Blackburn 0 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Dominate But Cannot Score


Newcastle defended quite well today, but had little firepower up front, and that may be the way of things through the end of the season, but an away point against a team beneath us – we’ll take it.

But with any luck up front, and with a bit more sharpness from our strikers, and with a better final ball, Newcastle could and probably should have won this game at Ewood Park today.

After the first twenty minutes Newcastle basically controlled the game, but couldn’t get the one goal that would have given them the valuable three points, rather than the draw and a single point.

While it’s better than nothing we need to start winning games like this to move away from the relegation zone.

But the good news today was that it was another clean sheet for Newcastle, and the lads got back to something like manager Pardew wanted, and that was a solid enough performance, but where exactly the goals are going to come from in the remaining 12 games is a very good question.

After just 6 minutes Enrique, who had a great game again,  made a terrific run down the left wing and put in an excellent cross, and the ball went wide to Joey Barton who pulled it back to Nolan, but Kevin just couldn’t get to the ball.

But Joey had a decent enough chance to shoot, even though the angle was narrow it seemed easier to shoot than pull it back to Nolan.

And then on 10 minutes Santa Cruz should have scored when a high ball into the Newcastle area was headed back by Samba and from just six yards out,  Santa Cruz headed the ball against the post, but he should really have scored.

And then after 15 minutes a terrific through ball saw Peter Lovenkrands clean through and he lifted the ball over Robinson, but the ball hit the cross-bar, and it was a glorious chance missed by the Danish striker.

The game was to and fro but the Newcastle midfield were starting to take a grip on the game,  and at half time the scores were still level at 0-0, with Newcastle looking the more solid side at the interval.

And Newcastle’s dominance continued in the second half, but we just couldn’t score and that was the difference between a good three points and a rather dreary draw this afternoon.

Joey Barton had a chance early in the second half for Newcastle, after Jonas Gutierrez had done well down the left wing, but Barton’s left-foot shot sailed way over the bar

On 55 minutes Coloccini had a great drive that was tipped over the bar by Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson, and that was the nearest Newcastle came in the second half to getting a goal.

Newcastle completely dominated the first 35 minutes of the second half, and then a Pedersen corner caused a little chaos in the Newcastle penalty box, but Newcastle cleared.

But it was Newcastle’s final ball that let them down today, after having 60% possession and dominating possession, and Newcastle really should have won this game rather easily, and to us it was like 2 points lost than a point gained.

New signing Kuqi was brought on right at the end to make his debut for Newcastle United.

Blackburn though were hardly impressive today, and were booed off at the end by the home crowd.

Draws are really not what we need, and this year we have just 10 points from our 7 games, and we’ll have to see if we can win at Birmingham on Tuesday night.

Birmingham scored an injury time winner (93rd minute) this afternoon to get all 3 points against Stoke City, their second win in a row and 6 points, and are now just a couple of points behind the Magpies, and will be ahead of Newcastle if they can manage a home win on Tuesday night.

As we said,  draws are not much good if you want to move up the table.

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54 comments so far

  • aDeadlyTicTac

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone with a first comment can go die.

    Enrique 😀 Loved his performance today.

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  • Thump

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #2

    And before people start spouting: Nobody is suspended. Yellow card limits were reset at the start of the year.

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Just please win the next 3 games and put an end to this relagation gibberish! Birminghams right side is just as sluggish as Blackburns, roast ’em!!

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  • NickeAlvaro

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Unlucky result but a good performance, any news on Simpson?

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #5
  • Thump

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Haz, it would be better with a few more King Arfa goals. Seems very Johnson sided here.

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  • connor_nufc

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #7

    How many yellows is tiote on?

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  • henock1989

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Wait they will sell Enrique and Tiote next season and u all know that ..but on the game wht a performance and haven’t said that in a while.. loven had a good game, jose and tiote were excellent but still our set pice was terrible ..we had like 10 corners …we need a clinical striker next season..and we need to tie up enrique

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  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Missed the game due to work but looking at the stats it’s hard to ask for more outside actually putting the ball in the net.
    Possession
    • Blackburn 43%
    • Newcastle 57%
    Attempts on target
    • Blackburn 0
    • Newcastle 6
    Attempts off target
    • Blackburn 4
    • Newcastle 6
    Corners
    • Blackburn 2
    • Newcastle 11
    Fouls
    • Blackburn 11
    • Newcastle 11

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  • NUFCmagpie

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #10

    funny that lovenkrands lob hit the bar, i watched the highlight video of cookies goals that was posted in this blog. how many were lobs over the keeper? he and ranger should have been given more time

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  • erinashilan

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Great..that means Tiote only has a single yellow for this year..:D..same goes to Barton..:)

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  • NUFCmagpie

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #12

    @ hencock1989

    im sorry, but it looks like you wrote Loven had a good game. might i ask what game you were watching? possibly highlights from the championship last season? thats the last time i saw loven play well

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  • Sinner

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13

    8 more draws and we are up to 40 pts.
    HWTL!!!!
    😀 😀

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  • Nicky Papavasiliou

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Thump… “If a Player accumulates ten cautions in FTCM between the opening day of the Playing Season and the second Sunday of April in the same Season, he will be suspended automatically for a period covering Two First Team matches”

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  • Nicky Papavasiliou

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Tiote now on 9 yellows… here’s to hoping he doesn’t pick up one more until mid-april. that would be a miracle!

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  • Steve_48

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #16

    McLoven was not on great form today should have started with Ranger, take his argument with Enrique for instance.

    We absolutely dominated that game today and Blackburn will be happy with a draw as a result, but not me we needed 3 points today, barton was brilliant again but only just beaten by Enrique’s work rate.

    Not sure what role Jonas plays these days suggest he moves to pastures new in the summer and we look for a quality left winger.

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  • Sinner

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Best was absolute sh*t today!
    Lovenkrands was more present in the game than Best.
    But both should be non starters next season.(Imo)
    Our priorities should be bringing two strikers coming the summer.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Well haZ on that showing I know Johnston is a local lad but anything within 25 -30 yds is fair game for Ben and his third goal was simply in another class altogether so it’s Ben for me. I am getting a little excited to get him back on the park and playing for the shirt.

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  • henock1989

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #19

    clinical strikers next season
    Scout Henock
    Ricky van Wolfswinkel
    age 22
    fc Utrecht 48 app..18 goal
    this season 16 appearance 11 goals
    his change is like carroll..
    value- 10-15..or even less …
    clubs interested – Dortmund, lyon, liverpool, and newcastle…but liverpool is not going for him any more ..

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #20

    I think their arguement was Jose saying “They’re pinned back, which makes the margin for a ball over the top very slender, so show to feet you dingbat!” Nile to get the nod on Tuesday.

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  • henock1989

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #21
  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #22

    The team played well and we completely dominated the match today. Unfortunately we desperately need a striker that knows how to finish. Ranger should have been brought on the field after 60 minutes. Well it’s another draw and another point, it could have been worse we could have lost.

    Some inspiring performances today from:

    Barton
    Jose Enrique
    Coloccini
    Tiote
    Gutierrez
    Best

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 12, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Is Benny back in light training? Only I’m sure Pardew said a few weeks ago that our medical staff would assess him after the Arsenal game, haven’t heard a squeak since. Enlighten me!!

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #24

    What was the point in having a “strong physical presence from the bench” if we were only going to put him on for a few mins?

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  • tdt

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #25

    prob because it was his debut

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  • lewman

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #26

    henock, i reckon liverpool dont want him as they saw the collar bone problems he cab get when playing against big burly pl stars, wolfswinkle would be like another staylor always out injured in this league and i reckon he would cost about 10 mil and carr should be able to find us a gem for half that.

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  • lewman

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #27

    i do think he is a very good player though henock but he would be a gamble and not a very cheap one.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #28

    yeah debuts tend to be short i agree tdt, but i would have thought at least ten mins to give him a chance to make an impact……especially as blackburn are a former club of his, and we know how often players score against former clubs!

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  • lewman

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #29

    markaccus, pardew probably didnt want to risk losing the 1 point, and a point away is always good.

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  • baro

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #30

    I thought today was a very good and interesting game between the 2 teams. We dominated most of the game especially with Jose Enrique that BEAST running down the left handed flank! He is the best player on this team. We really can’t loose him. Descent player that is consistent every single week. A point is always good!

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  • Smithy

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #31
  • Markaccus

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Yes, i suppose there is that too, Lewman. Still, a change right at the front isn’t usually too much of a risk, especially as we seemed to be in control of the game. You’re right though, never knock a point away from home.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #33

    No wonder Enrique had a go at Lovenkrands, He made great passes al through the game and no one got on the end of them. Any way I think that’s how it’s going to be for the rest of this season. Point for point survival.

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  • Smithy

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Just looked again ratings were fair enough apart from Tiote a 5 cmon.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Totally agree Smithy = although Enrique was a 9 like. and tiote at least a 7

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Summer:

    Elmander – Free
    Gerviho or equivalent – 10m
    Marveux – 10m?
    Samba – ?

    Plus – Arfa and Ireland – Job done.

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  • lewman

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #37

    marveux is a free agent come this summer spuggy so if we get him then there will be loads of cash for another striker aswell as elmander on a free and yeah gervinho would be a great move as he can play up top or on the wing and then we can probably afford some full back cover(preferably one who can play on either side) and maybe cdm cover as guthrie quite clearly would be better further forward.

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  • JohnnyBrookes

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Why we did not even enquire for Krancjar, he has just scored another stunner for Spurs.

    2-1 now against the SMBs

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #39

    We really need our big players to come back. For example today Nolan could have made way for Ireland or Gosling at half time. It was clearly not our captain’s day and with options on the bench we could have turned this game around. Ben Arfa would have played from the start instead of Gutierrez for example and create chances for Best and Ranger. Although I think Gutierrez has really improved under Pardew as his crossing is much better and is being more direct, he is still no Ben Arfa and boy do we miss him!

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #40

    @ lewman – Sweet!

    Marveaux and elmander on free’s would be great business! Especially as the 35m is for wages too.

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