Blackburn v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

Howay the lads!

Howay the lads!
This will be our fourth and final match against Blackburn this season. They are beginning to improve and are snapping at the heels of both Bolton and QPR as they bid to climb out of the relegation zone, so we can expect a tough game as they look to push on and put a run together.

Indeed, Rovers have only lost one of their last five league games and claimed wins over Manchester United and the best team in Europe – Fulham – in the process. Their last game was an away draw at ever industrious Everton. So, Steve Kean’s men are beginning to have a bit of belief about them and will no doubt be looking to grab the three points this Wednesday before a tough run of fixtures including Arsenal, Man City and a crunch six-pointer clash against QPR in the next four games.

Blackburn Rovers:

Want away defender Christopher Samba is expected to be drafted back into the squad following being dropped at Everton. There is no sign of a return for Ryan Nelsen (knee) or Vincenzo Grella (hip), whilst leading scorer Yakubu misses out thanks to his sending off against Fulham. Midfielder Mauro Formica could well be gone by the time this fixture comes around amidst strong speculation he is set to join Greek outfit Olympiakos. Meanwhile, Jason Roberts has joined Reading.

Squad from: Robinson, Bunn, Salgado, Olsson, Samba, Givet, Dann, Hanley, Henley, Dunn, Formica, Pedersen, Petrovic, N’zonzi, Vukcevic, Lowe, Rochina, Blackman, Hoilett, Goodwillie.

Newcastle United:

Senegal duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are both due to return from the African Cup of Nations (ACON) after being knocked out earlier than expected, but may be kept back in order to be well rested for the Aston Villa game. Again Sammy Ameobi (knee), Sylvain Marveaux (groin) and Steven Taylor (achilles) are all out for the long term, whilst Cheik Tiote is still at the ACON with Cote D’Ivoire.

Squad from: Krul, Elliot, Simpson, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Ferguson, Obertan, Ben Arfa, Ryan Taylor, Gosling, Guthrie, Smith, Cabaye, Abeid, Gutierrez, Best, Ba, Ameobi, Cisse, Lovenkrands.

Shamrock’s Really Interesting Top 10 Facts And Stats:

1 – Newcastle have not won at Ewood Park since 2006, when Obafemi Martins (2) and Steven Taylor scored in a 3-1 win. Results since then have been 3-1, 3-0 and most recently – 0-0 last season.

2 – There have been 15 Blackburn v Newcastle Premier League fixtures, with the Toon winning just twice and managing five draws. This is one of the toughest places for us to travel it would seem. In fact, we did not record a win at Ewood Park for 15 years in the league (1990-2005) at one point.

3 – With our recent loss to Fulham in mind, I’ll mention that our lowest point during that barren run came in 2002, when we got hammered 5-2. That game saw Nikos Dabizas sent off early on and Alan Shearer grab a brace that took him over 300 career goals. It took us only five months to get our own back though – we mashed them up 5-1 in the return fixture.

4 – Newcastle – along with West Brom and Wigan – have conceded more penalties than anybody else in the Premier League this season, with seven. However, Wigan and West Brom have managed to pull off a save or two from those penalties. We have only managed to stop one. Blackburn have only conceded two goals from the penalties they gave away. Meanwhile, they have scored four out of the five they have been awarded. We have only managed to win and score two. The only side not to concede a penalty kick so far this season is Fulham.

5 – If they play, Danny Simpson and Tim Krul will be the only players from both Blackburn’s and Newcastle’s respective squads to feature in every Premier League game this season to date.

6 – Morten Gamst Pedersen features in the top 15 players this season when it comes to assists, with six to his name. Top spot goes to probably the best player in the Premier League – Man City’s David Silva (13) – but second place is shared by several players on seven, including Nani, Gareth Bale and Chris Brunt.

7 – Although Rovers have lost 12 times this season, eith of those games were by a margin of just one goal. They have only lost by more than two goals once – showing they are tougher than some might think.

8 – Blackburrn (33) have actually outscored Newcastle (32) so far this season. The difference however, has been the respective defences. We have shipped in just 30, compared to Rovers’ 40.

9 – Dan Gosling turns 22-years-old the following morning after this game. He has only played against Blackburn twice during his short career – once during a 3-0 Everton win and once during our recent 2-1 FA Cup win. They say they come in threes!

10 – The All-Time Premier League table has Blackburn in 9th place with 957 points. Newcastle are in 8th place with 988 points. Slightly on a tangent here, but……Considering how the Mackems think they are on a par with us due to our recent relegation, I’d like to point out that they have accumulated only 422 Premier League points to date – less than half of what we have achieved. That leaves them in 17th position, 211 points behind Championship side Middlesborough!

Tactical thoughts and ponderings:

I’m not going to bleat on this week. We have talked about Blackburn several times this season already and if you readers feel anything like me, then you will be sick of discussing them. So, here is a new layout for the times when it’s best to keep it short and sweet.


– Have a dedicated anchorman from midfield. Blackburn will be putting a lot of pressure on us from crosses (Pedersen) and runs (Hoilett). Our defence will be stretched and will find it hard to stay disciplined, so somebody has to help them out.

– Target Christopher Samba. He is openly fed up with this relegation fight. He wants out and Rovers wont let him go. Put him under consistent pressure when he’s in possession of the ball. Give him constant verbal stick about not being good enough to play for a better club and how many goals Rovers have shipped in this season with him in their back line he just might crack and get sent off.

– Encourage both Guthrie and Cabaye to take long shots from the edge of the box. They are excellent from this range and should try it more often, if they don’t score, they just might draw a save that results in a rebound strike from our forwards.

– Coloccini and Williamson to be more aggressive and show the Rovers forwards who is boss. I don’t know what it is about Blackburn, but the Carling Cup loss and recent FA Cup win showed that our defence just switch off against them and let Rovers bully them at times. We know Colo and Willo are not the best in the air, but Blackburn will relentlessly pump the high balls into our box. Our defensive pairing need to man up this time.


– Let Pedersen have time on the ball. He has a deadly cross on him and has to be closed down quickly in order to stop Colo and Willo getting beaten in the air.

– Play Gabriel Obertan. He had a shocker in the Cup game against Rovers and was hooked off early. If he is a confidence player, then putting in against the side that made him look like an amateur recently is not advised.

– Let Tim Krul punt the ball upfield too often. His long-range kicking is not up to scratch, cut it out and give us a chance to keep possession. Cabaye, Guthrie, Santon, Benny and Guti can all do wonderful things with the ball at their feet – but none of them can head. It’s not rocket science!

– Expect too much from Papiss Cisse if he plays. Yes, he has great pedigree and looks awesome – but this is a foreign land and one of the more physical sides in an already physical league. He needs time to bed in and get up to speed.

– Dare play with the lack of hunger, desire or drive that they demonstrated against Brighton. We deserve to see some real effort this time!


48-year-old Stoke born Phil Dowd will be taking the helm for this one. He has over 10 years experience as a Select Group Referee and took the League Cup Final of 2010. We will remember him as the man in the middle for our awesome comeback from four goals down against Arsenal this time last year and also the 5-1 victory over Sunderland in October 2010.

In total, he has taken us 19 times in all competitions. We have won seven, lost seven and drawn five. For Blackburn, he has taken then 24 times. Like us, they have lost seven, but won twelve… This will be the first time has taken charge of these two clubs for a fixture of any kind.

Howay the lads!

Venue: Ewood Park
Date: Wednesday 1st February 2012
Kick Off: 20:00

59 thoughts on “Blackburn v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

  1. SHAMROCK dont think you will get much movement on this thread,pity like but fans have other things on there mind at the mo ๐Ÿ˜‰


  2. Yakubu missing is a huge bonus for us.

    Also hoping Samba’s boat-rocking will have disrupted any team spirit.

    …I’m amazed at our poor stats at their place mind. I’d never noticed!


  3. Quite. And we bid ยฃ3m for him. Can’t say I’m bothered like but it makes that Dyche look like a petty dick!


  4. wtf??? just shows watford had no intention of selling him to us!! never been keen on mariappa anyway – 3.5m for a championship player ive never heard of sounds a risk! has he been tested at prem level? nope!! acctually the more i think about it the happier i am!! still think we nee a center half in desperatly but doesnt look like its going to happen ๐Ÿ˜ฅ


  5. ๐Ÿ˜† oh well looks like we have perch , williamson and colo to deal with prem till the summer !!

    no goings out is the important thing tho and so far so good


  6. Army69 – Mariappa has played in Premiership when he was a teenager with Watford. He has this “magical” Premiership experience.

    So does Wayne Bridge, would you take him?


  7. nope bridge is terrible but my point was mariappa hasnt really been tested at a high level and imo think hes a risk


    me mates mrs went to school with brigde he was a pussy then and still is lmao ๐Ÿ˜†


  9. Funky – Apparrently the scum are trying for Bridge. Will look good along side other over the hill overpaid players such as brown and o’shea. I will be laughing me ass off if they get him.


  10. My point was people use “Premiership tested” against Mariappa while the likes of Wayne Bridge have plenty of it and I wouldn’t want him.

    People want us to sign Douglas and all these foreign players – where is their Premiership experience?


  11. APP – They’ve got him already mate. Signed and sealed. Bridge is a mackem.

    From lock up your wives at Chelsea, to locking up every female in the family at Sunderland to keep them away from their resident rapist ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. 1424: BBC Sport understands there has been no new offer today from Newcastle for Watford’s Adrian Mariappa and they have not yet accepted a bid from Wigan, although multiple bids have been made.


  13. Why would Mariappa choose Wigan over us?
    ….helter skelter straight back down again at the end of the season.

    It all doesn’t add up to me. ๐Ÿ˜•


  14. He will do well to team up with Bramble – rapist tag team! Seriously their transfer policy is absolutely crap ๐Ÿ˜ฏ lets all laugh at the scum ๐Ÿ˜†


  15. …Pardew said on SSN “we’ve made our final offer, and the ball is in their court, we’ll wait and see”


  16. lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    There has also been a last day bid for Perch from unnamed club #nufc

    MsiDouglas Mark Douglas
    They already have summer targets: understood to include Vertonghen, Douglas, Mbiwa. #nufc

    MsiDouglas Mark Douglas
    Cisse & Ba won’t be involved tomorrow – but will on Sunday #nufc


  17. MsiDouglas Mark Douglas
    One way or another, Mariappa interest ends today. If #nufc don’t sign him they won’t be back in summer – even if he stays at Watford


    got that feeling after watching ap on sky sports makes me wonder how good the fella really is ๐Ÿ™„


  19. I think it’s fairly obvious we want him as back-up, nothing more. And won’t bid a penny more than 3m because of it.


  20. Not confident at all for tomorrow night. No Ba upfront is going to be a massive issue for us away from home. God the thought of Shola upfront again makes me feel sick.


  21. Unless itโ€™s a bit of kidology on Pardews front, drawing Blackburn into a sense of calm and then we unveil the deadly dembas at the last minute.

    Or more than likely wishful thinking on my part


  22. well jabba played it diff this time the crafty git; alan when are we getting a c/h,so if we dont get one its pardews fault.
    pardew shoudnt have blamed the board in last window,jabba past the buck this time ๐Ÿ˜€


  23. at this stage i would be happy with just a loan signing tide us over til the summer meself ๐Ÿ˜›


  24. more shite,think will be a few more until 11pm

    Dutch reporter jist said Douglas boarded a plane to London.. didnt say abything else.. might not be for us!!


  25. even without our pref front line up we should have enough to beat blackburn one would like to think. i am going for a win.


  26. i dont understand this watford deal tbh. AP says we have just made our final bid (which is reported to be around 3.25 million) but watford agree 2.5 with wigan and say we have not made a final bid today at all?? its the usual brinkmanship bollox.


  27. sammatterface Sam Matterface
    My money would be on Adrian Marriappa joining #NUFC today – I have been told thats what he wants. (SM)


  28. ice…. we offered 8 million for that tossa just a few short years ago and he slated us and would not come.


  29. @43.. well if thats true i guess it means AP was talking a load of crap about final bids and 3.25 etc. time will tell. for me though, its a miricle we have got through the window without selling anyone at all. stunned.


  30. Won’t be the first or last time we lie about making bids for a player. We lied about bidding for N’Zogbia and Michael Johnson previously.


  31. Whats the betting they are sitting doing nowt and with about 30minutes left attempt some impossible helicopter flight to London. ๐Ÿ˜•


  32. er yes i have been kinda… er… tied up for the last few months. just back in time for the end of the window though and very pleased we have dumped smith, got a striker of decent quality in and held onto our real players. nice one. i think defo top ten.


  33. i dont give a toss if we sign no-one tbh. most the ones we wanted but never got were shite and the ones we got but never wanted have been great. So whatever happens, i am starting to trust AP’s judgement more these days. buy, sell, loan in. loan out. whatever.


  34. Rod – I agree mate, same as Moses really.

    I think if we stay as we are with the addition of Cisse then I will be over the moon. Cant see why we havent got rid of Strolla/McLovin though but to keep hold of the core we are in a great position. It is a worry if we dont have a CB in but I think they must have some faith in the Ressies.

    Still time though. Lets see Ashley use his Chopper for the good this time ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


  35. 14th player to leave Birmingham since Hughton took over – and he still has them in the play offs and did well in Europe and domestic cups and unbeated at home.

    Coach, not a manager though…


  36. BBC Live Text:

    “Micky Gray in Leeds via text, on 81111: “Just seen Clint Dempsey at Kings Cross getting on a train to Newcastle. Wouldn’t comment why.”


  37. Mariappa can’t be our real first choice CB can he? I mean, a ยฃ3m champ player leaves a bit of money in the piggy bank for a shiny proper CB doesn’t it? Maybe the smoke n mirrors will give way to another name in a few hours?


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