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FT: Blackburn 3 Newcastle 1 – Magpies Go Down Fighting

Saturday, December 1st, 2007 · 25 Comments



Newcastle went down to defeat again at Ewood Park this afternoon against Blackburn Rovers, but not before a gutsy fighting display in the second half, where they had no luck, and plainly went all out for the win.

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HT: Blackburn 0 Newcastle 0: Newcastle SCORE

Saturday, December 1st, 2007 · 138 Comments



The game was all square at half time at Ewood Park this afternoon with Newcastle looking much improved from hteir performance last week against Liverpool at home. They probably just shaded the first half from Blackburn Rovers.

Newcastle had more of the play but Blackburn had the better chances.

Blackburn’s best chance came after 15 minutes when Santa Cruz found himself straight through in the center but then put a weak shot by Given’s right hand post. The Paraguay International should have done better, and it was a let off for Newcastle.

Faye seemed to have a knee problem after 24 minutes and had to be replaced with Stephen Carr coming on at right back for his first appearance since late August. Habib Beye was switched to center-back with Rozehnal.

Newcastle were quite solid in the first half and were picking up the loose balls and looked much better organized than last week.

Barton then put a beautiful cross field ball through to Martins on the right and Martins almost got clean through, but was dispossessed. Oba Martins was causing the Blackburn defense some problems with his speed, and Smith was challenging for every ball up front.

Just before the break Shay Given came out of his box and passed the ball out this his left, but Newcastle lost possession and Bentley seemed to have a free shot on goal. However he ut the ball wide of Newcastle’s right hand post, when it looked easier to score, as Given scrambled back. It was the second let-off for Newcastle and some poor defending by the Magpies.

Certainly Sam Allardyce can be pleased with this first half performance from his team but it’s any body’s game and Newcastle will need to show a little more attacking spirit to get all 3 points.

Martins then scored Newcastle’s first goal a minute after the restart, when he headed home from Geremi’s free kick.

BLACKBURN ROVERS: Friedel (c), Emerton, Ooijer, Samba, Warnock, Bentley, Tugay, Mokoena, Dunn, McCarthy, Santa Cruz.
Subs: Brown (GK), Savage, Pedersen, Reid, Roberts.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Given, Rozenhal, Barton, Martins, N’Zogbia, Milner, Smith, Geremi (c), Beye, Butt, Faye.
Subs: Harper (GK), Carr, Enrique, Emre, Viduka.

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Blackburn vs Newcastle: Teams – Faye Starts

Saturday, December 1st, 2007 · 218 Comments



Abdoulaye Faye and Habib Beye both start for Newcastle United today but it looks like Steven Taylor failed his fitness test.

Surprisingly Mark Viduka starts on the bench and Alan Smith is included in the starting line up, presumably to play upfront with Martins.

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Funny Football Quotes and Beautiful Women

Saturday, December 1st, 2007 · 5 Comments


Who’s this beautiful American actress – her father is in the horseracing industry

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Allardyce – Blackburn’s Hughes Deserves Lots of Credit

Saturday, December 1st, 2007 · 5 Comments

Big Sam has today been praising the manager of Blackburn Rovers, Mark Hughes, today.

Mark of course managed Wales before replacing Graeme Souness at Blackburn, when Souness became the ill-fated manager of Newcastle United back in Septmeber, 2004, when he replaced the great Sir Bobby Robson on Tyneside. Enough said about that one.


Sam Allardyce – lots of praise for Mark Hughes today

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Blackburn vs Newcastle – Preview

Saturday, December 1st, 2007 · 38 Comments



It seems like every game Newcastle United play these days is important, and it’s no different at Ewood Park today. We’re coming off one of our worst displays ever at home last week against Liverpool, and Sam and his players have been working on the basics all this week.

We’re looking for a real solid performance from the lads and a good defensive display too.

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Allardcye – I’m Indifferent to Criticism

Saturday, December 1st, 2007 · 12 Comments

Sam Allardyce has been talking again to the Newcastle Journal, and it appears like he thinks he has to defend himself once again, given the adverse criticism he has had to take these last few weeks.

The Newcastle fans were singing “you don’t know what you’re doing” last week in our terrible display against the Liverpool juggernaut, but hopefully the players will have learned from that display and will be much better in 5 hours time at Blackburn Rovers. We certainly hope so.


Sam Allardyce - says he’s indifferent to fans’ criticism

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Sam – I Know What It Takes To Win

Saturday, December 1st, 2007 · 13 Comments

Sam Allardyce has defended the way Newcastle have been playing under his guidance this season, and we think he’s right when he says it’s OK to stop the other team playing the game they want to play.

That’s obviously part of the tactics as well as going after whatever the other team’s weaknesses may be.


Sam Allardyce – his tactics have been questioned this week

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Joey Disappointed at Newcastle’s Vicious Fans

Saturday, December 1st, 2007 · 54 Comments

Joey Barton has been rather critical of the behavior of the Newcastle fans over the last couple of home games, and Joey does not seem to hold back in saying that he expected the Newcastle United supporters to get behind the team.

But Joey says he hasn’t seen that. In fact he’s seen the exact opposite.


Joey Barton – disappointed at Newcastle fans

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