Team Line-Up's

TEAMS
Newcastle Utd Liverpool
Krul Reina
Jose Enrique Johnson
Campbell Skrtel
Simpson Kyrgiakos
Taylor Konchesky
Nolan Kuyt
Barton Lucas
Gutierrez Meireles
Tiote Rodriguez
Carroll N'Gog
Ameobi Torres
Substitutes
Harper Jones
Perch Babel
Guthrie Aurelio
Routledge Kelly
Smith Cole
Lovenkrands Poulsen
Ranger Jovanovic
Substitutions
Ranger for Ameobi 62'
Babel for N'Gog 71'
Jovanovic for Rodriguez 84'
Smith for Nolan 86'
 
 
Goals
Nolan 14' Kuyt 48'
Barton 80'  
Carroll 91'  
   
Yellow Cards
Gutierrez 77' Johnson 18'
Tiote 82'  
   
   
Red Cards
   
   
Referee
Lee Mason
Attendance
50,137
 
 
 
 

Match Stats

Newcastle   Liverpool
47% Possession 53%
5 Shots On Target 7
3 Shots Off Target 9
2 Corners 5
19 Fouls 13
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0



Match Report

Alan Pardew's reign as Newcastle United manager got off to the perfect start as a turbulent week on Tyneside ended with victory against Liverpool at St James' Park.

Newcastle's fans gathered hours before kick-off to stage noisy protests against owner Mike Ashley in the aftermath of his controversial decision to sack the popular Chris Hughton and replace him with Pardew.

And banners were unfurled on the Gallowgate End in support of Hughton as Pardew took his place in the dug-out moments before kick-off to a muted response from the Toon Army.

The discontent had turned to delight by the final whistle, however, as Pardew's new charges delivered a display designed to dispel any doubts that they are not throwing their weight behind the new man in charge at St. James' Park.

And it was two Merseysiders, in the shape of Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton, who helped shape Liverpool's downfall, although Roy Hodgson's side were also the architects of their own demise with a wretched performance.

Nolan gave Newcastle an early lead after Andy Carroll headed down Barton's free-kick, but they were pegged back just after half-time when Dirk Kuyt sent a deflected shot past Tim Krul.

And after Fernando Torres wasted a chance to turn the tables and put Liverpool in front, it was Newcastle who finished the stronger and more vibrant side to run out deserved winners.

Barton took advantage of more hesitant Liverpool defending to restore Newcastle's lead with 10 minutes left - a goal greeted ecstatically by owner Ashley as he was hugged in the directors' box - and Carroll rounded off a memorable victory for Pardew with a low, long-range shot.

At the final whistle Newcastle's fans cut short their victory celebrations to launch another broadside against Ashley, indicating that the ill-feeling sparked by Hughton's dismissal has not been erased by a single victory.

Pardew needed a fast start to ease the discontent swirling around St James' Park since two hours before kick-off - and a routine free-kick that resulted in a 15th minute lead provided it.

Liverpool could hardly say they were hit with a shock tactic as Barton aimed his free-kick towards the giant figure of Carroll at the far post, but the striker rose easily above Martin Skrtel for Nolan to arrive in trademark fashion to provide a low finish past Pepe Reina.

Liverpool, without exerting any concerted pressure on Newcastle, still had opportunities to equalise as Sotirios Kyrgiakos had a shot saved by keeper Krul and Raul Meireles saw a deflected effort cleared off the line by Jose Enrique.

Newcastle were almost gifted a second after 35 minutes when Meireles presented the ball to Shola Ameobi, but his shot took a touch off a Liverpool defender and went just wide.

Liverpool ended the half in the ascendancy as Kyrgiakos headed just wide, but it needed a touch of good fortune to restore equality after 49 minutes.

The Netherlands striker pounced after a long ball hit Sol Campbell's back, but still needed a hefty glance off Steven Taylor to send his effort out of Krul's reach.

The goal briefly galvanised Liverpool and dented Newcastle's confidence. Fernando Torres should have put Liverpool ahead within seconds when he was left with only Krul to beat in the area, but he shot straight at the keeper.

Newcastle, however, were not short on spirit and endeavour and Carroll only just failed to direct his header on target from Barton's inviting cross, before Pardew made his first change after 63 minutes.

Nile Ranger replaced Ameobi after 63 minutes, and almost had an immediate impact as he outmuscled Skrtel only to shoot across the face of goal.

Newcastle had responded impressively to Liverpool's leveller, and deservedly regained the lead with 10 minutes left, although it was again the product of wretched defending from Hodgson's side.

Krul's long-kick was flicked on by Ranger, and as Liverpool's defenders stood almost motionless Barton reacted first to swoop and direct the loose ball beyond Reds keeper Pepe Reina.

And Carroll got the goal his performance deserved when he punished Liverpool's defence for standing off by firing home an emphatic third.

Newcastle's overjoyed supporters revelled in a win that takes them up to eighth in the Premier League at the conclusion of a contentious week.




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