Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi has summed up how every Toon fan will be feeling after the defeat to Liverpool.
Eddie Howe’s side played brilliantly at Anfield, but conceded a 98th minute goal from Fabio Carvalho to hand the Reds all three points.
It was a cruel blow for the Magpies, especially as it came three minutes after the minimum five minutes of stoppage time had been played. Yes, Nick Pope was down during that period, but not for three minutes.
The last-gasp winner was crushing, on an evening where Newcastle had once again excelled against a title contender. We did it against Manchester City the other week, and now we’ve done it against Liverpool.
On both occasions, Howe found a way to stop the big boys playing. While Jurgen Klopp will point to ‘time-wasting’, Howe’s side completely halted Liverpool’s rhythm, with Mo Salah and co not penetrating like they normally do.
It was an incredible performance by the boys in black and white, and co-owner Ghodoussi has praised the players after the game. And he also took a swipe at the officials…
Ghodoussi on Liverpool vs Newcastle
After the game, Ghodoussi took to Twitter to express his anger at the Liverpool winner, and to hail the Newcastle United players.
He wrote: “So proud of that team, they left everything on the pitch and deserved a point. Absolute joke to end that way.”
Newcastle really did deserve a point. It’s such a shame that the game ended the way it did. But the Magpies will come out better from it. They will take confidence that they played so well against a team like Liverpool, but will know they still need to do more to get a result.
The ending of the game was an ‘absolute joke’ as Ghodoussi says. It felt like a case of playing until Liverpool scored.
But Newcastle could have defended that final corner better. They didn’t react as quickly as Liverpool, and paid the ultimate price. However, the players can be excused given the fact they put everything into that game.
Five games into the season and Howe’s side have played the two top sides and excelled against both. We’ve set our standard and it could lead to a very exciting campaign for the Magpies.