Newcastle Can Beat Blackburn And Reach Carling Cup Last Eight


What was missed a little yesterday was the draw for the 4th round of the Carling Cup, when Newcastle were drawn away, for the third time running, this time to Blackburn Rovers.

Things are looking up at Newcastle under Alan Pardew

And while we could have had a home draw against a lower league side, Newcastle could also have picked one of the top sides away, so we’re not grumbling too much about the draw.

Blackburn are a better side at home than they are on the road, but they are still nowhere near the team they were until last November, when the owners fired former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce, and Rovers are again 3rd bottom of the league, after Newcastle beat them 3-1 yesterday.

Newcastle will now travel to  to Ewood Park in the last week of October,  and the lads must have a decent chance of progressing to the quarter final draw with a win.

And we shouldn’t play our second team either, but  rather than make 9 changes like Alan did last Tuesday night at Nottingham Forest, Pardew could make say four changes.

And then in the following league game at Stoke City on Monday night, 31st October –  Halloween – the manager could give chances to  another four or five players – so over those two games all the fringe players still get a game.

Indeed, with Newcastle not playing until the following Monday night,  they will have a couple more days to recover from the Carling Cup game, which is an advantage.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the draw today:

“It’s a shame it’s away but we want games. These players want to play and it’s a tough game,”   “We could have been drawn against one of the top clubs, who are all still in it, away from home so it’s not the worst draw we could have had but its still a tough draw.”

“I think Blackburn will be hurting from the defeat and that will make it even more difficult.”  “It’s a trophy I’ve never done well in. Ironically I’ve got a decent record in cup competitions and play-off finals and what have you,” he said.

“I’ve never had a run in the League Cup as a player or manager. It’s a trophy that hasn’t brought me much luck, I’ve lost a few penalty shoot-outs here and there.”  “You need a bit of luck when you’re on a cup run and we’ve had a bit of luck so far. So that’s buoyed me a little bit.”

“My priority hasn’t changed because the Premier League is too difficult to suddenly say ‘We’ll concentrate on the Carling Cup instead and we’ll be OK for the Premier League at the weekend’.”

“You’ve got to focus and these games are all cup finals for us.”  “We’re still at that stage.”  “It’s a nice distraction and I can see the lads are already getting excited about it.”

Newcastle must have a very decent chance of reaching the last eight of the Carling Cup against Blackburn, and we should go all out to get through to the quarter finals.

And who knows, we could get a home draw against a weak side and find ourselves in the semi-finals, but we have to first beat Blackburn.

What team would you play at Blackburn?

Comments welcome.



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17 comments so far

  • BengyToon

    Sep 25, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #1

    1st yhh bwoii!!

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  • shola show

    Sep 25, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #2

    I still think a few of the kids like sami Ameobi, vuckic, abeid, Richardson could fill in and do a job against blackburn in the cup

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  • BengyToon

    Sep 25, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Tempted to go see this match but wud hv to sit with blackburn fans which wud b a laugh to say the least.

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  • The Eternal Optimist

    Sep 25, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d not take too many chances with the kids for this one, or at the very least keep the core of tayls colo cabs and tiote with some changes on the flanks and up top.

    With the big four (whoever they actually are these days?) tending to play kids and ressies I’d hope to see at least one or two drop out in the next round so we should give this competition a real go.

    Just saw the other post about shearer for england manager. That’s comedy gold.

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  • tiotiotiotaayyyyy

    Sep 25, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #5

    probable team against blackburn?
    harper
    raylor perch collo ferguson
    gosling guthrie abeid lovenkrands
    sammy shola

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  • The Eternal Optimist

    Sep 25, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #6

    but fergusons not a left back is he? I’d use the cup to intergrate Santon while he’s recouping.

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  • tiotiotiotaayyyyy

    Sep 25, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #7

    i presumed that santon would be starting by then, similarly with marveaux and hba, if not id expect them to play a part. and no ferguson is not a left back, but hes the closest after santon we have

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  • cabayes scooter

    Sep 25, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #8

    We should try to maintain momentum going into that game. The cup competitions are our best chances to win a trophy, and this one probably gives a better chance than the FA Cup. Blackburn may play a weakened team themselves and could quite possibly have a new manager by the time this game rolls around. If this is the case we should look to take full advantage and progress to the quarter finals.

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  • loztoon

    Sep 25, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #9

    be a perfect game foe santon to get a start

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  • NJToon

    Sep 25, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Does anyone know what the attendance was on Saturday? Was it a full house?
    Just read our financial crisis is one reason for the low attendance for Arsenal. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/15049604.stm

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  • nobby sol

    Sep 25, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #11

    ——————-Harper
    Perch Williamson Coloccini Santon
    Ben Arfa Guthrie Gosling Marveaux
    ———–Ameobi Lovenkrands

    Elliot Rtaylor Smith Ranger Ferguson Abeid Ameobi

    not a bad side for this game

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  • GeordieCoaster

    Sep 25, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #12

    @NJToon Around 46,200 which is about 600 less than the Arsenal game. But Blackburn only filled about half of what Arsenal filled.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 25, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #13

    If Santons fit he simply has to play,once Marveaux is deemed ready for a full Premier game wouldnt Jonas be better at left back than R Taylor

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  • countrylad14

    Sep 25, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #14

    @ 13,

    No, Jonas isn’t a defender, especially if his game at right back for Argentina is anything to go by.

    Raylor may not be the best left back in the world but he has done very well there this season and had another decent game yesterday.

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  • NJToon

    Sep 25, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #15

    @12 So not a full house either.

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  • magpiebop

    Sep 25, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #16

    3 players we should play every game are Krul, STaylor and Coloccini. We can change the rest of the players for cup games to keep the squad hungry and fresh!

    Vs Forest
    Elliott.
    Simpson,Perch,Coloccini,Ferguson.
    Gosling,Guthrie,Abeid,Ben Arfa,Marveaux.
    Lovenkrands.

    Vs Blackburn.
    Krul.
    Simpson,STaylor,Coloccini,RTaylor.
    Obertan,Cabaye,Tiote,Guttierez.
    Best,Ba.

    If you put Krul and STaylor into the Forest team for Perch and Elliott it’s hard to argue which team is stronger!

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Sep 25, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #17

    =============HARPER=============

    RAYLOR===SAYLOR==PERCH=SANTON

    GUTHRIE=AHBEID=GOSLING=FERGIE

    ============ARFA===============

    =============BEST==============

    SUBS: MARVEAUX, OBERTAN, BA.

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