Newcastle Must Start Beating Relegation Favorites At Home


Newcastle  play Wigan on Saturday, and will hope to end their two game losing streak in the league and their two game losing streak at home, against one of the top two relegation favorites.

Chris Hughton – can’t take anything for granted

Wigan are at evens to be relegated by betting firm William Hill this season, and are second favorites to take the drop behind odds-on favorites Blackpool, who have already managed to beat Newcastle at home this season.

Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“You want to get going again, and for us it starts again with Wigan.” “That game at Man City seems a long time ago. So we’re glad to be able to move on from it.”

Newcastle are not meeting Wigan at a good time as they have improved vastly since the start of the season, and in their last two games they got a good point at Birmingham and then a 2-0 win over Wolves at the DW Stadium.

Former Newcastle player Charles N’Zogbia will be playing for Wigan and the lad is up to his old tricks, saying he wants to leave Wigan for Marseilles in January.

That comes after he refused to join Birmingham in the summer after a fee of around £9M had been agreed between the clubs and the reports were that he couldn’t agree terms with Birmingham.

But it seems Charles is still his biggest fan and he lives in a dream-world in which he thinks he’s a world class player – which he isn’t. We think Newcastle are well rid of Charles and players like him, who are a problem in the dressing room.

Hughton seems well aware that Wigan are improving as he continued:

“They’re a team that are improving. They have done well in their last two games and it shows the difficulty of this league.”  “We can’t take anything for granted. Wigan have become an established Premier League side.”

It’s true that it will not be particularly easy game for Newcastle, but the team must get a win on Saturday, and start to rise in the league table by beating the lower half league teams at home.

We think the lads can do it.

Comments welcome.



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6 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 13, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Are we not Relegation favourites. Agree with the sentiments though

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  • G

    Oct 13, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #2

    We really need to change formation at home to accomodate 2 front men. A Wigan side shoudn’t really pose too many problems, but then again, I seem to remember thinking that when a certain Mr Souness was in charge… that didn’t go too well!

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  • Toon XI

    Oct 13, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #3

    This is a must win. I imagine the feel good vibes from the Everton win are slowly turning into nervousness…at least for me they are.

    We need these three points and the confidence that comes with a win at home.

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  • Ericles

    Oct 13, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #4

    We need to play a formation and style that opponents cannot work out before hand. We are, with the CH style, far too preidctable and therefore
    beatable. CH says sometimes he is sticking with a winning team then changes it. Then sometimes he will make changes and then chooses the same team.
    If we the fans can work out his head surely managers and players against can as well? We need style and flair, pace and direction. What is his latest opinion? We need to beat those around us to stay in connection – we need more than that CH!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 13, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #5

    @ Indian Magpie // Oct 13, 2010 at 12:50 PM (1)

    We would do well to beat ourselves though!

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  • atom

    Oct 13, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Agreed Toon XI. Its easy for things to swell, either good or bad, and this game looks like it could be one of those games. A win would sure be nice and is much needed.

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