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Blackburn   0 - 0   Newcastle

David Dunn and Kevin Nolan
Blackburn and Newcastle remain mid table

By Nabil Hassan

Newcastle and Blackburn played out a goalless draw in a game that the Magpies dominated at Ewood Park.

Rovers forward Roque Santa Cruz headed against the post after a flick-on by towering defender Chris Samba.

Peter Lovenkrands went close for the Magpies, hitting the bar with a fine lob after he had been played in by the excellent Jose Enrique on the left.

Rovers keeper Paul Robinson was busy throughout, saving Leon Best's header and Fabricio Coloccini's volley.

Newcastle kept faith with the same side that produced an amazing comeback against Arsenal last weekend and they started with plenty of endeavour at Ewood Park.

Pardew praises 'on their game' Newcastle

Their first attack saw Kevin Nolan just fail to connect with Joey Barton's cut back but it was Blackburn who came closest to breaking the deadlock.

Keeper Robinson's hopeful long punt was flicked on by Samba and Santa Cruz crashed a header against the post from six yards out.

It was Blackburn's last real chance of the half which Newcastle went on to dominate.

Lovenkrands had their best effort of the opening 45 minutes, hitting the bar with a delightful lob following a fine pass from the dangerous Enrique on the left.

Soon after, Martin Olsson was lucky to stay on the pitch after he elbowed Barton - an incident that was missed by referee Stuart Attwell.

Rovers had a decent chance but David Dunn blazed over the bar after good work from Junior Hoilett down the Rovers left.

Newcastle and in particular Enrique continued to trouble Blackburn with Nolan, Barton and Cheik Ismael Tiote also impressive in midfield.

Best went close from a Newcastle corner - one of six they were awarded in the first half - with the Magpies forward volleying wide from eight yards.

Lovenkrands only just failed to connect with another Enrique cross in what was becoming a one-sided affair at Ewood Park but despite Newcastle dominating, Blackburn held out with the half ending goalless.

Blackburn's reaction to Newcastle's dominance was to send on Morten Gamst Pedersen and Jason Roberts at the break but Newcastle started the half as they ended it - in the ascendancy.

Clean sheet was our priority - Kean

Danny Simpson sent over a cross which Lovenkrands failed to connect with and Best headed straight at Robinson soon after.

Robinson was again called into action with Coloccini volleying straight at the Rovers keeper from close range after Barton had initially found him on the edge of the box with an out-swinging corner.

Newcastle increased the pressure as the half wore on but despite their endeavour they could not break down a resilient Blackburn defence.

At the other end, Jonas Gutierrez dominated at the back for Newcastle with Blackburn's forwards struggling to make any impression on the game.

Blackburn made their third and final substitution with 25 minutes remaining, with Brett Emerton coming on for Dunn as they looked for ways to stem the Newcastle tide.

Best came close to getting on the end of Barton's cross but he was inches away from connecting. It was an incident that summed up Newcastle's afternoon.

Samba proved an effective target for Rovers at set pieces and the defender headed straight at Steve Harper from Robinson's free kick.

Newcastle brought on Shefki Kuqi for his debut in injury time as they looked for an unlikely winner, but the game ended goalless.


Blackburn manager Steve Kean:
"In the last three games we've been getting double-figure shots on goal but today it wasn't our day and we will have to respect a point.

"I felt we were edgy from the first minute and a little bit frantic. We rushed our passes and never got started. We never got any rhythm into our play.

"A few games ago we were playing fantastically and ending up with nothing. We dug in and to get a clean sheet against a team who scored four against Arsenal last week was pleasing."

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew:
"I'm pleased with that after the performance against Arsenal. We've had enough excitement for one week. A dull game is just what we needed.

"It's tinged with disappointment because our performance was really excellent. We stood up to them really well and bossed the movement and passing.

"The only disappointment was around the final third where our moment never arrived or we just made the wrong decision. Perhaps we should have worked their keeper a bit harder."


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Saturday, 12 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 0-0 Newcastle FT
(HT 0-0)

      Blackburn

      Substitutes

      Newcastle

      Substitutes

      Ref: AttwellAtt: 26,781
      BLACKBURN
      NEWCASTLE

      Possession

      • Blackburn 43%
      • Newcastle 57%

      Attempts on target

      • Blackburn 0
      • Newcastle 6

      Attempts off target

      • Blackburn 4
      • Newcastle 6

      Corners

      • Blackburn 2
      • Newcastle 11

      Fouls

      • Blackburn 11
      • Newcastle 11
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:30 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
      • 90:00+2:59 James Perch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Roberts. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
      • 90:00+2:22 Jason Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
      • 90:00+1:42 Booking The referee cautions Joey Barton for unsporting behaviour.
      • 90:00+0:48 The ball is crossed by Joey Barton.
      • 89:57 Centre by Brett Emerton, clearance by Kevin Nolan.
      • 89:31 Substitution Shefki Kuqi on for Leon Best.
      • 89:10 A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Nile Ranger takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
      • 88:36 The ball is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Steve Harper.
      • 87:43 The referee penalises Brett Emerton for handball. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
      • 85:58 Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the left by-line, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.
      • 84:18 Nikola Kalinic concedes a free kick for a foul on Mike Williamson. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
      • 83:43 Jonas Gutierrez crosses the ball.
      • 80:59 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Steve Harper.
      • 80:51 Centre by Ryan Nelsen, James Perch gets a block in.
      • 80:43 Jermaine Jones delivers the ball.
      • 80:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Best on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
      • 80:17 Booking The referee shows Cheik Tiote a yellow card.
      • 79:13 A cross is delivered by Fabricio Coloccini, blocked by Martin Olsson.
      • 78:45 Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
      • 77:59 Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the left by-line, Paul Robinson makes a save.
      • 76:14 Substitution Nile Ranger joins the action as a substitute, replacing Peter Lovenkrands.
      • 75:07 Danny Simpson concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Olsson. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 75:07 Substitution James Perch comes on in place of Danny Simpson.
      • 73:53 The ball is crossed by Peter Lovenkrands, clearance by Martin Olsson.
      • 72:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Cheik Tiote. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
      • 69:29 The ball is sent over by Danny Simpson, Paul Robinson makes a save.
      • 67:20 Brett Emerton challenges Cheik Tiote unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin Nolan.
      • 66:42 Joey Barton produces a cross, Shot on goal by Jonas Gutierrez from just inside the area goes over the target.
      • 65:25 Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross.
      • 63:56 Substitution Brett Emerton replaces David Dunn.
      • 63:08 Foul by Cheik Tiote on Nikola Kalinic, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
      • 62:53 Joey Barton sends in a cross, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
      • 62:06 Unfair challenge on Peter Lovenkrands by David Dunn results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
      • 61:56 Cheik Tiote sends in a cross, Martin Olsson makes a clearance.
      • 61:27 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Joey Barton, save by Paul Robinson.
      • 61:02 Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
      • 60:51 Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Nzonzi.
      • 60:40 The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
      • 60:06 A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
      • 59:47 Joey Barton crosses the ball, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
      • 59:16 Michel Salgado challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
      • 59:16 Booking Michel Salgado is cautioned.
      • 57:51 Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball.
      • 57:22 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jason Roberts. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
      • 54:33 Jason Roberts fouled by Jonas Gutierrez, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
      • 54:33 Booking Jonas Gutierrez shown a yellow card.
      • 53:51 Joey Barton takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.
      • 53:03 Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the left by-line, Shot by Fabricio Coloccini from 12 yards. Save by Paul Robinson.
      • 52:54 The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
      • 52:25 Martin Olsson challenges Leon Best unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
      • 51:16 A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
      • 51:08 The ball is swung over by Danny Simpson.
      • 49:52 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Leon Best. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
      • 47:41 Jonas Gutierrez produces a cross, Effort on goal by Joey Barton from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
      • 47:22 A cross is delivered by Martin Olsson, save made by Steve Harper.
      • 46:16 The ball is sent over by Jermaine Jones, save by Steve Harper.
      • 46:00 Centre by Danny Simpson, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
      • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
      • 45:01 Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Jason Roberts coming on for Roque Santa Cruz.
      • 45:01 Substitution David Hoilett goes off and Morten Gamst Pedersen comes on.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:05 The ref blows to end the first period.
      • 42:58 The ball is sent over by Michel Salgado, Steve Harper makes a save.
      • 42:10 David Dunn takes the outswinging corner, Cheik Tiote makes a clearance.
      • 41:15 The referee blows for offside against Leon Best. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 39:34 The ball is swung over by David Dunn.
      • 37:17 Martin Olsson delivers the ball.
      • 36:47 Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball, save by Paul Robinson.
      • 35:48 The ball is delivered by Kevin Nolan, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
      • 35:41 Cheik Tiote delivers the ball, clearance by Christopher Samba.
      • 35:29 Centre by Peter Lovenkrands, Michel Salgado gets a block in.
      • 34:45 The ball is crossed by Danny Simpson.
      • 33:37 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
      • 32:52 Shot by Nikola Kalinic from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
      • 32:18 Foul by Peter Lovenkrands on Martin Olsson, free kick awarded. David Dunn restarts play with the free kick.
      • 31:05 Joey Barton takes the outswinging corner, Close range effort by Leon Best misses to the right of the goal.
      • 30:59 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
      • 30:14 Martin Olsson produces a cross.
      • 29:37 The ball is delivered by Joey Barton, blocked by Steven Nzonzi.
      • 27:47 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joey Barton, Header from close in by Mike Williamson misses to the left of the target.
      • 26:37 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
      • 26:24 Danny Simpson crosses the ball.
      • 26:02 Jonas Gutierrez produces a cross, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen.
      • 25:11 Effort from outside the penalty box by Jonas Gutierrez goes wide right of the target.
      • 23:50 Cheik Tiote takes a shot. Ryan Nelsen gets a block in.
      • 22:56 Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton.
      • 22:43 Jonas Gutierrez crosses the ball, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
      • 22:06 David Dunn concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheik Tiote. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
      • 21:46 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikola Kalinic. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
      • 20:33 David Hoilett sends in a cross, save made by Steve Harper.
      • 19:05 The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
      • 17:19 Effort on goal by David Dunn from just inside the area clears the bar.
      • 17:10 The ball is sent over by David Hoilett, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
      • 16:59 Centre by David Hoilett, clearance made by Mike Williamson.
      • 16:09 The ball is crossed by Joey Barton, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
      • 15:19 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
      • 14:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by David Hoilett. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
      • 14:02 Peter Lovenkrands takes a shot.
      • 13:42 The ball is delivered by Danny Simpson.
      • 12:50 Joey Barton takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Jermaine Jones manages to make a clearance.
      • 12:43 Centre by Joey Barton.
      • 11:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton by David Dunn. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
      • 11:04 Martin Olsson crosses the ball, Danny Simpson gets a block in.
      • 9:02 Roque Santa Cruz has a headed effort at goal from close in that bounces off the post.
      • 8:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Dunn by Kevin Nolan. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
      • 6:53 Nikola Kalinic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
      • 6:01 Cheik Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Kalinic. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
      • 5:08 Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
      • 4:47 Centre by Joey Barton, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
      • 4:42 Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
      • 3:37 Jermaine Jones challenges Mike Williamson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
      • 1:22 Effort from deep inside the area by Jermaine Jones misses to the left of the goal.
      • 0:35 Unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Danny Simpson results in a free kick. Ryan Nelsen restarts play with the free kick.
      • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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      Barclays Premier League table snapshot

      As it stood on 12 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Man Utd 26 32 57
      2 Arsenal 26 29 53
      3 Man City 27 19 49
      4 Tottenham 26 9 47
      5 Chelsea 25 24 44
      6 Liverpool 27 3 39
      7 Sunderland 27 0 37
      8 Bolton 26 -1 33
      9 Stoke 26 -2 33
      10 Newcastle 26 2 32
      11 Blackburn 27 -8 32
      12 Fulham 26 0 30
      13 Everton 25 -1 30
      14 Birmingham 25 -8 30
      15 Aston Villa 27 -15 30
      16 Blackpool 26 -11 29
      17 West Brom 26 -17 27
      18 Wigan 27 -18 27
      19 West Ham 27 -18 25
      20 Wolves 26 -19 24

      see also
      Saturday football as it happened
      12 Feb 11 |  Football
      Saturday's football photos
      12 Feb 11 |  Football
      Pardew praises 'on their game' Newcastle
      12 Feb 11 |  Newcastle
      Clean sheet was our priority - Kean
      12 Feb 11 |  Blackburn



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