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The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Foul by Nile Ranger on David Dunn, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Corner taken by Joey Barton, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nile Ranger on Ryan Nelsen. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Fabricio Coloccini concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Roberts. Fabricio Coloccini is cautioned. Jason Roberts shown a yellow card. Brett Emerton takes the free kick.
Foul by Andrew Carroll on Phil Jones, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Wayne Routledge replaces Cheik Tiote.
Corner taken by Joey Barton.
The ball is delivered by Kevin Nolan, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
Danny Simpson produces a cross, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Joey Barton, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen.
David Dunn is brought on as a substitute for David Hoilett.
Brett Emerton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
A goal is scored by Jason Roberts from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 1-2 Blackburn.
Jason Roberts is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Mike Williamson restarts play with the free kick.
Christopher Samba challenges Nile Ranger unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Joey Barton.
Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance by Christopher Samba.
A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance by Christopher Samba.
The official flags Brett Emerton offside. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Morten Gamst Pedersen challenges Kevin Nolan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save made by Paul Robinson.
Nile Ranger produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Jason Roberts results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Joey Barton, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
Joey Barton crosses the ball, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on David Hoilett. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Brett Emerton.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Nelsen by Nile Ranger results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Ryan Nelsen fouled by Nile Ranger, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
The referee blows for offside against Jason Roberts. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Michel Salgado produces a cross.
Phil Jones is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
David Hoilett crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Christopher Samba misses to the right of the target.
Nile Ranger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Givet. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
A cross is delivered by David Hoilett.
Nikola Kalinic goes off and Jason Roberts comes on.
David Hoilett goes into the book.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Joey Barton misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Brett Emerton on Jonas Gutierrez. Joey Barton sends in a cross, Andrew Carroll scores a headed goal from close range. Newcastle 1-1 Blackburn.Assist by Joey Barton.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
Shola Ameobi goes off and Nile Ranger comes on.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Shola Ameobi. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
The half-time whistle blows.
Effort on goal by Shola Ameobi from just inside the area clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Mike Williamson. Morten Gamst Pedersen has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Krul by Christopher Samba. Christopher Samba is shown a yellow card. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
Joey Barton delivers the ball.
A cross is delivered by Pascal Chimbonda, clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.
Danny Simpson delivers the ball, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett. The referee shows Cheik Tiote a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christopher Samba on Mike Williamson. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Kevin Nolan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Jones. The referee books Kevin Nolan for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Cheik Tiote takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Michel Salgado, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
The ball is sent over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Tim Krul.
Effort on goal by Kevin Nolan from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Kevin Nolan goes wide left of the goal.
The official flags Brett Emerton offside. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Jones on Cheik Tiote. Booking for Phil Jones for unsporting behaviour. Joey Barton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Brett Emerton. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
Phil Jones takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Tim Krul.
Centre by Joey Barton.
Centre by Danny Simpson, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
Michel Salgado handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Joey Barton sends in a cross. Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Nolan on Gael Givet. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
The referee blows for offside. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Christopher Samba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Michel Salgado is penalised for a handball. The ball is sent over by Joey Barton. Unfair challenge on Gael Givet by Kevin Nolan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line,
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Danny Simpson gets a block in.
The official flags Andrew Carroll offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Nolan. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joey Barton from left channel, clearance by Christopher Samba.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Kalinic on Mike Williamson. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Simpson. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba. Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Gael Givet.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Michel Salgado. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Joey Barton, save made by Paul Robinson.
Cheik Tiote fouled by Phil Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Cheik Tiote takes the free kick.
Kevin Nolan challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Morten Gamst Pedersen finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 0-1 Blackburn.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonas Gutierrez on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Kevin Nolan manages to make a clearance.
Joey Barton concedes a free kick for a foul on Brett Emerton. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.
The match gets underway.
Perch is Newcastle doubt
Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has few injury problems ahead of their Barclays Premier League clash with Blackburn.
Full-back James Perch has a slight ankle problem which could keep him out, although Danny Simpson's return to fitness has seen the former Nottingham Forest defender named only among the substitutes in recent weeks.
Striker Leon Best has returned to training after a long-standing ankle problem, but the game will come too soon for him, and only Steve Harper (shoulder), Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) and Dan Gosling (knee) remain on the sidelines.
Hughton's men certainly have experienced both the peaks and troughs of Premier League football inside their opening 11 fixtures.
A 6-0 demolition of Aston Villa in their opening home game and a glorious 5-1 derby rout of Sunderland have lit up St James' Park, while wins at Everton, West Ham and Arsenal have demonstrated remarkable poise and resilience for a side which plummeted into the Football League at the end of the 2008-09 season.
However, things have not always gone to plan on Tyneside with Blackpool and Stoke having left with all three points and Wigan coming within seconds of doing the same until Fabricio Coloccini's injury-time equaliser denied them.
Hughton said: "We knew it was something we had to address before the Sunderland game.
"We started with a home game against Aston Villa and perhaps we raised the bar so high that it was always going to be difficult after that.
"But what we have found is that teams have come to St James' with a gameplan, at times sat a little bit deeper and made life difficult for us.
"But these are the things you have to overcome. We were delighted to get the Sunderland result and that addressed some of the problems we felt we had at home.
"It is about now taking it on to the next stage."
Blackburn have a number of injury problems with striker Benjani the latest to join the absent list.
Benjani suffered a hamstring injury against Wigan at the weekend and joins Steven Nzonzi, Vince Grella and Keith Andrews on the sidelines.
El Hadji Diouf is doubtful with a groin problem and may not start.
Boss Sam Allardyce said he is unconcerned about the reception he will receive from the Newcastle fans - he is more concerned about achieving a result against a side who have won three league games on the spin.
He said: "It will be my first trip back to St James' Park as a manager and I don't know whether I'll get a good or bad reception. It's three years ago and a long time since it happened and, right or wrong, what happened is history.
"They are the in-form team in the league, three wins on the trot has boosted their confidence so we will need to be at our very best."
Roberts leaves it late for Rovers
Substitute Jason Roberts brought Newcastle's winning run to a shuddering halt to hand Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce a 2-1 victory on his return to St James' Park.
Roberts scored for the second time in as many games to condemn the Magpies to a third home defeat of the season following wins for Blackpool and Stoke on Tyneside, and their sixth in as many attempts by Rovers.
Andy Carroll looked to have snatched at least a point for the home side with a towering 47th-minute to further enhance his England credentials, after Morten Gamst Pedersen had given Rovers a third-minute lead.
But on a night when midfielder Joey Barton once again found himself at the centre of controversy when seemed to catch Pedersen with a hand as he ran past him, it was Allardyce who had the last laugh. There is no love lost between the former Bolton manager and Newcastle following his eight-month reign on Tyneside.
He understandably, believes he was given nowhere near enough time to make his methods work at St James', although his critics will point to the brand of football he asked a team packed with expensively-assembled players to play.
Blackburn adopted a game-plan which involved closing down space in the middle of the park to deny a supply line to Carroll and in return, attempted to hit their hosts on the break at pace.
The ploy proved successful in the opening 45 minutes as the Magpies were unable to reproduce the kind of flowing football which characterised their thumping home victories over Aston Villa and Sunderland.
Rovers were helped in no small part by the gift of an opening goal within three minutes of kick-off when the normally reliable Cheik Tiote surrendered possession to Brett Emerton inside his own penalty area and could only look on in horror as Pedersen blasted a low right-foot shot across goalkeeper Tim Krul and into the bottom corner.
Newcastle's response was initially lukewarm, other than a deflected eighth-minute Jose Enrique shot which dropped just wide, as the visitors' muscular back three of Christopher Samba, Ryan Nelsen and Gael Givet coped with the aerial threat comfortably.
Indeed, with wide midfielder David Hoilett and overlapping wing-back Pascal Chimbonda repeatedly exploiting the space behind right-back Danny Simpson, Blackburn looked capable of adding to their tally.
Pedersen saw a 16th-minute strike clip Carroll and slip past the post and then thumped a free-kick into Krul's midriff on the stroke of half-time.
However, in the meantime, the Magpies had finally established a momentum, although without ever troubling Paul Robinson.
Samba blocked a Tiote piledriver at source and Kevin Nolan fired over, but it took the home side 42 minutes to get behind the Blackburn defence.
Jonas Gutierrez's crossfield pass put Barton in on the right, but the ball skipped up off the turf and his right-foot shot flew harmlessly behind.
Hughton opted for change at the break when Shola Ameobi failed to reappear and was replaced by Nile Ranger, and his side was back on terms within two minutes of the restart in a fashion Allardyce would have greatly appreciated had it come at the other end.
Barton's floated free-kick allowed Carroll to get up above Samba to power a bullet header into the top corner to further enhance his reputation.
In a frenetic passage of play in the immediate aftermath of the goal, Barton shot wide after creating space for himself and was then involved in a clash with Pedersen at the other end after Hoilett had been booked for diving.
The former Manchester City midfielder appeared to flick out at the Norwegian's midriff with his hand, although seemed astonished by his reaction.
Gutierrez failed to test Robinson as much as he might have with a 57th-minute strike, and with Roberts having replaced lone striker Nikola Kalinic, Rovers set about the task of trying to restore their lead.
It was a case of more brain than brawn as the two sides slugged it out in the search for a winner with the game approaching its final 20 minutes at breakneck pace.
But with Newcastle doing most of the pressing, they were caught by a sucker punch when Roberts muscled Mike Williamson off Robinson's clearance and tucked the ball past Krul eight minutes from time.
A final flurry failed to yield salvation for the Magpies, who once again succumbed to comparatively modest opposition on their own park.
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