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St James' Park, Newcastle (ATT 52,363) 1st April 2012 - Kick off 13:30 Ref: M Atkinson

Newcastle Newcastle United vs Liverpool Liverpool

Newcastle 2

P Cisse (19, 59)


Liverpool 0

P Reina (S/O 82)

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Last Updated at 3:30 pm, April 1st 2012

  1. Newcastle 2 Liverpool 0: Newcastle go 11 points clear of Liverpool thanks to two goals from Papiss Cisse. Pepe Reina was sent off late on for Liverpool for an apparent headbutt on James Perch.

  2. 90+4

    Perch is lucky to escape a sending off as already on a booking he hauls down Suarez, but the referee lets the defender off.

  3. 90+2

    Enrique is called into action as he punches away Ameobi's cross.

  4. 90

    There will be four minutes of added time at the end of the 90 minutes.

  5. 90

    Newcastle make their final change of the game as Santon replaces Ben Arfa.

  6. 90

    Enrique gets his first touch in goal as he collects a long ball forward.

  7. 89

    Liverpool win a corner after Spearing's cross is deflected behind, but the corner comes to nothing.

  8. 85

    Reina could now be suspended for the FA Cup semi-final with Everton pending a possible appeal.

  9. 83

    Enrique goes in goal as Liverpool have used all their subs up.

  10. 81

    It's all kicking off as Reina clashes with Perch and the keeper is sent off and Perch is booked for his part in the confrontation.

  11. 81

    It should have been 3-0 to Newcastle as Williamson heads straight at Reina.

  12. 79

    Carroll goes straight down the tunnel and takes off his shirt. Not a happy return from the former Newcastle hit-man.

  13. 79

    Double change from Liverpool as Kuyt replaces Carroll and Henderson comes on for Bellamy.

  14. 79

    Ben Arfa sets off on a solo run for Newcastle only for Flanagan to stop him on the edge of the box.

  15. 78

    Newcastle running the game in midfield with Tiote impressing.

  16. 75

    Stewart Downing comes on for Shelvey in Liverpool's first change of the game.

  17. 74

    Two goal hero Cisse is replaced by Ameobi.

  18. 74

    Gerrard's intended cross towards Carroll is too close to Krul.

  19. 71

    Good opening for Liverpool as Suarez gets to byline down the left, but his cross is overhit and goes past the unmarked Bellamy inside the box.

  20. 68

    Good defending again from Newcastle as Cabaye robs the ball from Suarez. Liverpool looking like they are running out of ideas.

  21. 65

    Newcastle make the first change of the game as Gosling replaces Guthrie.

  22. 64

    Guthrie is down and in need of treatment.

  23. 62

    Perch makes a superb block on the line to keep out Suarez's goalbound shot after Krul fails to collect a cross in the box.

  24. Newcastle go 2-0 up as Cisse keeps his cool inside the box before firing into the net for his second goal of the game.

  25. 59

    Good defending from Williamson to snuff out the danger from Gerrard's intended pass through to Carroll.

  26. 58

    Shelvey tries his luck from 25 yards with a left-footed shot which is comfortably saved by Krul.

  27. 56

    Good move from Liverpool as Gerrard tries to pick out Bellamy's run inside the box, but the forward is just unable to get a touch on the ball and Krul collects.

  28. 52

    Quiet start to the second half and Newcastle will be happy with that as they continue to lead 1-0.

  29. 50

    Gutierrez is okay to continue after treatment on that injury.

  30. 49

    Gutierrez is down and in need of treatment after a challenge with Shelvey.

  31. 48

    Tiote is booked for a late foul on Flanagan.

  32. 47

    Newcastle go so close to doubling their lead as Williamson's header comes back off the post with Reina well beaten.

  33. 46

    Restart: Liverpool get the second half underway hoping to get back into the game.

  34. What should each manager do at the break? Do Liverpool need to make changes?

  35. Newcastle go into the break 1-0 up thanks to Cisse's sixth goal in seven games.

  36. 45

    There will be two minutes of added time at the end of the opening 45 minutes.

  37. 45

    Flanagan is the latest player to be booked for a foul on Tiote.

  38. 45

    Great challenge from Perch to stop Bellamy getting free down the right.

  39. 44

    Newcastle feel they should have a corner as Guthrie's shot is deflected behind, but the assistant referee has already flagged Cisse for offside.

  40. 41

    From the corner Reina at full strethc is forced to tip the ball away but when the ball comes back in from Guthrie Cisse is just inches away from steering his header into the far corner.Lucky escape for Liverpool.

  41. 41

    Newcastle win another corner as Carroll is forced to concede the corner as he challenges Williamson inside the box.

  42. 39

    Liverpool starting to look a bit ragged with Newcastle dominating possession.

  43. 37

    Wasteful from Bellamy as he finds space down the right only to overhit his cross out of play.

  44. 36

    Cabaye almost gets Cisse in on goal as the striker loses Carragher, but the ball runs through to Reina.

  45. 34

    Deflected shot from Ba almost goes in for Newcastle as they win another corner.

  46. 33

    Another good run from Ben Arfa wins Newcastle a corner. He looks the home side's most dangerous player so far.

  47. 30

    Cisse is booked for not going back ten yards as Gerrard tries to take a quick free-kick for Liverpool.

  48. 28

    Liverpool miss another good opening as Bellamy's cross from the right loops up into the air where Carroll under pressure from Krul heads over the top.

  49. 25

    Dangerous ball from Bellamy is cut out by Perch to stop Suarez getting on the end of it.

  50. 24

    Ben Arfa is really coming to life now and he almost sends Ba clear on goal, but the ball runs through to a grateful Reina.

  51. 22

    The goal was against the run of play, but Liverpool are now really up against it.

  52. 19

    Cisse gives Newcastle the lead as he heads home Ben Arfa's cross at the back post.

  53. 17

    Shelvey is booked for a late tackle on Cisse.

  54. 16

    Carroll almost bundles the ball into the net from gerrard's corner, but it looked like Danny Simpson knocked the ball off the line with his arm. However, Liverpool's appeals are waved away. Big penalty shout gone begging for the visitors.

  55. 15

    Liverpool go close as Bellamy's deflected cross is tipped onto the crossbar by Krul.

  56. 13

    Open game in the opening exchanges with both sides willing to attack.

  57. 12

    Interesting start for Carroll he goes down under a challenge from Cabaye, but no free-kick is given to the Liverpool forward. The Newcastle fans are enjoying goading their former hero.

  58. 11

    Easy catch for Reina from Cisse's header.

  59. 9

    Andy Carroll is booked after going down in the box after rounding Tim Krul. The Liverpool striker appeared to dive in search of a penalty.

  60. 8

    Great chance for Liverpool to score as Skrtel gets on the end of Gerrard's cross, but heads his effort over the top. Best opening of the game so far.

  61. 8

    Liverpool win a free-kick wide on the right as Perch catches Suarez. Good chance to get a good ball into the box for the visitors.

  62. 7

    Good defending from Enrique as he holds up Ben Arfa inside the box and wins a goalkick for Liverpool.

  63. 5

    Newcastle try to break from Liverpool's corner, but Cisse is caught offside as he tries to get on the end of Ba's cross.

  64. 4

    Gerrard's corner is cleared by Cisse at the front post.

  65. 4

    Shelvey has the first shot of the game as his effort is deflected over the crossbar for the first corner of the game.

  66. 2

    Craig Bellamy and Enrique also getting booed by the home fans on their returns to the former club.

  67. 1

    Carroll is roundly booed by the Newcastle fans after getting his first touch of the game.

  68. Kick-off: Newcastle get the game underway in glorious sunshine.

  69. The two teams enter the pitch to a great noise at St James' Park.

  70. Derek Magowan is not optimistic as a Liverpool fan and will take a draw.

  71. Liverpool (23/30 to win) take on Newcastle (11/5) hoping to end a terrible run of form which has seen them lose five of their last six Premier League matches, including their last three on the road. Ironically Newcastle's last victory in this meeting came last season at St James Park when Andy Carroll scored in the 90th minute for the Magpies; he's 7/1 to score last today for Liverpool! Jamie Redknapp has tipped Liverpool to win 2-1, currently 8/1 whilst Papiss Cisse is 11/2 to score first and 60/1 to score first in a 2-0 Newcastle win having found the back of the net five time in his last six Premier League appearances.

  72. Jonjo Shelvey is a surprise starter for Liverpool today. How do you think he will get on?

  73. Can Newcastle make a late push for the top four and what do you make of Alan Pardew's team selection? Let me know your thoughts

  74. Can Liverpool get back to winning ways today and what do you make of Kenny Dalglish's team selection?

  75. If you fancy a little flutter on today's action here are the latest odds from our friends at SkyBet. Newcastle 11/5, Draw 13/5, Liverpool 23/20

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  77. Newcastle are boosted by the return of Cheick Tiote after missing the last two games through injury, while Alan Pardew sticks with his 4-3-3 formation.

  78. Andy Carroll makes his first return to Newcastle as a Liverpool player. What kind of reception he will get from the home fans? You can contact me direct at Peter.o', or tweet me @skysportspeteo

  79. Liverpool starting XI: Reina, Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique, Gerrard, Spearing, Shelvey, Bellamy, Carroll, Suarez

  80. Newcastle starting XI: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Perch, Gutierrez; Guthrie, Tiote, Cabaye; Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba.

  81. The teams are in...

  82. Feel free to air your opinions throughout the game. You can contact me direct at Peter.o', or tweet me @skysportspeteo.

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