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Newcastle United 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

Charlie Mulgrew of Blackburn Rovers (centre) scores his side's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers
Charlie Mulgrew's goal against Newcastle was his first for Blackburn since he joined the Championship side from Celtic in August

Championship strugglers Blackburn stunned Newcastle United as Charlie Mulgrew's winner ended the leaders' run of nine successive victories.

Boss Rafael Benitez made six changes as the Magpies looked for a club-record 10th straight win in all competitions.

Danny Graham tested Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow with the first half's only shot on target.

Rovers keeper Jason Steele denied Jonjo Shelvey and Ciaran Clark before Mulgrew won it with a close-range volley.

Newcastle - who had beaten Leeds 2-0 a week earlier to equal a club record run of nine wins, set in 1994 under Kevin Keegan - looked disjointed in the first half and failed to create a significant chance.

They were more industrious after the break, with Christian Atsu volleying wide, Isaac Hayden going close and Matt Ritchie firing over before Shelvey called Steele into action for the first time and Clark tested the keeper from the resulting corner.

Blackburn, a club that won the Premier League title in the same season that Newcastle set their consecutive wins record, produced just two shots on target. Mulgrew's acrobatic left-foot finish from Liam Feeney's cross was enough to earn all three points and move the visitors out of the relegation places.

Top scorer Dwight Gayle came off the bench for the Magpies, but could only shoot over the bar when a chance presented itself in stoppage time.

Newcastle's defeat was soured further as full-back Jesus Gamez, making his first league start since moving to St James' Park from Atletico Madrid in July, lasted just 55 minutes before leaving the field injured on a stretcher.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez:

"I didn't like our reaction when we were losing, and we have to do better. I didn't like the chances we didn't take, and I didn't like my decisions.

"But we cannot change things. We have to analyse what happened before the next game and make sure we don't make the same mistakes.

"I knew that when you lose a game and you change your players, everyone blames the manager. I knew that, but in the same time we have to show more character and more personality."

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle:

"There is a lot of perception in football and people see the table and think Blackburn are a poor team; nothing could be further from the truth.

"We took two points from our first seven games and there was a lot going on at the club. From there after, I think that is now 17 points from 11 games and that is close to play-off form.

"We stuck to the game-plan, we asked them to stand toe-to-toe, we marked them man-for-man all over the park. We knew we would have to do a lot of dirty work."

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 26Darlow
  • 22Yedlin
  • 18MbembaSubstituted forGayleat 85'minutes
  • 2Clark
  • 27GámezSubstituted forDummettat 55'minutes
  • 11Ritchie
  • 14HaydenBooked at 83mins
  • 12Shelvey
  • 30Atsu
  • 17Pérez
  • 45Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 3Dummett
  • 6Lascelles
  • 8Anita
  • 9Gayle
  • 15Diamé
  • 20Gouffran
  • 28Sels

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 10MarshallBooked at 90mins
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 5Williams
  • 7Feeney
  • 6LoweBooked at 68mins
  • 29Evans
  • 32ConwayBooked at 24mins
  • 19GallagherSubstituted forEmnesat 62'minutes
  • 12Graham

Substitutes

  • 9Stokes
  • 17Emnes
  • 21Akpan
  • 24Nyambe
  • 30Brown
  • 31Bennett
  • 33Raya
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
52,092

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Liam Feeney.

Attempt blocked. Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

Attempt missed. Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

Offside, Newcastle United. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but Dwight Gayle is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

Booking

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

Offside, Newcastle United. Ciaran Clark tries a through ball, but Christian Atsu is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

Attempt blocked. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Isaac Hayden.

Attempt blocked. Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Graham.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Dwight Gayle replaces Chancel Mbemba.

Booking

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin.

Attempt blocked. Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Atsu.

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 0, Blackburn Rovers 1. Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway.

Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Isaac Hayden with a cross.

Attempt saved. Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

Attempt blocked. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jason Steele.

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle18131436142240
2Brighton18115228111738
3Reading1810442519634
4Birmingham188732419531
5Leeds189272120129
6Huddersfield179261921-229
7Sheff Wed188462020028
8Norwich188372930-127
9Derby187561613326
10Fulham186752521425
11Aston Villa1851032118325
12Preston187472321225
13Bristol City187382422224
14Ipswich186661717024
15QPR186571926-723
16Brentford186482421322
17Nottm Forest186483232022
18Barnsley186482929022
19Burton184771924-519
20Blackburn185492027-719
21Wolves184681923-418
22Cardiff1853101830-1218
23Wigan173681419-515
24Rotherham1814131843-257
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