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Newcastle   3 - 1   Liverpool

Kevin Nolan pounces at the near post to put Newcastle ahead in their game against Liverpool
Nolan sets Newcastle on the way to victory over Liverpool

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at St James' Park

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.

Pardew delighted with Newcastle response

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.

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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 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.

Netherlands striker Kuyt 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.

Players right behind Pardew - Nolan

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, 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 Reina.

Carroll then 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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Saturday, 11 December 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Newcastle 3-1 Liverpool FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Nolan 15
  • Barton 80
  • Carroll 90+1
  • Kuyt 49

Newcastle

Substitutes

Liverpool

Substitutes

Ref: Lee MasonAtt: 50,137
NEWCASTLE
LIVERPOOL

Possession

  • Newcastle 47%
  • Liverpool 53%

Attempts on target

  • Newcastle 5
  • Liverpool 7

Attempts off target

  • Newcastle 3
  • Liverpool 9

Corners

  • Newcastle 2
  • Liverpool 5

Fouls

  • Newcastle 19
  • Liverpool 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:17 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+3:03 Andrew Carroll fouled by Paul Konchesky, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Smith.
  • 90:00+2:13 Substitution Wayne Routledge is brought on as a substitute for Joey Barton.
  • 90:00+1:59 Raul Meireles produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 90:00+0:36 Assist on the goal came from Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 90:00+0:36 GOAL - Andrew CarrollNewcastle 3 - 1 Liverpool Andrew Carroll fires in a goal from outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 3-1 Liverpool.
  • 88:56 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Raul Meireles, Glen Johnson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 86:07 Substitution Alan Smith comes on in place of Kevin Nolan.
  • 84:27 Substitution Milan Jovanovic is brought on as a substitute for Rodriguez Maxi.
  • 84:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Andrew Carroll. Raul Meireles restarts play with the free kick.
  • 83:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Steven Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
  • 82:53 Raul Meireles takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Andrew Carroll.
  • 82:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheik Tiote on Fernando Torres. Free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
  • 82:19 Booking Cheik Tiote goes into the referee's book.
  • 81:03 Foul by Ryan Babel on Danny Simpson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
  • 79:39 GOAL - Joey BartonNewcastle 2 - 1 Liverpool Joey Barton gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 2-1 Liverpool.
  • 79:10 The official flags Rodriguez Maxi offside. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
  • 78:10 Leiva Lucas takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 77:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Jonas Gutierrez. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Raul Meireles.
  • 77:26 Booking The referee shows Jonas Gutierrez a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 75:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dirk Kuyt on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton.
  • 75:21 Effort on goal by Cheik Tiote from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 73:46 Unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 72:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Nile Ranger. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
  • 71:50 Foul by Dirk Kuyt on Cheik Tiote, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steven Taylor.
  • 71:50 Substitution David Ngog leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Babel.
  • 68:33 Foul by Leiva Lucas on Cheik Tiote, free kick awarded. Joey Barton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save by Jose Reina.
  • 67:50 Unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Nile Ranger results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 67:16 The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Paul Konchesky makes a clearance.
  • 66:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dirk Kuyt on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
  • 64:40 Centre by Nile Ranger, save by Jose Reina.
  • 63:54 Effort on goal by Nile Ranger from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 62:29 Substitution Nile Ranger is brought on as a substitute for Shola Ameobi.
  • 59:51 Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sol Campbell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 57:14 Fernando Torres has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
  • 55:26 Joey Barton crosses the ball, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Andrew Carroll goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 54:31 Shola Ameobi is caught offside. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
  • 53:26 The ball is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, David Ngog takes a shot.
  • 52:13 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
  • 51:57 Foul by Joey Barton on Leiva Lucas, free kick awarded. Paul Konchesky restarts play with the free kick.
  • 51:20 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
  • 49:50 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joey Barton.
  • 49:00 GOAL - Dirk KuytNewcastle 1 - 1 Liverpool Dirk Kuyt grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool.
  • 48:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the direct free kick.
  • 46:18 The ball is crossed by Joey Barton, Jose Reina makes a save.
  • 45:32 Foul by David Ngog on Steven Taylor, free kick awarded. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:26 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+1:08 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Raul Meireles, Sotirios Kyrgiakos has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 45:00+1:00 Paul Konchesky sends in a cross, Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.
  • 44:47 Unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
  • 44:03 David Ngog delivers the ball.
  • 42:00 Shola Ameobi challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:37 Andrew Carroll fouled by Sotirios Kyrgiakos, the ref awards a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
  • 38:52 Cheik Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Dirk Kuyt. Free kick taken by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
  • 37:57 The ball is crossed by Paul Konchesky, clearance made by Steven Taylor.
  • 35:45 Corner from the left by-line taken by Joey Barton, free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Carroll on Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
  • 35:26 Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
  • 35:10 Raul Meireles produces a cross.
  • 33:35 Andrew Carroll concedes a free kick for a foul on Raul Meireles. Sotirios Kyrgiakos restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:42 Raul Meireles takes a shot. Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.
  • 32:21 Corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles, Andrew Carroll makes a clearance.
  • 32:13 David Ngog takes a shot. Blocked by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 29:22 Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
  • 28:07 Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.
  • 26:36 David Ngog produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 25:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sol Campbell on Fernando Torres. Fernando Torres fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 24:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Steven Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
  • 19:41 Rodriguez Maxi produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
  • 18:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Glen Johnson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton, save made by Jose Reina.
  • 18:25 Booking Caution for Glen Johnson.
  • 17:17 Shola Ameobi challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glen Johnson takes the free kick.
  • 14:35 Assist on the goal came from Andrew Carroll.
  • 14:35 GOAL - Kevin NolanNewcastle 1 - 0 Liverpool Kevin Nolan fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Liverpool.
  • 13:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sotirios Kyrgiakos on Andrew Carroll. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 12:47 Corner from right by-line taken by Raul Meireles.
  • 10:43 The ball is delivered by Kevin Nolan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos manages to make a clearance.
  • 9:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Simpson by David Ngog. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
  • 9:28 Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
  • 8:16 Sanchez Jose Enrique challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Danny Simpson.
  • 7:49 Kevin Nolan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas. Raul Meireles takes the direct free kick.
  • 7:10 The official flags Fernando Torres offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sol Campbell.
  • 6:20 Raul Meireles fouled by Andrew Carroll, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Konchesky takes the free kick.
  • 4:46 Shola Ameobi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 4:34 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, save made by Jose Reina.
  • 2:23 Shot by Rodriguez Maxi from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
  • 1:01 Cheik Tiote challenges Rodriguez Maxi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 11 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 16 16 32
2 Man City 17 11 32
3 Man Utd 15 19 31
4 Chelsea 16 19 30
5 Tottenham 16 3 26
6 Sunderland 17 2 24
7 Bolton 16 5 23
8 Newcastle 17 1 22
9 Liverpool 17 -1 22
10 Blackpool 16 -5 22
11 West Brom 17 -5 22
12 Stoke 17 -1 21
13 Blackburn 16 -4 21
14 Aston Villa 17 -9 20
15 Everton 17 -2 18
16 Birmingham 16 -2 18
17 Fulham 17 -4 16
18 Wigan 17 -15 16
19 Wolves 16 -13 12
20 West Ham 17 -15 12

see also
Pardew delighted with Newcastle response
11 Dec 10 |  Newcastle
Players right behind Pardew - Nolan
11 Dec 10 |  Newcastle
Hodgson 'angry' at Liverpool display
11 Dec 10 |  Liverpool
Pardew accepts fans' ambivalence
11 Dec 10 |  Newcastle
Saturday football as it happened
11 Dec 10 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
11 Dec 10 |  Premier League


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