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Michel Salgado booked.
Yohan Cabaye decides to take the corner short.
The ball is swung over by Cheik Tiote, save by Paul Robinson.
The ball is delivered by Danny Simpson, Michel Salgado makes a clearance.
Hatem Ben Arfa produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Yohan Cabaye fouled by Ruben Rochina, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
Ruben Rochina decides to take the corner short.
(Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Sylvain Marveaux coming on for Jonas Gutierrez.
Effort on goal by Steven Nzonzi from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Hatem Ben Arfa is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Ruben Rochina on Cheik Tiote, free kick awarded. Danny Simpson takes the direct free kick.
Vincenzo Grella replaces Ayegbeni Yakubu.
Leon Best produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Jonas Gutierrez produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Leon Best misses to the left of the target.
Hatem Ben Arfa joins the action as a substitute, replacing Demba Ba.
Martin Olsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Best. Booking for Martin Olsson. Martin Olsson is sent off. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini. Drilled right-footed shot by Yohan Cabaye. Save by Paul Robinson.
Steven Nzonzi fouled by Cheik Tiote, the ref awards a free kick. Ruben Rochina delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Gabriel Obertan misses to the left of the target.
Michel Salgado challenges Leon Best unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Shot by Yohan Cabaye from 25 yards. Blocked by Gael Givet.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Christopher Samba. Ruben Rochina is brought on as a substitute for Scott Dann. Mauro Formica goes off and Jason Roberts comes on. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
Centre by Michel Salgado, Shot by Martin Olsson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Obertan. Steven Nzonzi goes into the referee's book. Ryan Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
Jason Lowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Jason Lowe receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
Demba Ba scores a headed goal from close range. Newcastle 3-1 Blackburn.Cheik Tiote provided the assist for the goal.
Jonas Gutierrez crosses the ball, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.
Martin Olsson takes a shot.
A cross is delivered by Martin Olsson, clearance made by Ryan Taylor.
Centre by Danny Simpson.
Unfair challenge on Scott Dann by Leon Best results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
The ball is sent over by Jonas Gutierrez, Jason Lowe makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Nzonzi on Demba Ba. Free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
David Hoilett is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Ryan Taylor takes the direct free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Gabriel Obertan goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Corner taken right-footed by David Hoilett from the left by-line to the near post, save by Tim Krul.
The ball is swung over by David Hoilett, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by David Hoilett results in a free kick. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Taylor, Leon Best has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
Demba Ba crosses the ball, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
Gael Givet fouled by Leon Best, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Nzonzi on Leon Best. Free kick crossed by Ryan Taylor, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
A goal is scored by David Hoilett from inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 2-1 Blackburn.Assist by Martin Olsson.
Shot by Jonas Gutierrez. Jason Lowe gets a block in.
Steven Nzonzi sends in a cross, save made by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Taylor by Ayegbeni Yakubu. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Demba Ba scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Newcastle 2-0 Blackburn.Steven Taylor provided the assist for the goal.
Shot by Cheik Tiote from 25 yards. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
Foul by David Hoilett on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Mauro Formica gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Danny Simpson, clearance made by Michel Salgado.
Goal scored by Demba Ba from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Blackburn.Leon Best provided the assist for the goal.
Centre by Danny Simpson, Paul Robinson makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson.
David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Taylor. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Centre by Gabriel Obertan.
Leon Best concedes a free kick for a foul on Michel Salgado. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Centre by Danny Simpson, Header by Jonas Gutierrez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Martin Olsson is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Foul by Christopher Samba on Demba Ba, free kick awarded. Cheik Tiote takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Danny Simpson, save by Paul Robinson.
A cross is delivered by Martin Olsson, save made by Tim Krul.
Unfair challenge on Jason Lowe by Yohan Cabaye results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Effort on goal by Leon Best from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is crossed by Gabriel Obertan.
The ball is delivered by Martin Olsson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Lowe on Demba Ba. Cheik Tiote restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from outside the box by Demba Ba misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Leon Best by Scott Dann results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Ryan Taylor from the free kick.
Yohan Cabaye takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Unfair challenge on Scott Dann by Fabricio Coloccini results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line played to the near post, Martin Olsson makes a clearance.
Yohan Cabaye takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
Ameobi: Confidence the key to best form
Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has put team-mate Leon Best's fine start to the season down to nothing more than confidence.
Best has contributed three goals to the Magpies' fine unbeaten start to the season, which was extended to seven games in all competitions by Tuesday night's 4-3 extra-time victory at Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup, although his form did not win him an international recall when Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni announced his latest squad on Friday morning.
Such is the 25-year-old former Coventry man's importance to manager Alan Pardew after an impressive total return of nine goals from 12 Barclays Premier League starts for the club, that he was an unused substitute at the City Ground in order to keep him fresh for the home league clash with Blackburn.
Neither Best nor Ameobi, 29, looked likely to play such a key role for the club during the opening weeks of the campaign with Pardew scouring Europe for another striker during the summer transfer window, but the club's failure to get their man proved a bonus for the younger man in particular.
Ameobi said: "He has just grown in confidence - that's what scoring goals does for you, especially strikers.
"When he first joined us, he found it difficult to adjust. Experience is a big thing and he's continued to grow. You can see that this season.
"He's leading the line well and getting goals. It can only be good for the team.
"As a player, you want to be pushed all the way, and that's what he's doing. That's what I've got to do to get my place back. It can only bode well for the team."
Midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa could be in line for his first Barclays Premier League appearance since October 3 last year.
The France international played 70 minutes of Tuesday night's 4-3 Carling Cup win at Nottingham Forest, his first competitive action since breaking his leg in two places, and although Pardew does not want to rush him back, he may figure at some point against Rovers.
Striker Shola Ameobi is a doubt with a shoulder problem, while Davide Santon has returned to training after having fluid drained from his knee but will miss out, as will Alan Smith (hamstring), Haris Vuckic (broken hand) and Mike Williamson (broken arm).
Blackburn will go hunting a win at Newcastle for the sixth season on the trot, with Rovers manager Steve Kean looking to put one over on Pardew.
The pair were junior coaches together at Reading more than a decade ago, when Tommy Burns was the Royals manager, and if the last five seasons are anything to go by, it will be Kean with the broader smile come the final whistle at St James' Park.
A week ago, any prospect of Rovers continuing such a run would have looked bleak, but as Kean admitted a week is a long time in football, and successive victories over Arsenal and Leyton Orient have seen confidence blossom at Ewood Park.
Kean said: "That's what victories do for you. Our performances had been good but we didn't manage to get victories.
"Now we are looking forward to the next game and trying to keep the momentum going.
"We have a great record up there in the last few years but we have to go about the game in the right manner and be very cautious at the back.
"If we come back down the motorway with a win it will have been a great week for us but the important thing is that we respect what Newcastle have done this season.
"They are very tight and well organised. I worked with Alan Pardew many years ago at Reading and he will set up them up very well so it will be tough to break them down, but we have the attacking players to do so."
David Goodwillie, Morten Gamst Pedersen and Michel Salgado are all fit for the trip.
That means Kean has almost a full squad to choose from with only David Dunn (calf) and Ryan Nelsen (knee) still sidelined.
Ba treble inspires Newcastle
Demba Ba opened his Newcastle account with a hat-trick as the Magpies claimed a 3-1 victory over Blackburn to extend their unbeaten start to the season.
The Senegal international scored twice inside three first-half minutes to give his side a commanding lead, and then after Junior Hoilett had pulled one back for the visitors, who had Martin Olsson sent off, headed home a third with 54 minutes gone.
Alan Pardew's men might have won even more comfortably with Leon Best passing up two late opportunities to add to his three goals for the season, but they were good value for a win which took them to 12 points from a possible 18 and stretched their run to eight games without defeat in all competitions during the current campaign.
In the process, they ended Blackburn's remarkable run of five successive Premier League victories at St James' Park on an afternoon when they never looked like adding to it in front of a crowd of 46,236.
The two sides will meet again in the Carling Cup fourth round at Ewood Park next month after being paired together in the draw, but the Magpies will head to Lancashire brimming with confidence after cementing their place in the upper ranks of the league table.
There was much anger and frustration on Tyneside when the summer transfer window closed with the club having failed to land the high-profile striker for whom they had been searching since Andy Carroll's departure in January.
Amid the fall-out, however, Ba's arrival had gone largely unnoticed after an uncertain start to his career at St James'.
But the 26-year-old announced himself in style against Rovers with a treble which reminded the locals of the potency which brought him seven goals in just 12 Premier League appearances for West Ham last season.
Ba whistled a long-range sixth-minute effort over Paul Robinson's crossbar as the Magpies made a bright start with Gabriel Obertan particularly influential.
But the striker demonstrated his prowess in front of goal 21 minutes later when he opened his account in some style.
Best's driven cross from the left presented its own challenges, but Ba controlled superbly to turn central defender Scott Dann and smash a right-foot shot past Robinson.
The striker dropped to the ground to kiss the turf, and he was celebrating again within three minutes.
Steven Taylor, who had headed upfield for an earlier free-kick, was still deep in enemy territory to head Danny Simpson's deep ball back across the penalty area and Olsson could only help it on towards Ba, who headed it past the stranded Robinson from close range.
That really should have been it for the Magpies, who had dominated for much of the opening half-hour, and they might have added to their lead had Dann not made an important block to keep out Jonas Gutierrez's 36th-minute shot.
However, Rovers got themselves back into the game seconds later after Ryan Taylor had gifted them possession on halfway.
Mauro Formica capitalised and the ball was fed out to Olsson on the left, and he crossed for Hoilett, who had looked the visitors' most dangerous player, to control and thump a half-volley into the roof of the net.
Pardew was furious on the touchline, although his mood might have improved on the stoke of half-time had Obertan's shot flown inside rather than outside the post after he and Yohan Cabaye had staged a pacy counter-attack.
Rovers returned in spirited fashion and went close when Olsson met Michael Salgado's 53rd-minute cross and looped a shot on to Tim Krul's crossbar.
But the Magpies eased further ahead within seconds when Ba looped a header over Robinson and into the net with Best desperately trying to get the final touch.
Simpson was almost caught out by Olsson once again on the hour when he failed to intercept another Salgado cross, but the ball hit the midfielder's shins and dropped wide.
Obertan curled a 68th-minute shot just wide with Newcastle dominant once again, and their caused was aided further two minutes later when Olsson was dismissed after being booked for the second time for a cynical challenge on Best.
Cabaye tested Robinson from distance and Best twice fired over the top after working himself into promising positions.
David N'Zonzi launched a dipping long-range effort over Krul's bar with eight minutes remaining, but Rovers' cause was forlorn.
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