Newcastle have put in a very poor performance in the first half at Wigan Athletic today, and should probably be more than a single goal down at the break, given their lackadaisical play.
With 5000 Newcastle fans in the crowd you would have thought Newcastle would have been putting in a little more effort, but they have looked a very ordinary side in the first half at the JJB Stadium this afternoon against Wigan.
This may not be Newcastle’s day and in the warm up, Enrique was injured so Kinnear brought in Mark Viduka, and moved Duff to the left wing and switched Charles N’Zogbia to left back. That may have unsettled the side (excuse).
Wigan started the game well and had most of the possession and then after 29 minutes Gutierrez conceded a needless free-kick some 20 yards from goal.
Then once again, Ryan Taylor, for the third season running, scored against Newcastle with a wonderful curling shot into Shay Given’s top corner. This is a poor goal to concede, because we must have known how dangerous Ryan Taylor is, especially against us, but that’s the end of our 3 game away streak without conceding a goal.
Newcastle were finding it hard to string any number of decent passes together and Wigan were putting in a good physical performance, as they seemed a lot more ready for this game than the Magpies.
Newcastle don’t seem to have turned up for this game, and at least at half time it’s a very poor performance so far, reminiscent of last year when Wigan won 1-0, and we were utterly hopeless. From the first half today, it doesn’t appear we have improved much over the last 12 months.
To make matter worse our Sengalese International Habib Beye was stretchered off before the break – so we need to get those new signings in quickly, with both of our full backs injured today.
Joe needs to give the team a good rollicking at half time, and maybe they will wake up, but this has to be an extremely disappointing first half, especially for the 5000 traveling fans, who are in the JJB stadium this afternoon.
Newcastle will have to pick up their game very quickly in the second half, if they are not to suffer their third defeat under Joe Kinnear, at such an important part of the season.
Looks like some of the players are starting to believe their own headlines. 🙁