Sam Gallagher says that he is ‘…certainly looking forward to St James Park and playing in front of a big crowd’.

The on-loan striker has been the big success story in a pretty desperate season so far for Blackburn Rovers.

Having to sell their two biggest assets, Grant Hanley and Shane Duffy, in the summer, Rovers had no cash to buy players.

Instead they brought in over a dozen free transfers and loans, including Sam Gallagher on a temporary basis from Southampton.

Blackburn and Sam Gallagher played in front of just 10,506 last Saturday as Rovers produced a rare win, 3-2 over Brentford.

The on-loan Saints striker has scored 7 of Blackburn’s 19 Championship goals this season and hopes to add to that when he visits the ‘biggest club’ the Championship has seen for some time.

Newcastle’s defence can’t afford complacency, as Sam Gallagher is just the latest in line of unknown players who could cause problems in this division.

Sam Gallagher:

“Newcastle are probably the biggest club that’s been down in this division for a while, so I’m certainly looking forward to St James Park and playing in front of a big crowd.

“They have been playing well. They’ve been scoring a lot of goals and playing good football, so that’s one thing that we’ll be aware of, but we’ll also look to play our own game and cause our own problems.

“We’ve been putting in good performances, but letting goals slip or little decisions have maybe gone against us, so we feel like we’ve been a bit hard done by recently, so the three points on Saturday were much welcomed.

“We’ve needed it for a little while and it’s something that we felt we’ve deserved for a bit as well.

“If you look at the results and the performances we’ve put in against big teams – the Aston Villa game, Derby away – they’re all big games and we definitely didn’t shy away from them.

“We showed good character and good quality on the pitch as well, which is one thing we’ve got throughout the squad. We’ve got competition for all places and I definitely believe that we’ve got enough to climb the table.”