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Blackburn boss Hughes: It's all about results

Blackburn have now won their last eight Premier League games in the North East but none can have been as fortunate as this narrow 1-0 victory at struggling Newcastle.

Rovers hopes of European competition next season remain on track as they soaked up constant Newcastle pressure, rode their luck, before grabbing the winner in the final minute through substitute Matt Derbyshire.

But the hero for the visitors was goalkeeper Brad Friedel making his 176th consecutive appearance for the Ewood Park outfit. A string of fine saves, particularly from Toon striker Michael Owen, provided the platform for Rovers to chalk up their first double over the Magpies since 1958-59.

For Blackburn boss Mark Hughes though it's that time in the season when "it's all about results rather than performances."

"It was really important that we came here and won," said Hughes. "We said before the game that really at this business end of the season draws aren't enough for us, we need to win the vast majority of games that we are involved in and the aim today was to win the game.

"I made a couple of changes in the second half and I think that showed positive intent, we put on two strikers and we tried a go for it.

"We had to weather a storm which you expect on occasions, I think they had something like sixteen corners which were awarded to them so we had to deal with them, but I thought the lads at the back and Brad who made a couple of crucial saves at good times for us, were excellent.

"And in the end we were always like to catch them on the break when they are throwing people forward, and that is what we were able to do and Derbs was in the position that he loves to be in, he kept a cool head and a fantastic finish.

"I thought our passing could have been better, we created good situations and maybe picked the wrong option and we didn't exploit situations to their fullest, but in the end we've won the game and at this stage of the situation it is all about results rather than performances.

"It was a hard result on Newcastle but our concern is more about what we're doing and our ambition is to get into Europe."

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