Date: Saturday 30th April 2022, 12.30pm
Live on BT Sport
Venue: St. James' Park
0 - 1
19 mins James
Milner attempted a short forward pass to Luis Diaz just outside the United
area, only for Fabian Schar to nip in and whip the ball away. Attempting to
gather the ball from his first touch, the Newcastle defender lunged forward
and tumbled over Milner's outstretched touch.
Schar, some of his colleagues and many of the home crowd claimed a foul, but
referee Marriner was unmoved and allowed play to continue as Jordan
Henderson looped a pass over Joe Willock and to Naby Keita on the right.
The Guinea midfielder advanced into the box and played a one/two with Diogo
Jota that took both Matt Targett and Dan Burn out of the equation, receiving
the return pass on the edge of the six yard box.
As Martin Dubravka rushed off his line in an attempt to smother the looming
shot, Keita sidestepped the goalkeeper and rammed a low shot from six yards
out past Emil Krafth and Bruno Guimaraes and into the Leazes End net.
Prolonged protests failed to change Marriner's decision to award the goal
and the game restarted, with no public evidence of any VAR check.
Half time: Newcastle
Newcastle 0 Liverpool 1
Eddie Howe said:
"I don't think we quite got going.
"I thought we made a bright start to the game but we're slightly
disappointed with our own performance.
"Individually I don't think we hit our top levels, which meant
collectively we didn't quite hit the levels we have recently. We probably
didn't quite have that sustained pressure we were looking for. The second
half was better without that big chance ever really coming.
"There were one or two bright sparks, but it's slightly disappointing
compared to our previous levels. I've seen progress from where we have been,
but on the other side there's a lot of work to do.
"I think Liverpool were probably not at their best but we werenít either and
when you play these games you have to be. We competed well but lacked the
quality that could have got us a goal.
"It is difficult to it consistently against Liverpool as they have the
quality to produce a counter-attack out of nothing. We were much more
aggressive in the second half but did not have any concerted pressure in the
"We were not at our best today but we were still in the game right to
the end, so there are positives to take. But we set our standards very high
and next week we have to do much better.
"We view every game independently. We needed to be strong down the
sides against Liverpoolís wide players. Chris (Wood) has been
fantastic but it was an opportunity to look at something else."
"It was incredibly difficult for the boys today to be honest, itís
clear we played two-and-a-half days ago, if you want. Coming here: a
team in form, six home wins on the bounce, great weather, everybody in a
good mood, actually, pretty much everything is prepared for another home
win. The only group who wanted to avoid that were my players.
"It was an outstanding football game, to be honest. First 15 minutes we
had to adapt slightly a little bit, that's normal. Obviously, Newcastle
changed a little bit, put Joelinton on the right side - left side, our
right - and kept the ball there, went for second balls. We struggled a
bit, tried to adapt to it, did better, when the ball was on the ground
we had a really good game already,
"I really liked how we played, how we kept them quiet. Can't remember a
lot of counter-attacks, there was the offside goal they scored and there
might (have been)
one (in the)
second half, (but)
the chance they had was offside as well.
"In the circumstances, (a)
top-class performance. Really happy."
This was Newcastle's fifth unsuccessful
attempt to defeat Liverpool at SJP since their 2-0 win in December 2015 (when
current their manager Jurgen Klopp had been
in post barely two months).
Home and away, United have failed to beat the Reds in 11 meetings.
That's our worst sequence against any PL opponent exceeding that of
Arsenal (7), Manchester City, Manchester United, Spurs and Watford (5)
and Chelsea (4).
Reds @ SJP - Premier League era:
2021/22 Lost 0-1
2020/21 Drew 0-0
2019/20 Lost 1-3 Gayle
2018/19 Lost 2-3 Atsu, Rondon
2017/18 Drew 1-1 Joselu
2015/16 Won 2-0 og(Skrtel), Wijnaldum
2014/15 Won 1-0 Perez
2013/14 Drew 2-2 Cabaye, Dummett
2012/13 Lost 0-6
2011/12 Won 2-0 Cisse 2
2010/11 Won 3-1 Nolan, Barton, Carroll
2008/09 Lost 1-5 Edgar
2007/08 Lost 0-3
2006/07 Won 2-1 Martins, Solano(pen)
2005/06 Lost 1-3 Ameobi
2004/05 Won 1-0 Robert
2003/04 Drew 1-1 Shearer (pen)
2002/03 Won 1-0 Robert
2001/02 Lost 0-2
2000/01 Won 2-1 Solano, Dyer
1999/00 Drew 2-2 Shearer, Ferguson
1998/99 Lost 1-4 Guivarc'h
1997/98 Lost 0-2 (LC)
1997/98 Lost 1-2 Watson
1996/97 Drew 1-1 Shearer
1995/96 Won 2-1 Ferdinand, Watson
1994/95 Drew 1-1 Lee
1993/94 Won 3-0 Cole 3
Newcastle lost a PL game at SJP for the first time in 2022, ending a run
of eight without defeat (six wins and two draws) since a 0-4 loss
to Manchester City on December 19th.
The visit of City was the last occasion that United failed to score at
SJP, also a run of eight, obviously That was also the last time
before today that Eddie Howe's side reached half time trailing in any PL
game, a run of 15.
Statistically this may have been a meeting of
the Premier League's two in-form teams of 2022, but the outcome
proved to be rather more predictable than it may have appeared on
The records show that there was one goal difference at the end of 94
minutes, but that wasn't a great reflection of an afternoon when
Liverpool made and missed a clutch of opportunities after taking a
19th minute lead.
Newcastle's best chances in either half meanwhile were correctly
cancelled out by offside calls - something that at least pointed to
a more progressive attitude than in some recent seasons when we
barely got over halfway.
However, the hosts failed to win a single corner and struggled to
control and pass the ball on more occasions than was healthy - and
not all of their shortcomings were attributable to the red wall they
Collecting maximum points from each of their last six home games,
United took to the field on the back of four successive victories;
making a trio of changes from the side that won handsomely at
Norwich a week earlier.
Out went Jamaal Lascelles, Sean Longstaff and Jacob Murphy, making
way for Fabian Schar, Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron - with Chris
Wood again left on the bench.
Pushing the visitors back from the first whistle, United had enjoyed
the better of the early exchanges before Naby Keita grabbed what
would be the decisive goal. And as was the case when Liverpool
levelled in the first meeting of the teams this season, Fabian Schar
played a crucial, if unwitting role.
That time a collision between Isaac Hayden and Schar following a
corner kick was ignored by whistler Mike Dean, playing continuing
until Diogo Jota lashed home. This time the Swiss defender stayed
down after a coming together with James Milner and was still prone
when Naby Keita beat Martin Dubravka.
Attacking the Gallowgate End after losing the toss, Allan Saint-Maximin had Newcastle's best opportunity in the first
half but shot wide, shortly before a swift counter attack ended by Sadio Mane
wastefully fired at Dubravka.
Even allowing for our recent resilience when going behind, a second
away goal then would surely have ended the game as a contest. As it
was though, United ended the half on something of a high;
Miggy Almiron squeezing the ball home even though he was clearly
offside and the goal didn't stand.
That one goal deficit remained after the restart; a mixture of poor finishing and saves from Dubravka
giving rise to optimism that "something" would happen in our favour.
For an instant that appeared to have arrived in the 77th minute as
Saint-Maximin for once evaded an opponent and provided a positive
pass to a colleague, in this case the recently-arrived Wood.
Replays confirmed that the striker was offside as he bore down on
goal and his effort - which bounced off Allison - wouldn't have
counted. Aside from one routine stop to deny Bruno late on, that was
it, United staying in the game but never really building up a head
of steam and Mo Salah getting in a tangle when he looked odds-on to
make it 2-0.
There have been enough memorable moments on this ground in 2022 not
to be any more than rueful that nothing of note occurred today from
a home perspective and we deservedly lost to an outstanding
opponent, albeit one who weren't operating at full capacity.
Brighton's resounding victory at Wolves saw United end the day
dropping one place to tenth. Defeat for Norwich at Villa meanwhile
made the Canaries the first side to be relegated and they'll be
joined by Watford in due course, barring an improbable series of
results. That leaves the third place to be fought over by Burnley,
Leeds and Everton - with every prospect that things could go down to
the final day.
It's testament to the prowess of Eddie Howe and his staff that this
game was of vital importance only to one side - something that we
had feared in rather different order after our pre-Christmas defeat
at Anfield, when a look at the fixture list caused us to wonder
whether today could see us relegated.
From the present to the future then and it's tempting to wonder
whether today will be a watershed moment in the history of this
fixture, denoting the point at which anything other than a defeat
for Newcastle would be seen as something of a fluke.
Today was a convenient reminder though that we're a barely
conceivable distance away from parity with the big lads - and that
next week's visit to Manchester City may be a further reality check.