After The Match 


Newcastle-Liverpool 0-3 (0-1)     24.11.07                           PL
Goals: Gerrard (28), Kuyt (46), Babel (66)
Team: Reina, Finnan, Arbeloa, Carragher, Hyypia, Gerrard, Kewell, Sissoko, Lucas, Kuyt, Torres
Subs: Babel (Kewell 58), Riise (Kuyt 76), Crouch (Gerrard 80)
Not used: Itandje, Mascherano
Yellow: Sissoko (79)         Butt (61), Beye (87), Smith (90)
Red: None
Referee: Alan Wiley
Attendance: 52, 307
Shots on target: 0-7
Shots off target: 5-6
Blocked shots: 2-6
Fouls conceded: 14-13
Corners: 0-8
Offsides: 4-1
Possession: 43.9-56.1
Yellow: 3-1
HEADLINES "Were a bit disappointed not to win more convincingly."
Steven Gerrard

2611: Kuyt's relief
2411: Big Sam: We're at rock-bottom
2411: Rafa: Chairmen dont understand transfers
2411: Reds heap misery on Magpies


Kuyt's relief

By Al Campbell - LFC Online

Dirk Kuyt has spoken of his relief in scoring
on Saturday.

Kuyt scored his first goal since the Merseyside derby during Saturday's 3-0 win over Newcastle which was a relief to him after his bad misses against Blackburn at the start of the month.

"I know that I scored, but Sami Hyypia touched the ball and the only thing I could touch it with was my knee so it was a bit lucky," said the striker.

"I tried for that, but it was important to get the goal because that made it 2-0. I haven't scored too many goals in the Premier League this season, and in my last game at Blackburn I missed three really good chances.

"I wasn't happy with that, and I know that I have to do better and start taking more of my chances. I was looking to score, and hopefully that can give me more confidence going into the next game.

"We know that if we want to compete for four trophies, we'll need more than just two strikers. That makes it hard to play up front, but we know the way it works."

Big Sam: We're at rock-bottom

Sky Sports

Sam Allardyce says Newcastle United have hit 'rock-bottom' after a 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

The Magpies conceded four against Portsmouth in their previous game at St James' Park and were again woeful in front of their own supporters.

Once Steven Gerrard fired Liverpool into a 28th minute lead, Newcastle wilted and could have conceded more but for the profligate finishing of Fernando Torres.

The home fans jeered the team at half-time, and again at the final whistle, to put the pressure on Allardyce in his first season on Tyneside.

The former Bolton boss concedes he is in an unusual situation and has called on his players to 'stick together'.

"I have never quite found myself in this predicament before to be honest with you," admitted Allardyce.

"But I have dealt with some difficult situations and this one is a good challenge.

"You roll your sleeves up and you get on with your job. You know what's right and you know what's wrong and you get it put right.

"Hopefully, that starts at Blackburn Rovers next week.

"We have hit rock-bottom at the minute and we have got to get ourselves out of it.

"There's only us who can do it by sticking together and trying to get as many players fit as we possibly can and showing a lot more grit and determination to acquire that result."

Rafa: Chairmen dont
understand transfers

By John Davies - Anfield Online

Following the reds 3-0 victory over Newcastle earlier today both Benitez and the Club Captain have spoken to the press about the game.

Benitez had this to say:

We must be pleased to win 3-0 away, playing as well as we did today it could have been more but we must be pleased.

I was pleased with the mentality of the players, the commitment, the passing, the chances that we are creating - a lot of things.

I think we try to play the same home and away. The difference is that the other team pay higher when we are away and there is more space but at home they sit deep and it is more difficult.

Its important for us to keep the team at the top of the table. We are unbeaten so we are in a very good position.

When asked about the rift with the Chairmen Rafa said:

They dont understand the transfer window in Europe. When you sign a player he needs to settle down so they need to understand how difficult it is to sign players and when you have possibilities now you must do it now or you will lose the players so I was trying to explain.

They said ok, keep calm, and I will try to continue winning games for my supporters. Im sure its not serious. If they understand the football here in Europe they will understand that we are trying to do the best for the club.

Meanwhile Gerrard said:

We started the game bright, scored quite early and controlled the 90 minutes,. Were a bit disappointed not to win more convincingly.

Gerrard was booed throughout the game by the Newcastle United fans.

Me and all the England lads have to take the criticism. Weve let the country down by not qualifying so from now until we get it right were going ot take the criticism, but Im old enough and experienced enough to know that Ive got to get on with it and play through.

Now with Liverpool Im going ot give it everything Ive got. Weve got some big games coming up and Ive got to try to put the England stuff under the carpet for the time being and try to play well for Liverpool. When we join back up for England the players have to give the country a reaction and hopefully Ill be part of that.

It was a good strike (his goal), Ive had a lot of shots today but I caught that one nice and its gone in. I knew quite early it was going in but the most important thing today was the three points to stay in touch with the top.

It was a good team performance today and wasnt about individual performances and we could have had a lot more.

If people want to write us off thats up to them, thats beyond out control. What we know is that weve got to keep winning.

Theres some very good teams in this league and to stay in touch with them youve got to go on runs, especially over the Christmas period youve got to stay really consistent if you want to stay in it and were aware of that.

Reds heap misery on Magpies

Sky Sports

Liverpool punished a woeful Newcastle United display by easing to a 3-0 victory at St James' Park.

Sam Allardyce's defensive approach was ripped to shreds in front of a disgruntled home crowd after Steven Gerrard's thunderbolt gave the visitors a 28nd minute lead.

The advantage was increased within 60 seconds of the start of the second half when Gerrard's corner was flicked on by Sami Hyypia and ricocheted in off Dirk Kuyt.

Substitute Ryan Babel completed the scoring just minutes after coming on, steering a low shot past Shay Given after a slick Liverpool move.

And, if Fernando Torres had not left his shooting boots on Merseyside, the scoreline could have been much worse for Allardyce, whose every decision was jeered by the home faithful.

Desperately poor

Allardyce rose this morning to read of apparent unrest in his dressing room, but that was nothing compared to the boos which greeted his players as they left the field after a desperately poor opening 45 minutes.

In truth, it could have been much worse with Torres having squandered the chance to double the Reds' lead in the final minute of the half after Kuyt had turned Charles N'Zogbia's kamikaze header into his path.

Given looked to have misjudged his sprint towards the ball, but managed to make a vital block, and he got his reward when the Spaniard picked up the loose ball and fired against the foot of the post with the goal at his mercy.

Newcastle were able to offer next to nothing in reply with Alan Smith's dipping 38th-minute volley, which dropped just wide, their only effort of any note.

More worryingly, the 3-5-2 system adopted by Allardyce in the face of a defensive injury crisis looked alien to his players, who found themselves repeatedly out-numbered as Liverpool simply passed the ball around them.

Strikers Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins were painfully isolated with nominal wide men Geremi and N'Zogbia struggling to make anything of the sporadic possession they received.

If the Magpies had escaped at the end of the first half, they were not to be so fortunate at the beginning of the second after Habib Beye was forced to concede a 46th-minute corner.

Hyypia managed to get a flick on Gerrard's ball in at the near post and Kuyt bundled it home from close range to make it 2-0.

Allardyce did little to improve the mood at St James' when he replaced Emre with Joey Barton after 51 minutes with his side labouring.

Beye had to get in a block to deny Harry Kewell after 54 minutes after Torres had found space on the right and, although Smith volleyed high over at the end of a rare Magpies attack a minute later, there were cheers when James Milner emerged from the dug-out to warm up.


Milner duly arrived with 59 minutes gone, but Allardyce's decision to replace N'Zogbia was greeted with incredulity.

Newcastle were in complete disarray and after Torres had twice gone close, substitute Babel finally made them pay when he exchanged passes with Gerrard to fire home a third goal after 66 minutes.

Torres was tormenting the home defence and should really have added his name to the scoresheet, firing wide after 68 minutes with just the helpless Given to beat and then seeing another effort blocked by the Irishman seconds later.

Babel sent a stinging shot across Given's goal after 73 minutes and then laid a fourth on a plate for Kuyt, only to see the Dutchman scuff his effort straight at the goalkeeper, and the final whistle came as a merciful release.

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