No changes for both side as the second-half starts with Newcastle takes the attack. It took two minutes into the second-half when Emerton fouls Milner on the left. It was Geremi delievering the ball into the area. Obafemi Martins takes it with the glance and the ball is into the back of the net, for his six goals of the season.
Rovers are responded with some serious pressing for an equaliser. Habib Beye has to hack behind for a corner. Bentley is a serious thread for Newcastle today. He swaps flanks to take on Samba heads for a goal but the effort is weak and bounces wide.
And finally they have the equalizer when N’Zogbia impedes Santa Cruz 25 yards out. Rovers have a free-kick in a dangerous position. Bentley measures up and clips a delightful effort into top corner to level the scores leaving Shay Given stranded.
The game starting to alive with both sides keep taking the pressure from each other. The Magpies have some clear chances with Martins takes the gift from Samba’s complete mess from Geremi’s long-throw and Milner heads back into the area.
The Nigerian heads over the on-rushing Friedel but unfortunately the ball lands the wrong side of the crossbar and on top of the Rovers net.
Too bad, Newcastle have to pay for another defensive mistake. Santa Cruz runs at the United backline and Stephen Carr recovers to nick the ball away from the toe of the Rovers striker.
The ball runs free without any United’s players coming to pick it up. It was Bentley once again on the right-hand side of the box to get the ball and sends a sweet, right-footed drive skidding across into Given’s goal.
Allardyce quickly allert of the mistake and take out the first-half replacement Stephen ‘Not Playing Impressively As always’ Carr away and bring in Mark Viduka in. Geremi now switching to right-back.
Newcastle keep searching for the equalizer, Martins forces a corner and N’Zogbia comes across to the right flank to deliver. The flag-kick is too easy for Friedel, he immediately springing Bentley clear on the right.
United is almost get caught again, Rozehnal quickly backpedalling and slips the ball pass wide from Bentley’s legs but the ball is end-up for the overlapping Roberts who takes aim for Given’s far corner.
The shot beats the Irishman but not the woodwork and rebounds into a crowded penalty area where first Steven Reid and then Santa Cruz try to force the ball home. A mass scramble inside the United box before Nicky Butt hack it clear.
Being almost frustrated, Newcastle keep forcing the ball. Two minutes from the end of normal time, we have a free-kick in the same position from which Martins scored.
Geremi once again delivers a wicked cross, but it’s Friedel now who is the grateful recipient as the ball bounces through to the keeper’s arms. Four minutes of added time being announced.
Well, what else can I say. Newcastle are once again caught on the break. Two minutes into the injury time, Jason Roberts runs at the Toon backline and shot wide of Rozehnal, the Czech defender manages to nick away from his toe but the ball runs free for Tugay to finish it low past Given.
It’s harsh result for us. We certainly deserved something from the game, and have been playing quite well of football than our previous game. It’s just lack of communication on the back that costs us badly today.
Anyway, better luck next time Lads! Arsenal next at home and we should have something from them, definetely a must!
Blackburn Rovers FC:
Brad Friedel, Andre Ooijer, Christopher Samba, Stephen Warnock, Tugay, Brett Emerton, Aaron Mokoena, David Bentley, David Dunn (Morten Gamst Pedersen 59″), Benni McCarthy (Jason Roberts 61″), Roque Santa Cruz
Subs: Jason Brown, Robbie Savage, Steven Reid
Newcastle United FC:
Shay Given, Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, David Rozehnal, Abdoulaye Faye (Stephen Carr 25″ (Mark Viduka 72″) ), Nicky Butt, Joey Barton, Geremi, Alan Smith, Oba Martins, James Milner
Subs: Steve Harper, Emre, Jose Enrique
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Attendance: 27, 477