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Newcastle 0 Blackburn 1

0 - 1

St James Park



In a game in which both teams simply could not drop points, Rovers were boosted with the return of the Giant, Mr Ooijer, whilst Newcastle where blessed with the return of their top scorer, Obefeni Martins. Dunny was missing from action.

In what was a pretty lopsided first half, Newcastle dominated proceedings, with Rovers getting minimal opportunities on counter attacks, the best opportunity falling to Andre Ooijer, who forced Harper into a save. Friedel was at his almighty best, making a fine string of saves.

After the break, Sparky decided to bring on Roberts and Derbyshire, with both players significantly changing the momentum of play. Roberts was able to link up well with Santa Cruz, with David Bentley floating in behind. Rovers slowly gained momentum, however, Brad Friedel kept Blackburn in the game with a double save of Michael Owen.

Against the run of play, Blackburn countered, with a long ball from Gamst reaching Bentley, who released Derbyshire, sprinting up the field and slotting the ball past Harper.

3 points gained on our journey back to Europe.

Star Player

Brad Friedel. Save after save, kept us in the game, no questions asked

Player Ratings

Brad Friedel 10

Outstanding. Defies gravity. Awesome. What can you say, when we have the best keeper going around, we can just park the bus out the front.

Stephen Warnock 5.5

Really sloppy, might be time for a break, bring on Olsson

Andre Ooijer 7

Looked solid, however appeared to suffer a few niggles

Christophe Samba 7

Not as solid as we have become use to, however he sure knows how to link up with the midfield, could be used a bit further up the field.

Zurab 7.5

The stand out defender, really pushing to claim the spot as his

Brett Emerton 6.5

Had a few chances to overlap, however did not track back as well as he should of....Comon EMO!!!!

Morten Gamst Pedersen 7.5

You really can see the confidence coming back. No where near his best, but he is getting there. Also tracked back well, blocking a shot from Duff

Steven Reid 8

Bommy might disagree, but Reid was a rock in the middle of the park. Good darting runs also

David Bentley 9

Our main threat. Took control, knocked the ball around, when we did attack, it was through him.

Santa Cruz 7.5

10 for effort, chased down, got up, won every header. 5 for finishing, could of scored a brace, difficult chances but he really needs to get them

Benni Mac 6

Nothing special from Benni. Could not really get into the game

Jason Roberts 7

Big physical prescence, you can see his role in the game, whether he is a starting player who knows

Matty Derbyshire 8.5

Hungery, hungry, hungry. Oozing with talent, great finish, kept his calm, ran half the field, and slotted a 1v1 from 20 yards out....all in the 89th minute...class

Sasmans thoughts

Yes we were out dominated. Yes, maybe if Martins had the shots rather than Owen we would be asking for players to be dropped. However, Friedel did his job, Gamst Did his job, Bents did his Job, all this allowed Derbs to do his job. End of the day, 3 points.

Europe watch

Villa 1-1, 2 points caught up
West Ham 0-4 Skipped ahead of the hammered by another 3 Points.

Getting there lads

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Date:Saturday March 1 2008
Time: 5:14PM

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There is the Saswrap. Now im of to bed, with a big grin wooot!!!!!!!!!!
01/03/2008 17:16:00
Lucky game for us today it could have been easily 4-0 to Newcastle, but as we know when your down there fighting for your place in the league things just don't go for you. Good result for us anyway keeps us in the hunt for the european places, and hopefully a few other results will go our way this weekend
Big Man up Front
01/03/2008 18:09:00
when ya have the best keeper in the league it can afford you the opportunity to snatch games at the death its exactly what we did today! i doubt there will be a need for a motm competeition this week
durks de rover
01/03/2008 19:37:00
Matty! Matty Derbyshire!!
01/03/2008 19:40:00
I couldnt agree anymore Sas. The best outfield player was Bentley but we are lucky we have the Premier League's BEST goalkeeper. 3 points and I dont care how they come.... OHHHH Matty, Matty.
01/03/2008 19:46:00
just woke up lads wooooot 3 points, and man city drew v wigan so we definately up 1 spot at least
01/03/2008 22:00:00
Poor peformance but what a massive three points!! And Derbyshire, fair play to him, took his goal well did'nt he!!
02/03/2008 07:15:00
Three points is three points but I'm sorry fellas you mugged them and you didn't deserver to win.. not that you'll care three points is three points and you are still in with a shout of a UEFA cup place..
02/03/2008 07:38:00
Great steal at Newcastle, I will pmsl if Keegan takes Newcastle down.
02/03/2008 08:26:00
Well we did at Bolton & let's hope hope we do it Everton.
02/03/2008 09:06:00
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