|Season 2006-07 Result|
|Blackburn Rovers||1-3||Newcastle United|
| Pedersen 47.
| O.Martins 31,
|Date: 09/12/2006 Venue: Ewood Park Competition: Premiership|
|Match Report||Submitted on 31/12/2006 by ?|
|On the ground where Alan Shearer built the reputation that ultimately persuaded us to part with £15m for him, his successor in Newcastle's number nine shirt enhanced his own standing with two well-taken goals. Whether Roeder would have kept faith with Martins had he had any real choices in the striking department is a question that thankfully doesn't have to be asked. He's played himself in and that penalty conversion against Reading seems to have boosted his confidence levels vastly.
After 31mins, Sibierski slotted a ball through the middle for Martins who took a good touch before absolutely lashing a left-footed half-volley past Friedel into the roof of the net. Despite the moaning of Hughes, TV replays showed that Martins was onside and credit to the linesman for an excellent decision. 1-0
Then 4 mins later, Milner lifted a cross into the middle which was poorly defended, the ball landing at the feet of N'Zogbia. Charlie banged it back across goal where it hit a Blackburn arm but before the ref could point to the spot Taylor turned the ball in from close range. Presumably Hughes saw the replays before claiming Taylor was offside. Does he not know the rules? The ball didn't go forward, so Taylor couldn't be offside.
Perhaps next time he sees Keith Hackett he can get him to explain that one. He should grasp that concept before attempting to understand the second phase stuff. Pointy 'D' hat for Alan Shearer as well who fell into the same trap on Match of the Day. 2-0 They scored on 47mins when Pedersen picked the ball up on the left, beat Milner and then thumped an unstoppable shot right-footed shot into the top left of Shay's goal. 2-1
Then in the 93rd min with Rovers pressing for a late equaliser, 'keeper Friedel had come forward for a corner and when the ball broke to N'Zogbia, he played it up to Martins on the halfway line. Oba skipped past one challenge and then had Robbie Savage on the run before passing the ball into an empty net to seal the victory and embarking on an elaborate celebration.... 3-1