Season 2005-06 Result
Newcastle United 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
 Pedersen 75.
 Nelson,
 L.Neill.
Date: 21/01/2006  Venue: St.James' Park  Competition: Premiership
Crowd: 51,323
Match Report Submitted on 22/01/2006 by Trapper
About 16 months ago, we played Blackburn at home and beat them 3-0, Souness had left them and was to join us as our new manager the following Monday. John Carver was in charge that day. The Blackburn supporters were chanting “look at the shit, he’s left behind.

I don’t think the problem is Sourpuss’s ability to spot a good player (although if Albert Luque is the third best player in Spain, Senors Wilf, Trapper and Studs could well be getting a world cup call up), it’s what he turns them into that’s the problem. We are now officially a long ball club, but not a very good one. We only have one outlet from defence and it is a big punt upfield to Shearer, who doesn’t have enough players around him to get onto the gradually decreasing amount of headers he wins.

The day didn’t start too badly, everybody got on the bus and no-body got turned away. There still might be a problem in the future though as regulars such as Quiet Lad, Greeny, Roy and Crusoe were all conspicuous by their absence.

The direct route straight along the western by-pass was used again this week and it has to be said is far quicker than fannying about through Low Fell.

Staying off the drink meant I was in the ground early enough to see the team sheet, Emre was missing yet again,

The game started quite brightly, Blackburn were keen to have a go and it looked as though Chopra’s pace may cause their back four problems. Luque brought an outstanding save from Friedel. I don’t think he could have hit the ball any better than he did and at the other end Shay Given blocked Dickov’s effort, Shay must be the best shot-stopper in the world at the minute, with our back four he gets plenty of practice.

The game descended into a mediocre affair between two very poor sides, although Blackburn tried to keep it positive by leaving two upfront when defending corners as opposed to Newcastle’s none. Souness finally saw the error of his ways and rectified this in the second half leaving Chopra up there.

Newcastle looked the brighter team in the second half and had a couple of half chances. Alan O’Brien replaced Luque, who sadly looks increasingly out of his depth, he doesn’t look like a Ł9 million player and he ran straight down the tunnel, ignoring Souness’ outstretched hand.

Johna promptly informed me “O’Brien’s as fast as f***”, I reminded him so was Wayne Fereday. He did liven the game up, but was caught trotting back from the centre circle, when Blackburn broke away and scored with a goal that was controversially handled into the net by Pederson. (I hate Howard Webb, why have we had to suffer this incompetent fool five times already this season)

There was no way back for the toon and Blackburns blatant time wasting only infuriated an already angry crowd. The boo’s at full time were all directed at one man, he must know he’s not wanted, he was never wanted and he never will be. He has somehow managed to destroy the passion for football that ran through the veins of the whole city. If he is still in the job next season our crowds will be somewhere in the region of 30 to 35,000.

I don’t know who is available or who will come, but I do know that we are now in a relegation battle. The squad of players we have at this club maybe too good to go down, but the manager most certainly is not good enough to prevent it.