‘A view from the (travelling) Kop. Newcastle United 2-2 Liverpool
We set off from the North West for the 3 hour drive up to Newcastle anticipating 3 points, buoyed by last season’s demolition and our positive start to the season. The talk on the drive up was about formations, who would be fit, and who Brendan would select. Sadly, I reckon he got it wrong.
We were on the back foot from the first whistle with Newcastle instantly controlling the game and over-running our yet again ‘disjointed’ midfield. I did think we’d settle down and get control of the game, but it didn’t happen- before we knew it, we were 1 down following a good yet somewhat speculative shot from Yohan Cabaye which skidded up off the wet turf and nestled into the net. Stunned silence from the masses of reds sat high up in the North East gods. Maybe, Mignolet could’ve done a little better, but the shot definitely gathered pace after it had hit the turf.
The game ebbed and flowed from that point with our midfield getting cut through with ease. One thing learned from this game is that Victor Moses is not a Central Midfielder.
In my opinion we got out of jail just before the break when Suarez was fouled with a resulting penalty and red card issued. Stevie G placing his 100th Premiership goal away from the diving Krul and into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Game on…
The consensus was that we would simply batter Newcastle 2nd half as we’d been so poor during the first 45. We couldn’t believe it when we fell behind again following some poor defending- although finished with aplomb by a local lad. 3 Centre half’s on the pitch yet a simple cross and finish must raise questions for Brendan and his management team.
Their goal however did finally kick us into life, and from that moment we did play well, further improved by Moses being played in his correct position (out wide) and Luis Alberto coming on and putting in an accomplished cameo display. I really liked what I saw- a player with the ability to appear to have time on the ball to pick a pass. The balance of the team instantly improved and we created chance after chance finally leveling through a Suarez cross and a Sturridge finish- his 20th goal for us since signing. Not bad for a ‘Chelsea reject’!
We had further chances to go on and win the game, but couldn’t get through a resolute defensive display by the Magpies defense and Tim Krul.
Pluses for me were that Skrtel had an excellent game, Sturridge scored again. Henderson’s 2nd half performance, Alberto when he came on and Moses once switched out wide. However, with my red glasses on it was definitely 2 points dropped. I really hope that Brendan and his team sort our midfield out sooner rather than later cos I am fearful at some point soon we are gonna get properly found out.
Its been a good start to the season, but I’m not getting carried away by our league position. I’m yet to see a 90 minute performance that has filled me with genuine belief that we may be one of the top 4 best sides in the league- Just my view, neither right nor wrong. YNWA.
7 thoughts on “‘A view from the (travelling) Kop. Newcastle United 2-2 Liverpool”
Well, we can’t always score 6 Mark…
Yes true. Our performances concern me though. Our midfield isnt working at all.
Really Odd so far. 17 points which lets be honest we would have taken like a shot at start of season but in all honesty not a single really good 90 mins just bits and pieces in each game. 3 man defence was right when Johnson and Cissoko injured and Enrique only 70% fit but not now, need to go back to 4 at the back and boss needs to brave enough to choose 2 centre backs. Moses needs to play wide or as part of 3 up top, Coutinho needs to be accomodated so Gerrard, Hendo and Lucas will sometimes have miss out 9although not Gerrard very much!!).
Good article there Mark! It pretty much echoes my sentiments of the game, albeit from the airmchair. But I really don’t think Henderson were that good. In a game like this you have to ask more than he offered in the forward direction. Good back-up, forget 4th if a regular in the team.
Is true we’re still to see a good full 90 minutes performance. But at the same time I’m filled with confidence I haven’t been in many years we can get a results irrespective of team and/or venue. Under Rafa’s final years and certainly under Hodgson and Kenny we were doomed if we went behind.
We definitely have a huge problem with our midfield and I hope Brendan give up on this 3-5-2 formation ASAP, It just isn’t working (if you don’t dominate the center of the pitch against Sunderland you know you’re in trouble).
Other than that I’m gonna keep a half-full glass perspective on things and hope when we finally get another gear in things will start to look really promising. November will tell more.
To be honest mate Skrtel was the main fault for their 2nd , he completely failed to attack the cross and was busy wrestling one of their players.
Supereds100- Thing is, if Gerro is having a shocker BR needs to be brave enough to hook him. Am not sure he is just yet though. Our midfield worries me big time. Southamptons totally bossed ours as did Sunderlands and Newcastles over sustained periods. Gotta be addressed soon. I’ve thought for a while that Agger could make a superb ball playing DM. Thoughts?…..
I’ve thought too that Agger could play DM. Be no worse than our current crop of pedestrian paced players.