Newcastle United 2 Liverpool 0: Huge win eases pressure on Steve McClaren

Georginio Wijnaldum
Georginio Wijnaldum

Newcastle United beat Liverpool 2-0 this afternoon to ease the pressure on Steve McClaren.

A strike from Georginio Wijnaldum and an own goal from Martin Skrtel saw McClaren's overcome a Jurgen Klopp's jaded-looking team at St James's Park.

But the club remains in the Premier League's relegation zone.

The result saw Newcastle move above Sunderland and into 18th place. Bournemouth, however, remain above them on goal difference.

McClaren, the club's under-fire head coach, had surprised fans by leaving Ayoze Perez out of his starting XI.

Instead, McClaren handed Siem de Jong his first start of the campaign, and after a nervous start, United, embarrassingly beaten 5-1 by Crystal Palace eight days earlier, went on to get the upper hand in the second half.

They chased and challenged everything after the break, and finally got their reward in the 69th minute.

Moussa Sissoko swung in a ball from the right for Georginio Wijnaldum, and he skipped into the box before unleashing a shot which was inadvertently poked into the net by Skrtel.

Newcastle had to defend deep and in numbers in the last 10 minutes, and they made sure of the points in the 90th minute.

Sissoko, full of running on the right side of midfield, broke upfield and set away Wijnaldum, who deftly lifted the ball over the advancing Simon Mignolet.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett; Sissoko, Colback (Gouffran, 77), Anita, Wijnaldum; de Jong (Perez, 68), Cisse (Thauvin, 82). Subs not used: Darlow, Sterry, Mbabu, Mitrovic.

LIVERPOOL: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Lucas, Allen, Milner, Ibe (Origi, 75), Firmino (Lallana, 62), Benteke (Sturridge, 62). Subs not used: Bogdan, Toure, Henderson, Randall.

Goals: Skrtel 69 (og), Wijnaldum 90

Bookings: Colback 34, Lucas 45, Anita 60, Cisse 62

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

Attendance: 51,273