Newcastle United vs Blackburn Rovers F.A. Cup match banter!

Posted on January 7th, 2012 | 106 Comments |

Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers
Blackpudding Rovers are n Toon!
Good afternoon Geordies and welcome to our latest match banter feature.

This one sees the Magpies hosting the team who have been recently renamed, from “Blackburn Rovers” to “Troubled Blackburn Rovers” because of their trials and tribulations in the relegation zone, and also the rather unfortunate behaviour of some of their fans towards manager Steve Kean, which has almost certainly made a bad situation worse. The cups however are a different matter, with quite a few teams in the past putting poor league form behind them to excel in cup competitions. The last of course being Birmingham City, who did the “double” of winning the League Cup and getting relegated last season. Our cousins from the “Paris of the North”, Middlesbrough, being another example in 1997 when they at made the final of the FA Cup in one of their relegation seasons.

It also shouldn’t be forgotten that it was Troubled Blackburn Rovers who ditched us out of the League Cup too, a 3-4 extra time thriller back in October of last year, with Blackburn’s Gael Givet eventually sinking Toon’s League Cup dreams in the 120th minute. Also, while we may be riding high after our glorious victory over the current Premiership title holders on Wednesday, Blackburn also managed the same feat on new Years Eve. On the other hand however, we did beat Rovers 3-1 in our previous Premiership meeting at St James’ Park the month before. But anyway, I won’t go on for too long here, if you would like an extensive and rather thought provoking look forward the game, DO check out UTD111’s excellent match preview, which really is a cracker this week!

What the managers said

Alan Pardew: “We’ve got a quick turnaround to Blackburn, and it’s my job to make sure we are right for that game. We have to be as fresh as we can be and make sure we are focussed on the game, because Blackburn are going to make sure it’s not an easy game for us. A cup run brings momentum to a football club, and for us we want to continue our momentum so we want to win the game.”

Steve kean: “We will put out a strong team. We all accept that the league is our top priority, but we will be doing all we can to get ourselves in the hat for round four.”

NUFC Blog Prediction Competition

Apologies in advance to regular readers of this ‘blog, but I’m about to nag everyone once again about our second Prediction Competition of the season. For those of you who don’t know already, the first prize will be £100, with a second prize of £50 and a third of £25. The competition is open to all registered members of the site, but if you aren’t registered, it is a very simple process which only takes a minute a or so to complete. The first matches to predict on are next weekend so don’t be late!

Finally, it just remains for me to give the usual reminders that I will also be posting the official teamsheets when they are available, that we will be publishing the usual highlights / post match interviews along with a report, and lastly, this game is not being televised in the UK. If you have any good links to the game, then please feel free to post them in the comments below.

Howay the Lads!


Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon; Gabriel Obertan, Mehdi Abeid, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Leon Best.

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), James Perch, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.

Blackburn Rovers (4-4-1-1): Mark Bunn(G), Adam Henley, Grant Hanley, Gael Givet (c), Martin Olsson; Simon Vukcevic, Steven Nzonzi, Radosav Petrovic, Morten Gamst Pedersen; Ruben Rochina; David Goodwillie

Subs: Jake Kean, Jason Lowe, Jordan Slew, Josh Morris, Mauro Formica, Nick Blackman, Yakubu.

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106 Responses

  1. Jimbob says:
    January 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    “It’s not scheduled for any overseas broadcasting, hence there won’t be any links.”

    Arse. You’re right Jimbob. What a bummer but I’m going to have a look anyway.

  2. Afternoon lads.
    Would any1 no if a radio station is covering the game as cpu still fcukd.
    So shola says he can fill ba’s boots while he away, a bloody hope so. Always seems to come good when required tho.

    I predict 2-0 to the toon

  3. WORKY might want to check who we playin today crnt be playin ourselfs. That would be to easy. Haha

  4. This is madness. A premiership game and it is not televised. Especially with players we want to see.

  5. UTD111 says:
    January 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    “I see from the title we’re playing ourselves again!”

    Aye Glen pointed it out a few minutes ago, I was just changing it, but I was desperate for a stream. I divven’t knaa what’s wrong with me ATM!

  6. Phisix says:
    January 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    “This is madness. A premiership game and it is not televised”

    FA Cup game Phisix. Have you got a radio link that you can listen to in your area yet?

  7. Aye Phisx, if was just gannin’ to point that out in case you didn’t notice it.

    What gets me is when they block Radio Newcastle outside the Tyneside area and you have to get a dodgy stream even for that. Bastadz!

  8. Yeah I know it’s annoying, but at least I can still listen to it. I guess we will have to wait for the highlights tonight if there is any on.

  9. No mate, only works for UK… Was so amped to watch this game as Benny starting upfront had me mouth watering!!!

  10. Rob,

    Sir Jason Toon published some links above too, they’re dodgy ones so they should work worldwide. The blocked ones don’t even work in London where I am.

  11. Swap Best for Loverkrands. At least he gets into positions to score unlike Best who has done sweet FA.

  12. May be a little risky but I would love to see a 4-3-1-2 with Vuckic and Best up front with Benny right behind… Obertan OFF FOREVER!!!

  13. Phisix says:
    January 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    “Dammit nearly scored.”

    Didn’t the referee say offside anyway Phisix? Not sure, missed a bit there.

  14. They were unsure at first but yeah it was offside. Still, our first goal chance besides that.

    Come on Shola.

  15. Rob says:
    January 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    “May be a little risky but I would love to see a 4-3-1-2 with Vuckic and Best up front with Benny right behind… Obertan OFF FOREVER!!!”

    There’d be hardly any wing play whatsoever with that one Rob. Pardew wouldn’t like that. He did try a 4-2-3-1 against the mighty Darlington in pre season though.

  16. Phisix says:
    January 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    “Fook sake Shola, you should have scored that.”

    We’re all like Stevie Wonder here mind Phisix. We can’t see f-all.

  17. Fair fair Worky but I am not enjoying all of this crossing and hoping the entire time, with Cabaye, Benny, Abeid, etc. surely we could play more up the middle?
    Best and Shola are decent at holding the ball up so I think it is a viable option… Not for Pardew though as you say.

  18. We’re going for it now. Obertan off and we become better. Hmm, sorry lad but you need to up everything.

  19. Phisix says:
    January 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    “No, he said he had talent or something good I think Worky.”

    I’m thought he said “talentless” but meant “talented” Phisix.

  20. Sounds like a cracker of a game! Hope we get to see some highlights of this game, need to see HBA goal:)

  21. Phisix says:
    January 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    “We have it on a plate now”

    Divven’t say that Phisix, we’ll probably get knacked now!!!!!! :-)

  22. Ben Arfa’s goal was just described as George Best ish on football focus. Look forward to see it.

  23. What did we learn from today then? We can move it around great when we want to. Obertan lets the team down. Benny is amazing on the wing and we need a class goal scoring striker.

  24. maze202 says:
    January 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    “Are there highlights later on TV and what channel?”

    Maze, ITV1 in the uk at 10.45pm. I’ll try and post them on here for those overseas who can’t get ’em.

  25. Cheers Worky. Sounded a really good performance and we we’re unlucky on several occasions hitting posts and good saves. At least we don’t have to stretch the squad for the replay now.

  26. I think The Telegraph match report is spot on – HBA must play on the wing ! –
    It took Newcastle a while to get going in the second-half and the biggest cheer from the home crowd, sadly, came when Gabriel Obertan’s number was held up ten minutes in.

    Having chosen to keep the ineffective Ben Arfa on, Pardew was rewarded in phenomenal style by the France international. Moved out to his unfavoured wing position, the 24-year-old found the space to run at Blackburn’s defence.

    The spring in Ben Arfa’s step was back though and minutes later he twisted one way and then the next, completely bamboozling Martin Olsson before hitting a rising shot into the roof of the net from eight yards.

    It was the sort of goal Peter Beardsley once made his forte in front of the Gallowgate end and from there, there was only one team looking to win it.


  27. Please let there be highlights. please please please. How did Abeid do? And Santon? Sholer?

  28. Supermac says:
    January 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    “I think The Telegraph match report is spot on – HBA must play on the wing !”

    Supermac, I telt that divvy, Patdew, ages back that Ben Arfa’s a winger and now he’s finally listened to the fount of all knowledge. I claim full responsibilty for his goal today (no thanks necessary BTW).

    That Telegraph report isn’t quite “spot on” though. It say that it’s his “unfavoured” position, but I don’t think it is at all. Pardew just that that in his own opinion, he thought that he didn’t quite have the “relish” for it. He never said that Ben Arfa himself said that.