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Jason Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Joey Barton is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
Joey Barton sends in a cross.
A cross is delivered by Brett Emerton, clearance by Kevin Nolan.
Shefki Kuqi comes on in place of Leon Best.
The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Nile Ranger takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball, save made by Steve Harper.
Brett Emerton is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Joey Barton, clearance by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Nikola Kalinic results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez.
Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Steve Harper.
Cheik Tiote booked. Foul by Leon Best on Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
Fabricio Coloccini crosses the ball, blocked by Martin Olsson.
Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.
Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, save by Paul Robinson.
Nile Ranger replaces Peter Lovenkrands.
James Perch is brought on as a substitute for Danny Simpson. Danny Simpson challenges Martin Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
A cross is delivered by Peter Lovenkrands, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Cheik Tiote results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Danny Simpson, save by Paul Robinson.
Unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Brett Emerton results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin Nolan.
Centre by Joey Barton, Shot on goal by Jonas Gutierrez from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross.
David Dunn leaves the field to be replaced by Brett Emerton.
Unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic by Cheik Tiote results in a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Joey Barton, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
Peter Lovenkrands fouled by David Dunn, the ref awards a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Joey Barton, Paul Robinson makes a save.
Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Steven Nzonzi gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
Joey Barton crosses the ball, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
Michel Salgado goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Michel Salgado. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jason Roberts. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Jonas Gutierrez receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Jason Roberts fouled by Jonas Gutierrez, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Joey Barton played to the near post, clearance by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, Effort from 12 yards by Fabricio Coloccini. Save made by Paul Robinson.
The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
Foul by Martin Olsson on Leon Best, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
The ball is sent over by Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
Danny Simpson produces a cross.
Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross, Martin Olsson fouled by Leon Best, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball, Effort on goal by Joey Barton from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Martin Olsson sends in a cross, save by Steve Harper.
Jermaine Jones produces a cross, save by Steve Harper.
Danny Simpson sends in a cross, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
(Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Morten Gamst Pedersen coming on for David Hoilett. Jason Roberts comes on in place of Roque Santa Cruz.
Centre by Michel Salgado, save by Steve Harper.
Outswinging corner taken by David Dunn from the right by-line, clearance made by Cheik Tiote.
The referee blows for offside against Leon Best. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by David Dunn.
The ball is delivered by Martin Olsson.
Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross, save by Paul Robinson.
Kevin Nolan crosses the ball, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen.
Peter Lovenkrands produces a cross, blocked by Michel Salgado.
The ball is swung over by Danny Simpson.
Nikola Kalinic is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
Effort from inside the area by Nikola Kalinic misses to the left of the target.
Martin Olsson fouled by Peter Lovenkrands, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Dunn.
Joey Barton takes the outswinging corner, Close range shot by Leon Best goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
The ball is sent over by Martin Olsson.
The ball is delivered by Joey Barton, Steven Nzonzi gets a block in.
Corner taken by Joey Barton, Headed effort from close range by Mike Williamson goes wide left of the goal.
Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Danny Simpson.
The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
Jonas Gutierrez has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
Cheik Tiote takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Nelsen.
Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton.
The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen.
Cheik Tiote fouled by David Dunn, the ref awards a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Nikola Kalinic. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
Centre by David Hoilett, save by Steve Harper.
The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
David Hoilett sends in a cross, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
David Hoilett produces a cross, clearance made by Mike Williamson.
Joey Barton crosses the ball, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
Mike Williamson fouled by David Hoilett, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Peter Lovenkrands takes a shot.
Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton to the near post, Jermaine Jones manages to make a clearance.
Joey Barton produces a cross.
Foul by David Dunn on Joey Barton, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
The ball is sent over by Martin Olsson, blocked by Danny Simpson.
Headed effort from close in by Roque Santa Cruz bounces off the post.
Foul by Kevin Nolan on David Dunn, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Nikola Kalinic challenges Kevin Nolan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Cheik Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Kalinic. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Joey Barton, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Jermaine Jones on Mike Williamson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Jermaine Jones has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Foul by Danny Simpson on Martin Olsson, free kick awarded. Ryan Nelsen takes the free kick.
Roque boost for Rovers
Striker Roque Santa Cruz returns to Blackburn's squad for the visit of Newcastle.
The Paraguay international has missed the last two matches with a groin injury but has now fully recovered.
Defender Gael Givet (groin) is still not fit, although utility player Phil Jones' rehabilitation from a knee operation is ahead of schedule and he is set for a possible return in April.
January signings Mauro Formica, who arrived from Argentinian side Newell Old Boys, and Ruben Rochina, from Barcelona, are still a few weeks away from featuring as they continue their integration into the squad.
Blackburn manager Steve Kean is looking for his side to show more ruthlessness at both ends of the pitch.
Rovers were on the end of a 4-3 defeat at Wigan last week and have conceded eight goals in their last three matches.
It was a similar situation for the Magpies, although they produced one of the best second-half performances seen in the Barclays Premier League by fighting back from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 with Arsenal.
Despite the entertainment factor, Kean is hoping there will not be a repeat this weekend.
"When you look back on our recent games it has been a little bit frustrating not to get anything out of them because we have played well," said the Rovers boss, whose side have won just two of the last six in the league.
"We know the areas of the pitch we need to work on: we have been predominantly working on finishing, obviously, and defending in the final third so we have split the group with the limited time we have had this week.
"It was more of a domino effect in terms of conceding the goals against Wigan, with the exception of one they were not great goals to concede.
"But the amount of chances we had we have to be more ruthless. Box-to-box and the build-up play is okay but we need to be a bit more ruthless in each box."
Newcastle strikers Leon Best and Nile Ranger will be fit to take their places in the squad.
Best withdrew from the Republic of Ireland squad with a tight hamstring, while Ranger did not report for duty with England Under-20s because of a back problem, but both men will be available at Ewood Park.
They will be joined in the squad by new recruit Shefki Kuqi, while Shola Ameobi hopes to return from a fractured cheekbone in as little as three weeks' time after being fitted for a protective mask.
Central defender Steven Taylor will return to training after a hamstring injury on Monday, while loan signing Stephen Ireland continues his recovery from the knee problem he picked up while with Aston Villa.
Robinson to the rescue for Rovers
Paul Robinson pulled off a superb second-half save to deny Newcastle victory at Ewood Park on a day both sides had cause to be dissatisfied with a goalless draw.
Robinson's lightning reflexes helped him push a blistering Fabricio Coloccini drive over the bar in the 54th minute as the visitors dominated after the break.
Roque Santa Cruz had headed a ninth minute effort against the post for Rovers, who toiled for much of the afternoon while Peter Lovenkrands lofted a 14th minute effort onto the top of the bar.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew had been able to name an unchanged side following the stunning comeback against Arsenal last week, with stop-gap striker and former Rovers star Shefki Kuqi on the bench.
With Rovers having come off worse in a seven-goal thriller at Wigan, it was not surprising both teams started where they left off and produced a richly entertaining first quarter-hour.
Jermaine Jones' attempt at a Wayne Rooney-style overhead kick in the third minute failed to have quite the same impact as the American missed the ball and clattered Mike Williamson.
Newcastle came close two minutes later when Lovenkrands played in Jose Enrique down the left and his ball across the face of goal was palmed clear by Paul Robinson.
In what was warming into a feisty encounter, Cheik Tiote was warned for a rash challenge on Nikola Kalinic, and Kevin Nolan and David Dunn almost came to blows on the half-way line.
Rovers should have grabbed the lead in the ninth minute when captain Christopher Samba's flick in the box set up Santa Cruz for a header which struck Steve Harper's right-hand post.
Lovenkrands had an even better chance for the visitors on 14 minutes when he was put clear by Enrique but his left-foot lob over Robinson dropped onto the top of the bar.
As the fast pace continued Rovers had another chance when Dunn blazed over the bar after good work from Junior Hoilett down the Rovers left.
Michel Salgado gifted Newcastle an opening in the 25th minute with a wayward cross-field pass which let in Lovenkrands, but the Dane ran into Ryan Nelsen who cleared.
Nelsen headed away another cross from the dangerous Enrique as the game's early excitement faded with a series of minor infringements ruining any momentum the game could gather.
The visitors dominated from the start of the second period against a Blackburn side forced to make two changes due to injuries to Santa Cruz and Junior Hoilett.
Joey Barton had the first chance of the second half for Newcastle after Jonas Gutierrez's charge down the left, but Barton's swept left-foot effort sailed well over the bar.
Newcastle came closer on 54 when Coloccini chested down a Barton corner from the left and rammed a rising left-foot shot which Robinson did superbly to tip over the bar.
Barton almost found Best in the box on the end of a neat one-two and as Rovers struggled to clear it was Gutierrez's turn to fire the loose ball over the bar.
Rovers were being pinned back in their own half with captain Samba outstanding. But without the presence of Santa Cruz they were struggling to create anything in the visitors' half.
After completely dominating for the first half hour of the second half, Newcastle lived on their nerves in the 81st minute when a deep Pedersen corner caused chaos in the box.
If the near-miss was designed to belatedly stir the home side into life it failed to work as both Barton and Gutierrez were only let down at the other end by the quality of their final balls.
Pardew threw Kuqi into the fray for the three minutes of added time no doubt in the hope of a fairytale start in the black and white stripes but referee Stuart Atwell had other ideas.
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