It was a thoroughly entertaining affair earlier today at St. James’ Park where Newcastle and Liverpool played their way to a thrilling 2-2 draw with match official Andre Marriner making some game-deciding calls along the way. Prior to any of that though, it was the hosts who took the initiative on 23 minutes with Yohan Cabaye swerving in a shot from distance that managed to elude Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet, who appeared quite flat-footed on the play. Nonetheless, it was a truly special strike from the Frenchman to put the ‘Toon up 1-0. Trouble soon reared its ugly head again for Alan Pardew’s men though with defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa shown a STRAIGHT RED by Mariner for yanking down Luis Suarez in the box when the Uruguyan wason a 1 on 1 with Tim Krul. The subsequent penalty was dispatched by Steven Gerrard, his 100th career goal to level the match for Liverpool only minutes before the break.
Despite being down to just 10, Newcastle regained their lead come the 57th with Welsh Under-21 player Paul Dummett making an expert run on a corner kick to gain space before volleying home at the back post. The lead again was unable to stick for the home side with the SAS (Sturridge and Suarez) form of attack yielding Liverpool a goal 18 minutes from time, with Suarez providing the cross and Sturridge the header. A couple of late chances went begging for the visitors and Tim Krul made a solid stop to deny a Suarez dead ball effort on the last kick of the match as Liverpool were unable to repeat their 6-0 thrashing of last year and dropped points to Alan Pardew’s very game Newcastle side on the day.
Newcastle United: at Sunderland (Tyne-Wear Derby)
Liverpool: vs. West Bromwich Albion