HT: Wigan 1 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Poor


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.   🙁



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145 comments so far

  • azim

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #1

    JK u must make a sub right now.
    OFF Zogs and ON Geremi
    let play Bassong on left ..taylor and Colo at Center. We dont have any choice right now

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #2

    excellent from danny guthrie. come on newcastle put some effort in

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #3

    were strolling about the park like we dont want tobe there .

    just watched duff drift away into the middle when zoggy had the ball out wide , was if he didnt want the ball , same all over the park really .

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Cattermole just stuck a foot in again!?. what is the ref upto

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  • Spyro

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #5

    hahaha, Bassong just made Heskey look a right prat.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #6

    christ is that butt just passing the ball to wigan when we’re looking to break and attack. given away by him AGAIN

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  • azim

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #7

    brilliant play by guthrie

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  • The Original Todd

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #8

    I wish Butt would learn to pass the ball.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #9

    awful decision. just awful.

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  • Spyro

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Mike Dean you crap crap referee

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #11

    right thats it mike dein has been backhanded by wigan .

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Great, a team that isnt showing much in the way of heart and on come’s andy carroll.

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  • Spyro

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Carroll picked above Xisco…. 🙁

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #14

    get lua lua on aswell , its not like the kids can show any less effort than those out on the pitch , infact we might see people who want to play .
    and get ranger on aswell if he’s on the bench !

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #15

    palacios has tripped butt there. fair enough his touch was poor but he’s tripped him, thats a free kick for me.

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #16

    spyro , carrol got a hatrick for the reserves the other day , now i dont know what xisco’s done in training lately…..
    speaking of which , are our fringe players refusing to play reserve games ? joey played when he could , yet we never see xisco ect playing for the reserves .

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  • Rich

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Nick Butt is a waste of space. Hes a liability never mind a waste of a position.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #18

    I would have picked Xisco ahead of Carroll. I thought its a great chance for Xisco.

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  • Obafan

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #19

    We need to get rid of Butt; by far the worst player on the pitch. Can’t pass a porper ball, what a waste of space.

    And the ref has to give Kirkland a yellow one, he is playing with him.

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  • Spyro

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Ross

    Exact same contact as the freekick they scored from

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #21

    you’re kidding. a red card aswell. they were ready to give the free kick, the official flagged. the free kick was flagged and theyve given a penalty.

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #22

    From bad to worse……

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  • Spyro

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Poor decision again by Dean

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Somebody got to check Mike Dean’s bank account.

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  • Obafan

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Go off the pitch, that ref deserves a good punching!!!

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  • toonoholic

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #26

    when its not ur day. its not ur day

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  • neeraj

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #27

    is mike dean a sunderland fan?????

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #28

    OMG
    Hesky stays on his feet till he gets to the box before he decides to dive , and mike dean gives it ?
    i want the guy investigated for this match , some of the descisions have been to questionable .

    infact the premier league should be ashamed of the calibure of reffing this season .

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  • The Original Todd

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Why do we always get Riley and Deane as referees? They both are terrible

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  • the black magpie

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #30

    we need midfielders boy

    coz nicky Butt is way past it i am afraid

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  • obamagic

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #31

    owen as a captain needs to calm the team down. and time to put in Lualua

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #32

    i’m completly confident in saying this is one of the worst refereeing displays i can remember seeing. Mike Dean has just been horrendous. some absolutly mindless decisions today.

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  • Soren

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #33

    worst ref I’ve seen in a long time!.

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  • azim

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #34

    2-0 down. no way of recover

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #35

    No enrique, no beye, no bassong, no barton, no viduka, chance of no Martins for Liverpool. we could be back in the bottom 3 just as quickly as we were out of it.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Newcastle is playing 10 men against 13 from Wigan, their fans and the referee.

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  • Chris F

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #37

    if that was a penalty, i’m a mackem.

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  • kelvin

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #38

    the ref should be sent off for his shocking decisions, no way was that a penalty, at most an indirect fk. heskey feel down like a block of bricks!

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  • Obafan

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #39

    The ref is a disgrease!! The linesman was flagging and Heskey still was able to run 50 metres, then the challenge is over and he dives and Bassong gets a red card. I’m so frustrated!!!!

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #40

    kk forever

    i maybe wrong but if its a foul in the box he has to give a red card

    it wasnt in the box

    we have no defence for liverpool

    ________________given______________

    geremi_______taylor_____colo_______zog

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