Premier League

April 1, 2012

Full-time

Newcastle United

2 - 0

Liverpool

Premier League

12:30 +00:00, April 1, 2012

St. James' Park

Referee: Martin Atkinson

  • 90'

    Congratulations to Newcastle. Attention now turns to White Hart Lane for Tottenham-Swansea in 30 minutes.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME Newcastle 2-0 Liverpool

  • 90'

    Cabaye is dictating in the centre. Dalglish being taunted by the home-fans.

  • 90'

    Jose Enrique 'punches' clear Shola Ameobi's cross from the left.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added-time...

  • 90'

    Santon replaces Ben Arfa

  • 90'

    Jose Enrique touches the ball! Comes out to claim an over-hit Cabaye long-ball.

  • 88'

    Maybe not, Suarez turns Gutierrez and wins a free-kick. Comes to nothing.

  • 87'

    Newcastle still just stroking the ball around. At ease against ten-men.

  • 86'

    Newcastle keeping the ball in midfield. Might be worth a shot!

  • 85'

    Liverpool looking very, very annoyed. The game is disintegrating.

  • 84'

    That will more than likely be a three-match ban for violent conduct for Reina. Stupidity.

  • 83'

    Jose Enrique is now going in goal. Kenny is on the pitch. Why, I don't know!

  • 81'

    Reina is sent-off for a dispute with Perch. Perch tripped him, Reina head-butts him in retaliation.

  • 81'

    Perch

  • 81'

    Lovely cross beats everyone. Ben Arfa crosses from the other side, headed straight at Reina by Williamson.

  • 80'

    Foul by Skrtel on Ameobi. Cabaye to cross from the left.

  • 79'

    Henderson for Bellamy

  • 79'

    Kuyt replaces Carroll to big cheers from the Geordie fans.

  • 78'

    Carroll swings a left-footed shot at goal. It's tame and easily blocked.

  • 77'

    Beautiful from Tiote, lofting the ball over Spearing as if he wasn't there. Newcastle cruising now.

  • 75'

    De Downing on for Shelvey

  • 74'

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  • 74'

    Ameobi on for Papiss Cisse

  • 73'

    Shola Ameobi getting ready for Newcastle...

  • 72'

    Cabaye looks to play in Cisse down the left-channel, given offside.

  • 71'

    Suarez has a great opportunity to present Bellamy with an open goal, but his chipped pass is far, far too long.

  • 70'

    Liverpool keeping the ball now, but not really stretching the defence. Carroll crosses from the right to nobody.

  • 69'

    Tiote does brilliantly to nick the ball away from Jose Enrique, but Papiss Cisse then wastes possession with a poor pass.

  • 68'

    Cabaye now down after a late tackle from Luis Suarez. Looks tame enough.

  • 67'

    Hatem Ben Arfa shows strength and trickery to hold off his marker, teeing up Demba Ba. The striker swings his right-foot, but the ball deflects upwards.

  • 66'

    Dan Gosling on for Danny Guthrie

  • 65'

    Back underway, with the players refreshed.

  • 64'

    Break in play now. Replays of the goal show that Cisse is half a mile offside. No Liverpool protests though.

  • 63'

    Flanagan gets forward down the right. Outmuscled by Gutierrez and the attack is over.

  • 62'

    Both Newcastle centre-backs have been terrific this afternoon in the absence of Coloccini.

  • 61'

    James Perch once more... The centre-back does brilliantly to get across and block Luis Suarez's shot with the goal gaping.

  • 60'

    What a success the two Senegalese strikers have been this season...

  • 59'

    GOAL Newcastle 2-0 Liverpool Cisse bags a brace!!! Ba plays the ball across goal, everybody misses it and it reaches Cisse, who rounds Reina and walks the ball home.

  • 58'

    Gerrard goes long looking for Andy Carroll, Williamson there once more...

  • 58'

    Demba Ba bursts forward on the counter, but he is quickly outnumbered and dispossessed by Spearing.

  • 57'

    Shelvey on the move going forward, but the attack fizzles out with a tame 25 yard effort with his left-foot.

  • 56'

    Liverpool counter and Bellamy has a chance to get a shot away. Comfortable save for Tim Krul.

  • 54'

    Newcastle have won one of their last six against Newcastle. Can they change their fortunes today?

  • 53'

    Liverpool manoeuvre the ball to the right, Gerrard crosses and Williamson rises to clear.

  • 52'

    Reina clears the ball long, but a free-kick is given for Craig Bellamy's challenge on James Perch.

  • 51'

    Sloppy stuff from Suarez now. Looks to spread the ball to Jose Enrique on the left, but desperately over-hit.

  • 50'

    Back underway as Liverpool return the ball to Tim Krul.

  • 49'

    Gutierrez is getting treatment. Kicked when blocking a Jonjo Shelvey shot.

  • 48'

    Tiote booked for a late tackle on Flanagan.

  • 47'

    POST Williamson hits the post with a header after a free-kick is swung in from deep.

  • 46'

    Newcastle starting with a long period of possession. Nice, fluent passing.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF underway...

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    The Newcastle front-three of Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are quite a tasty unit. Really working well as a trio.

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    They must be ruing the early Carroll dive though. Oh, dear...

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    The Shelvey experiment isn't working very well so far. Spearing ineffectual. Everything coming through Gerrard, Suarez and Bellamy.

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    What should King Kenny do then? Dirk Kuyt on?

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Newcastle fairly comfortable, but need to watch out for Bellamy in the second-half

  • 45'

    Flanagan booked for catching Tiote late in midfield.

  • 45'

    Gerrard looks to play in Bellamy once more. Gutierrez is missing, but Perch gets across.

  • 44'

    At the other end, Carroll flicks on a header to Suarez, but Danny Simpson does brilliantly to see off any danger.

  • 43'

    Newcastle push forward and Guthrie's deflected shot is not far wide. Offside called anyway.

  • 42'

    Bellamy looks to get in behind the defence, but an offside is given. Bellamy is the big threat though.

  • 41'

    Shelvey keeps the ball in only for Guthrie to cross from the right and Cisse rises high to head just wide.

  • 41'

    Carroll concedes a corner. Comes in from the left and Reina just keeps it out.

  • 39'

    Suarez is back in defence. He allows Ben Arfa to turn onto his favoured left-foot, but does well to cut out the cross.

  • 38'

    Good counter from Newcastle, but Tiote's pass to Simpson is just too strong. Throw-in Liverpool.

  • 37'

    Down the other end, Gerrard crosses from the right but it is wildly over-hit. Wasted.

  • 36'

    Yohan Cabaye now looks to release Cisse down the centre. Big gaps appearing in the defence, but they scramble to intercept the ball before it reaches the big striker.

  • 35'

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  • 34'

    Good play from Tiote to win the ball and he releases Demba Ba. It's a two-on-two and the Senegalese striker shoots from 25 yards and his shot deflects just wide.

  • 33'

    Ben Arfa is causing Enrique a lot of trouble in the Liverpool left-back position.

  • 33'

    Ben Arfa does well to cut inside Jose Enrique. He looks up and fires the ball across goal towards Cisse, but Carragher clears the danger.

  • 31'

    Gerrard tries to loft a ball forward to Carroll in the area. Intercepted by Williamson and Shelvey hand-balls.

  • 30'

    Cisse booked for not retreating from a free-kick

  • 29'

    Composed stuff from Liverpool in midfield. Getting a lot of joy down the right-flank up against makeshift left-back Jonas Gutierrez.

  • 28'

    So close! Bellamy crosses low from the right, Perch denies Shelvey, but the ball loops up to Andy Carroll who heads just over. Should score..

  • 26'

    Danny Simpson tries to pick out his two Senegalese strikers in the box, but the ball is misdirected and Reina claims.

  • 25'

    Bellamy crosses dangerously from the right, looks perfect for Suarez to knock home, but James Perch gets a vital foot-in to flick the ball to safety.

  • 25'

    Liverpool have looked threatening, but are very sloppy in key areas.

  • 24'

    Liverpool piling forward. Still boos ringing out for Jose Enrique.

  • 21'

    That shakes things up a bit. Demba Cisse's sixth goal for Newcastle in seven games.

  • 19'

    GOAL Newcastle 1-0 Liverpool Delightful ball from Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse has pulled off Martin Skrtel to bury the header. Fine cross, fine header.

  • 17'

    Shelvey booked for a rash tackle on Shelvey

  • 16'

    Krul makes a mess of the cross. Liverpool appeals for a hand-ball on the line, nothing given.

  • 15'

    Liverpool hit the crossbar! Bellamy's cross is deflected and runs along the bar

  • 14'

    Demba Ba tries to pick out Cisse with a raking ball from the right. Easily claimed by Pepe Reina.

  • 13'

    Tense atmosphere now. Tempers are rising after the early incidents.

  • 12'

    Newcastle have the chance to swing in a free-kick from 35 yards. The big-men are up

  • 10'

    Carroll booked for a dive. Was going round Tim Krul and tumbles. Stupidity, should just score the easy goal.

  • 9'

    Ball comes in and is headed over by Skrtel. Should hit the target.

  • 8'

    Dangerous free-kick for Liverpool now. Right hand-side of the box, for foul by James Perch.

  • 7'

    Ben Arfa wants a penalty for a foul by Jose Enrique. Referee waves it away, correct decision.

  • 6'

    Tiote does brilliantly to end a Liverpool attack, moving swiftly to intercept Bellamy's pass.

  • 5'

    Demba Ba bursts down the left and looks to cross for Papiss Cisse, but his partner is offside.

  • 4'

    Ben Arfa almost runs himself into trouble at the edge of his area, but eventually the ball is cleared.

  • 4'

    Jonjo Shelvey with a shot from 30 yards, deflected well over the bar.

  • 2'

    Papiss Cisse running the channels, but it's a goal-kick to Liverpool.

  • 1'

    Long period of Newcastle possession to start...

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    KICK-OFF We are underway...

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    Newcastle have two wins in their last two games, but that came at the end of a rough spell for the club.

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    Only one win in the last six Premier League games for Liverpool. Today is the day to turn it around, with Everton now ahead of their rivals.

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    Liverpool: Reina, Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Shelvey, Spearing, Gerrard, Suarez, Carroll, Bellamy. Subs: Doni, Aurelio, Maxi, Henderson, Coates, Kuyt, Downing.

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    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Perch, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Tiote, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba. Subs: Elliot, Santon, Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Vuckic, Ferguson.

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    TEAM NEWS
    Flanagan, Shelvey and Carroll all start for Liverpool. Gutierrez, Perch and Williamson in defence for Newcastle.

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    First-up today, Newcastle v Liverpool from St James's Park. Sixth against eighth in the Premier League.