The Rafa Benitez Blackburn press conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.

The Newcastle boss saying that he has a lot of respect for his opposite number, Owen Coyle, a manager who Rafa says has a lot of experience and who knows what he had to do to win matches.

Earlier today, Coyle revealed that he knew a little less about the reality of Newcastle United this season.

The Blackburn boss talking about Newcastle being backed by 60,000 fans on Saturday and that around £80m had been spent on players in the summer by Rafa Benitez, with a similar amount available in January if needed (read more HERE).

The United boss revealed that two of his first team squad had picked up injury problems and would miss tomorrow’s match.

Rafa saying that Jack Colback has an eye injury and Grant Hanley a shin problem.

Meanwhile, the Newcastle Manager reiterated what Rolando Aarons had said earlier in the week, Rafa Benitez saying that the winger’s ACL operation in Italy had gone well.

Rafa Benitez Blackburn press conference:

Blackburn have a manager with experience, and he know what he has to do to win games.

“Colback has a problem with his eye – he will not be available – and Hanley has a problem with his shin.

“We have to be sure that we concentrate on Saturday, because these are the kind of game where you can make mistakes.

 “We are doing a lot of good things, and you have to give credit to our players for that.

“We are doing well, that is true, but before any game I send the same message – concentrate on the game and get three points.”

(Revealed Friday that Newcastle fans would get biggest away ticket allocation of season when visiting Blackburn on 2 January 2017, read more HERE)