In what was a shocking defeat for Newcastle today we lost 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers with a goal from Mulgrew after 75 minutes and that our fourth defeat of the season in the league which equals what we lost in the full 46 game season the last time we were in the Championship back in 2009-2010.
It also puts an end to the 9 game winning streak.
With Brighton winning 2-1 at home to Fulham and Reading winning 2-1 at home to Bristol City, Brighton are now just 2 points behind and Reading 6 points behind in 3rd place.
Aleksandar Mitrovic in action this afternoon
But it was always going to be a game we were expected to win that we would lose.
And 90% of the fans thought we would win this game in our poll – so it really is a huge shock.
It was also out third home defeat of the season and the first time we haven’t scored since we were last beaten – at home by Wolves (2-0) on 17th September.
And Blackburn played well for their win after Rafa had made a full six changes to the side from last Saturday’s game at Leeds – with no doubt an eye on the League Cup quarter-final at Hull City on Tuesday night.
The first half was scrappy and un the game Blackburn had to thank their goalkeeper Jason Steele for two crucial saves in this game from Shelvey and Clark.
And 10 minutes into the second half Gamez was stretchered off with what looked like a serious injury and on came Paul Dummett.
The winning goal came with 15 minutes to play following a left wing corner when Mulgrew fired home on the volley at the far post.
That shocked Newcastle and Gayle was introduced for Mbemba after 85 minutes, but we couldn’t pull one back.
This will level set everybody that this season is not going to be a walk in the park and now we have to do well on Tuesday night – but we cannot take it for granted that we will finish in the top two either – the league is most definitely the first priority this season.
This defeat is certainly a shock to the system, but we shouldn’t over-react because in our 9 game winning streak we also carried some luck.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Darlow; Yedlin, Mbemba (Gayle 85), Clark, Gamez (Dummett 55); Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie, Perez, Atsu; Mitrovic.
Subs (not used): Sels, Lascelles, Anita, Gouffran, Diame.
Blackburn (4-4-2): Steele; Marshall, Lenihan, Mulgrew, Williams; Feeney, Lowe, Evans, Conway; Gallagher (Emnes 62), Graham.
Subs (not used): Raya, Bennett, Brown, Nyambee, Akpan, Stokes.