Tony Mowbray was proud of his team after their performance and result at St James Park.

However, the Blackburn boss believes is side should have won.

Difficult to disagree with him when he declares ‘I couldn’t see Newcastle scoring..’ as all of us who were there, were thinking the same thing.

Blackburn were decent and Newcastle were terrible, it was shocking to see the lack of ability and/or desire from so many in black and white.

The visitors played the better football and deserved to be in front but as Tony Mowbray points out, the substitutions did eventually change the result.

Some of Jonjo Shelvey’s passing was exceptional as Blackburn tired, the only problem being that it was the likes of Joselu who he was hitting with the odd sublime pass.

Atsu and Perez then came on and Newcastle were at last on top and looking like they might get something, neither of them are brilliant but what had gone before made even them look a class above.

It was Perez who won the penalty and Ritchie who dispatched it.

Tony Mowbray was born and bred in the north east down the coast at Saltburn and he reminds us all of the powerful things that still exist when you talk about Newcastle United, stating ‘Newcastle is a massive club, a historic club in the English game, have a manager who has won the European Cup and the support base who turn up every week.’

One day that potential will be unleashed once again…but it won’t be seen in a week and a half’s time at Ewood Park.

Newcastle now facing the grim prospect of an unwanted extra match only a few days before the key Premier League match at home to Cardiff.

Tony Mowbray:

“It’s very quiet in there [Blackburn dressing room], they are disappointed.

“I couldn’t see Newcastle scoring but to be honest, fatigue, a soft penalty, VAR confirmed it, so we will accept it.

“l am disappointed.

“The team we saw was the team that just came off playing the top four in the Championship back to back, that’s the performance level we have given. Hard working and honest.

“Then Newcastle brought on better quality.

“We were in League One last year, so it’s a great credit to these players because most played in League One.

“I am from the North-East, Newcastle is a massive club, a historic club in the English game, have a manager who has won the European Cup and the support base who turn up every week.

“He made a lot of changes, eight, when the quality came on it made a difference.

“We know we have a a tough test coming in the replay and hopefully supporters turn out at Ewood Park.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Blackburn 1

Goals…

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

Newcastle United:

Woodman, Manquillo , Schar, Lejeune, Sterry, Ritchie, Longstaff (Perez 80), Hayden (Shelvey 57), Murphy (Atsu 75), Kenedy, Joselu

Unused Subs:

Harker, Clark, Yedlin, Rondon

Crowd: 36,440  (3,000 Blackburn)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction HERE)

(Rafa Benitez “A replay is bad news” – Read HERE)

(Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players v Blackburn – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 1 Blackburn 1 – Match report HERE)



  • Toontaff

    Beyond daft, now! Negative, negative, negative!
    Perez, Atsu and Shelvey come on and we dominate – so why not start them, especially Shelvey? Blackburn played their best players. No point keeping on about not wanting a replay/extra game – it should be a positive – giving Sterry, Woodman, Longstaff, Joselu, Murphy, Manquillo, Lejeune extra game time. Add in Lazaar, Callum Roberts, Sorenson, Clark –
    4-4-2 – Woodman, Sterry, Lejeune, Clark, Manquillo, Lazaar, Longstaff, Roberts, Murphy, Sorenson, The Hoss – job done.
    Win/lose, no draw, due to extra time/penalties.

    • Leazes.

      Because its a competition we cant win….. and nobody at the club wants with such a weak and poor squad….but are obliged to play in.

      Nobody told Perez who took a dive or Ritchie who put away the kick….. or the fools who bought tickets for the irrelevance for that matter! When the goal went in I think Rafa’s head sunk into his hands

      Like the Man United supporter said last week…. we’ve had our ‘Cup Final’… we lost.

      It has been this way since Ashley bought the club…. why expect anything different…. Rafa has a weaker squad than Pardew!

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Imagine even if Rafa had Pardews squad!

  • Billmag

    The reaction of poster’s on this message board is the same after every Cup competition, people having a go at manager’s past and present, since the fat oaf took over this club Cup competition’s have never ever been his priority, so why everyone is having a dig at Rafa is beyond me.

  • Until Perez and Shelvey came on we had 2-3 decent chances that Joselu tried to score. He was above his usual self in that game but should have scored at least one.
    Murphy and Kenedy wasted every chance they got with really awful decision-making near and inside the box!
    Why doesn’t any of our players try a one-two to get in the box? This is so simple and yet none of our players ever try it but Perez and Manquillo!

  • Andy Mac

    I dont think we’d be having these discussions if Gayle had been playing yesterday ? Yet somehow or other we kept the donkey ?🤔

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Neither could we…

  • graham18

    At this present time,I’m not bothered about an FA Cup run.We just want the FCB OUT!!!

  • GToon

    ……………Is a quote from (insert opposing managers name), manager of any team we have played this year.

    • Taz

      Or spectators