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  • Newcastle 1-2 Blackburn: Pedersen great-strike, Carrol great-header

    Blackburn continued their winning record at St. James' Park and consigned Newcastle to their first loss in four Premier League matches with a 2-1 win.
    Goals from Morten Gamst Pedersen and Jason Roberts either side of Andy Carroll's headed equaliser gave Sam Allardyce's side their first back-to-back wins of the season.

    Blackburn started well, and were ahead within four minutes when Pedersen smashed home from eight yards after Brett Emerton had dispossessed the dallying Cheick Tiote inside the Newcastle area.

    Carroll scored a trademark header just minutes into the second half, but Blackburn won the game late on through substitute Roberts, as he beat Mike Williamson in the air before running on and slotting underneath Tim Krul.

    In a frantic first half, the visitors were the stronger side and through Pedersen threatened to extend their lead when his left-footed volley which looked to be flying into the top corner was blocked well by Williamson.

    The first 20 minutes flew by at a pace which seemed to suit Blackburn who were happy to defend in numbers and to hit Newcastle on the break.

    As the tempo of the game slowed Newcastle grew into the match, but still found no real way to threaten the Blackburn goal and keeper Paul Robinson had very little to do in the first half.

    However, just two minutes into the second half Newcastle found an equaliser when a Joey Barton free-kick was converted by Carroll at the far post for the striker's seventh goal of the season.

    Newcastle looked to try and kick on and get ahead but Blackburn defended well, and in spells looked the more dangerous side and forced Newcastle to defend deep in their own half.

    Chris Hughton had looked to change things at half-time by bringing on Nile Ranger for Shola Ameobi who had been carrying a knock coming into the game, but Ranger was ineffectual and failed to trouble the Rovers defence, unlike David Hoilett whose pace caused the Newcastle back line all manner of problems.

    Hoilett was booked for diving after going down far too easily after beating Williamson and Danny Simpson down the left. However, as the referee took down Hoilett's name, Barton lashed out at Pedersen and with the referee unsighted may face further penalty from the FA if they deem the incident to be serious enough.

    With Newcastle chasing the victory, Blackburn looked to defend for the last 20 minutes; however they still looked to hit Newcastle on the break and Roberts showed great strength to first beat Jonas Gutierrez in the air before then outjumping Williamson and finishing past Krul.

    The striker didn't celebrate but Sam Allardyce and Blackburn Rovers did as they won their fifth straight game at St. James' Park.
    Jamie Nazareth / Eurosport


    Team Line-up:

    Newcastle United: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi. SUBS: Soderberg, Campbell, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Smith, Steven Taylor, Ranger.

    Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Givet, Samba, Nelsen, Salgado, Emerton, Jones, Pedersen, Chimbonda, Hoilett, Kalinic. Subs: Bunn, Dunn, El-Hadji Diouf, Goulon, Roberts, Hanley, Mame Diouf.


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