Sam Allardyce has rightly thanked the traveling Newcastle fans for their magnificent support yesterday at Ewood Park, where the Newcastle faithful supported the team from the moment they arrived in the ground until they left.
While they couldnâ€™t have been too happy at the result, the performance of the team was a gutsy one and the players certainly fought for the full 90 minutes.
Sam Allardyce – rightly thanked the Newcastle fans for their support yesterday
More than 7,000 Geordie faithful made the trip to Lancashire and got behind their team from start to finish, and were in really good voice, as usual. The TV commentators commented on just how good the Newcastle supporters were yesterday, and in an excellent show of support for their beleaguered manager, it was good to hear chants of “Big Sam’s Black and White Army” echo around Ewood Park.
Afterwards, the Newcastle manager went out of his way to praise the Newcastle fans, and called on everyone to again get behind the lads when Arsenal come to St.James’ Park on Wednesday night:
“I have to say thanks to all those fans who made the journey,” “It is really difficult to take after the support we had, that we got nothing from the game.â€
“The fans were magnificent today and if they get behind us again against Arsenal on then I’m sure we’ll stand a great chance of getting a result.”
After Blackburn had missed a couple of good chances in the first half Newcastle surprisingly took the lead just after half time when a free kick by Geremi was nicely headed beyond Brad Friedel by Oba Martins. But as has happened so many times this season, Newcastle couldnâ€™t hold onto the lead and Blackburn were level within 7 minutes, and the Lancashire club went on to claim all 3 points.
But Big Sam was pleased with the overall performance of his team, adding:
“It was a terrific effort and we had lots of opportunities to win but this is the Premier League and it is a cruel place.â€“We were in control of game for long periods but unfortunately we fell foul of being caught on the break. That is the disappointing thing for me.â€
“When we got in front, instead of going 2-0 up we went 1-1. At that particular time Charles N’Zogbia had a chance to make it 2-0 but was wrongly ruled offside.â€
“They go up the other and score. While I am bitterly upset at the result, the performance was excellent.”
We think the Newcastle fans will be just as vocal on Wednesday evening, when the great new Arsenal team are the visitors. Whether we can get a result on the night is anybody’s guess, but with the same fighting qualities we showed yesterday – anything is possible.
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