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Blackburn 3 - Newcastle 0

Ewood Park

Attendance: 25583

Rovers Strikers Run Riot

A massive 6 point game was on the cards this week as Newcastle United came to Ewood Park. AN interesting clash with Rovers manager Sam Allardyce facing his old club, as well as Old time Rovers Favourite, Damien Duff, making a rare starting appearance against his home club. Both teams desperately need to win, Rovers to climb out of the basement, and Newcastle not to be sucked into the scrapfight.

With a good crowd in attendance, the banter was always going to be lively. Sam Allardyce was given a few boo's by the travelling Toon fans, Rovers supported their new man, and everything else in between. However, the game initally failed to live up to expectations.

The first half was a relatively slow encounter, long balls, poor first touches and even worse finishing. Newcastle did have the best of the early chances, Andy Carrol unable to convert a Damien Duff, whilst Keith ANdrews was there to save the day, clearing of the line after another Carrol effort. The first half really fizzed out, with the one and only Sasman once again dozing in and out of the game....Darn daylight saving, cant wait for that to be over.....

Chris Samba picked up an eye injury moments before the break, Brett Emerton dropped back into defence and David Dunn made his return from injury.

The second half got underway in the same fashion as the first, Newcastle knocked the ball around, and looked to penetrate the Rovers defence. Nzogbia had an early change to put the Toon in the lead, but his shot went straight into row F. Rovers first real chance came after Andrews was fouled just outside the penalty box. Benni McCarthy stepped up, a superb Right Footed strike appeared to be floating into the back of the net, but Shay Given pulled of a delightful save, tipping the ball around for a corner. Tugay made way for Vinnie Grella.

Against the run of play, Rovers took the lead. Brett Emerton lobbed a cross in from the right flank, aimed at Benni Mc. Benni made his move for the ball, but was fouled in the process by Jose Enrique. Rob Styles pointed to the spot, Benni stepped up, GOAL!!!!! 1-0.

The crowd erupted and Rovers lifted their game. Route 1 was on the agenda next, a long ball by Paul Robinson was flicked on by Morten Gamst, finding Roberts in his stride, half volleying into the back of the net, 2-0 ROVERS!!!! ( I can almost guarantee Roberts scored, I was actually awake, and saw the goal, but several reports are claiming it was Benni McCarthy, grrr I stand with Roberts)

Benni made way for Roque Santa Cruz, making his first appearance for the new year. THe crowd treated Roque with a bit of stick, expected some might say, but who knows....

Any hopes of a comeback for Newcastle was dashed when Nicky Butt was sent off for a second cautionable offence on the 83rd minute. He showed his dissapointment by booting the ball into the stands, surely noted by Mr Styles. Rovers rounded of the game, with Gamst taking on the Toon defence, slicing a delightful ball across goal, leaving Jason Roberts with the easiest of finishes, 3-0 ROVERS!!!!

Star Player

Jason Roberts and Morten Gamst Pedersen

2 players who cop lots of stick from Rovers fans. Roberts put 2 in the back of the net, can we ask for more? He also worked hard and his combination with McCarthy makes us wonder if we do need Roque.....

Gamst has shown a massive improvement since Big Sam has taken over the post. Setting up 2 goals, taking on the defence and delivering some useful crossed. Good Job

Manager Rating Sam Allardyce at GOD status yet? or Should we wait for the Bolton clash....

Opponent Rating

Not looking good for the Toon. Could of had the game wrapped up by half time, but didnt take their chances......

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The Journalist

Writer: Sasman! Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 18 2009

Time: 2:59AM

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Good solid second half performance. The confidence is coming back slowly but surely. What to do about Roque though. Definitely our best striker but we only see the best of JR and Benni when they play together. Great to see another clean sheet and MGP almost back to his rampaging best. I think Tugay needs a rest. He seemed tired today
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18/01/2009 03:09:00

spot on mate, JR and Benni really suit each other, and MGP boy he is back. As for tuggers, he really is just filling in until Grella is back in full flow, and Dunny can stay on the pitch, however tugay is doing a good job. Keep it up lads
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18/01/2009 06:18:00

From a scoreline and second half perspective. It really couldnt of gone any better. Roberts IMO was man of the match and the more clean sheets we keep the higher in the league we will go.
Mikey D
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18/01/2009 09:03:00

i agree mikey d, roberts is not a favourite of mine and cops a bit a stick from me, but under big sam i cant really fault his effort and hoim and benni seem to be the dream ticket at the moment, its great that we are ckeeping clea sheets now too, something which looked unlikely under ince
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18/01/2009 09:36:00

yeeeeeeeeaaaaah boi! i have woken up on sunday morning to look at the sunday papers and see rovers highlighted in that relegation tinted yellow.....Big Sam is doing a great job, were tight at the back, and taking our chances up top... if only JR cud take his chances like yday all the time, we could afford to lose Roque's class...... sunderland up next, lets get to the 5th round of the cup then!!
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18/01/2009 11:13:00

We have some crucial games coming up but anyone who thinks we are not heading in the rigth direction is mad. 4 clean sheets in 5 is great stuff.
Mikey D
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18/01/2009 13:14:00

Do you think the bbc website thought the second goal was Benni because they literally couldn't believe that JR could bury a shot so well! He's looking twice the player he was last season, great finishing too!
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18/01/2009 17:04:00

He always looked good to me has J-Rob its just his finishing that is suspect, when he is on his game finishing wise he is a real handful.
Mikey D
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18/01/2009 17:07:00

Rofl, could be mate, almost every article i read said it was benni, but i new it was JR, even though i dont rate his finishing, good job JR!!!!
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19/01/2009 00:54:00

A bit of topic...and still. Anybody read The Mirror today? We are being linked with a senegalese called Babacar Gueye - a striker from french side Metz. According to The Mirror the deal is done.
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19/01/2009 10:58:00

same Mikey, but I think he's looking more confident than last season. Three cheers for JR
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19/01/2009 11:00:00

Hip hip?! lol... J-Rob and Benni on their own there is something missing but together they are better than sliced bread.
Mikey D
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19/01/2009 12:40:00

J-Rob was only good off the bench last season, but he is making his presence felt during the whole match now. unfortunately, i'm still not convinced morten gamst is back yet. keith andrews impressed me more than gamst this match.
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19/01/2009 17:07:00

I'd have taken any win, to have won 3-0 was superb. Payback can be sweet can't it, and I'm sure it was for Big Sam!!!
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19/01/2009 17:26:00

Andrews was very solid and is worthy of a place when called upon. Go on Keith!!!
Mikey D
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20/01/2009 18:34:00


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