The stats from Newcastle's Blackburn defeat underlines the craziness of the Championship

Newcastle Untied’s Matt Richie in action with Blackburn’s Derrick Williams

Newcastle United's defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers surprised a lot of people, and the stats sum up just how bizarre it really was.

Ah, football. We all know and love this game more than anything else on this earth, but every so often a game comes along that just does not make even the slightest portion of sense. For example, every piece of logic indicates that Newcastle United should have defeated Blackburn Rovers in their last game - but the footballing gods had other plans.

The warning signs were of course there following Rovers' victory over the Magpies earlier in the season, but Newcastle supporters must surely have had retribution on the mind heading into this clash.

Blackburn’s Sam Gallagher in action with Newcastle United's Jack Colback (L) and Isaac HaydenBlackburn’s Sam Gallagher in action with Newcastle United's Jack Colback (L) and Isaac Hayden

Look at the game in statistical terms, at half time at Ewood Park the stats were as follows. Newcastle had 14 shots, three on target, three corners, one offside, two fouls and 72% possession. Blackburn had 28% possession and zero in every single other aspect of the game.

They weren't just being dominated, they couldn't even muster up a foul or get forward enough to warrant an offside decision. So the fact Blackburn ended up scraping a 1-0 victory by full time pretty much tells you what a tremendous result this was for Owen Coyle's side.

Once the whistle had blown and the dust had settled, the stats showed that Newcastle ended up with 25 shots to Blackburn's five. Whilst that is still a harrowing statistic, it proves that Coyle's men stuck with their game plan and didn't allow themselves to be intimidated by the bigger side. The progress they've shown as a whole since looking like nailed on relegation candidates really is remarkable.

Newcastle United manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

It happens in every aspect of the sport. Whether it's on a video game, in the Premier League or down in the Conference, everyone suffers from not being able to capitalise on playing better than the other team. It's almost a long standing tradition if you will, and it will surely continue long into the next few decades of football history.

What cannot be understated, however, is just how poor of a result this was for Newcastle. Blackburn can use this as fuel in their fight to avoid relegation, but Benitez and company were fully expected to walk the league at the start of the season and that's very much not the case as we approach the second half of the campaign.

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