So what did Blackburn fans make of Monday’s match?
There were around 7,000 Newcastle supporters who made the journey to Ewood Park and many/most went home wondering just how Rovers had won.
So was it the biggest ever smash and grab, or did Blackburn ‘deserve’ it, or was it Newcastle gifting the three points?
Interesting to read what the Blackburn fans did have to say, with common themes of still hating their club’s owners, not rating the manager, and not a great opinion of their players despite the result.
Talk of this being the worst quality Championship in a long time, Newcastle flattering to deceive, plus just plain old fashioned enjoyment of succeeding against the odds and sickening the Newcastle supporters.
Comments from Blackburn fans via their top message board BRFCC:
‘Newcastle looked awful, they shot consistently from everywhere as opposed to trying to work the ball into the box.
A typical Benitez from his Liverpool days where he liked to move the ball across the pitch but in a sideways fashion.
I wasn’t too concerned by them but If they’d have had Mitrovic on the pitch today then i would have suggested trouble especially as Ritchie who was a bit off today can whip a ball in.
Best Newcastle player for me has to be Clark, did everything right for a CB today.’
‘We were really lucky – the ricochet from the first save Steele made nearly fell to two of their players, the shot rattling the bar and the ref excellently spotting the handball all went in our favour. Any one of those pieces of fortune against us and it’s a different result.
Newcastle mentally collapsed after the goal. Had they pressed with the same verve instead of hoofing, would we have held out? Their mental resolve was as weak as their defending.
We’ve been crap mostly and are 2 points from safety. Again let that sink in as to how low the standards are at this level…’
‘The ‘quality’ of this league must be at an all time low. Yesterday showed up our deficiencies and our lack of skill and quality.’
‘Tell you what that’s a great spot from the ref to disallow the goal for handball – not easy to see at all.’
‘The officials were pretty flawless throughout. We’ve all seen some absolute horror shows in this league and we could easily have got done over by them.’
‘Whilst the 3 points were most welcome a whole host of issues remain unsolved.
The tactics? what exactly were they? Sit back and let NUFC kill us and just fight for every ball?
I have no idea how NUFC didn’t score with almost 3/4 possession, 24 shots on goal, it is one of those football enigmas, nothing to do with the team, the set up or the manager it was just a hard won fluke.
Rovers only really played once Gally was o the pitch as he drove at the nufc defence, and what we saw then was that they are vulnerable.
Taking 3 points off the most unsuccessful city club was ace (as usual) but I genuinely have an affection for the NUFC fans, 99% are genuine and sided with our cause, they know the ups and downs of football and they had the most hated owner of all in Fat Ash and chatting in the Cow before hand with a few of them actually made me realise that other football fans feel our pain and support our cause.
I went to the after match sit in, very disappointed with the lack of home support it should have been a few thousand rather than a few hundred.’
‘Those Geordies you met on Livesey Branch Rd have their protests down to a very fine art!’
‘Very glad for the points but we got hammered again in posession. At least there was team sprit and you could see the players where delighted with the result at the end of the game.
I was surprised with Newcastle and the fact they had all that ball but did not really pepper our goal.
Anyway good result in isolation and like a few have said glad to send that lot home empty handed.’
‘It was noticeable that they started to get frustrated around the 55 minute mark. They began to constantly blast pointless shots from distance rather than try to build up play and break us down, a sign of weak mental resolve.
A lot of other teams in this division should have learnt a great deal from the six points we picked up against the barcodes.’
‘Looking at the Darwen End rampacked with 7000 Geordies who’ve travelled 3 hours to follow their team despite it being live on TV then seeing barely the same number of Hardy souls dotted around the home areas you start to wonder whether anyone would ever want to risk theirs or someone else’s fortune taking us over.
Hopefully one day someone will.’
‘If you can’t enjoy a win like today’s you may as well pack it in, simple as that.
Clubs fooked, owners a ****s, manager a **** and we still sent 7000 deluded Mags home with their tails between their legs.
‘Ultimate smash and grab. No chances at all apart from the goal which was a total howler from their goalie. But ….ha… great to see.’
‘Newcastle’s current squad cost £140m, how much did ours cost? Their current manager has won 9 major trophies, including the UEFA Cup twice and the Champions League, and he spent the first half of last season managing Real Madrid.
Football isn’t golf. You don’t just look at your performance and that’s that. Your ability to perform depends hugely on the quality of the opposition and we played a squad/manager combination every bit as good as ours under Souness in 2000/01. A combo that we’ve now done the double over.’
‘The players gave 100 percent we got out of jail it was like small club v a big club in a one off cup tie.. We needed that to keep us alive.. Sometimes it happens for you today it did… Jason Steele was fantastic..’
‘Not absolutely thrilled by the result.
Obviously, if you were in the ground like me, I’m sure you jumped for joy when Mulgrew’s free kick went in, turning to the Geordies with a smug wave. If not, then you must have a heart of stone.
But obviously, a plaster on a gangrenous club that is rotten to the core.
So 7000 Geordies travel and it’s evidence of a wondrous fan base whilst we only have a few hardy souls so obviously don’t deserve a sugar daddy. Takes but a few rational seconds to unpick that nonsense.’
‘Like beating Leeds and their gobshite overblown hordes, any win any time over Newcastle is a top result. This one was even sweeter all things considered. Well done all.’
‘Imo if you’re not absolutely thrilled by that fortuitous and unexpected three points then either you’re not really a Rovers fan any more or there’s something wrong with you. Such are the vagaries of the wonderful game that is football.
Individually Steele has taken some right clog this season but was immense today making four superb saves to keep us in the game.’
‘We were trying today, must be the least talented Rovers squad I have ever seen in 47 years.
Having a glass or 2 tonight . where theres life theres hope! Well done the players not the manager or the owners!’
‘As much as I hate Venkys and want rid of Coyle, shoving it up a vocal following of 7500 away fans is always enjoyable!’
‘How are Newcastle top of the league? They’re terrible.’
‘Because the Championship is full of teams who are even worse.’
‘Rovers impersonate Dick Turpin once more against the Barcodes…that’s Football!’
‘More by their error than our design and a great robbery but against the barcodes it’s funny.’
‘Newcastle have been truly awful, how are they running away with this league?’
‘We’re winning because Newcastle have gotten frustrated after being massively off form again. It’s hilarious in some ways, but the overall performance has still been embarrassing.
Most teams won’t be as lenient as Newcastle have been in front of goal both times they’ve played us.’