Premier League

April 1, 2012


Newcastle United

2 - 0


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'


  • 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...


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



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


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


    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...


    KICK-OFF We are underway...


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


    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.


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


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


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


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