Newcastle lost their first game this season (technically we didn’t sicne the game ended 2-2 after 90 minutes) and after being 2-0 down after 90 minutes to goals from Rochina and Yakubu, two great goals from Guthrie and Cabaye in injury time sent the game amazingly to extra time.
Pedersen put Blackburn ahead again after 98 minutes, but Peter Lovenkrands scored from a penalty six minutes later to tie the scores again at the half of extra time.
But then right at the end of extra time, when it looked like penalties would decide it, Blackburn got the winner when a Perdersen free kick was headed on by Samba and Givet dived to head the ball home and win the game for the home side.
A report of the game follows:
Newcastle made five changes to the side that beat Wigan 1-0 on Saturday, with Santon, Perch, Guthrie, Marveaux and Ben Arfa all coming into the starting eleven.
The game got going with Newcastle in their orange strips and Olsson sprinted down the left wing and got to the bye line, but a decent chance was missed by the home side.
But then in almost a repeat of that move after 4 minutes, Olsson pulled the ball back to Rochina who hit it home first time with his left foot.
1-0 to Blackburn after only 4 minutes – a terrible start by Newcastle.
Then on 8 minutes, Demba Ba was inside the penalty area, and hit a great drive that hit the outside of Bunn’s left hand post and way out for a throw in to Blackburn – that was close.
Then Goodwillie’s low shot was well saved by Tim Krul, who first blocked the shot and then gathered the ball at the second attempt.
On then on 14 minutes, Morten Gamst Pedersen’s left-wing corner was met by big Chris Samba, but he headed the ball wide..
On 16 minutes Newcastle pressed well down the left wing through Gutierrez and Santon and then Guthrie slid the ball back to Santon, but the ball was cleared by the Blackburn defense.
Then on 23 minutes, Rochina came close to scoring Blackburn’s second goal, as he raced into the penalty area but Krul blocked the shot with his legs.
And then on 31 minutes a nice swerving free-kick from Pedersen was again beaten away by the Newcastle goalkeeper.
And then Danny Guthrie got into the box and saw his shot wen right across the goal with Demba Ba just unable to slide the ball home like he did on Saturday against Wigan.
Just before half time Junior Hoilett played in Yakubu eight yards out after Santon had lost the ball to Rochina, and then it was Krul again to Newcastle’s rescue.
Half time came with Blackburn still ahead 1-0 with the early Rochina goal, and we didn’t see much at all of Ben Arfa in the first half.
Then after 49 minutes Ben Arfa won a corner, which was played short to Marveaux, and the Frenchman crossed the ball, which was headed back across by Ba to Ben Arfa, but the 24 year-old’s header was over the bar.
On 51 minutes Gutierrez played a good ball in from the left wing and Marveaux’s got to the ball with a diving header from 12 yards out, but the ball went just wide of Bunn’s left hand post.
A couple of minutes later Newcastle appealed for a penalty as they put together a great move, and Marveaux played the ball back from the right of the penalty area and it seemed to hit the arm of Givet, but the penalty was not given by referee Madley.
But then on 63 minutes Blackburn went 2-0 up with a penalty, as Krul was adjudged to have brought down Rochina in the box, and Yakubu sent the Newcastle goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.
The referee had only just failed to give a penalty, when Samba seemed to bring down Ba in the box, and the Newcastle fans began chanting at the referee.
On 70 minutes Sammy Ameobi came on for Simpson, and Gutierrez moved to left back and Santon to right back.
Then on 75 minutes Guthrie put in a beautiful ball to Sammy Ameobi, who hit the ball just over the bar as Sammy livened things up after coming on.
And then Obertan replaced Marveaux and a couple of minutes later on 80 minutes Alan Pardew made his final substitution as Peter Lovenkrands replaced Ben Arfa.
90 minutes was up and there would be 5 minutes of added time , and would you beleive it – Danny Guthrie then pulled one back for the visitors to make it 2-1.
It was a beautiful shot from Danny that flew past the Blackburn goalkeeper low and into the corner of the net – a terrific goal from Danny Boy.
Could Newcastle get another goal back and send the game to extra time?
And almost unbelievably, it was that man Cabaye again a minute later, as he hit a free kick from fully 30 yards out and straight into the back of the net – what a fantastic goal from the French International, and his second goal in successive games for the Magpies.
The referee blew the final whistle and Newcastle had somehow forced extra time – astonishing.
Pedersen in extra time hit a ball right across the goal and it seemed to beat a diving Tim Krul, but the ball whistled just wide of the upright.
And then on 98 minutes Pedersen scored for Blackburn, as Coloccini was penalized for a foul on Formica, and Blackburn had a free kick 35 yards out, and Pederson’s shot took a deflection and Krul just failed to get to the ball – and it was a goal and 3-2 to Blackburn.
Then 6 minutes later, Newcastle got a penalty when Obertan crossed the ball low and Ba hit the ball well but it was well saved, but the referee’s assistant flagged for a handball, as the defender slid in to clear the ball.
And Peter Lovenkrands took the penalty and put the ball into the corner of the net and it was 3-3 as half time of extra time was called.
Then it was touch and go in the second half of extra time but then Blackburn got a very late goal, and it was Pedersen who put the ball in from a free kick from fully 40 yards out, and it was Samba who headed the ball across goal and Givet dived to score from six yards out.
So Newcastle end up on the losing side for the first time this season, and are out of the Carling Cup.
But it was an amazing effort from the lads, and almost a miraculous win after being 2-0 down after 90 minutes and away from hometoo.
There were almost 4,000 Newcastle fans of the 10,000 fans who turned up for the game..
Wonder if we can win the FA Cup?
Blackburn Rovers (4-4-2): Mark Bunn; Jason Lowe, Chris Samba (c), Gael Givet, Martin Olsson; Ruben Rochina, Radosav Petrovic, Morten Gamst Pederson, Junior Hoilett; Yakubu, David Goodwillie
Subs not used: Paul Robinson, Mauro Formica, Simon Vukcevic, Jason Roberts, Grant Hanley, Myles Anderson, Robbie Cotton
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Davide Santon, James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini (c); Sylvain Marveaux, Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa; Demba Ba
Subs not used: Rob Elliott, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Nile Ranger, Peter Lovenkrands
Referee: Robert Madley