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Gerrard: I'd swap 100th goal for Newcastle win

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October 19, 2013 « LIVE - Premier League football | Chartbeat test »
Steven Gerrard's 100th goal came from the penalty spot © Getty Images
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Steven Gerrard admits he would have happily swapped his 100th Premier League goal for a win at Newcastle on Saturday.

The Liverpool captain joined the Premier League 100 club with a first-half penalty to level the scores after Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off for hauling down Luis Suarez in the box.

Yohan Cabaye had earlier put Newcastle in front with a long-range effort. Paul Dummett put the hosts back ahead in the second half, with Daniel Sturridge equalising for Liverpool.

And though Gerrard is rightfully proud of reaching the milestone, he insists he would have preferred to come away with three points. Arsenal later thrashed Norwich 4-1 to move two points clear of Liverpool at the top, and Chelsea leapfrogged them into second on goal difference after a win by the same margin over Norwich.

"It's a good milestone for me and a great personal achievement," Gerrard told Liverpool's official website.

"But I'd certainly swap the goal for two extra points today, that's for sure. Points for the team and where we finish in the league are my priority; if personal milestones get crossed off along the way, then great.

"I thought Newcastle started the game a lot better and brighter than us, and probably deserved to go a goal in front.

"The sending-off completely changed the game; we took control from there and deserved to take the three points, but we couldn't get that final goal.

"Our attitude improved when they had the man sent off. We did everything we could to win the game. Unfortunately we have been caught out with a set-piece.

"From the sending-off we were brilliant. We played some really good stuff but, frustratingly for us, it wasn't enough."

Gerrard becomes only the fourth midfielder to net 100 Premier League goals.

Chelsea's Frank Lampard is the leading midfielder in the list with 166, while Ryan Giggs is on 109. Paul Scholes notched 107 in his time at Manchester United.

Alan Shearer tops the pile with 260 goals in the English top flight - the former Newcastle striker became the first player to achieve the milestone during the 1995-96 season.

Since Shearer reached 100 goals, 23 other players have achieved the same, including Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie and Gerrard's former Liverpool team-mate Michael Owen.

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