Newcastle fans turned up expecting to see a new club record of 10 wins in a row and fair to say the Blackburn fans weren’t envisaging anything different.
Looking at the pre-match comments below, I would even say that the visiting supporters were even more sure of what was going to happen than the fifty thousand home support.
So what went wrong, or right, in terms of how the Blackburn fans saw it?
Very interesting to see here what they had to say after the final whistle as well.
I have no affection for Blackburn Rovers but a small part of me can’t begrudge any team’s supporters enjoying the moment, when they have owners like they do at Blackburn and are 22nd in the table, yet still spend their time and money following their team…
Blackburn fans comment on top Rovers message board BRFCC.com:
‘We’re due an absolute hiding from somebody and I think it’ll be Newcastle this weekend.’
‘Genuinely think we will get completely rinsed. They will hit 4 as a minimum.’
‘11 of us going up to visit Friday-Sunday but even though 8 are rovers fans only 3 are mad enough to actually go to the game. The rest of us will watch the cricket/rugby in the bars sampling the delights of the town.
Will be first Newcastle away game not been to since 1999. Much to our Geordie mates ire we won about 8 on the spin there from then over the following decade including a few dubious last min winners.
But absolutely no interest in spending £27 to watch venky fc in a 4-0+ drubbing with one of the worst views in football.’
‘I’m getting slightly frustrated with the david vs goliath FA cup giantkilling previews that are doing the rounds on Rovers website and the Telegraph.
Yes we all know they have more fans than us and have a better team than us these days. But we’ve played Newcastle many a time over the last 25 years and had the better of them many a time. We’re not going to Barcelona on Saturday.
Whilst a result would be unexpected and most welcome, it is ignorant and disrespectful of our history to start building this up into some big day out for Blackburn Rovers at Newcastle.’
‘I am Sat in the gallowgate for this one, I’m good mates with my cousin in laws who are geordies one of them cannot go so I am using his ticket, tbh I am more looking forward to the night out after the game!’
‘The barmaids at sharks bar are worth the trip alone.’
‘Coyle is a genuis !!!!!!!!!!!’
‘In a state of shock.’
‘We kind of regret staying in the bar. Well not really.’
‘The promotion push starts here.’
‘We have always done well at Newcastle, felt it in my water this morning.well done and I hope my lad behaves in the toon tonight.’
‘On the coach back and reflecting on a superb win and a performance to be proud of.
We go through enough pain supporting this lot, so you’ve got to enjoy these moments.
It was a hard fought and even game until Emnes came on- he ran them ragged.’
‘What a day to be alive!
Offered a job with a decent payrise, in-laws finally move out of my house, Rovers beat the league leaders and one of my most hated teams away from home.’
‘Great performance by the players. Tactics spot on. Mulgrew and Lenihan were awesome today.
Every player had a good game. Taking Gallagher off and bring Emnes was good decision by Coyle
Fans never stop singing and the atmosphere were great by the Rovers fans.
Now out around the Town centre of Newcastle.’
‘Doesn’t really look as though the tactics were spot on. Rather that the Newcastle shooting boots were left in the dressing room. Plenty of chances to have lost by quite a few – but that’s football.’
‘Benitez put out a team more than good enough to beat Rovers!
Rovers deserved the win because they took the game to them and the magnificent defence absorbed any pressure.
Full credit to every player and the management team for an excellent result. Oh and the fans who never stopped singing.’
‘Lesson for Benitez. You can’t assume anything in this league, it’s relentless and anyone can beat anyone on any given day.’
‘Players were awesome..
Enjoying the nightlife around Newcastle now. Been speaking some Newcastle fans in the pubs who said we deserved to win today.’
‘They don’t call him the tinkerman for nothing.
Still though when you’ve got the depth and quality they have a few changes shouldn’t matter in this div.
My barcode pals going mad about his use of Gayle. For all their so called super support they can’t take losing and SJP turns quicker than a bike wheel after the first bad pass or two.
First loss in ages and you’d think the wheels had fallen off for good!’
‘I wonder how long that 50k would last after 4 or 5 seasons in this div?’
‘I think we deserved the win. They had a couple of chances but really I can’t remember ever thinking they were going to score.
Spoke to quite a few Geordies after the game and they were mainly agreeing with that.
Weird that Benitez would make 6 changes to a team that’s won 9 in a row, always said he’s a crap manager.’
“Wow. Got back at teatime from Newcastle after a cracking weekend. My daughters are living up there and I thought I’d go up and see them and I’d have a great weekend but that the match would be a nightmare.
Nothing could have been further from the truth. The first thing that struck me was the size of our away support. I thought there’d be about 200 of us rattling about in the way end but the away end seemed almost sold out, the concourses were packed and the atmosphere was jumping. The fans were brilliant throughout and deserved that result.
On the pitch the team were excellent on the day and fully deserved the win against a desperately disappointing Newcastle.’
‘Really enjoyed it, I was sat in with the Geordies for this one, my cousins hail from that part of the world.
“I thought we thoroughly deserved the win, for once Coyle got the changes right, the natives got very restless around me in the second half – it was most amusing!’