For the second game in a row tomorrow Newcastle will face a team who have recently beaten us, when we travel to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rivers.
We did manage to beat Nottingham Forest on Saturday after they had beaten us 2-1 in that bizarre game at the City Ground.
Blackburn are fighting for their survival in 3rd bottom place in the Championship, but that didn’t stop them from beating us 1-0 on November 26th in a shocking result.
Owen Coyle – Blackburn’s Scottish manager
Since then Rovers have drawn two and lost four so they have slumped back since that surprising win at Newcastle in front of a sell-out crowd.
In that game Rafa did make six changes to the side and it looked like he wanted to keep his best side for the November 29th quarter-final tie at Hull City, which we also lost.
And the defeat against Rovers prevented Newcastle from creating an all time record at the club of 10 wins on the trot in all competitions.
Rafa has since admitted it was a mistake to have field that team, when too many players were not ready for the game, and the manager will be anxious to get maximum points tomorrow at Blackburn Rovers.
But we have also played poorly in our last two games without play-maker Jonjo Shelvey, so it could be another banana skin game for us.
But it’s one that we have to win.