Crash! Bang! Wallop! Newcastle 1-2 Blackburn.

Posted on November 11th, 2010 | 57 Comments |

Morten Gamst Pederson opens the scoring.
Morten Gamst Pederson opens the scoring.
In a match with few positives, Newcastle slumped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers last night.

To make matters worse, the man in charge of Blackburn is our former manager, Sam Allardyce, and he would have absolutely loved getting one over on us last night.

The game itself wasn’t a classic, and Newcastle, after recieving so much praise for our defence over the last few weeks, were made to pay for two defensive errors.

On the positive side of things, Andy Carroll continued his good form and should have all but guaranteed himself a place in the England squad come Saturday.

Newcastle named an unchanged side for the fourth game running, which was kind of expected really given the fact that the very same team borught us wins against West Ham, Sunderland and Arsenal. Don’t break up a winning team without reason and all that.

Unfortunately that same team fell behind after just two minutes after a horrendous mistake by Cheick Tiote. The Ivory Coast midfielder, who has been excellent for us all season I may add, tried to dribble the ball out of our own box. He was tackled by Emerton, who then had the ball taken from him by Pederson, who drove forward with the ball and smashed it low into the bottom corner leaving Tim Krul with no chance.

The first-half was a spectacle that contained a lot of effort, but not a lot of action really as Blackburn concentrated on nullifying the threat that Newcastle presented. It was clear that Allardyce had instructed his team to close down our wide men and restrict delivery into the box, and it was working. Blackburn rarely threatened and a less than memorable half of football ended up with the visitors leading 1-0.

The second-half started with a substitution for Newcastle as Chris Hughton withdrew Shola Ameobi, who looked to be struggling with injury, and brought on Nile Ranger in his place. Blackburn got the early goal in the first-half, but this time it was Newcastle who drew early blood.

Joey Barton pinged a long free-kick into the box for Andy Carroll who lost his marker and unleashed an unstoppable header into the top corner of Paul Robinson’s goal. As headers go, it’s been some time since I have seen better! 1-1.

The game never really got going to be honest and was far from fluent with the ball spending an awful lot of time out of play.

Blackburn winger David Hoilett went down in the box under a challenge from Cheick Tiote on 50 minutes. Subsequent TV replays show that Hoilett was trying to pull a fast one and the referee booked him for diving.

Whilst the ref was dealing with that however, an off-the-ball incident involving Morten Gamst Pederson and Joey Barton took place. Again the TV replays showed just what happened as Joey Barton appeared to have a dig at Pederson’s ribs. The ref may not have seen it, but the incident is being investigated by the FA and will more than likely see Barton serve a suspension.

Newcastle huffed and puffed but they couldn’t break Blackburn down, and the hammer blow came just eight minutes from time. A long punt forward by Blackburn saw Jason Roberts turn Fabricio Coloccini before shoulder-barging Williamson out the way and finishing neatly through Tim Krul’s legs. 1-2.

That was pretty much game over, although Newcastle tried to grab an equaliser and had a couple of weak penalty appeals turned away. I personally don’t think Newcastle deserved to lose, but the same token we didn’t deserve to win. I guess that means that a draw would have been a fair result…

The unchanged team will go out of the window for Saturday now as Shola Ameobi will miss the game against Fulham with injury, and if the FA take action, Joey Barton could also be missing from the starting line-up.

Newcastle remain 5th in the table but will need to get back to winning ways again on Saturday.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle -Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Cheick Tiote, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Andy Carroll, Shola Ameobi.

Subs – Ole Soderberg, Sol Campbell, Steven Taylor, Alan Smith, Wayne Routledge, Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger.

Blackburn -Paul Robinson, Michel Salgado, Chris Samba, Ryan Nelsen, Gael Givet, Pascal Chimbonda, Brett Emerton, Phil Jones, Morten Gamst Pedersen, David Hoilett, Nikola Kalinic.

Subs – Mark Bunn, David Dunn, El Hadj Diouf, Herold Goulon, Jason Roberts, Grant Hanley, Mame Biram Diouf.

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57 Responses

  1. I think you’ll find it was Emerton that took the ball from Tiote and Pedersen took it from Emerton rifling the ball into the far corner.

  2. Postive Note: Oh my~~

    Carroll is join-top scorer with Nolan,tevez & Malouda

    And even though Newcastle lost,they still 5th.Lol.

    I have this thinking,if we don’t expect too much/high at start even we lose,we will know feel that much of disappointment,in my case that is.

    In fact,All the other games have ensure we still on 5th.

    Like i mention,i only predicted 4points in NOV. :lol:

  3. Im totally dissapointed, even though I predicted that this would happen and said 3-4 points from these two home games would be great. A point would have been good in the end last night but the toon of old returned and not one but two centre halves dithered and dallied, getting beaten far far too easily off a pensionable no-hoper. Must do better in these little ‘nothing’ games, because they arn’t nothing are they, they gift points to teams who might be fighting the drop with us. We’ve left it all to do against fulham now but there’s no reason why we can’t beat them… if they want it this time.

  4. After i read some comments from Blackburn players, manager amd staff after the game, it make sick and I more than happy we don’t have manager name Sam Alladyze anymore. What we missing ? Rugby style football ? Come on Sam. We never want to pay for it.

    Even we lose yesterday but i happy to see us try their best to win the game althought it still not good enough. Let’t fight again on Fulham. Howay the lads !

  5. On a side note..

    Do you think Tiote and Krul might be starting to believe their own hype a little last night? One of the things I love about Carroll is nowt seems to go to his head.

  6. Yep, definitely.

    I really hope the crowd start getting on their backs now. If we’re lucky they’ll just cancel their contracts and fcuk of 5under1and.

    Hughton out!! Bring back Kev!!

  7. DJG – Not so sure about that (Krul and Tiote). I think Tiote just made a mistake (they do happen, even to the best of them) and Krul didn’t do a lot wrong. He couldn’t have done anything to stop either goal really.

    Mark – Cheers for the insight.

  8. DJG says:
    November 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I honestly feel when im watching Tiote that he could be playing for any of the top 4 in this country or even a big team in Milan or Spain and it’s the same feeling when I was watching Benny at Everton. It’s been along time, probably since Keegan, that we’ve had those sorts of players and it’s a feeling of elation but also a worry of can the team grow as a whole in time to keeps them or will they be off to greater things. I honestly think now is the most important decisions Mike Ashley has had to make since he came in terms of giving CH a contract and who he brings in next summer.


  9. DJG says:
    November 10, 2010 at 12:11 am

    I wouldn’t be suprised if it is true about Simpson, Glen Johnson has been having injury problems and he may just draft in Simpson to further check him out and provide backup. Can’t see Cappello calling Neville up anymore considering his comments about Beckham and picking future players.

    With the England team being so sub-standard these days and Newcastle having a lot of English players and winning 3 in a row it makes sense a few of our lads will make the friendly squad. Again another thing that we haven’t been able to say for a while, is it just me or is this club getting back to where it belongs. :)


  10. DJG says:
    November 10, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    People can say what they like about C.H after the 3 wins but.. Im yet to be convinced about the home form, which apart from 2 games has been shocking. Especially after last seasons home form. Im gonna ring sky and try to pursuade them to put more of our games on the telly coz if is a cold wed night at SJP against a sh!te hopeless Fat Heed team they can’t get a point. Yes they were up for Sunderland, wow. Big deal the rest of the home games have been a big dissapointment for the average fan who turns up to a ‘normal’ game and expects at least a performance. You said, ‘we are managing expectaions, but what these fans what is a performance every game and to see the players giving their all’. Sorry hoots but your not fooling anyone at the minute mate.


  11. Toonsy

    I was refering more to Krul’s positioning and poor clearances directly to opposition players quite a few times last night. Unlike him.

  12. I agree with most of the earlier comments, yes we do have high expections but we should definitely be winning these games. Ok Blackburn turned us over but I feel for their supporters having to pay to watch their style of football. Last night they might as well have removed 4 midfield players from both sides!
    Only criticism I have about Chris Houghton is with his lack of substitions, especially with Jonas, in my opinion he has gone back rapidly and contributes nothing to the team. Again last night when players are wanting to switch it wide, he’s not even available on his own wing!
    That’s it, I feel better now!

  13. DJG – You have to remember that we aren;t going to get everything our way in every game. Games like last night will happen. Blackburn were on everything. I can’t remember Krul’s kicking being ‘off’, but I can remember the outfield players being muscled by Blacburn which gives the illusion of what you said.

  14. Well I don’t know what happened in the first half but listening to Moncur’s commentary he said Krul punched it at a Blackburn player who had a shot and luckly it went wide, but that happened quite a few times and he also said he wasn’t getting much distance on them thats just what I heard like.

  15. Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has left the club after his contract with the Premier League champions was not renewed, though the reasons for his departure are at this time unclear.8O

  16. Didnt take the FA long to act against Barton, fair enough it is violent conduct but other incidents, Huddleston, De Jong, Cattermole have gone unpunished but i suppose he is an easy target.

  17. I’m a happy lad that Newcastle likes to play football, but the sad fact is that many teams just play to prevent goals. Realizing that, what CH needs to focus on is that the teams that do like to play have the patience and understanding to plan on a draw, and hope for a win when they play the cloggers.

    That was an emotionally and physically tired side CH fielded last night. And maybe CH is overextended as well having no #2 to assist him. A more experienced manager may have sat some players down so they would be fresh for Fulham. A more experienced manager has to put his trust in the second string every so often, and has the coaching challenge of devising an offensive and defensive strategy for those lads. Clearly, that may be too much for CH in terms of thin coaching ranks, and not such a deep squad.

    Good try last night, glad NUFC pushed for the win. But next time, save that point!

  18. Was it a punch or the open palmed blow? I couldn’t tell from the replay.

    Regardless, how is Huddlestone’s kick this weekend less dangerous/sanction worthy?

    Barton was stupid yesterday and deserves punishment, but the standards are different for different players. Surely Huddlestone and others deserve punishment too. Absurd.

  19. Well,at least if barton don’t contest that charges,he can have a good 3matches rest.

    Time for other players to come in then.

    But who else other than wayne?? Oh gosh..hope is not him,and is ryan.

  20. It didn’t help that all the papers and MoTD jumped on the bandwaggon like. Joey Barton = public enemy no.1. The FA have one rule for themselves when officials cock up in games nothing gets done afterwards yet the next day they punish Barton for a little dig, total hypocracy. The fact is if it suits them they turn a blind eye. What about all these multiple leg breaker midfielders. Is that not violent conduct?

  21. Gutted that Shola is injured…but is good in a way that we can finally see some new changes up front.

    Nile Ranger came on at the interval and could come into contention to start against Fulham, along with the likes of Peter Lovenkrands and Xisco, depending on the extent of Ameobi’s injury.

    Not forgetting Our Mr best too. ;)

  22. I think the way Blackburn played is the way a lot of teams will when they come to SJP . Blackburn seem to have found out cutting out the supply to Carroll from out wide leaves us with not a lot else in terms of options . Our 1 truly creative midfielder is injured and Barton out wide leaves us with few options through the middle . i think against Fulham we will need joey through the middle with Tiote and Nolan with jonas and imo RTaylor out wide , although he does not posses the speed of Routlidge he is a better crosser of the ball . With Shola injured again our creative options are now becoming threadbare .

  23. Getting a little dig in the ribs, ooh wow that Joey Barton is so violent, have these people ever watched Rugby ffs?

  24. Some of you lot are crazy. How can you compare the incidents to Cattermole, Huddlestone and De Jong!? He blatantly punched someone in the stomach. There is no grey area for him to hide behind and he was rightfully punished. The man is an idiot and I think that was his last chance. Don’t xpect a contract renewal from the club as I’m sure they want his wages off the books anyway. Charlie Adam in January, anyone?

    Similar player to Barton. Slightly more nimble despite his chubby-looking physique. Younger and on about 1/4 of Barton’s wages.

  25. Nah, Is it not just a case of Adam looking good because he’s in a poorish side. (Current form excluded ha)

  26. JB’s contract is til June 2012. So unless someone comes in he’s with us for 2 years. Anyway what about gosling when fit

  27. Hopefully we don’t get beaten by fulham who hasn’t win an away game for 15 bloody months. 8O

  28. With Leon Best could it not just be a case of him being shockingly bad in his first 6 months at the club, like some of our current best players, he was starting to score in pre-season b efore he got injured, or am I just being totally mental. Hughton must have watched him at Coventry, where he scored 10 last season, and thought he had something.

  29. DJG – Living near Coventry, and subsequently near a lot of Cov fans, means that I can assure that Best is shyte. I’ve said it all along, but I will never get on his back.

  30. Toro–the Huddlestone kick this weekend was absolutely intentional and I would argue that it was more dangerous than the Barton incident–the full weight of a strapping athlete like Huddlestone going into the midsection of a man is extremely dangerous. If he’d been off balance and went in harder or couldn’t control the fall/withdraw his foot, there would have been serious medical consequences. Remember when Shay Given got that perforated bowel or whatever that weird stomach injury was when a player went in for a ball and caught him instead? That kind of injury could have resulted.

    This is not to excuse Barton–there is no excuse; it was stupid and violent and he deserves punishment, but so do others for similar actions. Either they all should get it or none of them should.

  31. Looks like most of us are waiting to see who shall partner carroll on saturday.

    I think is time for Ranger to get full premier league start.

    With Peter to sub ranger off in later part of the game.

    I didn’t knew fulham hasn’t win an away game for that long till i watch MOTD just now.

  32. Two ridiculously poor defending mistakes cost us if you want to look at it in black and white. You cannot legislate for that.

    However, we must also look at how predictable we became. I lost count of the number of diagonal long balls we were playing and the amount of crosses we were sending in from all directions. We were hitting crosses from that away that by the time they reached the box they had no pace on them and if Carrol did win the header he couldn’t really do anything with it.

    Pretty poor really but we’re only trying to stay up this year and I’m sure it will be better when we can get better players in. If we do that is.

  33. Fans Should Own The Club

    Aye that was Harewood on Given wasn’t it. He must weigh a far few stone like.

  34. That’s a good point, Stuart–we were pretty predictable. Maybe Loverman should play off Carroll and Guthrie Centrally to replace Barton? We need to mix it up a bit, with some through balls down the channels for Loverman to run on to, maybe?

  35. Fans

    I agree that was poor, but at least it was mildly disguised. Also, the referee saw that incident but deemed it “accidental”. Ridiculous I know, but it gave the FA an excuse not to act. We would be outraged if Pederson were to punch Joey in the stomach.

  36. Guys,i may sounds mental by saying this.

    The current Harewood seems to be totally different from the one we had previously.

    He seems so willing to run,defense and much quicker in his pace. 8O

  37. If were want a player to run down the channels then I think Ranger is our best bet. He looks nervous at the moment but he is still involved a hell of a lot more than Lovenkrands, who I believe is finished. Ranger will also allow us to switch up our attacking style as he is both fast and strong.

  38. Joey will get the book thrown at him and rightly so it was a stupid idiotic thing to do and he’s let the club and the fans down… has his 6 match suspended ban expired??

  39. OK bottom line is we’re better playing away than we are at home.

    However, apart from the Sunderland game, we’ve hardly reached top form as a crowd. So before all you wankers start bitching and moaning like a bunch of Makems waiting for their giro’s, ask yourselves “What have I done to support my club ?”

    Obviously with an attendance of 41,053 we didnt make the most of it ? So stop slagging off the team if you can’t be arsed to do your bit.

    Next game against Fulham should be a sell out otherwise fuck off.