We Want To Do Even Better In The Second Half Of The Season


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.

Comments welcome.



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32 comments so far

  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #1

    “Strange game..” You said it mate!

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  • TimKrulFan

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #2

    There are no comments yet … please kick things off by filling out the form below.

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  • barry in the box

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Cabaye has been banned by the FA for 3 games after losing his appeal. Joke of a decision one again by joke of an association.

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  • TimKrulFan

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #4

    FA is a joke RVP and crouch both cleared when theres was so blatent

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Start by putting our laziest striker on the bench

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #6

    joke of a decision! but maybe good for us? cabaye looks tired and irritable lately, coulda had a couple of reds if we’re honest in games this year! Hopefully see Abeid or more likely vuckic get a start and cabaye come back fresh after 3 games!

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  • TimKrulFan

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #7

    i wanna see abied vuckic and fergie on tonight give simmo a rest they are all young and eager

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #8

    seriously brutoon….you see any mention of any strikers in this story? get a life lad, its boring now

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #9

    The lad runs a marathon every game, i think he deserves some time off….plus we’ll see some of our youth international players!

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  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Brutoon

    bore off you cretin

    do you have a non Ameobi related opinion Re tonights game? People like you spoil this blog for the rest of us.

    Btw Hope you doing ok Ed. Thanks as always for the blog, get well soon

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #11

    i think all talks of kadar has been put to bed today. he is clearly not good enough for us and will be released on a free at the end of the season. sad.

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  • Level 7 Hero

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Abeid, Vuckic & Ferguson… Is it a reserve match like?

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  • Level 7 Hero

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Above comment to @TimKrulFan

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t think we’ve seen the last of kadar, we’ll need him at some point

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #15

    yeah, think with Kadar, the people that see him week in week out don’t rate him, thats enough for me! I know when he went on loan they weren’t impressed either! think he’s a league 1 standard player!

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  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #16

    ————————————-Krul———————————
    Simpson———Colocinni——-Williamson———–Santon
    ———————————–Abeid——————————–
    HBA—————————-Guthrie——————-Gutierrez
    ————————-Best————Ameobi———————-

    I reckon this will be the team

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #17

    (copied from previpous thread as no answers)

    Maybe a little bit naughty of Cabaye, perhaps, but no more than that.

    What I don’t understand is – this really is trial by TV.
    The ref saw the incident – it wasn’t off the ball.
    He may not have seen ALL the action that you may be able to pick up by viewing repeated slo mo, but that’s so often the case.

    But surely – if the ref ‘saw’ the incident, that’s the end of it? Otherwise, every incident could be reviewed later.
    And if such a review was an option, then surely it would be an obligation?

    So how come Cabaye has been charged?

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Colo-sus

    My comments was for nile ranger

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Coz the fa don’t like the french

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  • TimKrulFan

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Hero ive seen abeid play a few times hes hungry wants to prove him self vuckic looks good for all we know them two could be are furure cms and fergie looks class lb move santoon to rb i dont see the harm as i cant see us winning the game

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  • Level 7 Hero

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Cabaye kicked someone in the face.

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  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Perhaps Vuckic as a withdrawn Striker front three of Best , HBA and Vuckic

    ———————–Krul———————————————–
    Simo———-Colo——–Wilo—————–Santon
    ————————Abeid——————————————
    ——————Guthrie——-Gosling/Jonas———————
    —————-hba——-Best———-Vuckic——————-

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  • Level 7 Hero

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #23

    @TimKrulFan

    Yesss I agree there promising good players but I wouldn’t play them all in one game, maybe one of them. They are promising and will be good players in the future but they are just good prospects at the minute and if we were to play all 3, it would seriously weaken our team.

    Players don’t need rest either, we’re in no cups, no Europe, just the PL.

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  • barry in the box

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Hopefully with colocini back in place and playing with hba in a hole behind Leon Best we could take the game to Blackburn and grab 3 points tonight. Just need to use the flanks more than we have last couple of games to stretch the play. Haway the lads. 2-1 tonight.

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  • Rosted Pork

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #25

    Sportsbook William Hill’s latest odds show
    a Blackburn win at 13/8 with a Newcastle
    victory at 17/10 and a draw at 11/5.

    v havnt won at bb since 2006-07

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  • Irie-Magpie

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #26

    @Toonincheck, this trial by TV is lopsided as we all know because you they can take action in a case like this but when it comes to disallowed goals it stands (Ref/linesman/woman seeing it or not) they should have a process in place to appeal decisions like this or scrap this practice for reviewing plays/tackle via TV playback.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #27

    barry i the box – I think you’ll find ‘Howay’ to be the preferred expression – ‘Haway’ is all over the seats at a certain car boot sale venue down the road

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 1, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Well spotted Tsunki, you took the words right out of my mouth.

    Wheeze keeez a theeez barry?

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  • max

    Feb 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #29

    no more ameobi this time

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  • arctoa

    Feb 2, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #32

    @ 23

    That might be the case for players who have been in the EPL for a while, but Cabaye came from the relatively static French leagues. The case for the rest being good for him is a strong one.

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