We have a feeling that yesterday’s game was one of those days, when nothing went right for Newcastle – nothing at all. It started badly with an injury to Jose Enrique in the warm up, and went downhill from there.
Damien Duff – missed good chance for Magpies right at the end
But after being outplayed for the most part by Wigan, it didn’t stop the 10 men of Newcastle coming back in the last 10 minutes of the game to almost snatch a point.
And Damien Duff had a great chance to be the hero, for the second week running, but this time Damien hit the ball wide and high, when it looked easier to score, in the 93nd minute.
Joe was not happy after the game, especially with referee Michael Dean, who didn’t have a good game:
“The day started badly with José and got worse from there,”
“He got injured in the warm up and we had to make a quick decision and change formation. We don’t have any other left-backs available so it was a case of dropping Charlie (N’Zogbia) back and bringing Mark Viduka on.”
“It’s not looking good for Liverpool at all. There’s about four or five players who were playing at Wigan who will struggle to play on Sunday.”
“In total I think we have about eight first-teamers injured now.” Viduka has torn his groin, Enrique’s is a calf injury.”
Bassong was sent off for pulling Emile Heskey’s shirt in the penalty area after 72 minutes, but way before they reached the area, the linesman was flagging for a foul on Heskey, so the referee played on and once Emile got into the box, he picked his time to to fall down to get the penalty – and the referee fell for it.
But Newcastle, on the positive side, have to have a good chance of appealing this red card, because it should never have been a sending off, and not a penalty either. And it brings into question what exactly is the rule for playing on – if the player doesn’t get the advanatge, is the referee then supposed to bring the play back?
Of course referee Dean will say that’s irrelevant because Bassong fouled Heskey in the penalty box, for a second time.
Joe Kinnear continued:
“Heskey was offside to start with, but I’m in enough trouble with referees that I don’t really want to open my mouth and tell the truth,” “Let’s just say I can’t find the words to express his performance.”
“If he gives a penalty for Heskey, he has to give one for Andy Carroll. Heskey’s done well, he’s held him off, lost his balance and then thrown himself to the floor. He’s 6ft 3in, for Christ’s sake – but the referee fell for it.”
“Then at the other end, Andy Carroll has been hacked down from the back. It’s clear-cut, even (Wigan manager) Steve Bruce has said exactly the same, but the referee has given nothing. I think that summed up his performance.”
Cattermole had another Newcastle player in hospital, after he had put Joey Barton out of the game at St. James’ Park earlier this season, and yesterday he put in another reckless tackle, this time on right back Habib Beye:
“If I was being kind I would call it a reckless challenge. It was exactly the same challenge he made against Joey Barton.”
“(Beye) went straight to hospital and they might be keeping him in (overnight).” “We know it’s a badly bruised knee but we’re not sure whether anything’s fractured yet.”
“He definitely has no chance of being involved on Sunday.” Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Damien Duff missed two chances to claim a point after Carroll won an earlier penalty, for a challenge by Chris Kirkland.”
The best way to handle this game, is to forget about it, and prepare to get back on track against Liverpool.
We had a little luck in winning last weekend against Spurs, and yesterday we had no luck whatsoever, and with just a little we could have had a point, but on overall play Wigan were probably the better team.
Joe will now prepare the side for Liverpool, and with good support from the Toon Army, anything is possible in that game.