Sunday, November 25, 2007

Debacle at the Toon as Reds stroll to win

The pressures building on Big Sam as the Gallowgate watch all their expectations implode yet again. Newcastle in this game were simply woeful. They lacked fight, organisation and any semblance of an attack. Liverpool strolled round St James Park without really getting out of second gear. That said Liverpool just don't quite convince as title chasers. They just don't have the fluency of either Manchester United or Arsenal and Rafa Benitez has still to find the right blend from the wealth of talent available.

Liverpool were well marshalled at the back with Carragher and Hypia easily dealing with anything Newcastle could produce.
Momo Sissoko had an edgy start but gradually came into form while Lucas, Gerrard and Kewell also caught the eye as Liverpool's midfield completely dominated. Up front Fernando Torres scuffed chance after chance. Its something I've noticed about him - he scores a few but scuffs a lot and in this game he really should have scored three while Dirk Kuyt worked as hard as ever linking the play well.

Liverpool took the lead through a Gerrard thunderbolt then added a second a minute into the second half with Kuyt scoring off the knee from Hypia's flick on. Substitute Ryan Babel added the third combining well with Gerrard to finish off a flowing move.

Newcastle on this form look relegation material. Considering the quality even this depleted side had they showed little heart or belief. They really should take a long hard look at themselves or for that matter Wigan. I watched Arsenal/ Wigan as well and Wigan for eighty odd minutes matched Arsenal through sheer grit, determination and organisation. Emile Heskey showed aggression that may have saved his Anfield career, unfortunately accidentally injuring Theo Walcott in the process.

A bad week for Big Sam just got a whole lot worse while Liverpool will be feeling a lot better after a traumatic week behind the scenes


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