HT: Newcastle 0 Wigan 0: Newcastle Miss Many Chances



Newcastle won this afternoon at St. James’ Park against a 10 man Wigan side after Kevin Kirkland was harshly sent off after 46 minutes after seemingly heading Alan Smith in the back of the head.

Newcastle missed many chances in both halves with the chief culprit was Michael Owen who missed four golden opportunities to score.

Owen, however, made no mistake with only three minutes remaining when substitute Obafemi Martins crossed to the near post and Michael timed his run to perfection to head past Chris Kirkland for a good opportunist goal and snatch all 3 points for Newcastle.


Michael Owen – scored the winner for Newcastle with 3 minutes remaining

Newcastle were easily worth the full 3 points, although for much of the game, it appeared that their missed chances and the excellent play of old boy Titus Bramble and goalkeeper Kirkland would keep them at bay.

Newcastle were eventually rewarded in front of a crowd of 50,461. Another good clean sheet from the defense which means Newcastle will not need to score a lot of goals this season to get the points.

Styeve Harper in goal made a fantastic save in the first hal;f to keep out Wigan and we continue to notice how much better he looks under Sam Allardcye. England boss Steve McClaren was again at the game and although Owen ebventually scored he missed far too many chances.

Maybe when Owen gets his sharpness back we could have won this 4-0.
In the second half Steven Taylor hit the bar and had a goal ruled out for offside, and Nicky Butt and substitute Shola Ameobi also missed gilt-edged chances for the Geordies.

But it was a win and a clean sheet – which is a perfect result for newcastle and now 8 points from the first 4 games.

The full match report follows:

Michael Owen was in the starting line-up for his first Premiership game of the season as Newcastle look for their first home win of the season. Michael replaced Oba Martins from the team that started at Middlesbrough last weekend.

Steve Harper keeps his place in goal from last week, while Steven Taylor will start at right-back following the injury to Stephen Carr (hamstring) with Cacapa and David Rozehnal paired at the heart of the defense.

Former Newcastle players Antoine Sibierski and Titus Bramble both start for Wigan on their return to St.James’ Park.

Charles N’Zogbia was making his 100th appearance for the club and was moved to left-back after playing in left midfield against Barnsley.


Newcastle: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Charles N’Zogbia, Cacapa, David Rozehnal, Alan Smith, Geremi, Nicky Butt, James Milner, Michael Owen, Mark Viduka

Subs: Shay Given, Oba Martins, Matty Pattison, David Edgar, Shola Ameobi

Wigan: Chris Kirkland, Andreas Granqvist, Antoine Sibierski, Kevin Kilbane, Emile Heskey, Jason Koumas, Michael Brown, Denny Landzaat, , Titus Bramble, Mario Melchiot, Paul Scharner

Subs: Mike Pollitt, Julius Aghahowa, Emmerson Boyce, Josip Skoko, Marcus Bent

Referee: Steve Bennett

3min – Geremi’s take a free-kick and Rozehnal and Cacapa challenge with Bramble on the penalty spot but Kirkland collects the ball safely.

8min – Cacapa moves forward from deep and Viduka flicks on to Owen who is through on goal with Kirkland, Owen tries to side-foot into the far corner but Kirkland diverts the ball around the post. A definite chance.

16min – A cross comes in and Bramble heads clear but only to Owen of Bramble 14 yards out, he drills a right-footed shot goal-wards which deflects off Mark Viduka and straight to Michael Owen at the far post and Owen puts the ball in the net from close range but is flagged offside.

19min – Koumas fires goalwards and Steve Harper makes an excellent save at full-stretch to prevent the visitors from taking the lead. The crowd chants “Harper for England”

28min – Taylor sends the ball forward for Michael Owen and Granqvist slips and Owen is again one-on-one with Kirkland. He tries to lift the ball over the keeper with his left-foot but over the cross-bar. Owen should have scored.

36min – Newcastle are pressing and this time it’s Smith whose header has too much height and clears Kirkland’s bar.

39min – Viduka evades a couple of challenges inside Wigan’s area and the ball spins goalwards and Owen is first to react but Bramble recovers to slide clear.

43min – Nicky Butt comes close to opening the scoring but his header from Taylor’s right-wing cross is beaten away by Kirkland on his goal-line. Another real chance goes begging for Newcastle who should have been ahead at the break.

Michael Owen was the chief culprit as he may have had at least two goals.

Just after the break Kevin Kilbane gets a second yellow card from referee Steve Bennett for heading the back of Alan Smith’s head – and is sent off. The decision seems extremely harsh.

21 comments so far

  • AlexW

    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #1

    i think this has 0-0 written all over it

  • ToonKing

    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #2

    If we draw this game 0-0 i’ll drink myself to sleep tonight, it won’t come any easier than this.

    Sam has to tell them to shot on sight and not try to walk in the goal.

  • Steve

    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #3

    surely we can beat 10 man wigan at home – this is painful

  • Steve

    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #4

    come on – kirkland is completely crocked and we still can’t score

  • Andreas

    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Seriously, wtf is this all about…PUT THE GOD DAMN BALL IN THE WIGAN NET! We’ve had like 12 clear chances…+ 2 real goals dubiously disallowed + a clear cut penalty not given…Christ, this drives me mad!

  • Andreas

    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #6

    And now Taylors shoulder (presumably) is gone again! Give me a break!

  • Andreas

    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Well, hopefully not then, he seems ok. Got a bit worried there.

  • Andreas

    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #8



    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #9

    GOAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!OWEN.

  • Steve

    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #10

    At last – now come on and get another

  • gingergeordie

    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #11

    think sams working too hard on the defence!!
    whats going on with the strike force


    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #12


  • ToonKing

    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #13


    I was popping my 10th beer, we gotta stop leaving things for last minute, transfers yesterday, goal today…………..Jesus.

    We should have won 5-0.

  • pann

    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #14

    most important is the 3 pts!!!

  • ToonKing

    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #15

    PS: To all those Anti-Owen out there……i hope your words are tasty.

  • Richard

    Sep 1, 2007 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #16

    ye owen and martins must start, obas way too good 4 the bench! pieman for the bench

  • evil dick

    Sep 1, 2007 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #17

    i feel so happy for owen, he had such a quiet match but delivered and all of sudden its 2 goals in 2 games. owens back!

  • evil dick

    Sep 1, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #18

    i agree martins should start, but then when he came on he was so hungry.. its good to have that kind of quality on the bench!

    i was so impressed with the defence tonight. alot of people have said taylor is wasted at right back but cacapa and roz looked the real deal. Taylor was good too, although it was wigan…

    but still cacapa looked like he’s been playing premier league all along!

    bring on Beye! Milner and Zog are really looking like class players of the future too, zog has got alot of press but milner has really been an unsung hero so far this season!

    howay the toon!

  • Hog

    Sep 1, 2007 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #19

    another clean sheet! No goals scored against us at St James Park yet!! FORTRESS!!!!!!!

  • Jerry

    Sep 1, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #20

    We will all come very soon to the sober realisation that all our strikers, except Martins, are not up to scratch! Owen wont do any good, and all these excuses about match fitness is a nonsense. How match fit do you need to be slot in the chances Owen had today? and this was Wigan! Against a decent team, such misses will cost us dearly.

  • geordiejordan

    Sep 1, 2007 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #21

    my match ratings…

    harper- 8- not really troubled but when so did very well
    taylor- 7- solid display at the rb
    cacapa- 8- his experience and class showed
    rozehnal- 8- solid like everytime, composed and class
    zog- 9- my man of the match. his runs into wigan territory were phenomenal. he beat 3 men at one point!!! constantly creating problems and putting the ball into the box!! he would have had his 3rd if it wasn’t for ameobi’s incompetence…
    butt- 6- lackluster display but rarely troubled in the back end… i guess my complaint is that going forward he wasn’t that sharp… but he is a defensive md…
    geremi- 6- likewise… nothing much to like or dislike really…. which says something for our current “creator” until barton is back….
    smith- 4- another “high intensity” effort from him but nothing to show for it… snogged quite a few chances in the first half… we will be slotting duff into this postion when he is healthy… really poor in my opinion…
    milner-7- created chances for those around him and was very sneaky on the ball… not his fault that all the chances in the box went begging
    viduka- 3- worthless… rightly subbed out
    owen- 5- besides his goal was very very very very wasteful in front of goal… although should not have been called offside for the first.

    ameobi- 4- again worthless… fouled up zog’s chance, couldn’t play keep away from wigan in injury time…. offside a billion times….
    martins- 7- his pace was the key… fed owen’s goal… liked the effort very much

    as ed would say, comments welcome!!


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