Goals from Steven Gerrard, who rammed the taunts of the home fans back down their throats following England´s midweek disaster with a fearsome 28th-minute free-kick, Dirk Kuyt and substitute Ryan Babel were more than enough as the Magpies tamely surrendered.
Allardyce said: "I have never quite found myself in this predicament before to be honest with you. But I have dealt with some difficult situations and this one is a good challenge."
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