Newcastle did not play well tonight at Ewood Park and had a bit of luck, Tim Krul saved a penalty from David Dunn just before half time, and the Dutch goalkeeper was immense for Newcastle tonight.
Newcastle were very lucky in their first 11 games of the season when we picked up 25 points and we were unbeaten, and it could be that luck is returning.
Newcastle went ahead after just 12 minutes, when a Ryan Taylor 25 yard shot was deflected off Scott Dann into the net, but Newcastle were definitely second best throughout the first half.
Rovers came back well after the goal, and were almost level immediately, when Gael Givet’s shot was cleared off the line by that man Danny Simpson – again.
Blackburn managed to miss a load of chances and found Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul and captain Coloccini in great form for the Magpies at the back.
And then even when Blackburn got a penalty just before half time, Tim Krul saved David Dunn’s right footed shot to Tim’s bottom left hand corner.
The penalty had been awarded by referee Phil Dowd after Danny Simpson seemed to barge into Modeste when contesting a high ball into the box.
Newcastle certainly had the luck as Leon Best headed against his own bar but at the half Newcastle were still ahead 1-0, how we’ll never know.
The second half was more even as Newcastle seemed to get to grips more, and came into the game, and Blackburn were unable to keep up their first half rhythm, when they had outplayed the Magpies.
The Newcastle captain in action tonight
But Rovers still missed good chances that went to Anthony Modeste, Scott Dann and Mauro Formica, but they couldn’t get the goal that would have given Rovers a well deserved point.
As full time approached Blackburn were throwing everything at Newcastle and James Perch, who had come on for Ben Arfa in the second half, produced a superb block to keep out a Givet shot.
And then would you believe it, to make the score-line very flattering to Newcastle Gabriel Obertan scored his first ever goal for the Magpies in injury time, and Gabriel showed how to finish with a nicely taken goal.
Gabriel was put clear just over the half way line, and the winger coolly ran with the ball before beautifully putting the ball past goalkeeper Robinson – a great goal by Obertan.
Outstanding for Newcastle were Tim Krul and Fab Coloccini at the back, and James Perch also played great – for the second game running.
Newcastle were lucky tonight, but there again the sign of a good team is you find a way to win, even when you don’t play well.
And now we are only one point from safety, and only 3 points off Chelsea in 4th place.
A delighted Tim Krul after the game
Arsenal could only draw 0-0 at Bolton, and so Newcastle are up into 5th place in the league on 39 points, and we have our two big guns back for Sunday’s game against Aston Villa – Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse.
You also have to realize Newcastle were without Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye so it was an excellent result for the lads.
Only a moderate display – but lots of luck – and Newcastle did much better in that second half – and we’ll take it.
And I almost forget – another clean sheet and a win away from home – you cannot ask for a result much better than that.
Blackburn (4-5-1): Paul Robinson (c); Jason Lowe, Scott Dann, Gael Givet, Martin Olsson; Junior Hoilett, Radosav Petrovic, Steven Nzonzi, David Dunn, Morten Gamst Pedersen; Anthony Modeste
Subs: Mark Bunn, Adam Henley, Grant Hanley, Simon Vukcevic, Mauro Formica, Ruben Rochina, Jordan Slew
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Ryan Taylor, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi, Leon Best
Subs: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Peter Lovenkrands