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BBC Sport's John Murray
"This is what you would call a hard earned victory for Newcastle."
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Liverpool coach Gerard Houllier
"We should have got at least one point."
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Newcastle boss Bobby Robson
"You can't work out football."
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Sunday, 26 November, 2000, 17:01 GMT
Liverpool crash at Newcastle
Solano opened the scoring in the fourth minute
Solano opened the scoring in the fourth minute
Newcastle United 2-1 Liverpool

Liverpool's away day blues continued after they were beaten 2-1 by Newcastle United at St James' Park.

It was Liverpool's fifth defeat of the season - all of them away from home - as their bid for a first League Championship for a decade goes from bad to worse.

A goal in the fourth minute by Nolberto Solano and a wonderful solo effort by Kieron Dyer in the 70th minute secured Newcastle's seventh victory of the season.

Liverpool's in-form striker Emile Heskey scored a consolation goal with a little over 10 minutes to go - his 10th in 10 games - but question marks will again be asked of Liverpool's defence.

The Reds also had enough chances to get something from a poor game with little attractive football being played.

Dyer secures the win for Newcastle
Dyer secures the win for Newcastle
But at times they were their own worst enemies with bad misses, although United rode their luck too when Sami Hyypia was denied by the woodwork and Nick Barmby's shot was cleared off the line.

Just three minutes were on the clock when Solano rode a weak challenge by Jamie Carragher to coolly slot home.

It was a terrible start for Liverpool's fragile leaky defence.

Newcastle immediately grew in confidence and could have doubled their lead within the first 15 minutes.

Robert Lee's 25-yard piledriver was well saved by Sander Westerveld and Gary Speed had two chances but one shot was deflected off Carragher and another blazed over the bar.

Big miss

Liverpool, although not playing pretty football, began to carve out chances towards the end of the half.

On the half-hour mark former Newcastle midfielder Dietmar Hamann's goalbound shot hit captain Robbie Fowler and Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given gathered the rebound.

Fowler should have scored two minutes later when Danny Murphy's long range pass split the United defence. Fowler's header went straight into the arms of Given.

Fowler was guilty of an even bigger miss within a minute when Hyypia's header hit the upright and the Liverpool striker somehow managed to put the rebound wide when it was easier to score.

Andrew Griffin became a Geordie hero just before half-time when he cleared Barmby's shot off the line after Given had been beaten.

Heskey scored his 10th goal in 10 games
Heskey scored his 10th goal in 10 games
The second half started off very bitty as both sides tried to take the initiative.

Liverpool pressed forward and a clever dummy by Fowler almost paid off but Barmby was stretching and his weak shot was easily saved by Given.

Newcastle had their moments. But far too often neat build-up play was let down by a poor final ball and the forwards had only scraps of service to try and conjure up another goal.


Vladimir Smicer was brought on for Murphy on the hour as Liverpool pressed for an equalsier.

He completely fluffed his first attempt at goal but it kindly fell for Markus Babbel and his shot was charged down by the United defence.

Warren Barton almost gave Liverpool a lifeline on 69 minutes when a simple pass back to the 'keeper nearly went over the line.

Just a minute later, Newcastle doubled their advantage when Kieron Dyer chipped Sander Westerveld after a brilliant solo run.

Liverpool managed to grab a goal back through Heskey and a stunning overhead kick by Smicer went close in the final minutes but the Reds will rue another three points which have passed them by.


Newcastle: Given, Barton, Domi, Lee, Shearer, Dyer, Bassedas, Speed, Griffin, Solano, Hughes. Subs: Harper, Cordone, Lua-Lua, S. Caldwell, Acuna.

Liverpool: Westerveld, Henchoz, Babbel, Heskey, Fowler, Hyypia, Murphy, Hamann, Gerrard, Barmby, Carragher. Subs: Smicer, Arphexad, McAllister, Vignal, Partridge.
Referee: Barry Knight

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