Souness praises Robert
By Paul Higham - Sky Sports
Graeme Souness was delighted with Newcastle's 1-0 win
over Liverpool, with special praise reserved for Laurent
The French winger was the match-winner against The Reds
with a superb free kick that young keeper Scott Carson
could only get his finger tips too.
"It was a good win for us today," said Souness. "I
thought for the first 20 minutes Liverpool were better
than us but after that we did a lot better.
"It was a special goal that won it and we know Laurent
is capable of that. He had a few more decent ones that
if he had got on target the keeper would have had
"Their keeper did well to get a finger tip on the goal
because it was a special effort.
"Robert had a good game apart from the goal and Alan
Shearer was magnificent.
"We have a love-hate relationship with Laurent,
sometimes I want to hug him and other times I want to
bash him up.
"But he was out there chasing everything today and I
think he even charged down a shot today."
Skipper Alan Shearer made his 400th Premiership
appearance, and was delighted with the three points.
Shearer emphasised the point that Robert can be
frustrating at times, but there is no doubts over his
"We've had a good time of late - we've worked really
hard and I think we got what we deserved today.
"We played really well and a moment of magic from Robert
has settled it for us.
"He can be a frustrating at times but he has got a great
left foot on him - better than most - and when he whips
them in like that then they are hard to stop."
Rafa dejected after loss
By Paul Higham - Sky Sports
Rafa Benitez cut a downbeat figure after Liverpool's
1-0 defeat at Newcastle.
In what was a poor game, Laurent Robert's free kick was
the difference between two teams who struggled to carve
out any clear-cut chances.
Benitez was forced into a number of changes for the game
due to injuries, with 19-year-old goalkeeper Scott
Carson beaten by Robert on his debut.
"It is a disappointing day," said Benitez. "We only
conceded one goal and there were only chances from set
"It was a game without opportunities.
"We played well but did not get into the box enough.
There were not a lot of opportunities at either end.
"They scored one good goal but did not create anything
Benitez refused to blame Carson for the goal, saying
that his young keeper hardly had anything else to do in
"I cannot say anything about out goalkeeper because he
only had about two or three times when he had to catch
"We talked about Robert's free kicks but sometimes you
can not stop some goals like that.
"I would never blame him for the goal."
Benitez hopes that Harry Kewell, Dietmar Hamann and Jery
Dudek can return for their UEFA Champions League trip to
Bayer Leverkusen, with the other absentee Fernando
Morientes unavailable for that competition.
"Dudek couldn't play today. Hamann and Kewell also have
problems and Morientes too was injured.
"Hopefully those plays can play because Harry and Hamann
don't have big problems and should be able to play in
the Champions League."
sees off Reds
By Paul Higham - Sky Sports
Newcastle heaped more misery on Liverpool with a
scrappy 1-0 win at St James' Park.
A poor encounter up in the North East saw little quality
from either side, and in the end a Laurent Robert free
kick was enough to settle the game in Newcastle' favour.
After their Carling Cup defeat on Sunday, Liverpool lost
even more ground in their battle for fourth place with
another lifeless away performance.
Newcastle looked short on ideas themselves and despite
having the majority of the possession, debutant Scott
Carson's only work of the afternoon was to pick the ball
out of the net after Robert's winner.
Steven Gerrard tried to inject some life into a quiet
opening ten minutes, when powering into the box after
winning the ball, but his cross-shot went well wide with
no Reds shirt in touching distance.
Both sides forced a number of corners - and this seemed
the mostly likely way either would get close to scoring.
Newcastle did better with their corners, with Titus
Bramble eventually volleying over after debutant Scott
Carson had only punched the cross to the edge of the
Jean-Alain Boumsong's back-heel hit Sami Hyypia in the
chest after Lee Bowyer had hit a shot from the edge of
Shola Ameobi rose high at the far post to get a free
header from another corner, but his effort was cleared
by Igor Biscan.
Ameobi had another good chance at the far post from
another cross, but this time he put his effort over the
Robert fired a 35-yard free kick wide of Carson's right
hand post near the hour mark, but both sides were
struggling to carve out clear-cut opportunities.
John Arne Riise needed to get a good flick away from yet
another dangerous Newcastle corner with Alan Shearer
The breakthrough came 20 minutes from time when Shearer
managed to win a free kick out on the right for what was
an innocuous tussle with Mauricio Pellegrino.
Robert stepped up and curled in the free kick that
Carson could only get a faint touch on as it sailed into
the far corner.
Rafa Benitez was short of options on the bench and his
side looked to have little response to going behind.
Substitute Patrick Kluivert nearly made it 2-0 when he
dragged his finish wide of the post after shaking Jamie
Carragher off the ball late on.
Skipper Gerrard nearly rescued a point for his side in
the last minute when he raced into the box but he
flashed his shot wide of the far post and Newcastle hung
The win represented Graeme Souness' first win against
Liverpool as a manager, and could have snuffed out the
Anfield outfit's chances of finishing fourth.