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.