Wednesday 03 April 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
A dramatic injury-time winner from Stan Collymore gave Liverpool a breathtaking 4-3 victory over Newcastle United at Anfield in one of the classic matches in the Barclays Premier League.
Kevin Keegan’s side came to the ground where he was a legend as a player three points behind league leaders Manchester United with two games in hand. Newcastle led 2-1 and 3-2 playing some scintillating football before a late double from Collymore swung the encounter Liverpool’s way. The win put Liverpool within five points of Manchester United and two behind Newcastle.
The home side took the lead after just two minutes through Robbie Fowler, who scored 28 league goals in the 1995/96 campaign, but Les Ferdinand levelled the scores eight minutes later. Keegan’s men went in front four minutes later, through David Ginola but were pegged back by a second goal from Fowler on 55 minutes. Faustino Asprilla’s clever toe-poke past Liverpool goalkeeper David James restored Newcastle’s lead just before the hour but less than10 minutes later Collymore equalised.
The former Nottingham Forest forward scored the winner at the death after being picked out by John Barnes, lashing the ball past Pavel Srnicek to send the home fans in to delirium.
“I’ve never managed a team that played so well and got nothing,” Keegan said. “It was a terrific game, and we shall go on playing the same way, because that’s what we believe in.”
The defeat proved to be an important result in the title race, and Man United won the league by four points ahead of Newcastle. Liverpool’s victory wasn’t enough to ignite a late charge for the title, and they finished 11 points adrift of the leaders after Ferguson’s side won 13 out of their last 15 matches of the season.
James told premierleague.com that the Anfield dressing room was less jubilant than you might expect after the final whistle.
“To end up 4-3, and getting the goal in the last minute, was just a tremendous relief,” he said. “In the match there was a moment when we thought we weren’t going to do it.”
The match was voted the second-best Barclays Premier League match ever in the 20 Seasons Awards.