Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Dog day afternoon

Newcastle Utd 1 - 2 Blackburn Rovers

Having slept on this report for a couple of days, writing it hasn't got any more palatable as time has passed. So, without further ado, I present the B&W&amh;RAO guide to the Blackburn match:

First half

We were unbelievably unutterably shit.

After an early chance was cleared off the line by Sebastien Bassong, Blackburn pounded us for much of the half and eventually got the breakthrough when giant centre half Christoper Samba headed in a free kick. The fact that he was offside appeared to be a mere inconvenience to the blind fool running the line, but in practice the goal was depressingly inevitable. That Blackburn were then able to add a second when more rank defending meant that Roque Santa Cruz was able to find space to head in from Brett Emerton's cross merely compounded the misery.

Half time

JFK, banned from the touchline for his sins in a past life, uttered some stirring words - probably featuring many words beginning with J, F and K (well one out of the three anyway).

Second half

We were less crap. In our brighter moments, which generally involved a resurgent Damien Duff, we almost looked like we might be able to scrape something. Michael Owen was clouted from behind by Kiwi thug Ryan Nelsen and duly got up to slot home the resultant penalty past the visitors debutant keeper. Before that, we should have had a penalty when Martin Olsson blatantly handballed, only for the blind linesman to completely ignore it.

However, having got ourselves back in the match, with half an hour to go, we then singularly failed to capitalise and apply any sustained pressure to the visitors, with only a strong Duff run which finished with a horrible mis-control by Geremi to show for it.

It's going to take a lot more than JFK throwing some tea cups at the dressing room wall for him to turn the club around, but his minimal input at least suggests that he might just be able to slow the descent.

Other reports: BBC, Guardian


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