Perez maintains Magpies momentum

first_img Cisse might have caused problems for Mignolet in injury time after Skrtel had been booked for a cynical trip on Sissoko two yards outside the penalty area, but the Senegal international lifted his effort high over. Pardew made a change at the break when Perez replaced Cisse, who has been struggling with a knee problem, but it was the visitors who went close five minutes after the restart when Balotelli forced a solid save from Krul with a dipping, swerving free-kick. The Holland international had to pluck another effort from the Italian out of the air five minutes later, and he produced a stunning one-handed save to repel Philippe Coutinho’s 58th-minute header, although the offside flag was up. Reds’ skipper Steven Gerrard was playing significantly higher up the pitch and was far more effective as a result, although full-back Paul Dummett gave the visitors something to think about when he strode forward on the hour and blasted a left-foot drive just over. The home side picked up the pace and drove Liverpool back towards their own goal as the half wore on, but with Gerrard pulling the strings, Liverpool were a different proposition and substitute Fabio Borini fired wide from distance after running on to Sterling’s 70th-minute lay-off. But the breakthrough finally arrived with 17 minutes remaining when Sissoko and Dummett played a one-two for the Frenchman to cross towards Cabella. Full-back Alberto Moreno managed to cut the ball out, but hesitated – allowing Perez to step in and score from close range. It should have been 2-0 four minutes later when Cabella and Perez broke with the Spaniard sending the Frenchman in against Mignolet, who stuck out his right boot. The former Tenerife frontman, who scored the decisive goal at Tottenham last Sunday, stabbed home from close range with 13 minutes remaining to seal a 1-0 victory, the Magpies’ third on the trot in the league, a feat they had not achieved since November last year. It was no more than they deserved after another committed display in front of a largely delighted crowd of 52,166, and they might have won more comfortably had goalkeeper Simon Mignolet not pulled off a fine one-on-one save from substitute Remy Cabella four minutes later. Ayoze Perez was Newcastle’s match-winner for the second time in a week as the Magpies edged past Liverpool to claim a fourth successive victory. While manager Alan Pardew was able to celebrate once again, Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers was left to reflect upon another toothless display with a daunting Champions League trip to Real Madrid to come next Tuesday evening. Liverpool, who won 6-0 at St James’ Park in April 2013, started brightly, retaining possession with ease and pinning the home side back – but without threatening to break the black and white line. That proved to be a theme during the opening 45 minutes as lone striker Mario Balotelli and wide-man Raheem Sterling were too often isolated to leave Magpies keeper Tim Krul untroubled. But as Newcastle responded with holding midfielder Mehdi Abeid to the fore, it was opposite number Mignolet whose goal came under the greater threat, although without the Belgium international finding himself tested unduly. Papiss Cisse saw a fourth-minute shot deflected wide by defender Martin Skrtel and Moussa Sissoko had appeals for a penalty waved away five minutes later after he had gone to ground under Joe Allen’s challenge. Even the loss of in-form winger Gabriel Obertan with what looked like a torn thigh muscle failed to halt Newcastle’s momentum, with teenager Rolando Aarons taking up his mantle. Nevertheless,. clear-cut chances were few and far between until the final few minutes of the half when Mignolet needed the help of defender Glen Johnson to head Cisse’s 37th-minute shot off the line. However, Krul was just as relieved three minutes later when Skrtel powered a free header wide from Steven Gerrard’s corner. Press Associationlast_img read more

Transfer: EPL Clubs Spend £475m in First Month

first_imgManchester United could bump up the spending significantly if their reported £100m move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba goes through.The Premier League starts a new £5.1bn three-year television deal this season.“The prospect of increased revenue from the new broadcast deals next season has encouraged Premier League clubs to invest in this window in order to be as competitive as possible,” said Alex Thorpe, senior manager in the sports business group at Deloitte.“With a month of the window still to go, some significant deals in the pipeline and a number of clubs yet to enter the market, we may see another summer of record Premier League spending, possibly breaking the £1bn barrier for the first time.”Sky are paying £4.2bn and BT £960m for the rights to show live top-flight matches over the next three seasons and, as a result of the deal, each club can expect to receive between £30m and £50m from the Premier League for 2016-17.The combined total spent by Premier League clubs over the summer and winter transfer windows last season was £1.045bn – up from £965m for 2014-15.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Premier League clubs have spent £475m in the month since the summer transfer window opened on July 1, according to business analysts Deloitte.The figure compares with £515m at the same stage in 2015 and an £870m outlay in the whole of the 2015 summer window.Leroy Sane’s £37m move to Manchester City, confirmed yesterday, is not included in the figures.Deloitte said gross outlay could rise above £1bn for the first time before the window closes on August 31.last_img read more