Tonight will be the fourth time Newcastle have met Blackburn Rovers this season.
Danny Guthrie – we want to do even better now
We met them in the Carling Cup and lost 4-3 at Ewood Park and then we beat the 2-1 at home in the FA Cup, and 3-1 at home in the Premier League.
But Blackburn are now a much better side than they were, and it will not be an easy game for the lads tonight.
In the Carling Cup Newcastle were losing 2-0 when the game went into injury time, but then Danny Guthrie rifled one in during the second minute of added time.
And then amazingly Yohan Cabaye scored a dramatic equalizer from a free kick five minutes into added time, to send the game into extra time.
Blackburn finally won that game 4-3, but the lads showed their spirit and never-say-die attitude in that game.
And we need some of that spirit tonight, and Danny Guthrie talked about that game:
“It was a strange game – we didn’t defend set-pieces very well, and got caught out,” “We were still proud of ourselves that night, because we looked dead and buried at 2-0 down.”
“We showed the character to come back and force the game into extra time.” “The last league game was a strange one, it was great in the first half, and a very poor second half,”
“It’s the fourth time we’ve played Blackburn this season, and we haven’t got a bad record against them.” “We go there feeling we can win. We’re very confident going into the game, even though we’re coming into it on the back of a defeat at Brighton.”
“We are so disappointed by what happened at Brighton, we just didn’t take our chances on the night, and got stuck right at the end.” “The morale in the camp’s fine,” “We looked at this section of the season, and we’re where we want to be.”
“Win at Blackburn, and we have a good home game to look forward to against Aston Villa on Sunday. That would put us right back on track.”
“We want to do even better in the second half of the season, and stay where we are.” “We’re there on merit and we don’t want to give anybody the chance to write us off. It’s a big game for us.”
“No disrespect to Blackburn, or the table, but we look at that as a winnable game if we apply ourselves properly.”
Newcastle have not played well in the last two games, apart from the first half at Craven Cottage, when we looked as good as we looked bad in that second half.
And while we were decent at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, we just didn’t show enough energy or spirit for what after all was an FA Cup game we were desperate to win – or at least not lose.
Maybe we are taking too much notice of the form in the last couple of games, but we don’t feel too confident about tonight’s game, but we are very willing for Newcastle to shock us tonight and get all 3 points.
That would be a terrific result and then we can look forward to a full house on Sunday at St. James Park where we can welcome our two top Senegal strikers – Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse.
We’d like both of them to start up fornt against Aston Villa.
As far as tonight goes, we’d be happy enough with a point.