There were around 3,000 Blackburn fans at St James Park on Saturday.
A decent effort for a club that gets not many more than 10,000 for their Championship home matches.
It was also a very decent showing form the visiting players, looking like they were heading through to the fourth round until that penalty decision with six minutes to go.
In the comments below, the Blackburn fans has some strong and varying views on that penalty decision. Pretty much all of them agreeing that Perez went down easily but still just about a majority of them accepted that this equalled a spot-kick in the modern game, especially with VAR not overturning it.
As for the game, fair to say the Blackburn fans weren’t very impressed by the home side, which is fair enough as I think you would be lucky to find a Newcastle supporter who enjoyed most of this game.
The arrival of Jonjo Shelvey was the change in the match where Newcastle started to at least play a bit and the visiting supporters acknowledge his quality.
Some Blackburn fans very much clued up as well to the fact that this replay is not great news for Rafa Benitez, as it means an extra game played only days before the vital relegation six pointer against Cardiff.
Interesting conversation as well as they wonder whether their own club will go for a higher attendance at the replay or just fleece the thousands of Newcastle fans who will travel regardless with higher ticket prices.
Blackburn fans comment via their top BRFCS message board:
‘On reflection, it was a good result away at Newcastle. It’s just frustrating to be the better side and yet lose a lead again through our own making.
It’s worth remembering that Joselu and Kenedy alone moved for almost £12million between them in their last transfers. They may have made changes but they weren’t putting all their youth side in.’
‘Shelvey coming on was the obvious game-changer; he ran the game, almost scored two headers and gave them a much more dangerous look.’
‘Newcastle have some sh.. in their reserve squad, wouldn’t expect that starting 11 to do well in the championship.’
‘Word to the travelling support- you were magnificent!
Heard you loud and clear out-singing the Newcastle supporters.’
‘It was difficult to tell which was the Premiership side tonight.’
‘Voldemort is quality, I wish we had similar.’
‘As soon as Shelvey came on, he took hold of the game, and we were pretty much under the cosh from that point. Atsu did nothing, but Perez had the intelligence to win his side a lifeline.’
‘Newcastle generally looked pretty poor. I guess they mostly had a rotated squad, but that looked like a relegation-bound team lacking confidence. Shelvey was the only one who had any PL quality. Sole reason Newcastle was able to turn it on ever so slightly in the final 20 mins or so.’
‘Newcastle play at a ridiculously slow tempo which played into our hands and we deservedly led with a superb Bennett cross and a Dack bullet header.
Shelvey made a difference when he came on and some naivity by Evans plus some questionable subs meant we had to settle for a replay.’
‘We can be proud of that. Newcastle are a team of divers, very sad to be doing that in your own stadium against a lower league team.’
‘Pretty obvious from today’s results (and tomorrows fixtures) the replay will be televised, will we be creative and try and fill the ground or simply milk the Toon away support?’
‘Shelvey is a class player and yes he did make a difference but I thought we handled him well overall.
Evans was simply unlucky but it was a penalty. Ball ricocheted luckily back to the Newcastle player and because it was a fluke Evans was clumsy in what he was doing. He tripped the player with left and then right foot and gave the ref an easy decision.
Overall Rovers were very good value for at least a draw.
Newcastle have a trip to Chelsea for the evening game on Saturday 12th before they come to Ewood for the replay. Dingles play Fulham and Cardiff play Huddersfield in 3 o’clock kick offs the same day so Chances are Newcastle will be down in 17th three points below 16th and two above Southampton in 18th. Newcastle’s next game after the replay is Cardiff home in a monster relegation six pointer. So the chances are Benitez will put an even weaker side out for the replay.’
‘Nonsense about the subs changing the game. One poor challenge did the trick. A good performance against a very poor home team.’
‘Looking at the fixtures so far and still to play. Unless both Man City and Liverpool draw, we will definitely be on TV for the replay, perhaps even the BBC.
So, tickets MUST be £10 to even attract a modest crowd. If tryto charge league match prices for a ‘mouthwatering tie against Premier League giants’ we could be looking at a near empty ground for the nation to see.’
‘Decent performance and good result. We dominated the ball for long spells which is something we haven’t done too much in the Championship.
I fancied a draw before the game and to get them back to Ewood should boost the coffers IF Rovers are sensible about pricing. The should reciprocate on the Newcastle prices at £10 and £5 but I have a feeling they won’t.’
‘£15/£20 won’t see more than 5/6k home fans for a midweek January game.’
‘I’d go ten quid but I’m looking for some middle ground because they’ll baulk at the prospect of missing out on 25 quid plus from at least 5 thousand Geordies.’
‘The downer was how comfortable it all was up to the pen. As my son said after the match if the goals had come the other way round and we’d equalised late on wed have been coming away from the ground buzzing. Instead we came away feeling disappointed not to have held on.’
‘I watched it [Perez winning penalty] very carefully and he definitely caught him with his foot after the initial contact-which-wasn’t, at which point the lad went down. I don’t know which one the officials gave it for, and it doesn’t matter what play-acting happened after (as pathetic as it is to clutch his ear). Overall I do think it was a penalty, but soft.’
‘I am more than irate as I was 100% confident that Var would overturn it. I watched it over and over too. I am not saying Evans did not touch him but contact was minimal the touch(es) did not even affect his footing. The lad had already flopped once for a freekick and Evans should have been more careful. I get more and more disgusted with the traits of this “modern” game. Sporting behaviour has all but disappered.’
‘The real contact was actually exactly when he goes down. There were two points of potential contact to watch for on the replay. The first point, I agree he doesn’t touch him. But he leaves a foot in and slightly trips the player, who immediately goes to ground.
Soft, but a penalty. Then again Armstrong got full on shoved in their box when it was going out in the first half, and we got nothing.’
‘No no no. No it was not, Perez was clear of Evans by at least a step before he decided to drop to the ground. He felt the contact, kept going then realized he could not do anything with the ball and went down like a sack of spuds. Stayed down like he was in agony, started clutching his ear. Ludicrous decisions.’
‘That was NOT A PENALTY. That was A DIVE. The supposedly violating contact is steps before the self-induced stumble.’