Honours even at Ewood Park.

Barton puts in another sound display against Blackburn.
Newcastle took a point away from Ewood Park this afternoon, but it could and should have been all three.

The away side bossed the match for long periods and created enough chances to win a handful of games. On another day, with better finishing and a bit of fortune, Nufc could have taken a large leap towards Premier League survival. As it stands though, a point isn’t all bad news and keeps us ticking along nicely in 10th place in the table.

Newcastle started brightly and created the opening chance of the game when Jose Enrique whipped a low ball across the face of goal. The ball evaded the grasp of Paul Robinson, but it also unfortunately evaded the path of any of our strikers.

Blackburn replied and could have taken the lead themselves through Roque Santa Cruz but he couldn’t direct his header goalwards and ended up hitting the post from six-yards out. From then on though it was Newcastle who dominated proceedings.

Jose Enrique was fantastic this afternoon and was our most creative force, although to be fair Joey Barton wasn’t far behind him. The Bull set up chances for Peter Lovenkrands, who deftly clipped a shot over Robinson in the Blackburn goal only to be denied by the crossbar, as well as crossing numerous dangerous balls into the box. Quite simply, Jose was the man of the match by far.

Leon Best was industrious as was Lovenkrands who chased and harassed Blackburn all afternoon. Kevin Nolan was quiet in front of goal but he kept things ticking over in the middle along with the superb Cheik Tiote doing his usual thing. Alas it was to no avail and both sides went in at half-time still tied at 0-0.

Newcastle continued to get into some good positions in the second half, and they continued to dominate possession at the same time. Fabricio Coloccini almost put the away side a goal up but was denied by a superb save from Paul Robinson after he flicked the ball over two defenders and launched a volley towards goal.

We played Blackburn off the park today, but our final ball was just off, or our strikers were just out of position which meant that we were unable to capitalise on our dominance. Chris Samba was shoved up front for Blackburn as they tried to sneak a winner in the closing stages, but the Newcastle defence held firm and I can honestly say that I can’t remember Steve Harper being tested all afternoon.

Next up is our game in hand against Birmingham which will be played on Tuesday evening. I’m sticking with my ‘pick up a point from an away game’ theory, which will put us on a sound footing as we head in to a double-header of home games.

As for today, it wasn’t to be, but at least the performance was there.

Howay the lads!

Blackburn: Paul Robinson, Michel Salgado, Chris Samba, Ryan Nelsen, Martin Olsson, David Hoilett, Jermaine Jones, Steven Nzonzi, David Dunn, Nikola Kalinic, Roque Santa Cruz.

Subs: Mark Bunn, Brett Emerton, Vince Grella, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Benjani, Jason Roberts, Grant Hanley.

Newcastle: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Cheik Tiote, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands.

Subs: Tim Krul, James Perch, Sol Campbell, Danny Guthrie, Shane Ferguson, Shefki Kuqi, Nile Ranger.

Attendance: 26,781.

Referee: Stuart Attwell.

113 thoughts on “Honours even at Ewood Park.

  1. Batty you can be a right c@nt at times but as someone you were abusing a few weeks back said you grow on them πŸ˜€
    So an apology will suffice πŸ˜‰


  2. Ice… 21/2 hours once I got oot the traffic.

    batty, divnt forget “now that made me laugh coming from someone as thick as yourself lol. I see your still talkin shit on .org and still sitting on every fence there is. can you not form your own opinion you little snake in the grass”


  3. Roy Cropper // Jan 3, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    well well well – so brain dead batty and his confederates return to the scene of their crimes .SICK BAST@RDS !


  4. Was that thread when he had closed ❓
    Looking through I didnt realise that TC was on then
    As for him closing then starting back up I found that a bit strange


  5. dave it was a very good guess by me πŸ˜† and no his last thread got spammed ,there was aboot 6 battys on that day and only 1 was me


  6. toonsy // Nov 8, 2009 at 6:58 PM

    Only 54 days to go…………

    Until the big St James’ Park player sale. Dont miss out. Starts January 1st!


  7. toonsy // Nov 8, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Dan4Toon // Nov 8, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Love your optimism ! (not)


    Has the FCB given us reason to be optomistic without me knowing?


  8. toonsy // Nov 8, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    We wont go up while fatman is still here. Even if we do, we’ll just come straight back down again! We’ll become another West Brom (no disrespect meant).

    Expect players to be sold in january!


  9. The reason we didn’t win this game is because we haven’t got a decent striker. This will have a huge impact on our season – we should stay up but it won’t be pretty.


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