Andy ‘F*****’ Carroll leads Liverpool implosion at Newcastle
Striker turns air blue during St James’ Park humbling while, Pepe Reina sees red
LIVERPOOL striker Andy Carroll turned the air blue at St James' Park as the Reds suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat to Newcastle on Sunday. The former Magpies frontman launched his astonishing tirade as he was being substituted on 79 minutes, blasting, "F****** joke this, f****** shit, f*** off," before storming down the tunnel without shaking the hand of manager Kenny Dalglish.
According to the Sun, Dalglish wasn't the only one to cop an earful from Carroll on Sunday afternoon. In the first half the 23-year-old striker was booked for diving and he later squared up to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew on the touchline to tell him: "It wasn't a dive you f****** c***."
Carroll's indiscipline was matched by that of goalkeeper Pepe Reina, sent off eight minutes from the end for butting James Perch. Dalglish admitted it had been a day to forget for his side. "It ended up with a lot of frustration and disappointment and I think the frustration and disappointment was a result of the actions that Pepe took," declared the Scot.
"He got a deserved red card," Dalglish continued. "And then Andy came off and went up the tunnel. He was frustrated with the way the game had gone. Not just for himself but for the team. We have not got a problem with people showing disappointment or frustration. But we need to channel it better than we have done."
The defeat piles more pressure on Liverpool, who are in the throes of their worst run since 1953 and in danger of their lowest finish in the Premier League. Lying in eighth spot with just one win in their last seven league games, Liverpool never looked like beating a Newcastle side who are now level on 53 points with fifth-placed Chelsea.
Papiss Cisse was the home side hero, scoring once in each half to leave the Magpies still in with a chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
In the day's other game two goals from former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor helped Tottenham beat Swansea 3-1 on Sunday and move Spurs level on points with third-placed Gunners.
Despite Adebayor's brace, it was Tottenham winger Gareth Bale who was the outstanding player on the park and the 22-year-old Wales international later fired a warning to Arsenal: "We showed what we can do on the pitch today against a great footballing side like Swansea and got a vital three points to put pressure on the others," said Bale. "We've moved back level with Arsenal and can hopefully go above them."
It was Spurs' first league win in six games but a victory that was thoroughly deserved as the Lilywhites dominated their visitors. Rafael van der Vaart put them one up on 19 minutes with a side-footed strike, only for Gylfi Sigurdsson to spectacularly volley Swansea level on the hour mark.
Adebayor then headed Spurs in front on 73 minutes when he rose unchallenged to meet a van der Vaart corner and four minutes from time the Togo striker displayed his aerial strength once more with Aaron Lennon supplying the assist.
With Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle all looking to finish behind the two Manchester clubs in the top four, Harry Redknapp admitted "it's going right to the wire". The Spurs boss added that if his side want one of the Champions League qualifying spots "we've got to keep winning and picking up points. We can't afford to slip up".