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11 December 2010
• St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 50137
90' + 4'
FULL TIME!!! Newcastle get the three points!!! A brilliant second half recovery has sealed them victory. Another away day misery for Hodgson and Liverpool, but Pardew goes from zero to hero and starts off with a win. That's one way to win the fans over. Thanks for following tonight, have a good evening!
90' + 3'
Newcastle just playing keep ball in the Liverpool half. No sense of danger from the away team.
90' + 2'
Roy Hodgson looks thoroughly deflated on the bench, another away day defeat looks like it beckons. Barton comes off and Routledge is on.
90' + 1'
Assist José Enrique
90' + 1'
Goal Andy Carroll
Carroll scores a screamer to get Newcastle the three points!!! A stunning left-footed strike from 30 yards out which flies past Reina and almost bursts the net! Brilliant!!
GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE!!! BRILLIANT GOAL FROM ANDY CARROLL!!!
OOOOOOOH! Johnson is up to meet the header but can only send it over the bar!!! Big miss this late on!
Babel tries to force the issue by taking on a couple of Newcastle defenders in the box, and eventually wins a corner.
Jovanovic lifts a cross into the box but it misses Kuyt, Babel and Torres and squirts over the far post for a goal kick.
Warm applause around St James Park as captain Kevin Nolan comes off and Alan Smith is on.
Newcastle continue to press forward but Carroll fails to find Ranger with a throughpass in behind the defence.
St James Park is rocking here as Roy Hodgson takes off Maxi Rodriguez and introduces Milan Jovanovic.
Yellow Card Cheikh Tiote
Tiote is booked after a cynical challenge on Torres as the Spaniard looked to break.
Babel tries to threaten for Liverpool but he is crowded out well by Newcastle defenders.
Goal Joey Barton
Route one at it's finest!!! Krul lifts a long ball forward, Carroll flicks it on. Ranger forces Kyrgiakos to miss it, and in behind the defence, Barton nips in to touch it past Reina. Awful defending from Liverpool but probably what Newcastle deserve on the balance of play.
GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE!!! JOEY BARTON SCORES!!!!
Yellow Card Jonas Gutierrez
Meireles delivers, but Taylor is up well to clear. The ball drops for Lucas on the edge of the box but his volley is shanked well wide.
Booking for Gutierrez, some neat quick feet from Johnson puts him in a dangerous position and he's pulled down by the Argentine. Free kick in a great position down the right for Liverpool.
Barton delivers, but Kyrgiakos wins the ball in the air ahead of Carroll and Liverpool clear the danger.
Liverpool are starting to look worried. Newcastle are pressing them and they win a freekick in the Liverpool half.
Some slack defending from Konchesky gifts Barton the ball. He lifts a cross to the backpost where Carroll is competing with Johnson. He wins the ball but as he does so fouls the full back.
Ryan Babel comes on for N'gog.
N'gog is caught inadvertently in the air by Nile Ranger. The Frenchman is bleeding profusely, and play is halted.
Moment of real panic in the Liverpool defence as Carroll beats Reina in the air at a freekick. But his flick fails to reach any Newcastle shirts and Konchesky clears.
Lucas fouls Tiote in midfield, and runs away shaking his head. Don't think Liverpool have been overly enamoured with referee Lee Mason today.
Newcastle regaining momentum here. Ranger's mobility is posing Liverpool a different problem. This time he is up competing with Skrtel and Kyrgiakos on the edge of the Liverpool box, but his enthusiasm gets the better of him and he fouls Meireles.
The substitute is causing plenty of problems. This time he outpaces Skrtel down the right flank and fires a cross in which Reina claims at the near post.
BAD MISS FROM RANGER!!!!! One minute after coming on, he chases down a Carroll flick on, outmuscles two defenders. He's one on one with Reina, shifts it onto his right foot, but can only send it wide of the far post!
Change for Newcastle. Ameobi is coming off and Nile Ranger comes on.
Dangerous moment from Newcastle. Enrique whips a cross to the backpost, Skrtel misses his header, but Ameobi fails to capitalise and the ball loops tamely for Reina to claim.
Newcastle just looking to enjoy some possession here, trying to pause for breath really. Liverpool have them penned in.
OOOOOH!! Game's really open now. Torres sends a fierce low shot wide from 25 yards out. Campbell again failed to clear adequately, giving Torres the space to shoot.
OOOOOOOOOOH!!! Carroll's turn to miss!!!! Newcastle come close as Barton lifts a cross into the box, where Carroll rises centrally above Skrtel but can only send his header high and wide of Reina's goal! Big chance for Newcastle to retake the lead goes begging.
Liverpool's ascendancy continues. Torres tries a neat flick for Maxi to chase but Krul is out well to clear.
Newcastle are really rocking! N'gog reaches a Kuyt cross, but his header only goes down and wide of Krul's far post. Liverpool have started the second half with real purpose.
BAD MISS!! TORRES AGAIN COMES CLOSE!!! Really Liverpool should be 2-1 up! Konchesky whips a sumptuous 50 yard pass from the halfway line over Campbell's head. Torres brings it down, one-on-one with Krul and fires a low shot in which the keeper gets a strong hand to and palms clear.
OOOOOH! Torres comes close!!! Meireles picks up a loose clearance from Newcastle down the right. He whips a lovely cross to the backpost where Torres is waiting, but his header is straight at Krul.
Goal Dirk Kuyt
Nightmare for Newcastle, a very poor goal that!!! First Campbell turns his back to a long ball, it ricochets off his back and to Kuyt on the edge of the box. The Dutchman picks up the ball, and as he shoots the ball deflects off Taylor's challenge and bobbles past Krul and into the corner. 1-1 at St James Park!
GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL!! KUYT SCORES!!!!
Fairly bitty start to the half. Neither team looks settled so far.
Newcastle get us underway for the second half.
45' + 2'
HALF TIME!!! Well Newcastle will be happy with their first half, and their goal courtesy of captain Nolan. Liverpool have ended strongly though and will surely threaten in the second half. Back in fifteen minutes.
45' + 2'
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!!!! Kyrgiakos misses by inches!!!! Great header from a Meireles corner. He is relatively central in the box, but can only head the ball JUST wide of the far post.
45' + 1'
Liverpool finishing strongly. Konchesky's cross is cleared by Enrique at the back post. It goes to the edge of the box, and fortunately Tiote is up swiftly to beat Meireles to the ball.
N'gog whips a cross into the box, but Simpson is up well to clear.
Good move from Liverpool, N'gog feeds Maxi on the edge of the box. He is challenged well by Taylor but falls theatrically to the ground pleading for a penalty. The ref waves his appeals away.
Scrappy passage of play from both teams. Liverpool are struggling to get any service to N'gog and Torres while Newcastle look content to defend and compete well in midfield.
Barton tries a switch to the nearpost, but his delivery is poor and Kuyt clears comfortably.
Liverpool's frustrations starting to show. Kyrgiakos bundles over Carroll as they competed for a long ball. He berates referee Lee Mason for the decision. Good position for Newcastle as they size up a freekick opportunity, similar to their goal.
Slightly overeager challenge from Tiote who leads with his arm in the air concedes a freekick on the halfway line.
Liverpool starting to press forward now. Konchesky whips a low cross into the box, but Campbell clears at the near post.
Barton whips the corner to the backpost, but strong defending from Kyrgiakos enables him to clear.
OOOH! Nolan wins a tackle in the Liverpool half, Ameobi then fires an effort at goal which deflects off Skrtel and JUST wide of goal.
CLEARED OFF THE LINE!!! Luis Enrique saves Newcastle!! The ball is won by Skrtel and drops to Meireles in the box and his shot is cleared off the line by the full back. Newcastle clear, but that was Liverpool's best moment so far.
Hesitant goalkeeping from Krul, who misses a harmless ball over the top and only some last ditch defending from Simpson denies Kuyt an effort at goal. Corner though.
Liverpool are looking for inspiration here and Johnson aims to provide it. He dashes down the right flank past 2 men, he is well cut off by Enrique as he enters a threatening position.
OOOOOOOOOOOH! Great interchange from Newcastle's strike partnership results in a Carroll strike which is saved by Reina. Long ball from Simpson finds Carroll, he chests it off to Ameobi, who rolls the ball back to him on the edge of the box and his low strike from the edge of the box is straight at Reina.
Newcastle construct a lovely passing move-switching play from right to left-Enrique then whips a cross into the box, but some tenacious defending from Kyrgiakos clears the danger eventually.
Freekick on the edge of the box. Torres steps up...........and sends it straight into the wall. Newcastle clear, and Liverpool continue to waste these set pieces.
Torres wins a freekick in a dangerous position after a soft freekick is given for a tackle from Campbell.
Liverpool win a freekick on the halfway line, but as Kuyt tries to flick the ball on towards Torres he is closed down well by Tiote.
Newcastle and Cheik Tiote in particular are pressing Liverpool far higher up the pitch now. Means Torres is becoming more isolated as the game goes on.
Meireles takes, but Taylor clears easily. So far Liverpool's set pieces have been terrible.
Johnson goes on a marauding run forward, but is well challenged by Enrique in the box. In fairness to Johnson he challenges back as Newcastle try to clear and his persistence wins him a freekick.
Yellow Card Glen Johnson
At the other end Torres chips a ball into the box where Maxi of all people manages to beat Simpson in the air but can only head it over Krul's bar.
OOOOOH! Barton lifts the ball into the box where it misses everyone and bounces in front of Reina who momentarily spills it but recovers well.
Glen Johnson is booked for a needless late challenge on Gutierrez midway in the Liverpool half.
Liverpool look a little rattled by that. They've been the better team in possession and continue to play the ball well. Newcastle's defence looks secure so far.
Assist Andy Carroll
Goal Kevin Nolan
Newcastle's captain Nolan scores the first goal of the Alan Pardew regime! Great move too! Barton dinking a ball to the backpost, Carroll beats Skrtel in the air, and heads it across for Nolan to score from close range past Reina. Well-worked set piece, 1-0 Newcastle!
GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE!!! KEVIN NOLAN SCORES!!!
Krygiakos bowls over Carroll about 35 yards from goal. Free kick to Newcastle.
Torres wins a corner for Liverpool which reaches Skrtel near the penalty spot, but stretching he can only head it up in the air and eventually Krul claims comfortably.
Carroll is put through by Gutierrez, but he miscontrols and eventually Liverpool manage to clear. Game just starting to open up now.
Newcastle struggle to clear their lines as Maxi whips the ball in, and eventually a Kyrgiakos effort is punched out by Krul.
Gutierrez concedes a freekick in a dangerous position for a push on Johnson.
Game really needs to settle down. Neither team really passing the ball comfortably, though Campbell is almost caught out with a heavy touch but fortunately Torres is flagged offside from Lucas' touch.
Enrique swings a cross into the box but Reina is up to claim comfortably.
Newcastle try to mount their first meaningful opportunity, but Ameobi's pass to Carroll is misplaced and Reina sweeps up comfortably behind his defence.
Maxi fires a shot well over the bar from about 25 yards out.
Frantic start so far, plenty of loose passages of play from both teams. Both trying to settle down.
We're off at St James Park!
Plenty of support for Chris Hughton among the Newcastle fans. Alan Pardew could certainly use a win today to appease the masses, while Roy Hodgson needs an away win.
Meanwhile Liverpool are lined up: eina, Johnson, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Konchesky, Kuyt, Meireles, Lucas, Maxi, Torres, Ngog. Subs: Jones, Aurelio, Cole, Jovanovic, Babel, Poulsen, Kelly.
First up it's the team news. Newcastle are lined up: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Campbell, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi. Subs: Harper, Guthrie, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Perch, Smith, Ranger.
Good evening and welcome to tonight's live commentary between Newcastle United and Liverpool.
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