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.