Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Kop'd a load

Liverpool 3 - 0 Newcastle Utd

Once again, Newcastle started reasonably steadily, only for one goal to completely deflate the team, and see us fall ever closer to the bottom three.

This time, the goal came as Enrique's attempted clearance hit Jermaine Pennant and lobbed up and over Harper into our goal. That goal came only minutes before half time, after forty minutes of solid endeavour, in which the home team had rarely threatened our goal. Unfortunately, with the team reeling, it was left to Gerrard and Torres to slice us open to allow the Spaniard to quickly add a second, and at 2-0 down there was little hope of a way back.

The second half saw Torres return the favour to Gerrard, and at 3-0 Rafa withdrew his leading lights to save them for their forthcoming European adventure. By that stage we were pretty much dead and gone, with an Obafemi Martins shot from 40 yards which cannoned back off the crossbar the only highlight in an otherwise awful afternoon.

With other results hardly helping, we fell ever closer to the drop zone, and with our next game on Monday we could be in the bottom three by the time we play Birmingham. It's that game, and subsequent matches with Fulham and Reading which will decide our future. Get a win, and some confidence, and we might still be alright. Lose, and we're stuffed. It really is that simple.

Other reports: BBC, Guardian


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