|Season 2006-07 Result|
| D.Kuyt 29,
|Date: 20/09/2006 Venue: Anfield Competition: Premiership|
|Match Report||Submitted on 31/12/2006 by ?|
|Out of everything that went on here tonight, the moment that this game will forever be remembered for was almost the least important part of proceedings. Steve Harper may have fallen victim to a late long-range strike, but only the most optimistic of Toon fans would have believed that him saving it would have helped us earn anything out of the game. The only late United revival here in living memory here came in 2002 and was inspired by two Newcastle players who were present here almost exactly four years after. However, Alan Shearer was sitting in the Director's Box, while Craig Bellamy was in the colours of the home side.
Quite simply Duff and Emre were missing in action, meaning Parker was too busy fighting fires to think about any forward forays. We also ended this game with a full complement of players for a change - although that was due to the referee failing to see Babayaro's first half run-in with Kuyt, for which he later received a three-match ban after video evidence was studied. On another night, at another ground and with another official we could have been handed a penalty, the conversion of which could have radically changed the complexion of the match and dented what seems to be a fragile confidence in this team.
On 29 mins Alonso fed Finnan out on the right, who pulled the ball across the box for Kuyt to arrive and steer the ball home from close range. The ball then ended up in the away section courtesy of a certain gurning Welshman, who bellowed indecipherable obscenities through the net in the direction of those who had been abusing him since kickoff. 1-0 to them.
Then on 79 mins Alonso doubled the lead with a shot from miles out that Harper would have saved had he managed to stay on his feet.