Newcastle 1 Blackburn 1 – Saturday 5 January 5.30pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Newcastle drawing 1-1 in a dismal FA Cup third round game.
A reply nobody wanted…
“Gutted at how odd today feels.
“The 5:30 Kick off, the feeling that Rafa wouldn’t be able to play a strong enough team.
“I found the whole thing quite depressing, a sombre day to remind us how far both NUFC and the FA Cup have fallen in recent times.
“Hopefully by the time of the replay we have a new owner and some new signings to boot.
“A big ask I know.”
“Really poor game.
“Obviously glad we are still in the cup but can’t see where we are going to score goals from in the reply, if we play with the same forward line.
“Pinch ourselves, we’re in the draw for the fourth round ;)”
“We didn’t lose a home game and we actually got awarded a penalty.
“Small mercies on an abject January day that will see us having to contest a replay at Ewood Park.
“Things have a very bleak feeling at Newcastle Utd these days and another home loss would have been a kick in the teeth.
“Benitez made the changes we all expected and it was dire.
“That we get another crack at reaching the fourth round is some comfort but the last 12 years FA Cup misery cannot be erased.”
“Very uninspiring first half.
“Some players not interested clearly – Hayden for example!
“Second half only a little better but out of jail with a fortunate equaliser
“Decent crowd with quite a large but quiet away following.
“Quite frankly disappointing day, some fringe players failed to take their opportunity.
“Live to fight another day.”
“Utter crap game, no one wanted a replay and Blackburn’s timewasting at the end beggared belief.
“This match sees a lot of kids get to a first/rare match and it must be killing their enthusiasm to watch dross like this.
“Hayden just needs mothballed until sold as he doesn’t want to be on the pitch and Joselu was below even his standards.
“Shelvey and Perez salvaged the game.
“If Kenedy, Murphy etc had run at their defence like Perez did for the penalty we’d maybe have a 4th round exit to look forward to again, instead of inevitably crumbling in front of about 12,000 on a wet night at Ewood.
“Don’t think we were likely to win this cup anyway…”
“The worst result we could possibly have got and I would include a defeat in that.
“Unless we win a couple of league games in the meantime, which is unlikely, a scratch side must be played in the replay.
“Just play the kids/fringe players.”
“Why Matt Ritchie even bothered to send us into a replay is beyond me.
“Why 36,000 showed up is beyond me.
“Why Mike Ashley is still here is beyond me.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Blackburn 1
Newcastle – Ritchie 84 (Pen)
Blackburn – Dack 56
Possession was Blackburn 46% Newcastle 54%
Total shots were Blackburn 7 Newcastle 19
Shots on target were Blackburn 3 Newcastle 9
Corners were Blackburn 8 Newcastle 7
Referee: Kevin Friend
Woodman, Manquillo , Schar, Lejeune, Sterry, Ritchie, Longstaff (Perez 80), Hayden (Shelvey 57), Murphy (Atsu 75), Kenedy, Joselu
Harker, Clark, Yedlin, Rondon
Crowd: 36,440 (3,000 Blackburn)