FT: Wigan 2 Newcastle 1 – Magpies Misfire

This was a game Newcastle fans had every right to think their team had a good chance of winning, but the bubble burst this afternoon, and Newcastle went down to their first defeat in 7 games, when they lost 2-1 to Wigan Athletic,  and it was a poor display overall from the Newcastle side.
Newcastle had lost left back Jose Enrique, who was injured in the warm up, so they switched Charles N’Zogbia to left back, switched Duff to left wing and brought in Mark Viduka to lead the line.

And in the first half Newcastle played very poorly and that man Ryan Taylor again scored to put Wigan one ahead after 29 minutes, with a beautifully taken free kick from 20 yards out, that followed a needless foul by Argentine Jonas Gutierrez.

Then on 34 minutes former Middlebrough youngster  Cattermole’s terrible challenge on Habib Beye saw the Wigan player yellow-carded, but Beye was left writhing in agony on the pitch.

Beye was stretchered off, and replaced by Steven Taylor, after quite a delay, and Newcastle had lost both their starting full backs this afternoon.

Newcastle went in at half time only 1-0 down, but it could have been worse.

Then on 72 minutes things did get worse for Newcastle when Sebastien Bassong was shown a straight red card, after he had brought down Emile Heskey inside the penalty area.

Bassong had little option since Heskey was clean through on goal, but Bassong will now face a one match suspension, and a penalty was awarded to Wigan, and that’s the 7th penalty we’ve given up this season already.

Egyptian Amr Zaki stepped up to score easily past goalkeeper Shay Given from the spot kick, and Newcastle were 2-0 down.

Then on 79 minutes David Edgar replaced skipper Michael Owen, who had a quiet game.

But to Newcastle’s credit they refused to give up the ghost, and after 88 minutes referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot after Chris Kirkland fisted Andy Carroll in the head, as the Gateshead born striker tried to get on the end of a nice Nicky Butt through ball.

Danny Guthrie got his second goal for the club, in the absence of Michael Owen,  as he stepped up and made no mistake from the spot and lashed the ball high into the net.

And Newcastle were helped by a full 6 minutes of stoppage time, and that yielded a couple of chances for Damien Duff but unlike last Sunday, on both occasions the Irish winger shot wide.

So Wigan held on to claim the win and 4 points off Newcastle this season.  🙁

This was both a disappointing display and a poor result for Newcastle, and we wonder who will be playing full back against Liverpool, and it looks like Steven Taylor and N’Zogbia will need to be our starting full backs.

Bassong will be available against Liverpool, but then will get a one match ban for his sending off.

So the bubble has finally burst after six games of decent performances, and we have been shown, at least today, to be a rather ordinary side.

A disappointment today, but the chance to get back on track again to an in-form Liverpool side on Sunday at 12:00noon at St. James’ Park.

Liverpool took Bolton apart today 3-0, with two more great goals from Robbie Keane.

But we’ll need to be an awful lot better, and more awake to get anything out of that game, and as Joe has said, things are very tight in the league, and after the game today we remain in 12th place, but could have gone up to 9th place with a win.

This game has brought us down to earth with a bang.


Wigan: Chris Kirkland, Mario Melchiot, Paul Scharner, Titus Bramble, Maynor Figueroa, Antonio Valencia, Lee Cattermole, Wilson Palacios, Ryan Taylor, Emile Heskey, Amr Zaki
Subs: tbc

Newcastle United:
Shay Given, Habib Beye, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Charles N’Zogbia, Jonas Gutierrez, Danny Guthrie, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Mark Viduka, Michael Owen
Subs: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Geremi, , David Edgar, Andy Carroll, Xisco

Referee: Mike Dean
Attendance: tbc

72 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Well, I wrote the game against liverpool already off, but now it will be important to not loose all the gained confidence and limit the damage…if they sink us, all confidence will be gone again and we’re in the bottom again 🙁

  • Christoon

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #3

    bull, ref was a discrace, not only was heskey offside to start with, he then proceeded to dive in the area, should of atleast been pulled back for the original foul, that is the rule after all, andy carol being booked for diving made me scream out loud, wether it was inside or not it was a foul.


  • neeraj

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #4

    bad decisions against nufc this season

    1. hull city- nicky butt- was never a penelty
    2. man city- robinho- 2 pts lost
    3. stoke- 2 pts lost
    4. wigan- i would say 3 points not 1

  • Daniel

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #5

    If newcastle deserved to lose then the referee deserves sacking.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed-i have to disagree only on one point and say that for all the challenge from jonas was somewhat needless, he hardly touched zaki, and zaki went down like he’d been shot. he took the slightest of tugs at him and had zaki stayed on his feet i doubt the freekick would have been given, and they might not haven even scored from it.
    the linesman to be fair to him was trying his best to call the free kick, but dean let play go on. the moment heskey was in the box we all knew what was going to happen-he felt contact, and another big man went down like a sack of potatoes.
    I would say kirkland denied carroll a clear goalscoring opportunity. Fair enough there was a defender with carroll, but to be fair to him, he got ahead of the defender and was in on goal, but kirkland stopped him from putting the ball in the net, in the box. For me, that defines “denying a clear goalscoring opportunity”, and surely he too should have been shown a red card?
    I’d also like to see the challenge made on carroll in the box again. the ball was bouncing towards him, and before he had a chance to control it, a defender came in from behind him, and contact was made. he took a knee in the back, went down (albeit rather easily-note both zaki and heskey, culminating in both wigan goals) and was yellow carded for a dive. Cant get my head round today at all.

  • Christoon

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #7

    i no we didn’t play well but wigan had a 12th man today. The first goal was barely a free kick, its crazy how footballers have this presure point in their shoulders that makes them loose all feeling in their legs.

    sorry blog…..i am so angry… :/

  • ToonKing

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #8

    I hope Mike Dean dies.

    Although we were piss poor today and i have no idea what happened to us, it was he who cost us the game.

    1.The foul for their freekick was never a foul, Guti barely even touched the guy.
    2. Their penalty was never a penalty, firstly Heskey was offside, secondly the assistant was signaling miles before they got in the box and thirdly 80% of the refs would have not given that penalty, Heskey went down waaaaay to easy.
    3. He made another howler by giving us a penalty that never was.
    4. …..and then in the very end where there was indeed a penalty for us as Caroll was kicked down he booked him for diving…….

    Mike Dean cost us before but today he really proper fooookked us. I hope he gets hit by a truck.

    Happy holidays …..

    PS: 2 more days ’till we get destroyed by Liverpool….brilliant..

  • oga

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #9

    The exact kick up the backside we needed.

    -We must get rid of Butt
    -We must get rid of Duff

    Stop letting 2-3 performances cloud your judement. Rubbish players and managers are holding us back.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #10


    harsh though i hope he never referees again

  • Christoon

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #11

    KK Forever (Ross)- spot on, we have been well and truly dicked by bad decisions, if we got the “rub of the green” of the top four we cud be in 5th… i honestly believe every body, accept us fans, are trying desperately to send us down

  • ToonKing

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Okay, then i hope he doesn’t die just looses his legs.

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Bad by us and real bad by the ref.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #14

    what about decisions in our favour

  • Christoon

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #15

    anyone know what kinear said after the match, i hope he saw red

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #16

    another memorable one for me was when nicky butt (somehow) got round palacios and broke to the by-line, he was obviously going to play the ball across the face of goal. fair enough his touch was brilliant but palacios clipped his heels and the ref gave a goal kick.
    Duff over on the wing, he’d been doing his best with Jonas to keep the ball alive, and no one could seem to take the ball off them, in went lee Cattermole, stuck a foot in on duff, braught him down, wigan strolled off with the ball and neither the linesman or mike dean did anything. The commentator actually said
    “hold on, cattermole has just stuck his foot in again there” the moment duff was braught down, maybe expecting activity and cattermole was already on a yellow for that hospital tackle on beye. but nah, play on lads.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #17

    wasnt brilliant, that is meant to say

  • Simo

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Maybe people should stop blaming the ref and accept that we were awful!!
    Yeah he was bad, but then look at us – we deserved nothing!!
    We dont often get ‘the rub of the green’ but look at Wigan at St James. If Boyce hadnt of got sent off (wrongly) they would of went on to win the game!! Thats just the rough & tumble of the premeir league.
    Sunday – Newcastle 2 liverpool 1 – Keep the faith!

  • steve

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #19

    the ref was bad but we have to look at our players – they simply didnt perform and in all honestly fully deserved to be beaten – hopefully we’ll appeal against the red card as that was pathetic – it wont help us for Liverpool game tho

  • Christoon

    Dec 26, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #20

    normally i’d agree that blaming the ref is just ye old sour grapes but i’m sorry, reffing like that doesn’t belong in the premier league

  • Ant09

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Im first to say we hardly deserved anything from that game, we were poor lets face it. But football has never been a game where the best team wins. Who knows what happens from 1-0 down but the penalty should never have been given, and to be 100% sure of that here is the fule on advantage from fifas sules for refs –

    Law V – Referees
    Decision 7: (advantage clause) If the referee applies the advantage clause and the advantage which was anticipated does not develop at that time, the referee shall penalise the original offence.

    We may not have been the best team, but that penalty did beat us.


    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Only good thing is that Bassong will be available for sunday. Hope the lads perform better on that day!

  • ToonKing

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #23

    why would Bassong be available ?? i doubt they will revoke the card..

  • ToonKing

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #24

    plus we have no Beye and Enrique also no Viduka…i wrote off the Pool game all ready


    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Well, ToonKing, I think they have to redicide on that card, but that doesn’t matter for sunday! The rule is clear and the card doesn’t count for this sunday yet!

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #26

    well, not so good today and we will obviously get beat by liverpool in a couple of days time too. funny how a couple of defeats is all it takes to throw us back into the relegation area. this is good that we have beye out and enrique too – now with the window just opening, we have a desperate need for some real quality if we are to carry a big enough squad to stay in the prem!! its not that i want beye out cos i dont, i just want that arse ashley to be forced into opening his water tight wallet. it is a shit result though, we were below par and it showed. how do you get a draw against chelski and get dicked by wigan??

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #27

    toonking, red card would come into eff3ect after sunday.

  • adam

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #28

    first 20 minutes started well owen had 2 great chances catemole shud of been sent off on beye terrible challenge rest of the half was poor taylors free kick was not a free kick he took a dive and shud have been booked second half first 20 minutes poor after that started to play better owen did nothing but still would not sell him newcastle missed martins because we had no pce up front zaki goal was not a goal another bad disision by the refferee bassong and zaki were both after the ball bassong shud never of been sent off terrible dision by the refferree again carroll penalty was a penalty and kirkland or the defender behind carroll shud of been sent off gd goal by guthrie stoppage time duff shud of scored 2 goals carroll shud of been awarded a 2nd penalty and not a yellow card it was a bad challenge by brown and refferee shud be dropped

  • adam

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #29

    refferee disions
    catemole shud of been sent off
    taylors goal was not a free kick
    zaki goal was not a penalty
    bassong shud not of been sent off
    carroll shud of been given a 2 nd penalty
    kirland or the defender behind carroll shud of been sent off

  • adam

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #30

    refferee was shite and shud be dropped

  • Toon1978

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #31

    I am so angry at our poor luck today with injuries and terrible decisions by the ref who should be sacked instantly. Never the less we deserved NOTHING from that game yes Wigan are a dirty team and Cattermole is a disgrace how he was not sent off i will never know. Bassong gets sent off for a tug on the shirt, Cattermole gets a yellow card for nearly braking somebodys leg. Shows how bad that ref really was.

    Given-5 (Bad positioning for the first goal)
    Beye-5 (Unlucky with injury)
    Colocinni-5 (Caught out on a few occasions)
    Bassong-6 (Unlucky to be sent off)
    N’Zogbia-3 (Skinned time and time again)
    Jonas- 6 (Worked hard)
    Guthrie-6(also worked hard for the cause)
    Butt-1 (less said the better)
    Duff-4 (Headless chicken )
    Owen-3(waste of space)
    Viduka- 2 ( Waste of time injured again)

  • A.L 9

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Simo we were awfull and in no way did we deserve anything from the game based on our performancve compared to Wigan’s, however we have a right to comlain as somehow Wigan failed to convert one of there many genuine chances and scored from 2 set pieces that just blatantly were not fouls.

    Now you can look at it 2 ways.
    1. Newcastle were indeed terrible and Wigan deserved the 3 points based on performance alone. END OF

    2. Newcastle were a shambles and outplayed for the majority of the game, however, they way in which they lost the game was extremely harsh as both goals should not have happened.

    We’ve had 7 penaties against us already this season wheras last season we only had 1 against and that was on the last day of the season.

    It isn’t just Newcastle either, the officials have been terrible this season and they are too arrogant to admit it. Mike Dean should seriously be fined for ruining the boxing day of myself and many other Toon fans.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #33

    well said a.l 9

  • dougnufc

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Who is the best ref this season? I couldn’t recall any

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #35

    toon 1978

    what was wrong with givens positioning

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #36


    apparentley that young one has had a good season

  • Doocey

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #37

    “We could’ve got this we could’ve got that”

    Stil talking bull, we were dreadful today, Owen was marked out of thegame however even when he did get a good chance he was tackled by Scharner brilliantly.

    Jonas played well I though, N’Zogbia gave it his all and I don’t blame him for anything.

    As for thepenalty, it’s probably one of the orst decisions I’ve seen in a long time.

    Heskey dived for a start but not giving the foul before he got into the penalty box? Horrendous.

    Duff “could’ve would’ve should’ve”

    Carrol impressedme today and I think he has a future unlike lot of you “Toon” fans.
    Most of you want him out, and who can we bring in?

    Danny Guthrie for me was fantastic, in such a poor Magpies performance he stood out, rarely getting caught on theball and putting the penalty away.

    On another day we could’ve drawn but we didn’t deserve it, at least for 85 minutes anways.

    I expected us to lose the game, we did and finito, pool n a couple of days.
    We’ve nothing to lose.

    Lee cattermole really annoyed me, splitting Beye and lunging in at others.
    I hope his big red head gets a smack in their next game.

    saying you want Mike Dean dead is ridiculas, football only goes so far.
    Referees do a hard job and get it wrong often. They don’t have the TV views we do so give then a little break.

    When consistent refereeing is happening then the ref should consider his future

  • Simo

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #38

    Am not disputing the fact that the ref was awful but we were equally bad if not worse!
    We have been conned on numerous occasions this season but unlike for example man city (beye red card) we didnt respond at all!!

  • adam

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #39

    refferees disions this year that have cost newcastle points
    hull city penalty was not a penalty = 1 point
    blackburn rover samba off side = 1 point
    man city penalty was not a penalty dive in the box = 3 points
    fulham – penalty was not a penalty foul to newcastle = 1 point
    stoke city free kick was not a free kick = 3 points
    wigan free kick was not a free kick penalty was not a penalty = 3 points
    12 points
    34 point
    4 th place

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #40

    FFS lads you cant blame the ref for everything.
    NUFC were totally shite today and deseved what they got out of the game.
    From the kick off, what were the tactics? Where was the attacking ambition?
    When you go looking for a 0-0 draw you quite often get beat.
    Given – poor
    N’Zog – not a left back. Cant tackle, cant defend.
    Bassong – ok, but if you pull a strikers arm in the box he will go down. Poor
    Colocinni- ok
    Beye – just hope its not broken! ok
    Jonas – headless chicken! Very Poor
    Guthrie – Good game. Only player who wanted to win something for NUFC. Too inexperienced though. Needs a good cm alongside him. Unfortunatly he’s got Butt!
    Butt – FFS !!! Always giving the ball away cheaply. Cant pass to his own team. Drops us in the shite too many times. CRAP
    Owen – Is this our captain? What a useless twat! F**d up one chance in first half hardly seen for remainder of game. I’ll bet you now he wont play against Liverpool. Utter crap.
    Duka – Tart!

    Carrol – ok
    Edgar – Arse
    Taylor – Useless

    Overall performance? Not worth talking about LOL 🙁


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