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3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Newcastle 0 Liverpool 1

3 weeks ago
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Saturday afternoon ended Newcastle 0 Liverpool 1.

The visitors dominating possession and chances but a committed NUFC team helping to keep the record going of not conceding more than one goal at home in a match since 19 December 2021.

At the other end of the pitch, commitment and desire only getting you so far, as Newcastle struggled to create decent chances.

Ahead of each match we ask one of our writers to come up with 3 positives and 3 negatives following the game, this time it is Jamie Smith.

POSITIVES

Could have been worse

While defeat is always disappointing, I think this one was approached with a solid sense of reality.

Liverpool are an outstanding side competing to win literally everything available to them and this was always going to be a chance to check how competitive we could be with a side that is a few years off challenging. To lose so narrowly in a game we had our moments in, is not the end of the world, and hopefully some of the performances will have informed Howe which players are ready for the next step forward.

If anyone does feel a bit down about things, maybe ask yourself this: would you rather have beaten Liverpool this season or next, when the points are maybe of considerably more value to United? Hopefully we can. Hold from here towards that ambition.

Nothing to fear here

The backdrop to this game could have been so much worse.

For a long time it looked like we might be approaching this difficult stage with a desperation to claw some unlikely points to stave off the relegation threat that hung over the club for so long.

As it stood, today was one of those stress-free end of season efforts, with all but the most ultra paranoid fan surely happy that we’ll be seeing the likes of Liverpool next season, as the exciting future of Newcastle United can start in earnest.

See? It’s mint here

I did find it ironic that, following some of his ludicrous pro-Ashley comments over the years, Rio Ferdinand was prominent amongst the BT sport team that were clearly revelling in the stunning atmosphere of the reborn Newcastle.

The big surfer flag looked tremendous in the sun-bathed Leazes end and the whole ground rocked as the national media took in the spectacle of what Newcastle United was always capable of being.

BT sport anchorman Jake Humphrey, a long-term ally throughout the dark times, even took the opportunity to address the salty behaviour of the many bitter detractors of Eddie Howe’s stunning turnaround of the club. Unfortunately, that led to negative #1…

NEGATIVES

That old chestnut

Of course, Humphrey’s comments were widely misrepresented, resulting in the absolute delight of a Twitter pile-on.

Basically his words “as ever with this club, there are people waiting on the sidelines ready to snipe and have a pop and the way they’re doing things they’re finding that hard.” This was in recognition of Howe’s job in turning around the appalling situation he was dealt, but it has been repackaged as an endorsement of the Saudi state, with Humphrey even having to clarify the intent of his comments.

By contrast, Miguel Delaney, who’s issues with the ownership are usually restricted to the regime, wrote an incredibly salty tweet about the January spend (perhaps sensing the imminent hauling in of his beloved Man Utd), displaying the exact kind of snipey pop that Humphrey was referring to.

Unfortunately, this will be our cross to bear and we will need to grow a thick enough skin to live with it.

Home discomforts

It has been a brilliant run to rack up six straight home wins and the old place is starting to feel like a fortress again.

Sadly, that had to come to an end today with our first home defeat since Christmas. With the super powers of Liverpool and Man City the only sides to win here in the Premier League under Howe, home form could form an excellent basis for a strong season next time.

Are we big yet?

It might be a bit of a whinge, as the big refereeing decisions that went against us were probably all correct, but you don’t get much against these sides do you?

Schar going down before the goal was as a result of his own foul, and I’d have wanted us to play on if the boot was on the other foot, perhaps creating a distraction exacerbated by the appalling display of “Stand Up if you Love the Toon” an, awful, pointless chant that needs to end, as it’s the modern day equivalent of the Mexican Wave against Athletic Bilbao.

I don’t feel the referee was directly responsible for the result, but the visitors definitely enjoyed more chances and possession, as a result of the constant easy free kicks. I wonder how much we have to develop before we are the recipients of this kind of favour?

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Liverpool 1 – Saturday 30 April 12.30pm

Goals:

Liverpool:

Keita 19

Newcastle:

Possession was Liverpool 66% Newcastle 34%

Total shots were Liverpool 24 Newcastle 4

Shots on target were Liverpool 10 Newcastle 2

Corners were Liverpool 6 Newcastle 0

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 52,281 (Liverpool 3,200)

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Krafth (Murphy 85), Schar (Lascelles 61), Burn, Targett, Guimaraes, Shelvey, Willock (Wood 67), Joelinton, Almiron, Saint-Maximin

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Dummett, Longstaff, Gayle, Ritchie, Manquillo

(‘This defeat to Liverpool exposes which Newcastle United players have/haven’t what it takes’ – Read HERE)

(Newcastle United stay top half and Everton now halfway through relegation trapdoor – I’ve had worse days – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 0 Liverpool 1 – Instant NUFC fan / writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 0 Liverpool 1 – The three big points that I’m taking from the match – Read HERE)

You can follow the author on Twitter @Mr_Dolf

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