Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Let's Stop the Rot, Says Seb; THE FRIDAY FILE Newcastle Utd V Blackburn Rovers St James's Park Saturday, Sept 27, 2008. Kick-Off: 3pm

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Let's Stop the Rot, Says Seb; THE FRIDAY FILE Newcastle Utd V Blackburn Rovers St James's Park Saturday, Sept 27, 2008. Kick-Off: 3pm

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Byline: By LEE RYDER

SEBASTIEN BASSONG has revealed that he and his team-mates are desperate to stop the rot at Newcastle United after four successive defeats in league and cup.

The young French defender has been one of the few plusses in recent weeks after performing well at leftback amid a political storm, a managerial departure and injury crisis at St James's Park.

Newcastle go into tomorrow's clash with Blackburn one off the bottom in the Premier League with Bassong determined to end the month-long wait for a victory.

He told the Chronicle: "If you win a game then things change.

"We need just one win and then things can grow from there.

"Blackburn gives us the chance to do that."

United were second best against Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup despite a late rally in which United tried to force extra time.

And Bassong says that only victories can help bewildered United turn the corner.

He added: "There are some positives to take from the Tottenham game but the most important factor is to win matches.

"That gives you confidence.

"Blackburn is now the only thing that matters tomorrow for us.

"It will be difficult but we have to stop the rot, we have to stop losing."

Newcastle fans voted with their feet in the home game with Tottenham in midweek as a crowd of 20,577 proved to be the lowest gate since 1993.

However, the game with Blackburn will see the return of a bigger crowd against Rovers.

Reflecting on the situation and the fans, Bassong says: "It's bad for the fans and bad for us.

"Now we will try to win and make us all feel better.

"You always look forward to playing in front of a big crowd."

OPPOSITION

BLACKBURN Rovers boss Paul Ince has turned to Welsh international goalkeeper Jason Brown for the trip to St James's Park with England international Paul Robinson out until October 16 with a calf injury. …

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