Newcastle add to Reds' woes

2012-04-01 16:55

London - Papiss Demba Cisse scored both goals as Newcastle inflicted fresh Premier League misery upon 10-man Liverpool with a 2-0 victory at St James' Park on Sunday.

The Senegal striker made it seven goals in as many Premier League games for Newcastle with a 19th minute header and a close range-finish just shy of the hour mark to boost their challenge for a Champions League place.

Liverpool were reduced to 10 men with eight minutes remaining as goalkeeper Pepe Reina was sent off after he appeared to headbutt Newcastle's James Perch.

By then Liverpool had used all their substitutes, so full-back Jose Enrique, one of several former Newcastle players in the visitors' team, had to go between the posts.

The result condemned Liverpool to a sixth defeat in seven league matches and left them in eighth place, one position below Merseyside rivals Everton - and 11 points adrift of Newcastle.

Cisse's display was in marked contrast to that of Andy Carroll, the former Newcastle striker signed by Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish for 35 million in January last year.

Carroll, who has scored only five league goals since arriving at Anfield, was booked for diving when, with the game still goalless, he went to ground after rounding Magpies' keeper Tim Krul rather than shoot at his old home ground.

Victory left Newcastle in sixth place but level on points with Chelsea (fifth) and just two behind Tottenham Hotspur, currently occupying the fourth and final Champions League place on offer to English clubs.

Tottenham will draw level with third-placed north London foes Arsenal if they beat Swansea at White Hart Lane later Sunday.

Meanwhile Premier League leaders and reigning champions Manchester United will go five points clear of second-placed local rivals Manchester City, with seven games remaining, if they beat Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford on Monday.


  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-01 18:07

    What utter rubbish from a so called top team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

      Selwyn - 2012-04-01 18:15

      Uh how do you reckon they a top team??? 19yrs ago yes but hey that is a looooong time ago, give it up. Maybe next season or next or.............................!!!

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-01 19:19

    As an Evertonian, I couldnt be happier...

  • Sharmilen - 2012-04-01 21:55

    Dive by Carroll!!! Well done!! Now we know what 35 million pounds can get you - utter useless crap! Bad call by the ref on the hand ball though.....never mind it wouldn't have made a difference. Head butting by Reina - I see this report says he appeared to head butt James Perch..excuse my ignorance but even Stevie Wonder would have seen the head butt as intentional. A sign of frustration from Pepe or just plain STUPIDITY! Somehow I think it's the latter. Anyway enough said...this team is making mockery of themselves and their prune faced Manager.

      Deon - 2012-04-02 06:39

      KK, said, he did'nt think Carroll's was a penalty but didn't think Carroll dived to win the penalty. He has certianly lost the plott. Everton are the best side in Merseyside

      Bob - 2012-04-02 12:15

      Deon, we are having a few problems but really "Everton the best side in Liverpool" nah, our problems are not that severe.

  • Cyrus - 2012-04-02 05:07

    Watched the first half and I am appalled by Liverpools performance, couldnt dear watch the second half. Im not a big EPL fan but I do favour Liverpool and Arsenal in the EPL. Liverpool deserve to be a mid table team. Compared to how a real top team plays, they looked like ametures

  • Jonathan Rose - 2012-04-02 07:33

    Sad situation 4 this once mighty club..we will rise again..liverpool blood is red

      Bob - 2012-04-02 08:39

      Jonathan, no worries mate, we have had a 1st season under KK from hell, absolutely nothing going for us, Rome wasn't built in a day, it took old blue nose 6 years before he got the manure successful, we have a better squad than last year, KK has done wonders in the short time he has been there, the true Liverpool supporters will keep the faith, we will be back, we have already secured one trophy this year and are still in the running for the FA cup, YNWA.

      markwmilligan - 2012-04-02 17:57

      Bob I would disagree. I think Kenny is the big problem in the side. His selections sometimes have been pathetic. His substitutions in some of the games have been really bad. The players have been below par and not having an inform striker has been our major headache. Kenny's game plan is centered around defence and doesn't show any form of attack. So as a big fan of his in his playing days, I am utterly disappointed with him and the team. My blood is still Red by the way. YNWA

  • Deon - 2012-04-02 08:47

    "That's what squads are for," said Dalglish after the game. Well, yes, but the problem is that Dalglish hasn't been using that squad this season - Doni hasn't played a single minute of first-team football since arriving last summer - not even in the early rounds of the cups,

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