The Newcastle United team v Blackburn has just been confirmed.

Rafa Benitez looking for only a third home win of the season.

Mohamed Diame, Federico Fernandez and Karl Darlow all out through injury, whilst Muto and Ki are both away at the Asian Cup.

Changes:

Out go Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Dummett, Diame, Atsu, Perez, Rondon

In come Woodman, Sterry, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy, Longstaff, Kenedy, Joselu

This is who Rafa Benitez starts with:

Woodman, Sterry, Schar, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy, Longstaff, Hayden, Kenedy, Ritchie, Joselu

The subs:

Harker, Yedlin, Clark, Shelvey, Atsu, Perez, Rondon

Compare with the predicted team here.



  • fistsofsteel2

    Pathetic to put a weakened team out. The Chelsea game is a week away ffs. Rafa is a bloody clueless muppet living on his past glories.
    Obviously it would be so difficult for professional footballers to play this week and then again next week.
    This club is just a joke.

    • Tommy

      I wouldn`t call him clueless but that team is a disgrace.

      • WildBill

        If he hadn’t rested anyone the team would still be a disgrace.

        • Kenny

          😂😂

    • Duh

      He’s hardly a buffoon and likely achieved more in football than you have in your life in anything.

      I don’t think this is just about rest, it’s also about injuries. If we lose Rondon to injury against Chelsea that’s one thing, losing him in a cup competition we have zero chance of winning is another.

      He probably also realizes that if he does get players in, it won’t be until the end of January and he like to acclimatize them gradually if he can so he needs as many players fit and fresh as possible

    • Billmag

      You are a complete and utter disgrace, you are a fool.

  • Peaky

    Nice to see Lejeune back….nowt else to say.

  • jordijohnty

    Who is this Harker?

    • Peaky

      Nee idea…thought it was a new swear word the kids on the street must be using….”innit”…

      • Kenny

        Keeper

        • Peaky

          Just seen the ground on Final Score….one fella sitting on his own in one of the stands….Monk…???

          • Kenny

            Has he put his daft hat on yet

          • Peaky

            Will be waiting for his 458 mates to turn up first….

    • TeessideMag

      Assuming he’s the next youngest keeper after woodman?

      • Kenny

        He is

  • jordijohnty

    No Darlow or Elliot on the bench? Or is it Steve Harper? Surely he left years ago?

  • Kenny

    Shame the clubs top scorer isn`t even in the squad
    😂😂😂

    • jordijohnty

      Eh! Who is that?

      • Kenny

        Elias Sorenson, 19 goals

        • jordijohnty

          There must be an underlying non football reason why he was not included. Never thought he would be

          • Wezza

            He played against Sunderland yesterday, probably why. Daft though.

        • Peaky

          Should have definitely been on bench…

          • Kenny

            It`s a mystery, ideal chance to see what he`s got,

        • fistsofsteel2

          Would love to see the lad get a chance…he can’t be any worse than what we currently have up front.

          • Kenny

            My thoughts exactly

        • Mrkgw

          Exactly – it’s madness Kenny. Where is the incentive to do well when you are consistently overlooked.

    • Peaky

      Shearer…???…😂🤣

  • 5floorshigh

    a team selection that underlines ‘no cup ambitions’…did MA pick the team or Rafa ?

    • Kenny

      There never is any cup ambition

    • fistsofsteel2

      He’s resting our top class quality players so they have the energy to spend 90mins defending with 9 at the back and 1 up front against Chelsea next week. Rafa is probably planning on getting beat off Chelsea, but hoping to keep our goal difference down. He truly is a master tactician.

  • Tommy

    same old same old, survival first, bet the Blackburn lads are quaking in their boots with Joselu starting.

  • Mrkgw

    Remarkable. What was wrong with giving Sorensen a go. Is it any surprise that the lad wants out?

    • Tommy

      I was called an idiot yesterday for saying the kid should get a chance.

      • Mrkgw

        Not in my eyes. Don’t get Rafa’s thinking on this. What has Longstaff done over Sorenson for example? Harker or Joselu even? Beyond a joke.

        • Duh

          I think he should get a shot too, at least on the bench but Rafa knows more than us.

    • csh

      I was only aware he’d requested a better contract. Where did you hear he wanted out?

      • Mrkgw

        Interpreted it that he would be off in the Summer. Lets face it, refusing to sign the new deal offered surely means that he has had enough? Granted, it may be money but other clubs are circling apparently. Of course, they will given his scoring ratio.

        • csh

          It could be that as we don’t know his thinking, but I’d imagine most players reject the first offer knowing there will usually be a more improved offer coming. The club is run by cheapskates though so let’s hope he gets what he’s after lol.

        • Billmag

          Aye and he like a canny few more kids like him maybe has a greedy agent.

        • fistsofsteel2

          Just seems like bad business by the club not to recognise his potential and pay enough to hold on to him. He’ll probably go elsewhere and end up doing great, worth millions. And Ashley is supposedly a good businessman…

  • Peaky

    All this fuss on the news about this fella from Japan paying £2.5m for a tuna……we paid £5m for a tin of corned beef from Stoke and didn’t get half this coverage….🐴🐴🐴

    • Mrkgw

      🤣

    • Tommy

      that teams a disgrace when we have a full week before the next match

      • fistsofsteel2

        Exactly! He could have played the first team and tried some new tactic/system and learnt something. This is now just a wasted opportunity, and pointless exercise.

    • fistsofsteel2

      🤣🤣😂

  • csh

    With Joselu up top it’s like playing with 10 men. Good opportunity to practise our defending then…

  • fistsofsteel2

    I’m off to get a Greggs vegan sausage roll before watching the game.
    Greggs – at the cutting edge of sausage roll technology.
    Howay the lads.

    • Peaky

      Stick a review on here later….

      • fistsofsteel2

        Sausage roll was pretty good. Knew it’s job and performed as expected.
        The Newcastle team, on the other hand…

    • Danimal

      Is the vegan sausage roll a metaphor for our squad under Ashley?

      • fistsofsteel2

        You know it…😁

      • fistsofsteel2

        I’m on the gin tonight, so have also purchased 4 lemons. Am I alluding to our January transfer window…🤪😁😉

        • Danimal

          See if you can borrow some warm, flat tonic, preferably after you’ve finished the gin.

  • Kenny

    Wonder if the King Rats there.

    • Mrkgw

      He will be beached somewhere.

      • Kenny

        I think he`s still on his Hols.

      • csh

        Let’s hope a stray harpoon finds him…

    • Peaky

      No….Monk uses his seat when he’s away….

      • Kenny

        I`ll keep an eye out for him.

  • Kenny

    I remember a while back that players who refused to sign a new contract were not to be involved with the 1st team, Mike`s law, i wonder if that`s why Sorenson isn`t involved

    • csh

      That would explain it perfectly. When given a choice using a stick is better than using a carrot for those in charge of our club.

      • Kenny

        Exactly

    • Tweed Mag

      He asked for 2500 pw, they have offered 1500 pw. The oaf spends that at the casino.

      • Kenny

        Peanuts, they`ll lose him.

    • Peaky

      Sorenson probably away down to get his Spurs kit sized up….nothing would surprise me anymore….

      • Kenny

        It`s strange, he was training with the 1st team and Rafa said he was doing well & then he was gone

      • steve

        More chance of Pochetino giving him gametime over Kane than Rafa giving him minutes over Joselu.

        • Kenny

          😂😂😂

    • fistsofsteel2

      Who can blame the lad. 19 goals and they offer him £1500 per week for 3yrs. He’s entitled to tell them where to stick it.

    • tom

      Hayden kind of blows that theory kenny

  • robbersdog

    I’m pleased that Woodman is being given a game. I think Darlow’s injured, but Rob Elliott? It’s clear that both are finished at the club.

    • Billmag

      Rafa’s already said Elliott is for sale.

      • Peaky

        Yeah I heard that and I’m sure I also heard Leeds sniffing around both Woodman and Darlow at one point.

        • Billmag

          True.

  • Jewell Ahmed

    Just switched on Blackpool versus Arsenal.

    The ground is virtually empty due to Blackpool fans staging a boycott. We need to look and learn from them.

    • Kenny

      Never happen

      • Jewell Ahmed

        Agree. More chance of hell freezing over.

    • Mrkgw

      Saw that. Credit to them, whatever individual views, they have acted collectively. Good luck to them.

    • Themoscow72

      They been boycotting for 11 years and still no change so they wasting their time.

      • Jewell Ahmed

        They were in the Premier League as recently as 2010 when they were getting full houses, so how could they have been boycotting for 11 years?

  • Billmag

    Lots of negativity towards the manager on here, let’s wait till after the game and see what happens. Prediction 2-0 to the lads, C’mon we need something to cheer us up.

    • Kenny

      The Rat dying would cheer me up for a year
      I`ve got 3-1

      • Billmag

        😂😂😂 Good luck Kenny.

        • Kenny

          £20 on Newcastle & £5 on Blackburn 2-1 in case it goes pear shaped

          • Billmag

            Thought you might have backed the Hoss to score the first goal.😀😀😀

          • Tweed Mag

            Who for?

          • Billmag

            😀😀😀

          • Coach Clagnut

            When? This week?

          • Kenny

            Stranger things have happened
            😁

          • fistsofsteel2

            £50k per week he should be scoring far more than he does..

          • Superdooperhooper

            Why do you think hoss is on 50k a week ?

          • fistsofsteel2

            Because he is.

          • Superdooperhooper

            OK you’ve won that argument . My apologies

          • WildBill

            That’s ye telt. 😅

  • Steven05

    Sorenson played yesterday. His time will come when Rafa thinks it should. Speaking of Rafa – can he just not win anymore? We win comfortably tonight picking up no injuries to the likes of Rondon, no complaints. If we are struggling with 20 minutes to go, he has options on the bench. And like it or not – we aren’t winning the FA Cup this season!

    • steve

      It was universal criticism when Pardew played weakened teams.

      • Steven05

        Pardew often lost 4 and 5 nil too

        • Tommy

          A loss is a loss

          • Steven05

            It is. But our club is so pathetic now that we have to consider goal difference keeping us in the league

      • Tommy

        Pardew`s weakened team was better than our current first team.

        • Steven05

          Which just highlights what Rafa is up against!!

      • The BBC is FAKENEWS

        Rafa is a top manager

        Pardew is a wally

  • Kenny

    I`m watching it in Arabic which is similar to the Mackems slaver

  • Coach Clagnut

    The Hoss has pulled up lame.

  • Andy Mac

    Does it honestly make a difference resting players if you’ve only got shlte to back them up ?🤔

  • Kenny

    Hoss missed an open goal from 8 yards

  • Tweed Mag

    Monk’s mates must have stood him up – BBC reckon about 30k attendance.

    • Themoscow72

      My crowd prediction was only 82 out so not bad. I only had to buy ten.

      • Tweed Mag

        Well done. Not often you get something right, but credit where it is due. Award yourself a gold star, absolutely smashing start to the week.

  • Peaky

    If nowt else at least we’ll know the level we’ll be playing against again next season.

    • Kenny

      Are you watching, it`s dire

      • The BBC is FAKENEWS

        No creativity, strength or pace in forward areas

        • Kenny

          Nothing at all

      • Peaky

        Just dipping in and out…the days of been stuck to the screen in anticipation are long long gone…getting to the point where I really can’t be arsed anymore.

        • Kenny

          Getting that way as well

          • Wezza

            Same here.

      • Leicester Mag

        I keep threatening my son that if he misbehaves I’ll take his PC off him. This gives me an idea of a far more potent punishment

  • The BBC is FAKENEWS

    Watching this highlights just how poor we are. We go down again, we won’t be coming back up for a long time.

    A complete lack of investment in attacking players for many years.

  • Kenny

    Hoss is Blackburn`s best defender

    • Peaky

      😂😂😂
      🐴🐴🐴

  • Wezza

    Utter dross and is anyone surprised?

    • Kenny

      It`s shocking, even with whiskey down me

  • Kenny

    Rondon & Shelvey on for the 2nd half

  • Leicester Mag

    Didn’t some knacka have an earlier article on here saying they were looking to this? We are to football what Joe Brand in Doc Martin’s is to ballet

    • Coach Clagnut

      Cruel…..but accurate.

      • Leicester Mag

        Accepted I’ve no idea what Jo Brand is like at ballet

        • Coach Clagnut

          I’d go for inelegant

          • Peaky

            She’s certainly nee Darcy Bussell…😉😉

          • Leicester Mag

            Eye and Hos is nee Super Mac

          • Coach Clagnut

            I don’t know. He seems to play the way I picture The Rt. Hon. Harold McMillan(deceased) would comport himself after being handed the jersey. The original Super Mac.

          • Kenny

            Imagine Jo Brand & Ashley on strictly

          • Leicester Mag

            Only if sponsored by Japan and Norway

          • Coach Clagnut

            Harpoons mandatory.

    • The BBC is FAKENEWS

      It is really worrying that our reserves are championship at best and we don’t seem to have an academy

  • Coach Clagnut

    It’s football Jim, just not as we know it.

    • Andy Mac

      Simply but beautifully put. I notice nobody ever says why can’t we have a team that plays the “Newcastle way” ? Whichever way it was I haven’t seen it for a loooooooooong time 🙄

  • Kenny

    Last 15 mins Blackburn were the better team

    • csh

      Playing with 10 men tonight. I hate being over critical of players but Joselu has to be one of the worst strikers I have ever seen.

      • Coach Clagnut

        He’s a striker??

        • csh

          Rumour is trades description is looking into the claims…

        • Dave Mitchison

          Couldn’t strike a båstãrd match

        • Peaky

          All I’m thinking when I see Hoss is…”Where’s my sunlounger please and could you point me in the right direction for the best tapas”…

      • Tweed Mag

        They are going to use VAR during half time to see if he really is a footballer

        • Peaky

          🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

          • Tweed Mag

            VAR reviewed – and decision is he is a steward

          • Coach Clagnut

            A bar steward?

        • Andy Mac

          Or maybe just to find out if he has a football brain ?🙄 Might be looking for a long while ?

      • Kenny

        Needs to be replaced, the only good thin about the game is Lejeune is back

      • WildBill

        Not one of. Just the!👎👎

  • ShearersRightPeg

    Woodman is never gonna make a Prem keeper he’s just too small and lacks presence. But that aside, very poor display and very negative tactics we should be all over them. Jacob Murphy is another who isnt gonna justify his price tag. Absolute knackers this reserve team

    • Kenny

      He`s a shot stopper & he`ll fill out

  • Danimal

    Sky lady making us sound like world beaters.

    • Kenny

      She gets a Harrods Hamper off Fatty

      • Peaky

        Is that a euphemism….

        • Leicester Mag

          Naa just unlikely he’d pass on any food

    • Leicester Mag

      Sports answer to Fox news

  • The BBC is FAKENEWS

    Hossalulu’s first half stats

    Goals: 0
    Assists: 0
    Shots: 0
    Shots on target: 0
    Fouls: 1
    Crosses: 0
    Dribbles: 0
    Passes completed 0%
    Tackles 0

    • Tweed Mag

      Better than I thought

      • The BBC is FAKENEWS

        Headers: 0

    • Dave Mitchison

      Are you sure his pass completion percentage was that high?

    • fistsofsteel2

      Just goes to prove Blackburn are a difficult team to break down…

  • Tommy

    Perez will come on in the 89 th minute and Monkseaton will give him man of the match

  • Leicester Mag

    This is fast turning into an episode of Ripping Yarns. If you’ve not seen it Google 8-1.

    • Themoscow72

      Yes I have it we watched it over X Mas the whole family. A few home truths for the wife and kids.

  • Mrkgw

    Come on Rafa – sort this out. Only a win is good enough. The supporters are otherwise being short changed. Bad enough that Ashley pulls the rug from beneath our feet.

  • Leicester Mag

    In a few hundred years they may wonder why a time capsule contains a picture of Hos a banjo and a cow’s rse

    • Kenny

      😂😂😂

  • The BBC is FAKENEWS

    What happened to Kenedy, did he go off injured?

    • csh

      Didn’t even notice he was ON the pitch…

    • Peaky

      Tattooist shuts at 7pm…

  • Kenny

    Rafa`s Achilles heel is Perez & Joselu, sad but true, he needs to get it sorted Asap

    • Leicester Mag

      The club’s Achilles heel is anyone paying to watch this pap

  • Kenny

    Leazes made a brief cameo today, i bet he`s sucking lemons at the minute
    😂😂

    • Peaky

      😂😂 just beat me to it.

      • Kenny

        He`ll be scourging himself
        😂

  • Peaky

    Leazes has only just returned from his sabbatical…..he’ll have a breakdown and need sectioning after this.

  • The BBC is FAKENEWS

    Looks like they have brought on Murphy for the second half

  • Guest

    Decision made
    Not listening to second half
    Going to watch luther . on catch up
    I’m told it’s a dark and depressing couple of hours
    So no change there
    Enjoy the goal fest lads

  • fistsofsteel2

    I think Rafa is hoping we can hang in a get a draw.

    • The BBC is FAKENEWS

      Rafa is not the problem, the squad is threadbare

      • Kenny

        I agree but it doesn`t help playing Hoss

        • The BBC is FAKENEWS

          I put Murphy into the same category as Hoss

  • Andy Mac

    Have Blackburn fans done the “Premier league you’re having a laugh” song yet ?😴

  • The BBC is FAKENEWS

    What a shot!

    £12million for a rugby player

    Under the bar Murphy, not 20ft over it!

  • Tommy

    Rafa waits to long to make subs

    • The BBC is FAKENEWS

      Tend to agree, but 4mins into the second half is maybe a bit soon

      • Tommy

        I would have subbed Joselu at half time

        • Dave Mitchison

          That’s 45 minutes to late

        • Peaky

          I would have subbed him in the warm up…

          • Tommy

            2 players never injured, Joselu & Perez.

        • The BBC is FAKENEWS

          Obviously he should never have even been signed

          • Coach Clagnut

            Murphy, Atsu & Joselu. 23 million.Someone’s on the take.

    • Coach Clagnut

      We’ve already got too many sandwiches on the pitch.

  • Coach Clagnut

    Odds are this game will last for 90 minutes. Unfortunately.

  • Andy Mac

    36 thousand foolhardy souls ? Minus the Blackburn bods of course ? You just can’t make this shlt up ?

  • Coach Clagnut

    Hahahahahahahaha….good on em.

    • Duh

      Mission accomplished

  • The BBC is FAKENEWS

    Kenedy should be fined £5k every time he does a stupid back heel

  • Andy Mac

    0-1 that’s it let’s go home

  • fistsofsteel2

    Joselu is an enigma in an enigma…a sausage in the wrong role…an anagram of melon…
    Come on Blackburn lol

  • Coach Clagnut

    Interviews after the game in the player’s lounge for the launch of The Keystone Football Cops. A few of our lot will be up for starring roles.

  • mentalman

    To think people wanted us to spend over £20million on kenedy

    • Duh

      Yeah sometimes spending money does not get you what you think you are going to get.

      Still I think something is not quite right there with him.

      • steve

        He’s been Rafa’d

  • fistsofsteel2

    Hope we can hang on to the 1-0 defeat. Think of the goal difference…oh wait..

    • Danimal

      Sky lady even managed to sound surprised about the away goal.

  • Kenny

    FFS, Get Rondon on, what a mess

    • Duh

      The last thing we need is a replay

  • Peaky

    The really sad and depressing thing is is anyone actually surprised we are losing at “fortress” SJP….??? I’m not…

    • Danimal

      No

    • csh

      Half expected them to beat us anyway, no surprise to me at all…

  • Andy Mac

    This is where we are right now, losing at home to a team 15th in the EFL. They look better than us, definitely have more fire power than us and by the looks of things more desire than us ? Over to you Fatman let’s see you pull another rabbit out of the hat ?

    • Kenny

      That`s not going to happen, he`s not interested.

    • Duh

      A few cheapo loans in the last week of January unless he sells the club

    • Coach Clagnut

      He’d just wolf it down before hurling into a fireplace.

  • Jonas

    Que sera sera
    whatever will be will be
    were going to purgatory (again)

    thanks to Ashley

  • Tweed Mag

    This is about pride. Don’t care who is playing, they should be at least having a go.

  • 5floorshigh

    reckon you could take all the blackburn team off the pitch and we would still struggle to score

  • Kenny

    This is a new low for the Toon

  • mentalman

    Rafa will leave the last two subs till atleast the 85th minute

  • Andy Mac

    IMHO if Rafa was bothered about winning this game he’d have hooked Hoss just as soon as they scored 🙄

    • mentalman

      All rafa is bothered about is getting to the end of his contract

  • Kenny

    I can`t believe he hasn`t put Rondon on.

    • Tweed Mag

      Don’t think they want to win Kenny. Its that bad.

      • Kenny

        Rafa will lose the fans if he keeps this up

        • Tweed Mag

          Like the rest of us he is sick of the oaf. The whole club is under a big fat cloud.

          • sickofthis

            Someone should ask Uncle Mike if we could do a protest. Just a little one. Nothing too inconvenient…

          • Tweed Mag

            Let’s send him an open letter

          • Coach Clagnut

            Nice and quiet

    • Wezza

      If he scores there’s a replay… where we will lose. Might as well just go out.

  • Wezza

    Kenedy doesn’t look interested.

    • Kenny

      Does anybody

    • mentalman

      Not many of them do

    • Tweed Mag

      He can go back to Chelsea

  • Kenny

    He`s put Atsu on, Jesus

    • mentalman

      And left kenedy on

      • Kenny

        Unbelievable

        • csh

          More unbelievable that Joselu got 95 minutes. Can’t wait to see The Mags rate the players post later on, see if he manages anything higher than a 1.

  • fistsofsteel2

    The ball’s the wrong shape. I’m sure we’d do much better kicking a rugby ball around…at least it would give us a chance.

  • Coach Clagnut

    A 2 hour amateur bagpipe competition would be an upgrade on this.

  • Peaky

    Sarri may as well see if there’s 11 kids having a kick about near the Kings Road fancy a game next Saturday night….he could rest through WHOLE club right down to the under 7’s…

  • Jonas

    Its no coincidence that these early pitiful cup exits have ran through Hughton, Pardew, Kinnear, McLaren, Benitez and whoever the next puppet is.

    I’d take a guess its something to do with a pitifully weak squad and chronically underfunded club in general.

    #magic of the cup

  • Michael Lisle

    Don,t worry, the team will be rewarded with some warm weather training in Spain while the fans endure another miserable weekend when the 4th round takes place. Negativity runs through the club from top to bottom. Total clean out required.

    • Coach Clagnut

      Club is dead in its current form.

      • Kenny

        Been dead for a while Coach

        • Coach Clagnut

          Getting the last rites now though.

          • Kenny

            Yip

  • Kenny

    Woodman` s earning his wages in the last 10 mins

    • mentalman

      Its a shame he is the only one

      • Kenny

        True

  • Wezza

    Monk will be blaming the fact Perez wasn’t on. Like he would have made a difference!
    Speak of the devil! BET he doesn’t get a touch!

    • Peaky

      Of that you can be certain…100%..

    • Kenny

      You`re spot on
      😂😂😂

  • Kenny

    Perez on, Not Rondon

    • Tweed Mag

      That clinches it – no way they wanted to win

    • mentalman

      Hoss and kenedy finish the match without actually starting

      • Peaky

        🤣😂🤣

      • Kenny

        I said earlier, Rafa`s Achilles heel are those 2 Hoss & Perez

      • Tweed Mag

        Get warmed up – you are coming off

  • Coach Clagnut

    Kenedy seems finally to have succumbed to ink poisoning.

  • Coach Clagnut

    Has any of our lot even got a sweat on?

    • Kenny

      For me not one player has put in a shift, Woodman has been Ok.

  • Wezza

    Perez wins the penalty – we won’t hear the end of this. Dive for me but if Salahs was pen.

    • Tweed Mag

      Ashley will be fuming

    • Kenny

      He`ll get MOTM

  • Coach Clagnut

    Oh shyt…we’ve got a penalty. Give it to the Hoss and let’s be done with the cup.

    • Kenny

      😂😂😂

  • Dave Mitchison

    Looking at the dross being served up by the 11 out there what would have been lost by playing Sorensen?

  • Wezza

    Yay! Replay! We will lose!!

  • Andy Mac

    Is this a comeback ? I’ve heard about them before ? Don’t recall seeing one ?

    • Coach Clagnut

      Nah…we don’t do them things.

    • Danimal

      Also, is that thing in brackets next to the minute something to do with a foul in the penalty area? I keep seeing it next to Crystal Palace’s goals and wondered what it meant.

      • sickofthis

        The P stands for pity. Its when the ref can see its the only way we will score. Great new idea from the FA.

        • Danimal

          Smashing, cheers.

  • Coach Clagnut

    Damn…we equalised. Bet Rafa’s overjoyed.

    • Kenny

      It`s the only thing we have done

      • Coach Clagnut

        Apart from being embarrassing, you’re spot on.

  • fistsofsteel2

    Perez has made the difference…came on and changed the game.
    Hope his hair’s ok.

    • Duh

      That’s a disaster

    • Tweed Mag

      Did what he is good at – fell over when challenged

      • Duh

        Did not follow Rafa’s instructions to make sure we lose the game

      • Kenny

        1 Pen at his 300th dive

  • Wezza

    Of all the decisions we don’t get I can’t believe that was a penalty!

    Monk:

    “Super Perez changed the game and brought new life. I’ve bought 16 tickets for the replay.”

    • Peaky

      I’m boycotting The Mag tomorrow…won’t be able to put up with Monk’s drivel….he’ll be wankinghimself bandy tonight…

      • Dave Mitchison

        He will be sat in the corner wåñkīng like a circus chimp

        • Coach Clagnut

          on meth

      • Jonas

        not just tonight, not just nights, from what i hear on here

      • Superdooperhooper

        Mr loyalty points rasputin doesn’t post on weekends . You’re safe until Monday morning

  • Kenny

    1 things for sure a replay won`t be on the Telly unless it`s the only 1

    • Coach Clagnut

      small mercies

      • Kenny

        Indeed

  • Jonas

    the FA cup is all about tradition and maybe this will be the traditional replay (and win) at Blackburn in early rounds.
    Hottiger, Clark, Saha and Shearer and all that

  • Coach Clagnut

    Joselu…you gotta laff

    • mentalman

      He’s been watching perez’ theatrics too much

    • Kenny

      Great pass from Shelvey

      • Coach Clagnut

        indeed, a great ball. The 3 second highlight of the game.

        • Kenny

          that was it.

  • fistsofsteel2

    Good to see Shelvey controlling the game and playing so many magnificent Hollywood passes…what would we do without his genius footballing ability. Why isn’t he playing for England?

  • Kenny

    Thank God it`s over, just awful.

  • Tommy

    Rafa should be shot for putting out that team.

    • WildBill

      Of you think that’s bad wait for the replay mate. Cardiff a few days later. It will be even worse…..if that’s possible.

      • Tommy

        When is the replay

        • WildBill

          Ten days time. Tuesday or Wednesday, 15th or 16th

    • Mr_Kinnear

      Are the first team really any better?

  • Wezza

    No way am I watching the replay and the travelling fans who go down to ewood will need reimbursed!

    • fistsofsteel2

      …or sectioned.

    • Kenny

      Hard to watch such krap from a Newcastle team

  • fistsofsteel2

    We got what Rafa always plays for…a draw.

    • Ruel Intentions

      I don’t think Rafa played for a draw today. We were just awful. Players selected were good enough to win the game but let him down.

      Our best 11 is barely good enough to compete in the top tier, playing at its best level.

      The layer behind that are shocking, as demonstrated today.

      Nothing to look forward to now for the rest of the season, because sure as you like, we will lose the replay…

  • Kenny

    Life won`t be worth living when Monks online
    Perez saves the game, blah, blah, blah.

    • Tweed Mag

      Never mind, Cheryl is on the telly, leave Monk to another day

    • ScreamStevie

      God knows how the Mag are going to cope with that…

    • Kneebotherm8

      😂

  • Superdooperhooper

    Hooray! We got a draw ! At home! Against Blackburn ! Let joy be unconfined

    • Mr_Kinnear

      The Mighty Blackburn, scourge of Europe.

  • Mrkgw

    1-1. Embarrassing. Rafa got it wrong again, but Ashley is the chief culprit. Disgusting.

    • Kenny

      I`m a Rafa man but he got it wrong today.

      • Mrkgw

        I know his hands are massively tied Kenny and I can be critical of him but what a mess eh. How many more kicks to the stomach can we supporters take?

        • Kenny

          It`s getting beyond a joke

          • Mrkgw

            Agreed. We need the despicable one to go. He has caused enough misery to last the region a lifetime.

        • Mr_Kinnear

          51000 every home game. Until the crowds are way down Ashley won’t care. Profit is the bottom line

    • Ruel Intentions

      Rafa didn’t get anything wrong; the players are just rubbish. With the midfield we had on the pitch we should have been able to boss that game, but the players who needed to impress did not respond at all.

  • Billmag

    Woodman long way from being ready, needs to go out on loan, Murphy also needs to go out on loan, Kenedy needs to go back to Chelsea so we can free up some space, Joselu just needs to go, anywhere will do.

    • Kenny

      Woodman did what he had to do in the 2nd half, he needs to play games.
      loan him out until the end of the season, for me Murphy & Muto are a waste of £20m

      • Billmag

        Agreed, Murphy’s confidence looks shot to bits.

        • Kenny

          I honestly don`t know why we bought him when a number 10`s been the priority for years

        • Ruel Intentions

          He’s got some talent, but really missed his chance today. He must have known he was going to get to start this match, and he just did not perform.

  • Danimal

    So close to a major cup upset, only some poor finishing by Joselu prevented it.

    • Kenny

      He was truly shocking today, he should never play another game for the toon

      • Billmag

        He looks half asleep, his eyelids don’t look fully open.

      • fistsofsteel2

        How long has he got left on his £50k per week contract?

  • We’ll support you evermore

    Last thing we needed a replay few days before Cardiff. Needs to play first team down there and we will easily do them. Pointless playing Hayden once again as he doesn’t want to be here and it shows. Roll on Chelsea via a little trip to the dark side.

  • Vodkamagpie

    Terrible game. Will never understand why Rafa plays joselu, I’ll give Sorenson a chance, its impossible to play worse than joselu. Shelvey needs to start games, rafa needs to leave. I’m sorry, but we need to play more positive football

    • South toon

      Agreed!

    • NUFCLX

      Yes, let’s hound Rafa out the club, just like we did with Sir Bobby, everything will be Rosey then. Get a new manager in so we can start attacking every team and start beating teams 4 or 5 nil.
      Your a genius.

    • Billmag

      And who pray is these phantom attackers, you know the ones that play positive football, the one’s that loose the ball in midfield, the player’s that can’t string two passes together, get real man this club is a disaster and one man is trying to keep it together.

      • Themoscow72

        Did you see my crowd estimate I gave you was only 82 out. Rafa plays with one up front against a Championship side with the striker isolated. You cannot make it up and Ashley not to blame.

        • Wezza

          It isn’t Rafas fault he had not been given every penny to strengthen the squad though is it?

    • Steve Hughes

      You wanna lay of the vodka…clueless idiot!!

      • Vodkamagpie

        Yes, must be the vodka that is clouding my judgment of joselu, I think he is the worst striker in the world, I think we play super defensive, try keep a clean sheet and hope we nick a goal somehow. I must truly give up the vodka, because what I see is a load of [email protected] tactics and poor team selections

  • South toon

    Im tired of poor rafa
    He has all the blame on this one, he states that wining games and goals is the key to confidence…..how about not publicly stating that our players aren’t good enough!
    I no it all boils down to Mike Ashley but I’m fed up of the poor team selections and the late subs!
    A win at st James park would have cone wonders for there confidence, but instead they get booed off the pitch

    • Ruel Intentions

      The team he selected is pretty much the one I expected, and pretty much what I would have done. It should have been plenty good enough to win this game but players who needed to impress like Murphy, Kenedy and Hayden just did not respond.

      Easy to blame the manager, but it was the players who were responsible for a very poor showing today.

      • South toon

        I get it but Hayden and Murphy are championship level and Kennedy is lost atm, but when you could see we were not gona score at 1 nil down, you need to change it quicker!
        He waits to long to make changes,and he needs to play more attacking football

  • Andy Mac

    I’m no manager but I do know that Rafa s headline “8 changes but a team picked to win” was pure BS. Tbh the first XI would have struggled to beat Rovers on current form. So why pick Joselu when there’s nothing to suggest he’ll ever score again ?

    Maybe working with the Fatman has finally worn him down ?

    • Gallowgate Dave

      Sadly (and I’m a Rafa fan) his history suggests he was always going to rotate and it’s counterproductive in my opinion. We have a full week before a (probably) unwinnable game vs Chelski and now we have an away replay around the time of the (possibly) must win Cardiff game with a side that’s now damaged further in confidence. What’s the point in a footy team that can’t win the league and doesn’t actually want to win a cup?

      • KennyS

        To be honest I think these players before or after losing confidence simply aren’t good enough. You are right there has to be a point to a teams existence, to me sport is about winning or at least trying to win and if you don’t win at least you tried.

        The point of Newcastle is a vehicle for Ashleys promotion of other businesses, it doesn’t have a plan or any direction I know of, we are losing the essence of what it means to be someone who follows football and we are watching the death of our beloved team.

        • Gallowgate Dave

          Absolutely agree with you that we have ceased to be NUFC and now exist as the Sports Direct works team but it’s more than just an NUFC problem, it’s the scourge of modern football. You have 14 teams in the Premier League now actively seeking to get knocked out the cups as they’d rather prioritise the pursuit of money (17th place or above), I can’t think of a single other sport where losing to chase money instead is encouraged?

  • Gallowgate Dave

    7th to 20th in the Premier League (who have almost nowt to play for) should be busting a nut to win a cup and the fact that they all actually want to be knocked out early is the worst scourge of modern day football. 17th in the league and another ride on the gravy train above all else! They’ve even convinced half the fans that’s the right thing to do!! We’re out the League Cup, weren’t in Europe, the FA Cup is 6 games for crissakes, can their poor little tired legs not take it?! It’s why I don’t and probably won’t ever attend a cup game, what’s the point? I’d only get angry that I cared more than they did. Not to mention it’s counter-productive, our confidence is damaged and we now have an away replay to play right before an important league game. Ridiculous.

    • Andy Mac

      Yup we were playing two games a week two seasons ago with more or less the same squad ? Sure there’s more quality in the PL but we’re not winning many of those games or competing in them either ?

      Wigan and Brum both won Cups and went down. We just go down 🙄

  • KennyS

    Can you imagine being in Rafas position on the touchline… watching a team that forgets everything it does in training, on the pitch “why has he just passed the ball back when there was space in front of him to run into”, “I never told him to kick the ball 20 yards above the bar”, “I never told Joselu to be $h!t” and “God dammit I if only I had someone with half a brain”.

    You can’t defend, attack, score and save a goal going in when you are standing on the touchline, subs are not even worth talking about.