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Rovers In Town As Magpies Look For 10 On The Bounce

Following on from last weeks fantastic win on the road at Leeds it is back to home comforts this week in a traditional 3pm Saturday kick off against another team that we are more used to doing battle with in the Premier League as Blackburn Rovers come to town.

Anyone that reads any of my articles regularly (there surely must be someone!) is probably aware that I am certainly a fan that likes to err on the side of caution rather than getting carried away so it will be no surprise me warning against complacency in this one rather than talking about how many we are going to score.

Yes on paper you would like to think this is a winnable game but we all know that football doesnt work like that and when you are on a run like ours you have to say that more than likely a defeat will come at some point.

That isnt saying we cant and wont win this one as it is certainly a winnable game but we have to go about it the right way and I am confident that Rafa will have been drumming that into the players all week.

Yes we are in a strong position at the minute but this is without a doubt a tough league and we have seen so far this season that if you take your foot off the gas then you can get punished. Fortunately for us I think the one difference between this league and the Championship is that you wont always get punished as ruthlessly.

Take the last home game against Cardiff for example - we didnt really play that well and let them back into the game but thankfully we werent punished. Had we done the same against a side containing an Aguero or a Costa etc then it would likely have been a diffent story.

My point is simply that our only real enemy this season in our quest for promotion can be complaceny. We clearly have the talent to win this league at almost a canter if we want to but we will only do that if we continue to show a good attitude.

I think no matter how many times this gets mentioned it is still possible as a player for complaceny to creep in when you are winning lots of games, I think that is only natural and that it where the manager is key to minimise that as much as he can and keep them all on their toes which I think it is fair to say he has done more than impressively so far.

With the treatment table only having a few occupants at the moment then once again there will be decisions to be made. Apparently Colback and Hanley have picked up knocks this week so join Aarons on the sick list but I dont think either of those will matter that much to us.

Colback was impressive at Leeds but I think there was always a chance that he would have been rotated for Hayden in this one anyway in what is a like for like swap and obviously Hanley hasnt really featured at all since his summer move from our opponents anyway which is of course down to the form of others rather than anything bad he has done. I am sure his time to prove himself will come at some point although I am sure he will obviously be disappointed to definitely be sitting this one out.

Other than the enforced change in midfield I cant see many other changes to the starting lineup to be honest. Yedlin and Diame could come in for Anita and Perez respectively I suppose if the manager just wanted to freshen things up but I thought Anita was excellent at Leeds so that would be a touch harsh.

Blackburn may currently sit in the bottom 3 but a win against Brentford last time out was a good 3 points so they will come here with a bit of confidence and I think as we have said before with any team coming to St James Park this season whilst there is probably a slight trepidation that you could take a hammering there is also the opportunity to go into this game with the attitude of everyone is expecting us to lose so lets just give it a go and see what happens.

Wolves and Huddersfield have obviously both come and won so far this season so we are certainly not unbeatable but you would like to think that we can continue our form and chalk up another 3 points and whilst being slightly meaningless in the grand scheme of things it would be nice to get that 10th win in a row in all comps - whilst it might not get you any more points it would be a good achievement and I think runs and records like this just help to lay down a bit more of a marker for teams when they play us.

I am hopeful for 3 points in this one but I dont necessarily see it being the walk in the park a lot will be expecting and lets not forget on top of everything I have said Blackburn have just generally been a bit of a bogey team for us at times over the years.

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