...haha, just joking. Although James Perch 'helping' Pepe Reina get sent off for scousers when the game was already over, may cost Liverpool the FA Cup Semi against Everton and ultimately NUFC Europe if we finish 6th, the lad was absolutely immense today and was in my opinion MOTM in our sweetest victory of the season.
This day was perfect. If someone had told me that we would beat Liverpool convincingly 2-0 and open up a 11 point gap on them in the league table, with James Perch and Willo tree fighting over the motm award, with Andy Carroll being dragged off the pitch in a huff after being booked for diving no less, with Bellamy offering nothing in the game and Jose Enrique would end up in goal as a make shift keeper...I would have laughed and cried APRIL FOOLS!
But no, it happened, believe it baby! I want this game on DVD to watch over and over again! Get in!!
Our newly formed 4-3-3 worked an absolute treat, again. Ben Arfa is a constant threat from the right, Cisse works his socks off and can finish with the best of 'em and Demba sacrifices his own goal tally to provide strength and power from the left. The 3 central midfielders, whoever they are, control the game admirably and give our defence much needed cover as well as create counter attacks at will. Throw into the fact we have no Coloccini and Saylor, yet Willo and Perch perform like that....we are laughing, all the way to Europe, hopefully.
If we end up finishing 6th this season and don't end up with European football to look forward to next season will be a crying shame. We deserve it. Everton are the only realistic team that can snatch it from us and they sure as hell dont deserve it. The Premier League and the F.A need to change this rule of the FA Cup runner-up getting the Euro place ahead of a team that has finished in the top 6 in the Premier League. Hopefully it won't matter this season.
So what have we learned from this match today?
NUFC are nailed on for a top 6 finish. Absolutely astonishing achievement.
Every player in our squad can hold their head high with their contribution this season. Perch and Willo have arrived............where's Obertan....? Join the party lad.
Alan Pardew is the manager of the season. No question.
Hatem Ben Arfa is a genius and at last a first team regular, finally.
Cisse is a goal machine. End of.
Liverpool are a joke spending over a £100mil and lie in 8th, 11 points behind us.
Andy Carroll has officially had a shocker in this transfer move and may be out the door of Anfield come next season.
Jose Enrique will be embarrassed by his 'NUFC will never finish in the top 6 again.
Kenny Dalglish is a miserable, out of touch, has been who is finally doing some good for NUFC...only took him 15 years. Thanks for the £40mil Ken.
What a day, what a season, long may it continue....................Champions League.....?