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Owen Coyle says ‘Rafa Benitez will know Blackburn are a good side’

3 years ago
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Owen Coyle has come out with an interesting comment ahead of Saturday’s match.

He claims that Rafa Benitez will be well aware that Blackburn Rovers are ‘a good side’.

Owen Coyle thinks that Newcastle will win the league but that there is no reason why his Blackburn players can’t ‘shock’ Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez is the last person to take anything for granted and never stops repeating that his players have to guard against complacency.

However, to claim that Blackburn are a ‘good side’ might be pushing it a bit.

The Lancashire club were forced to sell their two best players to balance the books, Grant Hanley and Shane Duffy leaving for a combined £10m to balance the books. Owen Coyle then having to bring in a dozen free transfer and loan players to fill the squad, with not a single player bought in this summer.

The impact has been felt at the club who find themselves in the relegation zone after 17 matches, having won only four games. Away from home sees a record of six defeats, one win and a draw.

Only three Championship clubs have conceded more than the 27 goals that Blackburn have leaked.

Owen Coyle is hoping that one of the mainstays of Newcastle’s last promotion campaign is available to him on Saturday after injury, Danny Guthrie having played 10 Championship games so far this season – making 38 appearances in that 2009/10 NUFC promotion campaign.

Owen Coyle speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph:

“When I was a player that is the environment (St James Park) I wanted to play in, against the best teams. in the best stadiums, with an unbelievable atmosphere.

“We can go to Newcastle and be really positive, as we will be.

Rafa Benitez will know we are a good side and I am very respectful, I think they have got a lot of quality and I think they will win the league.

“But there is no reason why we can’t go there and shock them.

“Hopefully we will get one or two back for going to a tough venue but one we should be looking forward to after how well we did against Brentford.”

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