Published: Wed, January 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Blackburn v Newcastle: Back Rovers to shoot down Magpies

Blackburn v Newcastle: Back Rovers to shoot down Magpies

The visitors had gone 2-0 ahead thanks to goals by 21-year-old local players, with Sean Longstaff scoring off a deflected shot inside the first minute and Callum Roberts adding a second in the 22nd.

But Blackburn hit back through Adam Armstrong, a former Newcastle player and lifelong fan of the Magpies, and Darragh Lenihan's header before halftime.

And Republic of Ireland global Darragh Lenihan equalised for Blackburn with a header in first-half stoppage time.

Newcastle avoided becoming the latest English Premier League team to be upset by lower-league opposition in the FA Cup by beating second-tier Blackburn 4-2 after extra time in a third-round replay on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT).

Blackburn complained in vain that Joselu was offside.

"We went 2-0 up and then Blackburn did well, but we reacted so I'm pleased with the effort and the commitment of the players".

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With a fired-up home crowd ready to roar them on, Rovers appeal at 29/20 to prevail in normal time from the Blackburn vs Newcastle odds. "The young players did well", Benitez said.

Benitez praised his team's commitment but was left counting the cost of the victory with defenders Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles suffering injuries.

Rafael Benitez has made no secret of the FA Cup being an unwelcome distraction and that attitude will only have been entrenched as he counts the cost of Newcastle United's passage into the fourth round and a meeting with Watford.

Meanwhile Atdhe Nuhiu secured Sheffield Wednesday a fourth-round trip to Chelsea after a 1-0 FA Cup replay win at Luton.

Having already seen Jonjo Shelvey succumb to a thigh injury in the first game against Blackburn that could yet keep the midfielder out of Cardiff, who are a point and a place above third-bottom Newcastle, progress in the competition has come at a price.

Josh Laurent completed the turnaround nine minutes from time after Fejiri Okenabirhie's penalty drew the team level.

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