Agger header 0-1
mins Henderson shot 0-2
time: Toon 0 Reds 2
54 mins Sturridge shot 0-3
76 mins Henderson
free kick 0-6
Full time: Toon 0 Reds
Alan Pardew said:
"Well Iím worried, of course. You canít come off a defeat like
that, and the manner it was without being worried. Iím not going to
criticise my players, Iím not going to criticise the team in any shape or
form on an individual basis.
"It was a collective effort, and we fell down collectively. We havenít
become a bad staff or a bad set of players overnight. But we definitely need
to roll our sleeves up and make sure we make a really good fist of these
last three games.
"I didn't see that coming; it is a tough blow. We lost our discipline.
It is very important now that we get at least four or five points more to
get safe. We are in a battle, more so than we have been in all season.
"We need to show some discipline. A
guy got sent off and we completely lost our way. It was a day that started
badly and we never really recovered. There were poor goals and defensively
we were not good enough.
"They were very good and we were
very bad. We have to put it right and the only way to do that is 10.30am at
training on Monday morning and everyone sticking together.
"We lost a little bit of fight
today. The players need to show we have the heart for this. We will fight to
the end. Hopefully that will be enough; I think it will.
"Perhaps we need a bit more
experience and I will look at that in the selection next week. Of course I'm
worried. I'm deeply disappointed that Liverpool looked so much better than
us but I believe we've got enough in the dressing room to keep us up.
"Liverpool were faster and sharper
than us. We never recovered from our start and, after going 3-0 down, we
turned ragged, which isn't like one of my teams and which we can't accept.
"I do not think the language
barrier is a problem. I think it is perhaps experience and knowledge of what
is needed in games and different scenarios. A lot of those players have
never lost 3-0 at home before never mind six and I think that showed. Some
of our play was naive and disorganised.
"They've got every right to boo, that performance was not good enough
for Newcastle. I think we're all aware of that - not just myself but my
staff and my team.
"And on Monday morning at 10.30 I
expect to see all my team out there whether their foot's hanging off or
whatever, ready to train. Because now we've got to show we've got the heart
for this little scrap that we're in because other teams certainly have.
"I thought in hindsight the team
selection didnít work for us. The performances looked affected by the
goals; to be 2-0 down so early looked like it affected a few bodies.
"All my teams are organised and are
on the front foot, looking to win the game, but that wasnít the case. We
looked disorganised and itís not anyoneís individual problem Ė itís
a collective problem weíve got to put right.
"Weíve got three or four people
in that dressing room who have been in this position and got relegated and
weíre going to have to draw on that experience to make sure it doesnít
"Now we really need to roll our
sleeves up and show the fans that weíve got the fight in us to get out of
this because weíre now right in it."
Aside from the manager, the only two club
staff who presented themselves to the media were Steven Taylor and unused
substitute Shola Ameobi.
"You saw today that it
was very much about the collective. We pressed together and we passed together.
We scored six goals and maybe could have had a few more but the clean-sheet was
"We're certainly no one-man team -
we're very much a collective and the focus and concentration from the group
today was very good. I've never thought that we rely on Luis. He's been an
outstanding player for us this season and I'm sure he'll continue to be. Other
players have scored goals but he has just been a talent.
"We're up to 67 goals now. I've seen
progress previous to today. The players have been outstanding since I have come
"I think he's a top player already (Countinho),
considering he's 20 years of age. He might be small in stature but you can see
his strength. Technically, if you look at him, he's got all the passes in the
bag. He makes some wonderful passes and the weight of his passing is incredible.
"Look at his strength for the third
goal, where he outmuscles Hatem Ben Arfa on the line and then dinks the ball
between two defenders. After that, Sturridge's finishing was awesome. Coutinho's
a wonderful player, who fits well with what we're trying to do and the great
thing is that he'll only get better.
"It was a great performance, we'll
enjoy it and move on - we've got a great game coming up at the weekend against
Everton. We need to keep pushing and keep progressing. There are still elements
of our game that we can improve. Even today we could have been better.
"The players really want to improve and
learn and that bodes well for us. We knew that we had to be at our best because
they needed a win. I think you could see the concentration and the character of
the players. It was different class."
Debuchy was dismissed for the first time in his Newcastle career,
becoming the fourth red card offender for the club so far this season,
Cheick Tiote (mackems away, PL)
Fabricio Coloccini (Liverpool away, PL)
Shola Ameobi (Brighton away, FAC)
Reds @ SJP -
Premier League Years:
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
Barrack Road batterings: worst NUFC home scores:
1-9 mackems 1908/09 D1
1-7 Blackburn Rovers 1925/26 D1
0-6 Liverpool 2012/13 PL
1-6 Manchester United 1907/08 D1
1-6 Chelsea 1960/61 D1
2-7 Burnley 1928/29 D1
Worst defeats by Liverpool anywhere:
0-6 (h) 2012/13 PL
0-6 (a) 1967/68 D1
0-5 (a) 1971/72 D1
1-5 (h) 2008/09 PL
1-5 (a) 1985/96 D2
1-5 (a) 1893/94 D2
Worst home defeats by Liverpool:
0-6 2012/13 PL
0-4 1930/31 D1
1-5 2008/09 PL
1-4 1998/99 PL
1-4 1987/88 D1
If you're looking for a statistical nugget to cling onto,
Liverpool's failure to score more than six meant that they were unable
to match the highest margin of defeat in games against Newcastle. That
remains seven goals, courtesy of a 9-2 home victory at SJP back
in the 1933/34 season.
This was Liverpool's third 6-0 away victory in the Premier League,
following similar scorelines at Ipswich in 2001/02 and West Bromwich
Albion in 2002/03. And the Reds recorded their second successive clean
sheet away from home, following a rather less impressive 0-0 draw at
Saturday's implosion meant that with three games still to play, this
Magpies defence are now officially the leakiest ever to have served
the club in the Premier League:
Goals conceded by NUFC per season:
- SJP record:
2008/09 Manchester City drew 2-2 (came on as sub)
2010/11 Chelsea drew 1-1 (came on as sub)
2010/11 Bolton drew 1-1 (started, scored)
2011/12 Chelsea won 3-0 (started, scored)
2012/13 Liverpool won 6-0 (started, scored twice)
Opposition goalscoring substitutes at SJP in 2012/13:
Victor Anichebe (Everton): 58th minute arrival, 60th minute
Adam Le Fondre (Reading): 69th minute arrival, 71st minute
David Vaughan (mackems): 65th minute arrival, 82nd minute
Fabio Borini (Liverpool): 72nd minute arrival, 74th minute
Less than two weeks after the disastrous derby defeat, Newcastle hit rock
bottom on Saturday after suffering their worst home loss since 1925.
United were hit for six by a Luis Suarez-less Liverpool and relegation worries
remain real for Alan Pardew after what could have been the biggest success of
his time in charge here but instead became his worst nightmare.
The Magpies lacked direction on and off the field and although the score was
catastrophic, the meek and gutless manner of the defeat was even more worrying.
Capitulation is the word we chose for our headline, other fellow sufferers
rightly using phrases including "disgrace to the shirt". It was
always going to take something special to eclipse the heartache that the 0-3
mackem reverse triggered, but United managed to do so emphatically.
Mathieu Debuchy made a bad day even worse with a mindless dismissal after
picking up a second yellow card for a reckless challenge in between the fifth
and sixth goals - the subsequent free-kick gifting Jordan Henderson his second
strike of the game.
Daniel Agger's third minute header got things off to a terrible start as some
early bombardment into our box paid dividends for the visitors - our ragged
backline playing Agger onside and Rob Elliot's hesitancy allowing a weak header
to elude him.
Henderson doubled the lead after 17 minutes when he and Daniel Sturridge
waltzed through our defence for the former mackem to slot into the empty
Gallowgate net. James Perch - possibly our best performer in the first half -
then wasted a glorious chance to pull one back with a missed header from six
yards which looked harder to put wide.
He was subbed at the break along with Jonas Gutierrez, to be replaced by Hatem
Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran, meaning that seven Frenchmen were on the pitch -
the first time that any side has ever fielded that many players from a single
overseas nation in the Premier League.
United briefly showed some purpose and intent, with Yohan Cabaye having a poor
touch when the opportunity to test the otherwise idle Pepe Reina presented
itself. That all backfired though when Ben Arfa was easily relieved of
possession on the halfway line and Philippe Coutinho picked out Sturridge who
fired home for 0-3.
The home fan who threw a scarf at the home dugout moments later may have
unwittingly shown a keen sense of history, echoing the shirt tossed at Kenny
Dalglish when his toon side went 0-3 behind at Anfield in 1997.
Unlike that night however, there was to be no semblance of a fightback from
those clad in black and white, who looked as if they would have gladly
surrendered and deserted if given the opportunity to down tools.
Sturridge then got his second and the Reds' fourth as Debuchy made a terrible
attempt to play offside, before two goals in three minutes from Henderson and
substitute Fabio Borini, either side of Debuchy's deliberate dismissal,
compounded the agony.
The shameful sight of the home side playing out the final few minutes of the
game to avoid further embarrassment, was awful to see, each successful backward
pass being ironically cheered by those home supporters who hadn't already
departed in exasperation and disgust.
If there was a surprise, it was that the visitors failed to pile on the agony
after having registered half a dozen with more than quarter of an hour to go.
At that point, thoughts of Tottenham's 9-1 pummeling of Wigan and Manchester
United's 9-0 massacre of Ipswich were to the fore, not to mention the record
away win in the Premier League, Nottingham Forest 1 Manchester United 8.
Incidentally, Vurnon Anita looked to drop back into the vacant right back slot
of his own accord following Debuchy's departure. At least someone had an
inkling of what was required....
Seeing Newcastle stuffed on home turf is a fact of life and a rite of passage,
with Liverpool past masters at inflicting pain on Tyneside. However, the manner
of this loss evoked memories of a rather different disaster - the 1974 FA Cup
Applauding supporters as he headed for the dressing room, Yohan Cabaye was the
last home player off the field, bizarrely balancing a Liverpool shirt on his
If the manager deserves both criticism and abuse for our ongoing disintegration
though, then some blame must also be laid at Cabaye's door - both for his own
performances in recent weeks and also for an apparent lack of leadership or
encouragement of his fellow countrymen.
If, as it seems, our French-speaking contingent take their cue from the
influential midfielder, then we'd best check the postcode for Turf Moor and
Pride Park ahead of next season. There's a worrying lack of responsibility in
this side and the much-vaunted team spirit suddenly seems sadly lacking. The
"C" word is apparently back: clique.
Successive home catastrophes have eradicated our once favourable goal
difference in comparison to fellow strugglers Wigan, Aston Villa and Norwich.
And having found themselves in the unfamiliar position of cheering on Spurs at
Wigan on Saturday, toon fans now face the equally unedifying prospect of
willing the mackem mussolini's side on to victory at Villa Park on Monday.
Up next is a trip to Pardew's previous club West Ham, where an ex-Toon boss,
captain and centre forward (messrs Allardyce, Nolan and Carroll) will doubtless
relish the chance to complete a seasonal double and inflict further misery on
an owner who moved them all on.
The manager's task is now to fashion a side with some stomach for the fight,
assuming that he doesn't pay the price for a run of one league victory in six
attempts and the leakiest defence in our Premier League history.
The circus then moves on to Loftus Road before a season closing home game
against an Arsenal side who could be in the situation of needing points for
their own objectives - or alternatively free from any constraints and able to
post the sort of fluid performance Liverpool did today.
It's also worth recalling that Arsene's mob managed to score seven times
against us earlier in the season, when messrs Krul, Coloccini and Santon were
in the backline.
If there is a positive to be found, it's that Aston Villa and Wigan play each
other on the final day so they both can't achieve maximum points from their
remaining games. Papiss Cisse's added time winner against Fulham could still
prove to be crucial in terms of our survival prospects.
Pardew threw himself into the crowd at the end of that one, but after another
home humiliation he may have felt more like jumping off the Tyne Bridge on
Saturday night. There was probably a queue....