Magpies Cannot Rest On Their Laurels Against Blackburn Rovers

Alan Pardew had his press conference for the Blackburn Rovers FA Cup tie yesterday, although most of the questions were about the fabulous performance on Wednesday evening, which is still getting headlines around the football world.

Leon Best – could get chance tomorrow afternoon

But Alan seemed to have moved on from what he said was probably the best performance from his Newcastle team since he arrived on Tyneside thirteen months ago, but the only thing on his mind was that the Newcastle team had to perform on Saturday against Blackburn.

Newcastle will be without two of the top players on Wednesday evening in Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote, but Alan seemed confident that players like Leon Best could come in and get the job done during the five or six games those two top players will be away at the African Cup of Nations.

Alan said that Leon Best looked very sharp when he came on for Shola Ameobi  after 75 minutes against Manchester United.

The Newcastle manager was down to earth and he said it would be difficult with such a short turnaround to get his players ready for tomorrow’s important game:

“We want the same intensity and the same level of performance against Blackburn”

“It’s important that we don’t rest on our laurels and we get get that every week”

“I keep saying to my players in the dressing room that wee’re a big club and we must expect to win every week.”

“That’s what we are paid for and that’s how we’ve attacked most games this season.”

Blackburn Rovers beat Newcastle 4-3 in the Carling Cup, which was a competition Newcastle had identified as one they could win, and it will not be good if the Blackburn side  eliminate us from both local Cup competitions this season.

We should be able to beat Blackburn tomorrow,  but it will not be easy even with Blackburn so low down in the league, because they still play all out every single game, as witnessed when they beat Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford last weekend.

And we visit Ewood Park on Wednesday February 1st in the league, and hopefully starting with QPR at home a week tomorrow, we can start a good run to try to get ourselves back climbing the league table.

But first things first,  and it would be great to reach the 4th round of the FA Cup, and hopefully get a home tie,  and if we can get that we can beat anybody at home.

Does Wembley beckon this season?


Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 6, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #1

    if AP becomes englands manager. simo n saylor will surely b im the england squad 🙂

  • Dannyo

    Jan 6, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    LOL, cheers for the compliment, i guess i’m just well taught 😉 I’ve always enjoyed the english language, there are so many variations for one word.
    Norwegian is dull and straight forward, if u wanna use a different word for something, it’s usually to uncommon for anyone to understand 😛

    And lol, someone thought Shearer was a GK?

  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 6, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3


  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 6, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    is the FA CUP match live world wide?

  • metaloverlord

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    If Cabaye can drive us forward in the same manner as Tiote and himself did on Wednesday we can beat anyone. Be interesting to see what Alan Pardew will do tomorrow. Vuckic, HBA, Gosling, they will all be pushing. As for the England job the F.A can p$$$ off and go get ‘Arry. They won’t want Wor Al now he has been infected by northern air and has an addiction to ham and pease pudding stotties.

  • Dannyo

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Nothing were i am mate, only a live report.

  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #7


    yea mate jst checkd the schedule . the match is not live 🙁 boreng saturday

  • toonashwin

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    @Rosted Pork Fa cup matches are live on SONY PIX in India
    but sadly its manchester derby advertisment so far

  • Graeme

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    After Wednesday’s performance, I’m looking forward to Saturday; its my last game before I’m back to Nigeria. It would be nice to see the same level of commitment and effort from whichever team Pardeau put out.

    It also has to be remembered that Blackburn turned over Manure the game before we played them!! They wont be coming to make up the numbers, they are fighting for their lives and the Managers future.

    I see a very hard fought game, in the true tradition of the FA Cup, we will have to earn the right to be in the 4th round, Blackburn wont give it to us!!

  • lordy_geordie

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    @Dannyo Shearer used to be a Gk thats why Newcastle let him go and he ended up at southampton. When he played at school he would score so many goals in the first half that he would go in goal for second half so he wouldnt humiliate the opposition

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    My team for tomorrow:




    —Vukcic———Ben Arfa——-Obertan


    Subs: Gosling, Sammy, R.Taylor





    —Ahbeid——-Ben Arfa——-Obertan


    Subs: R.Taylor, Gosling, Sammy

  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12


    yea mate 🙁 . wer in mumbai u from?

  • Dannyo

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Lol, i wasn’t aware of that, sounds hysterical tho.

  • Toon Tang

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14

    @ Graeme – you playing in the african cup mate ??

  • Graeme

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Toon Tank – lol, no mate, I’m going back to work to get warm again!! More chance of playing for HK than Nigeria, I lived there for 10 years.

    No doubt we will be able to watch every game at ACN though!! Has to be some advantages being there!!

  • Graeme

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #16

    Toon Tang!! apologies

  • martoon

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #17

    I can’t imagine Blackburn will play their first eleven also – as surely Premiership survival has to be the priority for them.

  • markmac

    Jan 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #18

    i think we will field a very strong side tommorow, inc ben arfa maybe?

  • cupiddstunt

    Jan 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Metaloverlord @ # 5

    You have just started my mouth watering, I haven’t had a saveloy dip’n peaspudd for years the next time I am back home I will have to remedy that. 😉


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