Newcastle’s manager thought the late loss of two vital points to Wigan Athletic this afternoon was a sickener.
Joe Kinnear – sickened by Wigan late equlaizer
But the defense again let us down and conceded two goals to Wigan, even though the Lancashire side were without their star strikers Emile Heskey and Amr Zaki.
The Newcastle defense is simply not good enough, and we have conceded 4 goals in our last two games to Fulham and Wigan, and that is disappointing, to say the least.
Joe Kinnear talked after this afternoon’s game:
“We should have put the game to bed.”
Goals from Michael Owen and Oba Martins after 79 and 86 minutes had put Newcastle 2-1 ahead, after Emmerson Boyce had been sent off early in the second half, and Wigan had gone ahead after just 3 minutes of the game to a Taylor goal. 🙁
But then Newcastle, after getting their noses in front, amazingly allowed the 10 man Wigan side to snatch a point with an 89th-minute headed equalizer from Titus Bramble. Certainly we were unhappy with both the display and the result today.
“We probably didn’t need to give the corner away that led to the goal and to get beaten so late in the game with a set-play is a sickener.” “The manner in which it was scored was a bit disappointing.”
“The first goal took the wind out of our sails.” “After that, we didn’t play high-tempo, didn’t create too much. The last 10-15 minutes of the first half was our best spell.” “In the second half we went for broke with three strikers up and created numerous chances.”
Kinnear agreed that the dismissal of Boyce was harsh and added:
“Certainly there wasn’t any malice.”
While the point lifted Newcastle to 4th bottom, up one place, it is hardly what we wanted, and we should have taken all 3 points.
We just don’t think displays like this are good enough, especially when they are at home.
“How the league is at the moment, had we won today I think we would have been about tenth.”
“There are numerous teams down there with only a few points between them.”
5 points lost in our last two games is how we look at this.
Now we have to face two away games at Chelsea and Middlesbrough, who are both above us in the league.