Blackburn Rovers have won all of their last five games at St. James’ Park.
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And in fact it’s not since John Carver managed the side on a caretaker basis back in September of 2004, after Bobby Robson had been sacked, that Newcastle last beat Blackburn at home, when the lads ran out easy 3-0 winners.
Graeme Souness was in the stands that day, looking on at the game between his new club Newcastle and old club Blackburn Rovers, and he became the Newcastle manager replacing the great Bobby Robson.
Alan Pardew thinks Newcastle can end Blackburn’s run of five wins on the trot on Tyneside, as he told the club’s official website today:
“Although they’ve got a great record here, they’re not bringing the same personnel and we’ve certainly got a change of personnel.”
“Our fans will be a massive factor, and we hope they turn out in force and sing as they do to make that place the fortress that it is.” “We’ve have a good record there and now we need to push on.”
“Competition’s fierce – and it’s fierce to be on the bench. Last year, really I didn’t even think about the bench,” “It was almost like ‘who can we put on?’ This year it’s very, very different.”
“We’ve got some tough decisions to make on who to leave off.” “So on that side, we’re healthy and hopefully the first-team can keep getting results and guys will have to be patient.”
“The players are producing. whichever player I put out there at the moment seems to have a bit of form about them, and confidence.” “And that bodes well.”
With 22 players having been involved in the last two games, it’s going to be very tough for Alan Pardew to decide which players to leave out of the 18 man squad for tomorrow.
But that’s also good news because it shows that Newcastle have an improved squad this season, and apart from failing to bring in a top striker in the summer, the club seem to have bought very well, with the new players looking like good additions to the squad.
A win is what we all want to see tomorrow, and with the right attitude and a application, there’s no reason why the lads cannot get the win.