It was a special night under the lights at Ewood Park, even if Blackburn Rovers didn't get the result that they wanted.

John Eustace's side pushed Newcastle all the way to penalties, eventually losing 4-3 in a dramatic and pulsating FA Cup tie. 

With the BBC cameras in town, there was plenty of national interest in Blackburn Rovers. In what was an enthralling occasion, plenty went under the radar.

Here is a run-through of some of the moments you may have missed from the night at Ewood Park.

Alan Shearer's return

Much of the night was titled as Alan Shearer's return to Ewood Park. The striker had split loyalties, on TV duty for BBC One, as a Newcastle fan but a Premier League winner at Rovers.

On arrival, Shearer was given a hero's welcome and helped to unveil the brand new 'Shearer Suite' for those in the corporate boxes at Ewood Park earlier the afternoon. He cut the ribbon to open the new hospitality suite.

Lancashire Telegraph:

He was also presented with a special tray of cupcakes, three iced blue and white and three in black and white, with 'Shearer 9' on top. We were lucky enough to have some in the press room too and they went down a treat.

Martin Dubravka off his line?

Eagled-eyes viewers at home have spotted that Dubravka was actually off his line early when he saved Dom Hyam's penalty in the shoot-out.

The Newcastle goalkeeper was the hero at Ewood Park denying Sa, Szmodics and then captain Hyam to send his team through.

However, there is a still image from the BBC coverage that shows Dubravka did not have a foot on the line, as per the laws of the game, when Hyam took the penalty. Had VAR been in play, it would have been retaken.

Lancashire Telegraph:

It's worth noting he is only centre metres ahead of the line but rules are rules!

Penalty homework

It's not particularly revolutionary but Newcastle had certainly done their homework on Rovers before the shoot-out.

Images appeared online which showed the details on Dubravka's water bottle, showing which penalty takers go in which direction.

The instructions showed a list of Rovers penalty takers, their preferred side and where they put their last spot-kick too. 

Lancashire Telegraph: Martin Dubravka's water bottle.Martin Dubravka's water bottle. (Image: X)

We've seen this before in other matches but it is interesting, nonetheless.

Trippier taunts

It was Ashley Barnes at the weekend and this time Kieran Trippier was on the receiving end of some unwanted attention from the Ewood Park crowd.

Fans were quick to remind the England international of his Burnley connections. Trippier spent three years at Turf Moor before making the move to Tottenham Hotspur.

The usual Burnley chants were quick to come out and Trippier was heavily booed every time he touched the ball. All fun and games!

Tennis balls protest

Play was stopped for a few minutes in the first half after a small section of Rovers fans launched tennis balls onto the field. This was a protest against Venky's ownership.

Despite the backing for John Eustace and the players, supporters have still chanted against the owners and Chief Executive Steve Waggott at recent matches.

Things went one step further against Newcastle with the match interrupted very briefly. It has to be said it was a very small minority of fans that took part but this was the first form of protest we've seen for a number of years against Venky's.