Newcastle 0-1 Blackburn match report
Newcastle’s 9 match winning streak came crashing back down to earth after a shock , and probably deserved, 1-0 loss at home to Blackburn. That leaves Newcastle only 2 points clear of Brighton after their 2-1 victory over Fulham.
Owen Coyle’s side broke the deadlock after Charlie Mulgrew headed home the only goal of the afternoon. After that the team’s heads dropped and the Magpies couldn’t find a way back into the match. Newcastle were on the brink of making history if they won their 10 successive match in all competitions but Blackburn turned up to spoil the party.
Benitez made six changes for yesterday’s match which included dropping captain Jamaal Lascelles. This shows that Benitez clearly wants to play a full strength squad for the EFL Cup quarter-final tie against Hull on Tuesday.
Statistically, Newcastle dominated the match with over 65% possession and double the amount of clear cut chances but the home side simply didn’t turn up today and that was a disappointment, stats from Sky Sports. Possession is all well and good but it counts for nothing if you cannot score goals.
Winger Christian Atsu came closest to scoring around the half an hour mark when a half volley fell for him, but the Ghanaian international couldn’t direct it goal-wards. Blackburn’s best chance in the first half was when Danny Graham’s glancing header was just tipped over by Karl Darlow. Atsu got another chance on goal when he put Ayoze Perez’s cross wide, 5 minutes after the restart. Matt Ritchie should have put Newcastle up 1-0 when he skyed Dummet’s cross from 8 yards out. Ultimately Blackburn made Newcastle pay for these missed chances when Scotsman Charlie Mulgrew got his head to Liam Feeney’s cross. Should Karl Darlow have done better there? I’ll leave that up to you.
Obviously, this match was very disappointing but there are some positives. We’re still top of the league and we’re still two points clear. Plus on Tuesday we have a great opportunity to reach the semi-finals of the EFL Cup. So don’t look back at this defeat. Now the only way is up.
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