Posted '5:02pm bells' Tuezday 2nd January 2024
"WOR WORST FEARS CAME TRUE!"
On a miserable New Years Day when the rain 'chucked it doon', before, durin and after the game, NUFC once again lost at Anfeeeld to make it a miserable Xmas and New Year for aall Toon fans!
From the word 'go' Livaapoool went on the attack and if it wasnt for the heroics of Martin Dubravka in The Toon goal, where he made several ootstandin saves, az he defended at The Kop End, it could easily have been 4-0 at half time!---But somehow we kept them at bay, includin a great penalty save from Salah and somehow went in aall square! HT 0-0
However!---within 4 minutes of the restart the Mickey Mousers took the lead when Salah had a simple tap in in front of an unguarded goal from a Nunez cross!
Then, unexpectedly, we equalised at The Kop End 5 minutes later when Isak raced towards the goal and a pin point pass from Anthony Gordon foond hiz feet and 'he wellied the baall home' to the delight of the 2,400 Toon fans in The Anfeeeld Road End opposite! (Normally we would have been allocated 3,000 tickets, but because of buildin work at that end of the groond, wor allocation woz reduced!)
However!---wor joy didn't last lang when in the 74th minute Jota passed to Jones and in a replica of their forst goal he had the simple task of tappin the baall into the net to restore The Liverbirds lead!
Just 4 minutes later they increased their lead with another simple tap in goal by Gakpo!
Again NUFC hit back just one minute later, though Botman this time, when he heeded the baall into the far corner of the goal from a Longstaff corner!
There had been several ridiculous refereein' decisions, in Livaapool's favour, but this one beat the lot when Dubravka made slight contact in the box with Jota and he hoyed himself to the groond in a delayed reaction to try and con Taylor the ref!---
He 'took it in' and incredibly pointed to the spot--and after a lang VAR check the penalty woz awarded! (Are they blindfolded at the VAR office?)----Taken by Salah again, but this time he sent wor goalie the wrang way to seal a 4-2 victory!---Wor worst fears of another defeat here, had sadly come true!
It could have been a much heavier defeat if it wasnt for Dubravka, but the ref aalso DIDNT award us a penalty when Longstaff woz fouled in the box and he booked 17 year old Lewis Miley for a perfectly good tackle in the forst half!
This woz wor 7th defeat in wor last 8 games!---We must stop the rot at The Stadium of Shhh!!! (yee naa wot!) in the FA Cup next Saturday!----PLEEEEZE!
Attendance: 57,471 (2,400 very wet Toon fans!)
*The pre and post match 'garglin took place here!
Just 2 drinkin dens this time!
The Barlow Arms, Livaapoool (20 minutes walk from Anfeeeld in torrential rain!)