Barton helps Magpies move on but leads tribute to departed Hughton

Newcastle United 3 Liverpool 1

The half-protesting, half-celebratory chants of the departing Toon Army had just about faded into the night air by the time Alan Pardew took his seat in the press room to pick over the bones of his first match-day in charge of team affairs at the madhouse of Newcastle United. "How far can you take this club?" he was asked. Having taken the team he inherited from Chris Hughton to a maiden victory, without the remotest sign of revolt on the pitch and without the natives baying for his blood, was probably far enough to be going on with.

The forecasted fans' protests amounted to a sustained rant directed squarely at Mike Ashley by a mob of a hundred or so outside the main entrance before kick-off time, and to some less than complimentary chanting about the Newcastle owner during the match. The players' revolt against the new manager that had been predicted in some quarters amounted to nothing other than Joey Barton dedicating his man-of-the-match champagne to Hughton. The response from Barton and his colleagues to the unwanted changing of the managerial guard was a rousing performance, whipped up by an impassioned Toon Army. It swept Liverpool aside and presented the kind of welcome mat Hughton's unpopular replacement could hardly have imagined amid the furore of his midweek appointment on a five-and-a-half year contract.

"Alan can take credit for that result," Kevin Nolan, the captain and leading light in the Newcastle dressing room, maintained. "He had to get us up for the game and he did that. He told us to forget what had happened and put our hearts into our performance on the pitch. It's a fantastic start for him."

It was Nolan who got the ball rolling, sweeping home a first-time shot on the quarter-hour after a Barton free-kick and an Andy Carroll head-down. It was the relentless driving force of Barton, though, that got Newcastle back on top after Dirk Kuyt scrambled in a deflected equaliser five minutes into the second half. It was the sometime England midfielder who toe-poked the Magpies back in front 10 minutes from time and who won the ball deep in home territory to start the move that culminated in Carroll's cracker of a third goal, a thumping 25-yard drive in injury time.

"Any talk of revolt towards Alan was nonsense," Nolan added. "He is our gaffer and we have to work under him. It's a difficult situation for him to come into. He wants to make sure we don't resent him and we don't. We don't resent anybody.

"The owners have the final say at this club and we have to respect that. Derek Llambias [Newcastle's managing director] was good enough to come down to talk to us the other day. We wanted some answers and Derek explained the decision to us. It was straight talking in the dressing room. It was a private meeting and nothing was over-boiled. It's done and dusted now. We have to move on."

Newcastle move on under their new manager to a trip to Birmingham this coming Saturday with a first win under their belt in six matches, their first at St James' since Nolan's hat-trick heroics in that 5-1 demolition derby against Sunderland in October.

"The win today makes life a lot easier for my management," Pardew reflected. "After one game it's difficult to answer any question about how far I can take this club, but I have a long-term vision. That is to create a team that can threaten the top half of the Premier League. Get there, and the momentum can take you higher."

Scorers: Newcastle Nolan 15, Barton 80, Carroll 90; Liverpool Kuyt 49. Substitutes: Newcastle Ranger (Ameobi, 63), Smith (Nolan, 87), Routledge (Barton, 90). Liverpool Babel (Ngog, 72), Jovanovic (Rodriguez, 85). Booked: Newcastle Gutierrez, Tiote Liverpool Johnson. Man of the match Barton

Match rating 7/10.

Possession Newcastle 47% Liverpool 53%. Shots on target Newcastle 3 Liverpool 5.

Referee L Mason (Lancashire) Att 50,137.

Voices
The Sumatran tiger, endemic to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, is an endangered species
voicesJonathon Porritt: The wild tiger population is thought to have dropped by 97 per cent since 1900
News
The Swiss Re tower or 'Gherkin' was at one time the UK’s most expensive office when German bank IVG and private equity firm Evans Randall bought it
news
News
Gardai wait for the naked man, who had gone for a skinny dip in Belfast Lough
newsTwo skinny dippers threatened with inclusion on sex offenders’ register as naturists criminalised
Sport
Van Gaal said that his challenge in taking over Bobby Robson's Barcelona team in 1993 has been easier than the task of resurrecting the current United side
football
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The Great British Bake Off 2014 contestants
tv
Arts and Entertainment
filmThe Battle of the Five Armies trailer released
News
news
Arts and Entertainment
Beast would strip to his underpants and take to the stage with a slogan scrawled on his bare chest whilst fans shouted “you fat bastard” at him
musicIndie music promoter was was a feature at Carter gigs
Arts and Entertainment
Story line: Susanoo slays the Yamata no Orochi serpent in the Japanese version of a myth dating back 40,000 years
arts + entsApplying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Extras
indybest
News
Performers dressed as Tunnocks chocolate teacakes, a renowned Scottish confectionary, perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow on July 23, 2014.
news
Life and Style
Popular plonk: Lambrusco is selling strong
Food + drinkNaff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
Life and Style
Shake down: Michelle and Barack Obama bump knuckles before an election night rally in Minnesota in 2008, the 'Washington Post' called it 'the fist bump heard round the world'
newsThe pound, a.k.a. the dap, greatly improves hygiene
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on