John Carver has claimed that Newcastle matched Liverpool for all but the first 10 minutes.
Raheem Sterling scoring an early goal thanks largely to shocking defending by Ryan Taylor and Gabriel Obertan.
The Newcastle Head coach stating that Tim Krul didn’t have a great deal to do after half-time and thta United wre on the front foot in that second period.
“Then just after that a fantastic effort by Perez and a world class save by the goalkeeper, you are thinking everything is good here…
“Even in the second half we came out on the front foot and Tim Krul didn’t have a great deal to do.”
“Then we lost Moussa Sissoko and to be quite honest we got a bit lucky because it should have been a straight red.
“When you think of the quality Liverpool have, the quality they have on the bench, the quality they have missing…and we matched them after that first ten minutes.”
Newcastle did pick themselves up a bit and before half-time had a little spell where Perez was unlucky when he saw a great header matched by an equally great save, but apart from the penalty incident, which again (funny that…) involved Perez I think Liverpool were still well in comand.
What the home side did do was get sloppy but you did get the feeling that by far the biggest threat to the scousers was complacency, not anything Newcastle could conjure up by themselves.
Raheem Sterling alone, could and should have had a minimum of a hat-trick, maybe more.
Also, Liverpool had a weakened team out (as did Newcastle) and it could have got very messy if they’d had a decent finisher such as Sturridge on the pitch.
Before the match I sadly would have taken a two goal defeat and on the balance of play I think United were fortunate to get away with that margin.
Not looking forward to Spurs…