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Season 2014-15
Liverpool (h) Premier League

In association 


Date: Saturday 1st November 2014, 12.45pm.
Live on BT Sport

St. James' Park

Conditions: most efficacious!


Newcastle United



1 - 0




Half time: Magpies 0 Reds 0

73 mins Moussa Sissoko played a one-two with Paul Dummett before making his way into the Gallowgate box. His attempted pass to Cabella  was intercepted by Alberto Moreno, but when he failed to clear, fellow Spaniard Ayoze Perez was onto it in a flash to crack it past Mignolet. 1-0

Full  time: Magpies 1
Reds 0

We Said

The Resurrection Mag 

Alan Pardew:

"It is Halloween! Bobby Robson had some dark days here, don't worry about that. If you are Newcastle manager, it is not all gin and tonics and aperitifs. There will be rough days.

"I always knew, and I kept saying it, that we have good spirit and good talent. I am not saying I saw the wins coming, but I knew there was talent.

"Our fans are brilliant - It will be fantastic in the town tonight - I might even go in myself, the first time for a while. That is what this city is about. It breathes and loves football. 

"When it does not go well, they let you know, and when it is going well, they let you know - you take the good with the bad. We have had a long four years. We have had some success and some of that has got forgotten, but I have always enjoyed it here.

"I love the city and I enjoy the job. I would like to think I am coming out of this a better manager. It has been interesting and educational. It tests you, this football club, on a number of levels.

(Ayoze Perez) has a knack. He has a lot to learn about the English Premier League but you know that if something falls for him he will score.

"You sometimes get a player who can do it in training but not on a matchday, but he has had a fabulous week. Two awards in Spanish football and a great week here.

"The only sour note of the day was Obertan’s injury. He has been a big part of the success in these last few weeks, and it is a bad one. We are all sad for Gabby, and we just hope it is not too bad. But he has done something to his thigh muscle.

"It was a great day for us. Liverpool are always a big target for this club and we have had some big games against them. This was not an enthralling encounter, but it was interesting. 

"Brendan (Rodgers) surprised me with his formation and that unsettled us as first. We struggled to have a foothold, but we have such pace in the team and we can defend deep. The back four were terrific.”

They Said

Brendan Rodgers (who was once youth team coach under Pardew at Reading):

"I didn't think we deserved to lose the game, but we didn't do enough to win it. We had enough of the ball, we had good movement in front of the ball, we just lacked maybe that wee bit of creativity and invention in the final third of the field.

"Anything we had to deal with until the goal, we dealt well with defensively, there were no real issues. But we made a mistake and the mistake, unfortunately, has cost us the game and that's the biggest disappointment of it all.

"We have worked very hard for a couple of years to get to this level and playing against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu says we've been doing okay. We are in a transitional phase and have to do better. It's a wonderful game for us. It is a big week against the best in the world at the moment. We will go into the game hoping to get something out of it."

About bad challenges:

"The only one I have seen was Sissoko's challenge on Joe Allen where he should have been sent off, if you watch that again. That was the only challenge I thought that probably looked not as bad at the time, but when you see it again, it was a bad challenge."


United are now unbeaten in five and on a winning run of four (in all competitions).

Midfielder Mehdi Abeid made his Premier League bow, becoming the 193rd player we've used in that competition to date and the eighth PL debutant this season.

The Magpies won their first match against Liverpool in five attempts, since the hilarious 2-0 home victory of April 2012, when King Kenny grimaced, Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy were the butt of numerous chants and Jose Enrique went between the posts. Krul and Cisse started both games. 

Reds @ SJP - Premier League era:

2014/15: Won 1-0 Perez
Drew 2-2 Cabaye, Dummett
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

Full record against the Reds:
  P W D L F A
SJP 79 32 24 23 116 99
Anfield 78 11 15 52 79 178
League 157 43 39 75 195 277
SJP(FA) 4 4 0 0 6 1
Anf/W 5 0 1 4 3 13
SJP(LC) 1 0 0 1 0 2
Anf 1 1 0 0 1 0
Cup 11 5 1 5 10 16
Tot 168 48 40 80 205 293

NUFC last six PL seasons after ten games:

2007/08: 17 points, 8th (scored 17, conceded 13)
2008/09: 9 points, 15th (scored 12, conceded 18)
2010/11: 14 points, 7th (scored 19, conceded 14)
2011/12: 22 points, 3rd (scored 15, conceded 7)
2012/13: 14 points, 10th (scored 12, conceded 14)
2013/14: 14 points, 9th (scored 14, conceded 16)
2014/15: 13 points, 12th (scored 11, conceded 15)


That was the week that was.....brilliant.

Despite getting off the mark with a nervous victory over Leicester City here last month, the future looked anything but positive with a daunting trio of fixtures lined up. At the conclusion of an amazing seven days though, The Magpies celebrated their fourth successive win with a group huddle on the pitch, while cheers and applause from home fans raised the rafters at St. James' Park.

The turnaround in our fortunes has been nothing less than miraculous and rightly brought the ground to its feet in appreciation, jeers replaced by cheers and a much missed, long overdue, full-throated, Geordie roar.

Alan Pardew spoke about treating himself to a tipple in toon post-match, but for the second game running it was a player who looks barely old enough to drink that set corks popping from Barrack Road to the Bigg Market.

Ayoze Perez had conjured up an unlikely winner at White Hart Lane and did it again here, slamming the ball home from our first clear-cut chance of the afternoon. The win lifted United into the top half of the table and just like the Capital One Cup victory on Wednesday, was secured with one unfamiliar line-up getting us underway - and another seeing us through to a successful outcome. 

Remy Cabella, Rolando Aarons and Perez ending up as a front trio after Sammy Ameobi's departure, while Mehdi Abeid kept his place in midfield for a PL bow. He performed well again alongside the industrious Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko, whose overdue return to form has coincided with a dramatic upturn in team performances and results.

But the visitors also contributed to their own downfall with an incredibly inept display, epitomised by the sulky Mario Balotelli who never looked likely to end his barren league run for the scousers and only just sauntered his way on to the field in time for the second half. 

The Reds misfired badly but that takes nothing away from the battling performance of a Magpies side who kept their third clean sheet in four games and worked tirelessly in midfield and defence. And once again, the end result was to leave a more-expensively assembled and hyped outfit empty -handed and jeered by their own fans. The mournful, mouthful of vinegar expressions worn by messrs Pochettino, Pellegrini and Rodgers in the last week were worth the admission fee alone.      

Four stirring team performances have turned things around for Pardew and the manager must also take credit for the substitutions and tactical switches that have been an integral part of our resurgence. And if good fortune has also been a factor, it's been a by-product of trying to force a situation and take the initiative. 

This time there were key decisions to be made when  Gabriel Obertan departed on a stretcher and Papiss Cisse failed to emerge for the second half. The Frenchman suddenly went to ground after chasing a ball down the right wing and Etihad hero Rolando Aarons replaced him after 27 minutes.

And with Cisse struggling with sore knees, Perez started the second period in what had become a very youthful and lightweight-looking forward line (neither Emmanuel Riviere or Adam Armstrong were on the bench).

But once again the changes proved to be perfect for Pardew and Perez came up with the decisive strike for the second game in succession following another marauding run from Sissoko with 17 minutes remaining.

There had been very little from either side to excite the crowd before the goal, both teams looking slightly lethargic, a little cautious and creating little. United were restricted to a couple of free-kicks in promising positions but efforts from Abeid and Cisse caused ex-mackem Mignolet no danger.

Tim Krul had a quiet afternoon but produced one magnificent one-handed save to deny Philippe Coutinho although the flag had been raised for offside before the Brazilian headed Steven Gerrard's cross goalward.

Shortly after, Cabella replaced Ameobi and minutes later United went ahead thanks to Sissoko's surging run. The Frenchman charged into the box and when his pass to Cabella was miscued by Alberto Moreno, Perez lashed the loose ball into the Gallowgate goal past Mignolet.

It should have been 2-0 three minutes later when Perez and Cabella charged upfield with the latter left with just the 'keeper to beat but Mignolet stuck out a foot to deny the substitute his first Premier League goal. Thankfully that didn't prove to be a costly miss and the visitors failed to seriously test Krul, despite bringing on Rickie Lambert.

The three points took United up to ninth in the table before the afternoon kick-offs and just three points behind fourth-placed West Ham. Other results had dropped us to twelfth by Sunday night. 


For Jack

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