Newcastle United played well in an entertaining game against Wigan Athletic and ran out deserved 1-0 winners.
But we could have easily won 6-0 with the chances that were created. We started out very well in the first half and Michael Owen could have had a hat-trick in the first 28 minutes.
Although Wigan had Kevin Kilbane sent off after 46 minutes that probably made it harder for Newcastle because Wigan went completely on the defensive and tried to survive. Owen finally got the winner with just 3 minutes of regulation time left – whew!
It was a good performance and the fact that Newcastle kept pressing throughout the game, even though they missed so many chances, is probably the most pleasing aspect of the game yesterday.
Sam’s positive influences are starting to show through
- Here’s our final report of the game yesterday. You can laso join in the after game discussion on the Newcastle Wigan game on our new Newcastle United Forum. While Newcastle dominated the play completely it was one of those games (and days) where nothing seemed to go in – so yo us it was a good 3 points because we found a way to win the game – albeit with only 3 minutes to go – but when you have strikers like Owen and Martins playing for you – that’s always going to be possible.
Michael Owen – after scoring winning goal yesterday – YES!
- We saw the game on television yesterday and to be truthful were surprised at just how good Newcastle looked. Sam has really started to influence the players on how they play. Not one of them stopped playing yesterday and not one of them appeared too demoralized – they just kept on going regardless of all the missed chances.
We think Sam is exerting his positive influences at the club now – big time.
Sam Allardyce- his positive influences at the club are starting to show now
- We give our Final Reflections on the Wigan game. Most of the observations show just how much we have improved this season under Big Sam and the man himself says it will only get better as time goes on – can’t wait!
Sam is getting the acclaim that he probably never got at Bolton – and he has a chance to take Newcastle to the top in the next few years. Certainly Mike Ashley and Chris Mort have been very supportive of Big Sam and the three of them must know they have had a fantastic start during the summer in the 9 players Sam has brought in. We mustn’t forget the support Sam has been given and as Mike and Chris get sucked into the passion that is Newcastle United – heaven knows where we go from here. We know it’s up – we just don’t know how far – but oxygen may be needed
Habib Beye- introduced to the Newcastle fans yesterday
- Sam spoke to the Newcastle United web-site after the game and gave his assessment of the game. The game certainly should have been wrapped up by half time much like the Bolton game was – but we missed chances and had absolutely no luck at all. But the lads kept going and Sam was very pleased. He also pointed out it was a touch of real quality from Owen and Martins to get the goal with only 3 minutes to go. Owen looked sharp yesterday as did Newcastle overall – and if we continue playing like this we are going to be 4-0 up at half time against some unlucky team when we do get some luck.
Sam Allardcye – game should have been over by half time – but good performance
- Now that everything is done and dusted we run an article on who left and who came in during the summer. Turns out Sam let 9 players go and brought 9 in and the net outlay was about â‚¤10M. What was that about Sam having only â‚¤10M to spend this summer? We cannot think of a better use of â‚¤10M in transfer money than what Sam has achieved this summer. It’s going to be so exciting next summer, and even in January, when Newcastle hopefully are at least back in Europe and Sam looks again looks to strengthen the squad. We expect money will be more available to him once Chris and Mike clean up the finances of the club. They have done an excellent job so far in making the club a lot more financially stable.
As we’ve said before Sam is almost the perfect manager for Newcastle at this time in their history.
Sam Allardyce – the perfect manager for Newcastle at this time in their history
- Just a great story about Mike Ashley’s celebrations following the win against Bransley on Wednesdy night. Turns out he and Chris Mort went to a local night-club in the Bigg Market and was refused entry because his attire wasn’t suitable. He was wearing the famous black and white stripes of the club he owns. Needless to say the dress code at the club was changed for that particular night (good call by the owner) and Mike bought everybody there (300) a drink on him. Best story I’ve read in a while – we try to put a comedic twist on it. By the way it’s just a great thing that Mike is always seen wearing the strip – and doesn’t he seem to enjoy himself – good for him.
Mike Ashley – wearing his dress attire of late – the famous black and white stripes
- Our new site has been nominated for ‘Best Sports Blog’ as part of the Bloggers Choice Awards. If you would like to vote for us you can do so here. You can also browse through other nominations you can vote for.
Ahmed Bilal’s site SoccerLens was also nominated and you can vote for Ahmed’s site here.
I don’t know too much about these awards to be honest and certainly don’t consider myself a professional journalist – I’m a dedicated Newcastle fan writing about the club I’ve supported all my life after finally retiring – and loving it.
- Finally here’s some choice football quotes – today from that character Ron Atkinson – to lighten up the day
“He’s not only a good player, but he’s spiteful in the nicest sense of the word.” – Ron Atkinson
“They’ve done the old-fashioned things well; they’ve kicked the ball, they’ve headed it” – Ron Atkinson
“I’m afraid they’ve left their legs at home.” – Ron Atkinson
“There’s a little triangle – five left-footed players.” – Ron Atkinson
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