Newcastle played some very good football this afternoon against Blackburn, and won the game much easier than the 3-1 scoreline would suggest.
Demba Ba – after scoring one of his goals today
While we don’t want to get too greedy, after Olsson was sent off after around 70 minutes, with the score 3-1, maybe the lads could have attacked more to get a couple more goals.
But we’re not complaining and Newcastle looked very good this afternoon, and it’s great the way they spray the ball around and play themselves out of defense.
This team is certainly playing some good football.
Demba Ba of course was the hero, with a fabulous hat-trick, but Tiote was very strong in the middle of the park, and Gabriel Obertan had his best game for Newcastle, and made some very good runs at the Blackburn defense.
We’re sure we will also see a lot more this season from players like Obertan, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye and of course Ben Arfa, who came on after 75 minutes for Demba Ba.
Alan Pardew, not surprisingly was just delighted that his team were able to play so well and deliver the goods for the home fans.
This is what Pardew told Sky Sports after the game:
“Blackburn going down to ten men was an injustice really because we controlled the game.” “We were brilliant today.”
“Blackburn going down to ten men was an injustice really because we controlled the game.” “We’ve had a good start to the season. But you can only take one performance at a time.”
“I was pleased for Demba Ba. He had a slow start and he had a couple of cameos as a sub where you could see he was getting up to speed.” “Then he had a terrific performance against Villa last week without threatening the goal.”
“But he’s got his goals today.” “He’s a player who will move in the box. If you move in the box you’ll score.”
“I was pleased for Ben Arfa.” “I put him on because of the torment he’s had in terms of injury.” “He’s worked very hard to come back so I knew he would get a good reception. It was nice for him.”
When you consider players like Dan Gosling, Shane Ferguson, Shola Ameobi, Haris Vuckic (injured), Mike Williamson (injured), and Mehdi Anbeid didn’t even make the bench today, then the Newcastle squad looks strong, with lots of good youngsters coming through.
Next game is next Saturday at Wolves, so that will be a good test for this Newcastle side.
Bottom line – a very good performance from Newcastle today, very good indeed.