Sunday 1 April 2012 1.30pm

Newcastle United 2 (Cissé 19, 59)
Liverpool 0

Where do you start? The only question for me is whether this was even better than the January demolition of Manchester United?

I would argue it is, despite clearly Liverpool not being in the same league as Manchester United at the moment.

The towering scoreline and performance against the Mancs was remarkable but it was achieved with most of not having great expectations and seeing it as a free go against arguably the top team in England.

However, I would say today’s match has had the biggest build up by far of any of our fixtures this season, certainly on a national and international basis.

How many times have we not turned up at the big occasion, when expectations are high and we have a match that is an acid test of our aspirations?

‘You stole my Easter eggs’ (replacing ‘You stole my stereo’)

This was billed as Pardew the miracle worker v Kenny the money waster, the return of the ponytailed one, as well as of course Enrique and Bellamy.

Alan Pardew threw a curve ball before kick-off with Jonas back at left-back and the returning Tiote making up a three man midfield.

The aim clearly was to pressure the scouser high up the pitch and so the game was always going to be stretched, the question was in whose favour?

Early on we looked dangerous with the ball but Liverpool were comfortably working the ball out of defence and several times Jonas was outnumbered leading to Bellamy putting in some dangerous balls. While Bellamy was having his usual decent game against us, Enrique was strangely subdued while Carroll was all over the place and summed up his performance with a shocking dive when he could possibly still have scored, instead he got a yellow card for his pains.

Massive credit to Williamson (I was very relieved when I saw Carroll was playing as ideal when Willo is in the team) and Perch who was outstanding against Suarez.

‘You’re (Dalglish) getting sacked in the morning’

Every player though worked their socks off from the strikers to the midfield, to the defence and Cabaye must have covered every blade of grass while Tiote’s gave a performance every bit as good as the on eagainst Manchester United, I can’t give him a bigger pat on the back than that.

Perspiration only gets you so far though and on nineteen minutes Ben Arfa twisted and teased Enrique before putting over a cross that was  inch perfect, just eluding the defender and Cissé’s finish was also inch perfect as his header back across goal went in off the post.

The interplay and ball retention was excellent overall but determined last gap defending also played its part as every player put their heart and soul into this pivotal match.

Cissé and Ba are absolute stars, they look to play with absolutely no edge to them, they look like they want to chase back and don’t see it as beneath them. While Ben Arfa was maybe used more sparingly but whenever he got the ball he had them on the back foot.

Cissé could have made it two with a glancing header and Williamson planted an excellent header against the post  but two indeed it was on fifty nine minutes.

‘(Carroll) What a waste of money’

A flowing move saw the ball worked out of defence and Ben Arfa accelerated inside before combining with Demba Ba, the ball eventually reaching Cissé some eight yards out. He feinted to shoot and put Reina on his backside before tapping it home and putting the topping on another class performance.

Newcastle combined effort with talent and never allowed Liverpool back into the game, with Gosling replacing the injured Guthrie, Shola letting Cissé take his own personal bow as the minutes ticked by and then Ben Arfa getting his own applause as Santon replaced him almost on the final whistle.

Carroll was dragged off as was Bellamy late on, the final insult saw Reina seeing red for an attempted headbutt on Perch with Enrique seeing out the last ten minutes in goal which must have seemed a lonely lifetime as the Leazes end poured down their scorn on the departed player.

An exceptional performance from all concerned , beginning to wish this season wasn’t coming to a close.

‘Jose Enrique, we’re in the top six’

A sobering thought for Kenny is that he brings a very average Jordan Henderson and Downing off the bench and either of those cost around the same as Cabaye, Cissé and Tiote combined.

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Danny Guthrie (Dan Gosling 65), Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa (Davide Santon 90), Papiss Cissé  (Shola Ameobi 74), Demba Ba

Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic

Liverpool (4-4-2): Pepe Reina, Jon Flanagan, Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Jonjo Shelvey (Stewart Downing 76), Steven Gerrard (c), Jay Spearing, Craig Bellamy (Jordan Henderson 80), Andy Carroll (Dirk Kuyt 79), Luis Suarez

Subs not used: Alexander Doni, Fabio Aurelio, Sebastian Coates, Maxi Rodriguez

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Attendance: 52,363

23 comments
MikeatToonArmyPhila
MikeatToonArmyPhila

Stateside, that would almost ensure empty stands. Ashley really doesn't understand the damage he has done to the brand.

Mark Brooker
Mark Brooker

I'll just wait until next season we'll probably be playing them in the championship.

mrkgw
mrkgw

Just typical.

Fozzyworld
Fozzyworld

@Mike_Ashley_Out. Brilliant move, double whammy. .. Force Season Ticket Holders to renew and reduce the away support in one go. Genious!

wor monga
wor monga

I Love it, Jackie…I really do!…if you think Ashley will sit back and let those who won’t go…don’t go…and never have gone take a lend of him via the internet (the Mag) then it’s about time you got the message…he won’t.


...One way or another those who haven’t renewed (for whatever reason) will get the message that he will use any trick in the book to fill the ground on matchdays…one way or another…by any cheap day deals he can think of, and if he can, hopefully, penalise some who are hoping to coming back, in the process.


...That’s how you make billions of £’s from nothing…and you don’t get that by backing down to any signs of opposition when the ‘natives get restless’.. 

knocky
knocky

Isn't this another way of saying a £5 discount for season ticket holders - seems fair to me. I've committed to pay for a season ticket and as such get  an opportunity to get some tickets cheaper. 

And The Mag should check the facts first before wading in with another anti-newcastle united article

amacdee
amacdee

@knocky Dont get knocky with the Mag. Its people like you, who keep buying ST's, who tell the Fatman he's doing everything OK ! FGS man you'll get a ticket for every home game this season without signing on the dotted line.

knocky
knocky

@amacdee @knocky 7 together? My whole family go, parents, kids and grandkids. We enjoy the day - pub etc, sometimes even the football. I live in hope that we provide our fans with effort and entertainment (as a a bare minimum) and to a some stage get back to competing with the top end of the table (won't hold my breath). But I have mates who are Leeds, York, Plymouth, Rangers fans There's no guarantees in football - we can't all support Man City/Chelsea

philrenner09
philrenner09

This is exactly what Sheff Utd are doing £15 for non season ticket holders and £10 if you are --- they have set the prices, phone Bramall lane and get your facts right. This is a regular thing for Sheff Utd to do for pre season matches

JohnyH
JohnyH

They just don't get it do they.

For a charge that might make them a few quid, they're prepared to p&£@s off the entire supporter community.

He can stick his f@&£&@g tickets right up his f&@£!?g fat a&£e

G Dubz
G Dubz

Dont go- the football is 5hite, the players arent committed, the chairmen is milking us... its not our NUFC anymore and wont be again until he leaves

He will only go if we undermine his brand- the TV money more than offsets the season ticket fall and attendance drop- making Sports Direct look bad is where it hurts him- do that by not going.

foggy
foggy

Just don't F in go, don't buy the shirts, don't buy or renew the season tickets.

Once again its just another slap in the face for the fans from the lying w#nkers who own / run the club, all the while aided and abetted by moncur.


Seventy2
Seventy2

I wonder how long it will take for the Membership price to rise?

Porciestreet
Porciestreet

Didn't you just know the fat 845tard was going to pull strokes like this.  Now's definately the right time to tell him to shove his tickets right into the dark place only his mother would visit.


Wallsendstu
Wallsendstu

Just don't go. I feel sorry for the lad whose testimonial it is as these players know that NUFC supporters travel in their thousands to watch the team. Does the extra £5 go to the guy? I doubt it, so the greedy sods milk off money where ever they can and it makes me sick to my stomach. The fatman and Penfold are just the type to steal from donation boxes as long as they get their grubby paws on another penny, scum. 

maddib
maddib

@Wallsendstu  If the extra fiver per ticket isn't going to Morgan, then surely Ashley is guilty of theft.  It's his testimonial, surely all monies goes to him so he can sort out stewarding/policing costs from the final testimonial amount and then take him/give to charity what is left.

Grrrbby
Grrrbby

There are some absolute morons on here like. This is a non article with yet another dramatic headline that doesn't tell you all the facts. Sheffield set the prices not Newcastle. And even if they did, i'd look at this as a good thing for season ticket holders rather than the other way round. Next ...