Newcastle gave it everything they had last night at Ewood Park.
Alan Pardew – we give it everything
Just over 10,000 fans turned up for the game, and almost 4,00 of them were Newcastle fans who had made the journey across to Ewood Park.
But it was the first defeat for a brave Newcastle side this season, who scored two great goals in injury time to tie the score at 2-2, and take the game into extra time.
But it seems that tiredness cost the lads at the end, as Givet scored a in the last minute of the extra time to win the game for Blackburn.
This is what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports after the match:
“I don’t like the tag of gallant losers but it was a fantastic effort and the fans would have appreciated the effort we have put in,”
“It was a game that had some strange parts to it. We lacked urgency in the first half and I was a little disappointed but after that I couldn’t fault my team, I thought we were excellent.”
“Sometimes events just go against you and events certainly did tonight.” “To go 2-0 down was galling as we were bossing the game at that point and we had had a couple of penalty shouts.”
“I thought when Demba turned Chris Samba it was a penalty, then at the other end Tim plays the ball and is penalised.” “But the players don’t know when to give in, we kept going and two great hits got us back into the game.”
“But tiredness cost us at the end.” “If we are going to go out of the cup that’s how it should be – giving it everything.”
Newcastle didn’t have the luck going for them last night – for once – and in that first half Newcastle were again lackadaisical, as they’ve been far too many times in the first 45 minutes of games this season.
But Alan Pardew and the Newcastle fans will take a number of good points from this game, with some of the fringe players putting in good performances, and the never-say-die attitude shining through.
So we’ll not win the Carling Cup this season, but the next game at Stoke City on Monday night is now even more important, and we just have to take something from that game and keep pressing on in the league.
Liverpool beat Stoke 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium last night to advance to the Carling Cup quarter finals, so Stoke are not unbeatable at home, although we know it will be a very tough game.