Newcastle United’s good form continued yesterday, as they held reigning Premier League champions Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
The Magpies fought till the very end, and were rewarded for their heart and persistence with Joe Willock scoring as a substitute for the third game in a row.
Mo Salah gave the hosts an early lead which gave the Reds the perfect chance to build.
But Newcastle never gave in, and created lots of chances of their own.
Callum Wilson’s goal being ruled out was a sickener, and that made Willock’s winner far sweeter.
The result means Newcastle are now nine points clear of the relegation zone.
There was one incident in the game that cause a bit of a stir on social media that involved Federico Fernandez and Diogo Jota.
The £6 million centre-back (BBC Sport) rose to head the ball and caught the Portuguese forward with his forearm.
Casting his eye over the replay on Match of the Day last night was Alan Shearer, who said: “I think he’s fortunate, with the way the game is today.
“He leads with his elbow, so yes I do think he’s fortunate.”
Micah Richards also though the 32-year-old – who received a yellow card from referee Andre Mariner – ‘very lucky’.
Fernandez probably was lucky
Red cards have certainly been dished out for a lot less, as fans who watched the West Ham United-Chelsea game last night will be well aware.
Although not malicious, it was not a particularly clever challenge from Fernandez, and a red card there may well have cost Newcastle the point they eventually salvaged.