with an assured display in only his tenth league appearance.

  • Steven Gerrard
    69
    71
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Played much of the game in a wide role and couldn't get in to the game as he would have liked. By the time he had moved into the centre, the game was beyond the Reds.

  • Jay Spearing
    44
    70
    3.00

    Jay Spearing

    He was always a willing outlet for the Liverpool defence but Ben Arfa waltzed round him as if he wasn't there on his way to setting up the opener.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    46
    104
    2.00

    Jonjo Shelvey

    There could be no faulting his effort but the brutal reality is that the midfielder looked out of his depth, could barely shake off Tiote but did manage Liverpool's first shot on target of the match, albeit in the 57th minute.

  • Luis Suárez
    71
    74
    3.00

    Luis Suárez

    Nothing seemed to go right for the striker who only showed glimpses of the class that has made him a darling of the Kop but he looked threatening right until the very end.

  • Andy Carroll
    54
    170
    2.00

    Andy Carroll

    Surrounding by mass hype on his return to his home-town and hugely embarrassed himself as he took a tumble in the area despite no contact and was rightfully booked. Started brightly early on but faded badly as his touch and confidence deserted him once again. Was substituted to ear-splitting jeers and furiously stomped straight down the tunnel.

  • Craig Bellamy
    29
    77
    2.50

    Craig Bellamy

    Off day for the Welshman who always had the pace to trouble the Magpies' defence but often lacked finesse when in dangerous positions.

Substitutions

  • Jordan Henderson
    30
    93
    2.50

    Jordan Henderson

    Didn't have any time to make his mark on the game and was greeted by cheers of 'what a waste of money' by the home fans.

  • Stewart Downing
    27
    78
    2.50

    Stewart Downing

    The game was won and lost when he came on and he failed to make an impact.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    37
    67
    2.50

    Dirk Kuyt

    Huffed and puffed after replacing Carroll but could not get Liverpool back into the game.

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