Newcastle made a terrible start to 2007 by losing for a second time this season to Blackburn Rovers with the winning goal coming with 16 minutes to go in the game and this was Newcastle’s 7th defeat in the league this season and eigth overall.
And in the last eight games in the league this was our 4th defeat and that set of results is simply not good enough if we want to be promoted.
And this was Blackburn’s first win since they beat Newcastle 1-0 on November 26th so this is a very poor result for the Magpies.
Isaac Hayden in action at Blackburn
And yes – it looks like we are missing Jonjo Shelvey a lot and that’s a weakness in the side.
The winner came from Charlie Mulgrew and with Brighton winning 2-1 at Fulham Newcastle are now two points behind Brighton who have a game in hand on us.
This is not a good time to suffer a defeat with our next league game not being until Monday 16th January at Brentford – two weeks tonight and Jonjo Shelvey will still be missing from that game.
But Newcastle should have had this game wrapped up by ha;lf time, but once again we couldn’t take our chances and goalkeeper Jason Steele made some superb saves throughout the game.
It’s strange, but this is almost a repeat of the disaster at St. James Park when it was Mulgrew who also scored the only goal of the game late on – that time after 75 minutes.
Newcastle did get the ball in the net twice from Dwight Gayle and Ciaran Clark but both were disallowed and once again although Newcastle created chances we couldn’t score.
Mulgrew’s goal was direct from a free kick as he beat both the wall and goalkeeper Darlow to take the 3 points – and a double over Newcastle.
Striker Daryl Murphy was introduced late in the game to make his first appearance for Newcastle in the league but this is now the fifth defeat in the last nine games for Newcastle in all competitions – and we are getting too easy to beat.
Newcastle are starting to drop far too many points in the league with only 12 points from our last eigth league games.
But if you dont take your chances in a game this is what cvan happens – yet another shock defeat and this will hardly help our recruitment this month.
Blackburn: Steele; Nyambe (Evans, 63), Greer, Mulgrew, Williams; Conway (Gallagher, 42), Akpan, Lowe, Feeney; Emnes (Brown, 90), Graham.
Subs: Raya, Stokes, Mahoney, Bennett.
Newcastle: Darlow; Anita (Murphy, 86), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Hayden, Colback (Perez, 75); Ritchie, Diame, Gouffran (Atsu, 84); Gayle.
Subs not used: Sels, Yedlin, Lazaar, Mbemba.
Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire)
Attendance: 18,524 (6,943 Newcastle)