Newcastle 0 Blackburn 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.
Brad Friedel 10
Stephen Warnock 5.5
Andre Ooijer 7
Christophe Samba 7
Brett Emerton 6.5
Morten Gamst Pedersen 7.5
Steven Reid 8
David Bentley 9
Santa Cruz 7.5
Benni Mac 6
Jason Roberts 7
Matty Derbyshire 8.5
West Ham 0-4 Skipped ahead of the hammered by another 3 Points.
Getting there lads
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