Welcome one and all to the ‘Game on’ article which will take us through the Carling Cup match away at Blackburn Rovers this evening.
A place in the Quarter Finals awaits the winner of the tie this evening, and there will be a winner tonight as there are no replays and extra time and penalties will be used if needed.
Extra time is something that NUFC aren’t strangers to having scraped through the last two rounds thanks to the additional 30 minutes of playing time. First time out we just about scraped by Scunthorpe United thanks to a Sammy Ameobi special while in the last round it took a header from Fabricio Coloccini right at the end of extra time to give Newcastle the advantage in a seven goal thriller.
Tonight it’s Blackburn, who seem to have taken over our mantle as the comedy club of the Premier League. The fans are not happy with things at Ewood Park and are making their feelings known. They want Kean out and will remain vocal until it happens, which is why talk of a new contract for the pug-faced Scot made me chuckle.
In contrast Newcastle will be taking in the region of 4,000 fans to Ewood Park, which is staggering for a midweek cup game in fairness. They will occupy the Darwen End this evening and will be in fine voice as always. Hopefully we get a superb result to match their superb support!
For those who aren’t going I have to admit that trying to locate a video stream has proved fruitless thus far. You never know, one may turn up, but at the moment it looks as though we may have to make do with radio commentary only. As ever, if you find anything feel free to share the link.
That just about sums it up really. A place in Quarter Final of the Carling Cup? It would be nice wouldn’t it? Should we get through this evening the draw will be on Saturday at around midday.
Howay the lads
Blackburn: Mark Bunn, Jason Lowe, Martin Olsson, Christopher Samba, Gael Givet, Ruben Rochina, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Radosav Petrovic, Junior Hoilett, David Goodwillie, Yakubu.
Subs: Paul Robinson, Grant Hanley, Myles Anderson, Robbie Cotton, Mauro Formica, Jason Roberts, Simon Vukcevic
Newcastle: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Sylvain Marveaux, Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa; Demba Ba
Subs: Rob Elliot, Peter Lovenkrands, \Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Dan Gosling