Blackburn 0 Newcastle 2 – Magpies Go Fifth


 

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.

Teams:

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



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56 comments so far

  • nufc mad man

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • gaz 44

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #2

    denied

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  • PK-Norway

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #3

    I am too slow…

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  • nufc mad man

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #4

    or should i say 5th come on manure be mature beat chelsea then 4th it is

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  • gaz 44

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #5

    fail

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  • nufc mad man

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #6

    well it is 1st time i think i have been 1st sometimes i have been fractionally beaten

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  • pengy

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Good win tonight despite being absolutely awful, looking forward to having the 2 dembas back along with cheik, cabaye and marvaux.

    we will need to perform better against villa though.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #8

    crap performance. great goal by obertan. pardew hasn’t a clue. anyone who says he got anything other than lucky, your argument falls short with the lineup he put out there tonight, and the players NOT taken off when they needed to be (the invisibly effervescent ameobi). shocking

    so glad to be fifth though. and los dos dembas coming back sunday

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #9

    We’re fifth in the league,
    We’re fifth in the leeeaaague,
    Cheer up you d!ck heads,
    We’re fifth in the league

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  • ToonIcon

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Cant believe the negativity tonight we didnt play well
    but we won we kept a clean sheet, were 5th place 3 points of fourth,were above the binduppers, we got our two main strikers back next game so a little positivity please

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  • nufc mad man

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #11

    it is manure playing chelsea and not shitty

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  • G

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #12

    I think we are due to give somebody a good tonking, and I suspect Villa could be that somebody. Bring them on. If we can play that badly and win, then we should absolutely wallop Villa.

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  • nufc mad man

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #13

    the 1st half was negative but perch was my star on the out field krul was motm

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Thing we learned today…..

    – Best and Ameobi don’t go together.
    – HBA shouldn’t play without a strong midfield and forward line until he learns when to play a simple ball. Maybe as an impact sub.
    – Perch is a decent DMF
    – Obertan could be the 3rd choice striker we’re looking for, but probably deserves another try on the RW now that Ba and Cisse are coming in.
    – We are suspect at the back, but it is largely due to losing control in midfield and in the final third. We are still riding our luck with CB injuries though.
    – Pardew can make some decisive changes, and knows his players better than anyone on this blog.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #15

    mattyNUFC

    I honestly cannot count the number of defensive clearance Ameobi made tonight, especially towards the end of the game. Pardew pretty much stuck him at CB for the last 20 minutes.

    So in all honesty, I disagree with you. At the time, I thought it was strange that he chose Best though, as he did look threatening.

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  • WWJBD

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #16

    TDS
    Haha fair one aye 5th after 23(?) games? LOVING LIFE

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  • True-Geordie123

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Amateur performance. Lots of luck. 3points.

    We have to remember we were without 5 top players tonight

    HWTL!!!

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  • Tooooon

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #18

    STAT ATTACK: Perch Passes: 7/7 Tackles: 5/5 Interceptions: 2/2 Clearances: 3/3 Take that one home with you haters

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Two excellent performances from Perch in the last two games. He’s never dissapointed at DMF. I think he’s a decent backup to tiote, plays it simple.

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  • mondziu

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #20

    I felt we where living on borrowed time since that early deflection. Blackburn were all over us and time after time wasted glorious chances to level the game. We didn’t play as a team and you could see panic in our ranks.

    On the bright site, I’m happy to see us play poorly and win. Couple of managers ago we where more likely to play a good game and lose, or more often play a poor game and lose.

    HWTL!

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  • Toon Tang

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #21

    ching chang wollabang , wollabang boo

    nothing more to add sorry.

    night brethren and sistren

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Spuggy

    That last point automatically makes you one of my favorite posters on this blog. No use trying to preach that point to the Football Manager masses on here though!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #23

    @ToonIcon

    I am glad your happy 🙂 and we all appreciate the 3 point.

    But you seem easy to please – I wonder how you’ll react if we play like this and loose 😉

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  • brobrotwins

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #24

    great stuff spuggy

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  • Cheickn Stevens

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Wow we really did not deserve to win tonight, but hell, I’ll take it! Bit of a luck on our side and a great performance from Timmy!

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  • free giveaways

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Wow two decent games and Perch is everyone’s favourite player now haha

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  • jamesnufc86

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Ben Arfa was a liability , good switch at half time , Perch came on a did well again, so happy for sqidward , he took his goal well and that will give him a boost , I would start him against Villa , afra to the bench. As for Ameobi , well he was Ameobi

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Well todays performace is hardcore worrying possibly the luckiest game we ever played…

    Whats the bet Pardew will start with Ba and Ameobi come Villa then sub Ba for Cisse…. I wouldn’t put it past him…

    Luck was on the side of Pardew today as the Fulham game his poor decision making cost us. Obertan was a brilliant sub but came waaaaaaaaaay to late and so did Loven..,. We easily could have been 3:1 down by then.

    I think they should draw up a petition to never play Shola Ameobi again now that Cisse is here. Wonder what the result would be…

    Loven was the surprise winning balls playing well opening space and passing a hell of a pass to Obertan, why hasn’t Pardew played him before is beyond me….

    I reckon summer time ship Best he has had some great chances at the Fa cup clash and scoring 0 out of four solid chances…. He is not a finished, would do the same with Shola but since they extended his contract nothin we can do.

    I hope Pardew shows some patience with HBA as he does with Oba, he wasn’t PISS POOR today he over did it once but that nearly could have been a second goal. Its obvious him and Guthrie where doing the attack today…

    Jonas was a bit tired again I wish he would wake up a but showing some brilliance but running out of steam and some poor last touches…

    Perch was ok but didn’t really do a hell of a lot other than become a stop gap we easily could have drank 3-4 goals second half so wonder if there would be praise for him…then…

    Other than that hope we improve heavily for the upcoming games…

    HWTL!!!!!

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  • True-Geordie123

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #29

    @ spuggy

    You also left out that HBA is overrated!!

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  • nufc mad man

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #30

    my team for sunday
    normal back 5
    obatan perch HBA jonas
    . ba cisse
    what i saw from the second half perch gave up the holding midfielder we have been missing during tiote absence
    obatan like HBA want short passing not going back forth hoof ball so with both ba and cisse back we could do much more passing

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  • Obafan

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #31

    Did we play good tonight? NO

    Did we win? YES

    Do we care that we played bad tonight with that result? NOT AT ALL

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  • brobrotwins

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #32

    @ jesperfuglsang because none of the other teams in the league play bad and win ( everyone does even united city ) well done toon and SHOLA tried hard

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  • True-Geordie123

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #33

    @ oberfan

    True. But it is bait worrying that w are performing like this

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  • Papiss9

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Fantastic to be fifth! Ok, poor performance..so what, we won? When top teams win on bad days people allways says they did what they had to, or good teams win on bad days.

    In the next game maybe Cisse and Ba will be involved and tbh james perch did very well tonight..tired of all the negativity.. we’re fifth!! and playing without Saylor,tiote,ba,cisse and Cabaye atm

    So happy now, gonna have a good night sleep, cheers

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  • Mark

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #35

    http://www.rateyourplayer.com/
    Liverpool and arsenal fans cant accept that we are better than them on here :p haha.
    Always a sign of a good team when we play poorly but still win! HWTL

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  • Stuart

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Mark of a quality team when they grind out results while not playing well.

    Can’t be disappointed when we’re 5th like haha!

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #37

    @ Papiss9

    And Marveaux 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #38

    HBA seems to get a lot of heat tonite. He wasn’t great, but that’s story of your team performance tonite lads…

    In the first half Guthrie was invisible, Raylor was a walking liability and Jonas was al over the place. HBA is misplaced on the RW and he was only an asset when ever i went inside.

    This i what Pardew gets for playing people our if position and playing 4-4-2 with a weak midfield. Should have been a 5 man midfield.

    Best and Ameobi – dear God! Pardew is probably saying to himself – they did really well 🙂 lol

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  • sula

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #39

    We were very lucky tonight but all we needed was a result to take us into sundays game with some confidence. Thought Perch did really well tonight again i myself am surprised but well done to the lad. Jonas looked very tired tonight. Loverman is what we needed from the start of this game. Sorry but whoever thinks amoebi should play in this Newcastle squad i think you need to watch a game and then tell all the supporters all over the world why or why would you start with him when you have players who want to run and give a shit. Very very happy with this result bring on sunday and our new deadly strikeforce i cannot wait to see these two in action. A home debut for Cisse and 42!!! points yeah man.

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  • Papiss9

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #40

    @ Spuggy

    Haha, forgot about him! Looked good on the ball when he played.. How long is he out injured?

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