Newcastle won this game this afternoon in injury time, with the winner coming from Jonas Gutierrez as Newcastle fought their way back from being 1-0 down at the break.
But it was the great Ben Arfa who Newcastle have to thank as he scored a wonderful goal just 20 minutes from time to equalize the scores, after Goodwillie had put Backburn ahead ahead after 35 minutes and Rovers were still 1-0 up at the break.
Ben Arfa hit home a brilliant left footed shot high into the back of the net after a mazy run from inside his own half, for his second goal of the season, as he levelled the scores at 1-1.
And then Jonas Guttierrez hit home the winner deep into added time to get Newcastle’s second win in four days at home.
But Newcastle, as so often happens after such a sterling display on Wednesday night found it difficult to get going this afternoon, and certainly they looked a little lethargic in that first half.
But Blackburn could have been behind in the first 10 minutes of the game, as goalkeeper Bunn had to make two saves from both Leon Best and Jonas Gutierrez, and then Ben Arfa set up French colleague Yohan Cabaye, who mishit his shot.
And then it was a poor goal for Newcastle to concede, as goalkeeper Tim Krul couldn’t hold Grant Hanley’s header and only palmed it away, and it was David Goodwillie who forced the ball over the line to put Blackburn into the lead after 35 minutes.
The first half was pretty tame stuff and at the half time whistle Newcastle found themselves one goal down to the second bottom team in the Premier League, and the Magpies had not given a good account of themselves.
But in the second half Newcastle were able to step it up a gear, with the timely introduction of Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi before the hour mark.
Both players were were surprisingly left out of the starting eleven after they had both had more than decent games against Manchester United.
And Ryan Taylor had an immediate impact on the game, as he put over a wonderful cross and somehow Gutierrez, who was unmarked, missed the ball completely.
Ben Arfa after 70 minutes proved yet again he is a cut above most players, and he gave Newcastle what they desperately needed – an equalizer – and what a goal it was from the mercurial French International.
The 24-year-old got the ball inside his own half, and then he went straight forward towards the Blackburn goal and beat two Blackburn defenders on the way.
And then the Frenchman got the ball onto that left foot of his, and hit a wonderful shot with great technique into the back of the net for Newcastle’s equalizer – what a goal!
Ben Arfa puts the ball home for a brilliant individual goal
It will be a candidate for the goal of the season and if this lad was ever short of confidence then this goal will give him loads of it, and we assume French manager Laurent Blanc will be seeing what this lad is doing at Newcastle.
And the goal seemed to pull Newcastle back from the brink, and then towards the end of the game the Magpies went all out for the winner.
And to finish off what has been a great week for the Newcastle United club, it was Jonas Gutierrez who got his second goal of the season and the winner just before the final whistle.
Both Williamson and Ameobi had gone close to scoring with good efforts.
Then in the fifth minute of added time there was great play between Leon Best and Jonas and it was finished off in style when the Argentine International put a wonderful chip over Blackburn goalkeeper Bunn and into the back of the net with the last kick of the game.
The Geordie crowd went wild.
Ben Arfa celebrates after goal of the season
And yes today the lads had a little bit of luck – so it’s evening itself out – thank goodness! 😀
And for the second time in four days (or is it three?) Newcastle scored two wonderful goals to win the game – and we are on our way in the FA Cup!
It’s sometimes difficult coming down after such a historic win on Wednesday evening, but our lads got the job done this afternoon, and showed their professionalism and great team spirit once again.
Howay the Lads!!
Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Krul; Simpson (R Taylor 59), Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Obertan (Sh Ameobi 55), Abeid (Gosling 86), Cabaye, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa, Best. Subs (not used): Elliot (gk), Perch, Sa Ameobi, Vuckic.
Blackburn (4-1-4-1): Bunn; Henley, Hanley, Givet, Olsson (Lowe 75); N’Zonzi; Vukcevic, Petrovic, Rochina (Formica 55), Pedersen; Goodwillie (Slew 82). Subs (not used): Kean (gk), Morris, Yakubu, Blackman.