Blackburn are coming off a very good performance at Huddersfield, when the home side equalised in the 94th minute otherwise Blackburn would have had their first win since they beat us on November 26th,
So the Newcastle team will expect a tough game this afternoon at Ewood Park and we think it will not be easy in any way.
The 1-1 draw at Huddersfield ended a poor run of four defeats for Blackburn and they are playing the game a short 48 hours after the game on Saturday and don’t have enough fit players to rotate their team much.
Owen Coyle – Blackburn manager
It seems that manager Owen Coyle will need to field much the same team he played at the Terriers since he doesn’t have the “luxury” of rotating players that Rafa Benitez has at Newcastle.
The Blackburn manager has been talking to the Lancashire Telegraph before the game this afternoon:
“If we show the discipline that we did at Huddersfield then we know that there is a goal threat there.”
“We are back at Ewood against Newcastle and we want the fans to be with us and I think a performance like the one at Huddersfield will help with that.”
“We know that if we keep putting in those performances, playing like we did at Huddersfield, then the wins will come to help move us up the table.”
“For us it’s important we start to build some momentum and start moving up the table, which we will do.”
“It was quite galling because if we had got the three points then we would have almost have got out of the relegation zone.”
“I said to the players that if you offer that much in games then we will pick up points moving forward.”
“Newcastle are a first class team who spent in the summer and they have the luxury of rotating their players.”
“We don’t, we had young kids on the bench because of the people we had missing through injury, suspension and unavailability – but we’ll get on with it.”
“Ending a run of defeats was massive psychologically because you didn’t want to be coming off, regardless of the performance, without any points.”
A majority of fans think we will this game this afternoon – we hope they are right.