Pardew admits Newcastle fortunate to defeat Blackburn

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits they were lucky to defeat Blackburn Rovers last night.

A Scott Dann own goal in the 12th minute put the visitors ahead, but they had to survive a wealth of Blackburn pressure, including a David Dunn penalty that was saved by Tim Krul in the 43rd minute, before Gabriel Obertan made the points safe in injury time.

Pardew said: "With the loss of (Yohan) Cabaye this morning and so many key players out, I think we knew coming here it was going to be very difficult.

"We talked about it before the start of the game, to be resilient and strong. Blackburn put everything in your box. We had to be strong and we were, but we had some fortune in the game, something I didn't think we got at Brighton, and sometimes that can make a difference."

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