FT: Blackburn 3 Newcastle 0 – Red Flags On Tyne


Blackburn started 5 points behind Newcastle before today’s game at Ewood Park, but after putting Newcastle away with 3 goals in the second half, after Newcastle looked more than decent in the first 45 minutes, Blackburn are now just 2 points behind the Magpies, who are in real danger of relegation on this second half display.

The worst possible result for Newcastle today.

Newcastle played well in the first half, and especially in the first 20 minutes but were unable to score, and half time came with the scores still level at 0-0 but Newcastle, if anything looking the better side.

But then after 61 minutes the inexperience of David Edgar again shone through, as he gave away his second penalty in 3 weeks, when he took Benni McCarthy to the ground at the far post, and he was on the wrong side of the South African for Emerton’s right-wing cross.

That was the 7th penalty Newcastle have conceded this season, and the Rovers striker converted the penalty himself, giving Newcastle goalkeeper Given no chance.

This was a bad blow to the Newcastle side, who had looked fairly decent up to this point but just 5 minutes later and Blackburn doubled their lead, when Paul Robinson hit a long ball down-field right into the Newcastle penalty box, and Jason Roberts hit a half volley past a Shay Given from eight yards. Where on earth was the Newcastle defense some may ask.

Then on 83 minutes just in case we haven’t got enough players out, Nicky Butt was shown a second yellow card and the subsequent red card, so he will now miss the game at Manchester City a week on Wednesday. That should be interesting to see how we will mark Kaka, if he has joined City by then, which looks more than likely.

Then just to rub it in so the Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce can have a good time tonight,  Jason Roberts got his second goal of the afternoon, as he hit the ball home from close range from a good Pedersen cross from the left,  with the Newcastle defense looking hopelessly inept once again.

So in one game Blackburn have gained 3 points on Newcastle United and improved their goal difference by 6 on Newcastle – not a bad day’s work by Allardyce’s men,  but an absolute  nightmare result for Newcastle, as the relegation red flags will be waving around Newcastle for the next 11 days days, until our next game rolls around.

How we got into the this mess is because of the ineptitude of the Newcastle Board last summer, where we just didn’t bring in enough players – that was the cause – and this is the result – complete ineptitude by Ashley and  Llambias.

They have never run a football club before, and it certainly shows, and shows big time, because they just don’t seem to have a clue.

If any Newcastle fans were wondering if we will have to fight relegation again this season, for a third year in a row, their answer was clear at Ewood Park this afternoon, and on the showing in the second half, we could well be playing in the Championship next season.

And that’s not said lightly, because it becomes a real possibility, after this game, since that’s 4 defeats and 2 draws in our last 6 games, worse than relegation form for sure.

After 22 games we have only 23 points, which is our lowest ever points total in the Premier League ever, after 22 games.

What has happened to our once great club?

This situation does not look good, to put it mildly.

Comments welcome.

250 comments so far

  • toonoholic

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed out of curiosity doesnt it pain you to write about newcastle lose week in week out ?

  • cooldj

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #2

    butt out now please

  • inselaffe

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #3

    just gets worse…

  • inselaffe

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #4

    wonder what score would have been if penalty hadn’t been given…?

  • Stuart79

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #5


    I can’t see how we get out of it!

    If we sack Kinnear, who will want to manage us?

    Ashley ain’t goin anywhere!

    If a new manager came in he wouldn’t have time to buy players, even though there is NO money available!!!

    Mr Ashley the ball is in your court!

  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Our fixture list is daunting as well. The next 3 games are vital as after that we have got Everton, Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal coming to St James in a short space of time

    Man City v Newcastle,
    Newcastle v Sunderland,
    West Brom v Newcastle,
    Newcastle v Everton,
    Bolton v Newcastle,
    Newcastle v Man Utd,
    Hull v Newcastle,
    Newcastle v Arsenal,
    Newcastle v Chelsea,
    Stoke v Newcastle,
    Tottenham v Newcastle,
    Newcastle v Portsmouth,
    Liverpool v Newcastle,
    Newcastle v Middlesbrough,
    Newcastle v Fulham,
    Aston Villa v Newcastle,

  • Ben_BKK

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed, I think it’s actually 9 penalties we’ve conceded this season. Though to be fair, I thought the penalty was quite harsh. Another shocker of a match from Rob Styles, he really has it in for us that bloke.

  • haz_994

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #8

    if things are not changed we are going down!

  • Big Dave

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #9

    what really gets me is what bull sh1t we will have to listen to from BSA.

  • a.l 9

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #10

    does anyone know the adress of that site that had some table showing what the table ‘should be’ like if it wasn’t for all the rubbish dessisions

  • Eaststander

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #11

    I can’t understand Mike Ashley. He surely can see his club falling apart and there is more than a good chance we will go down this season, then the club will be worth so much less. He is a gambler! where is the gamble on the club? all it would take is 15-20 million and we could go into the top half and when he sells us in the summer (please God) he can p1ss 0ff with the cash. What is the point in leaving us like this getting beat off crappy hull/blackburn sides who we once p1ssed on. Ashley out!

  • The Original Todd

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #12

    i’m with you, Big Dave. I don’t know if i’ll be able to read/listen.

  • Stuart79

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #13


  • a.l 9

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t even want to hear what Fat Sam had to say after the match, I doub’t it will be anything along the lines of “My team were sh1te until Mr Styles, of whom was handsomly rewarded, gave us a much needed confidence boost by awarding us a penalty for nowt”

  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #15

    We have won 4 games under Joe Kinnear in 19 league games. 17 games left. 4 wins and 5 draws will leaves us on 40 points. It is going to be close. Our season is on a knife edge.

  • Stuart79

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Dan Scott – We’ve got a harder fixture list in he last 17 games!

    Were going down!

    Where are the Ashley lovers gone???

    Their not on when it gans to sh1t!!!!!!

    He’s destroying the club!!!!


    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #18

    stuart79, does hate against ashley help us? I doubt that…it will throw us deeper into it…

    it is a fact that he will stuck by the club, if we like it or not. more important is that we can do desperately needed transfers.

  • a.l 9

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #19

    cheers dan

  • hhtoon

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Does anyone else suspect Butt got himself sent off just so he won’t have to face Kaka against Man City??!!

    Trying to make light, but am so disheartened. I appreciated all Kinnear did to settle the ship but I genuinely feel he doesn’t have what it takes.

    Still think we will scrape it this season, but will be tight.

  • andyglostoon

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #21

    i really believe now we need a change of captain,with owen he has no leadership skills or motivation,Barton now for captain and watch him shine!

  • Big Dave

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #22

    a.l 9 I see what your saying mate but we shouldnt be leaving the result in the hands of the ref. I just think we are sh*te to be honest, I have never felt so low about the toon in near 30 yrs of supporting them and if things dont change real quick i would say its 100% that we will be in a big fight in the last few games this season.

  • Jan Stavik

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Awful game. Decent first half but with this shambloic 2nd half we deserved to loose.

    I’ve always been thinking that “this side is too good to go down”, but now I’m not so sure anymore.

    The only positive from this match is that Butt will be missing for a game or two (for kicking the ball away after the S.o.), with Barton and Guthrie in the middle of the park we’ll be better off than with the slow gingerhead.

    Why Gutierrez didn’t play I really don’t get, to keep playing the sulking Zogbia is a shame. Let him rot in the reserves if no offer comes in for him.

  • Stuart79

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Elfer –

    Look, I don’t particularly hate him but he needs to invest in the team!!!!

    He’s gambling with OUR club and it’s going wrong!!!!

    What can he do? He can put his hand in his pocket and buy someone!

    I’m sick to the back teeth of hearing that he’s paid the debt off!

    I would happily borrow 20m today and spend it on 3 or four good players that will keep us up.

    I’d rather be 20m in debt and in the PL than a top notch balance sheet and in the Championship, cos that’s where were goin!!!!

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #25

    i hope we get relegated .
    hust to teach those smug bast-**** how to run a big club. i hate ashley/ i really hate joke kinwhat everhisnameis,,,,
    this is a guarantee ,,, he will say we lookd solid until the ref gave that week penalty, then we where chasing the game.

  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Can anyone name 3 teams that are worse than us at the moment. I can only think of Middlesbrough and either Pompey or Spurs depending which one of them loses tomorrow.

  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #27

    catchy in norway

    You cannot seriously think relegation will be a good thing. Any established premier league side that goes down does not come back up again. Leeds, Nottingham Forrest, Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton.

  • Stuart79

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Dan forget Pompey or Spuds, their buying new players and improving the squad.

    We are NOT!

  • Big Dave

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Stuart79 the problem is MA has probably bet his mate at spuds that he could get us relegated in his 1st full season

  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #30


    Can you name another two after Middlesbrough then? Nearly every side around us seems to be improving. Even the sides that were adrift at the bottom such as Blackburn and West Brom.

  • Dan_008

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #31


    you know all they had to do in the summer was sign some of the players keegan wanted and things could have been different

    sad thing is they aren’t different.

    with all the younger players being signed, hopefully they can do well in the championship…

    the credit Crunch had to hit when it did!!!

  • Friendri_NUFC

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #32

    How did we mess up so badly in the 2nd half? JFK’s decision to drop Jonas Gutierrez is beyond understanding. He is one of the shining lights in otherwise very miserable and painful season.

    Charles N’Zogbia had a terrible game. I don’t think his heart is any longer with NUFC. Just sell the bugger off already. And David Edgar is very inexperience. He gave 2 very poor penalties in space of 3 weeks. I wonder why JFK did not try Geremi as a right full back. He has done that before for both Cameroon and Chelsea. He couldn’t be worse than Edgar. Experience and skills wise, Geremi is way better than Edgar. We could see during the game that only Duff was trying to make things happen on the right wing. He had no help from Edgar.

    Confidence is at all time low. And one think that I am afraid most is that JFK might lose the dressing room.

    The only good thing from this game is that we have Joey Barton back from full fitness and he hasn’t lost his temper what looks like a heated argument between him and Enrique. May be that is the kind of temper that would bring the bite back to the team.

  • bill

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #33

    I hate to say I told you so, because some others have said the same. This club is in dire trouble and the sooner Mike Ashley sells up the better.

    What I do not understand is how Ashley is allowing this to happen!

    Does he want to punish us because of what we did when KK left?

    Is he so stupid that he is willing to lose money when selling a Championship club?

    Does he have no idea about football whatsoever?

    Or is it all of these things?

  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Ashley makes some cash…

    Next week:


    Given to ManCity
    Zogbia to …..hmm..hell

    Loans…….Kinnear…say no loans we have to go what we………

    F***YOU AS* Hole Mike

  • tino97

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #35

    We are in trouble. I felt pretty depressed after this weeks loss in the cup and non-existence in the transfer market! Now I feel suicidial!

    3-0 loss to Blackburn , it doesn’t get much worse. After watching the first half, 3-0 to Newcastle was more likely. Totally dominated them. Then Rob Styles made an appearance and gave a shocking penalty against us. Not for the first time this season. 1-0 down, we crumbled no excuses for this or spats between players.

    Should have been out of sight by Half time, the ref totally changed the game. We need a centre midfielder in, a Rb in and Martins needs to get fit ASAP.

    Can’t beleive we lost today. Just needed a bit of luck to get the first goal and I felt we would have won. But that didn’t happen! Now we are in the sh!t.

    Feel like sh!t at the moment. Especially as it was against fat sam.

  • jimiley

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Joe K has been offered a new 2 year contract because he has taken 18 points out of 54. That is relegation form in my mind. Why would thw owner offer a new contract now to a manager getting the club relegated. Sam had a much better record and got sacked because he played boring football. MA has no intention of selling the club and thats why JK has a new contract. This club is cursed by MA and he is enjoying it. He wants us relegated to see the fans suffer. he has lost twelve hundred million in the last year and is quite prepared to lose another 50 mil on us being relegated just so he can smirk. There will be no big buys in Jan just a couple of freebies for crocks and other clubs cast offs.

  • Raffo

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #37

    boro are going down, i think west brom will go with them and then although i would love it to be spuds or blackburn, i think it will be stoke

  • beyethegreat

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #38

    howay lads its grim but we are not down yet

    i will judge kinnear at the end of the season and MA(aswell as DW) ath the end of this window

  • batty

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #39


  • Obafan

    Jan 17, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Here are a few of my thoughts:

    1. Ashley; why has he ever bought our club? If he really wants the club to be lead in a proper way, then he needs to act NOW. He has got 12 days left to do something about the squad. He never ha showed serious ambition to build a team. He doesn’t communicate and his club is for months in an unstabile period and he does nothing at all. I really cannot understand that.

    2. Kinnear; well first of all you have to give him credit, cause who would have taken his job a few months ago. But what starts to piss me off recently is:
    – Every day he talks to the press and he constantly is changing his words. And what has come out of that so far? NOTHING. If the manager of my beloved team talks to the press I want to hear things which will happen instead of guessing what might happen.
    – His tactics are not good enough and he will not give chances to youngsters, knowing that the so-called experienced players are not good enough (anymore) te fight against relegation week in week out.

    3. Our captain Owen; what does he contribute every game? Not much, in the beginning he often scored, but the last couple of weeks (since he decided not to sign a new deal) his level is gone from bad to worse. He is a disgrace to be called captain of the team; he doesn’t deserve that at all. In his mind he has already made up that he will not be in Newcastle next season, so what does he care if they get safe or not, as long as he receives his big fat payment he will be happy.

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