Newcastle 2 Wigan – Colo’s Injury Time Equalizer Saves Blushes

Newcastle finally had a little luck today, when they didn’t particularly deserve it, when Coloccini equalized in injury time after Charles N’Zogbia, the former Newcastle winger had scored two goals in two minutes to put Wigan 2-0 up in a dismal first half for Newcastle, and the absolute worst 45 minutes they have put in all season.

Newcastle had made three changes from the team that was beaten 2-1 at Manchester City two weeks ago, with Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands and Danny Guthrie coming into his side, and Kevin Nolan missing his first league game of the season through injury. Danny Guthrie was also making his first start of the season on the right wing in place of Wayne Routledge.

The opening period was even until 22 minutes had elapsed and then Di Santo swung in a cross into the box from the right wing, and the diminutive 5’7″ tall French International N’Zogbia out jumped both James Perch and Mike Williamson to head the ball past Krul – a terrible goal for Newcastle to give away at home.

And then Wigan made it 2-0 almost immediately, with N’Zogbia again scoring the goal as Coloccini lost the ball coming out of defense, and Di Santo once again put the ball in from the right and this time Charles took the ball down nicely on his chest, and put the ball home with skill and his left foot.

Two bad mistakes from the Newcastle defense at home and it was 2-0 down and a huge mountain to climb.

Newcastle looked in some disarray for the remainder of the half, and since Wigan are second favorites by William Hill behind Blackpool to be relegated this from the Premier league this season, the last thing the 44,415 crowd expected was to be 2-0 down at the half, but that’s what it was, although Williamson had a header cleared off the line by Emmerson Boyce just before the break came.

But the first half display today must be the worst by a Newcastle side this season – and to do that at home against a relegation side is just unacceptable – it’s as simple as that – it’s not good enough.

Newcastle were again far too slack in defense this afternoon and Charles took good advantage of it, but the Magpies have to sort out their defensive frailties before too long, because we are giving away too many soft goals at home.

When the lads came on for the second period there were no changes made in the line-up, which didn’t please the Newcastle crowd, who were still in shock from the first half display.

Shola Ameobi was introduced in place of Peter Lovenkrands after 60 minutes with the score still 2-0 in Wigan’s favor, and  then Wayne Routledge  was introduced soon after on 66 minutes, replacing the out-of-position Danny Guthrie on the right wing.

Twenty minutes to go and 2-0 down at home against Wigan – unbelievable.

But then Shola gave Newcastle some hope when he scored his 4th goal of the season, after 72 minutes, when he headed a Gutierrez cross nicely into the back of the net for a vital breakthrough goal.

Wigan brought on former Newcastle target  Tom Cleverley after 80 minutes, and it looked like Wigan had wrapped up all 3 points, as the game went into injury time.

But then an Argentine double rescued Newcastle four minutes into added time,  as a Gutierrez corner was headed onto Coloccini who then headed the ball strongly into the net for the dramatic equalizing goal.

It was a point that Newcastle didn’t look like they could get and 2 points thrown away by Wigan, but make no mistake about it – that was a vital goal by the the Argentine center-back to save Newcastle having three successive PL defeats and three successive defeats at home.

We have to think that Sol Campbell will have a good chance of making his PL debut in London next week in place of one of the two center-backs – Williamson or Coloccini take your pick – since each one was responsible for each of the goals in that terrible first half.

And it’s possible we could also see Danny Simpson starting at right back next week too, because N’Zogbia was just too good for the former Nottingham Forest player today.

We thought Newcastle had a solid and decent defense but  now that’s 4 soft goals given away in the last two home games – and it’s just not good enough,  if we are to avoid a relegation scrap this season.

You talk about shooting yourself in the foot, and make no mistake about it, this was a relegation type performance by our team at home today – they were that bad.

We’ll have to wait and see which team turns up at Upton Park next week – Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde.

Here’s the Caughtoffside video of all 4 goals.


Newcastle United: Krul; Perch (Ranger, 89), Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Guthrie (Routledge, 66), Tiote, Gutierrez; Carroll, Lovenkrands (Ameobi, 60). Subs not used: Krul, Kadar, R Taylor, Smith.

Wigan: Al Habsi; Boyce, S Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Stam, Gomez, Stam (Cleverley, 80), McCarthy, N’Zogbia (Diame, 90); Di Santo (Rodellega, 66). Subs: Kirkland, Watson, Boselli, Moses.
Goals: N’Zogbia 22, 23, Ameobi 72, Coloccini 90
Bookings: Tiote 55, Figueroa 85
Sent off:
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)
Attendance: 44,415

26 comments so far

  • Magickit

    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #1

    first of all, what Rouledge doing today ???

    he seems totally lost after sub from the bench.

    cannot pass , run, cross !

    i ll give him 1 mark and perch 1.5 mark.

    colo and spiderman share the mom

  • Magpie_May

    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Give a fair view on the lads man !!!

    We played good football and then got caught by Wigan. There was a shock among them and second goal we concede didn’t help . Obviously there’s much much pressure on the lads they just didn’t have time to think that’s why the long ball started.

    The lads showed gut and soul to play for the club and got a result from it. Look the way they celebrated equalizer goal , it’s meant so much to them.

    Just give the lads support all the way when the game still playing and then you can moan whatever you want when the game finished.

    Don’t kill the lads or CH from that.


  • wilko

    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #3

    do you know what, i am so relieved we got something from this game , the spirit from our tem did that and i have a good feeling this could be a turning point in our season with better to come, BIG TIME H W T L

  • lewizc1995

    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #4

    has anyone heard about the nolan bust up?

  • Magpie_May

    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #5

    For the record

    Wigan didn’t concede any goal in away game before they play us.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Bust up ?

  • boing123

    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Another terrible performance by Perch. He was simply destroyed by Zog again and again. This must be the last time he is starting in a black and white. Not to mention the first goal, when he and Williamson just stood there while Zog jumped and headed the ball in.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #8

    coño !

  • lewizc1995

    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #9

    yeah i was talkin 2 a guy on the metro who said that nolan was on the bench but had a bust up with hughton so was dropped from squad

  • Magickit

    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #10

    attacking really no interaction.

    every one seems to give the ball to jonas and let him do the trick …

    if it is the tactic, imagine how can we put him on bench the match b4 ? so ironic

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #11

    CH, why didn’t use R Taylor????? perch is so weak on the right.

  • Magickit

    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #12

    what nolan argue with CH ??

    becoz he plays perch again ???

  • Jondab

    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Im happy we got a point, but seriously Perch & Williamson are such a gamble. Ryan Taylor can create goal from nothing & can defend sensibly unlike clumsy Perch who has been put in the deep end too quickly for me.

  • tobbe77

    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Perch just isnt good enough cover on right back,all the other teams seem have noticed it by now …..all atack on the left wing…must be all the pl-coaches strategy…

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 16, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #15

    I must admit Perch was awful today and has to be dropped till he picks up again. I think he is the weak link in our team every time he’s on. Today just proved me right. Routledge looked like a schoolboy also. He was on for a short period of time but did nothing productive and just kept giving the ball away. Credit must go to Ameobi today as he impressed me again when he’s come on. I would love to see Steven Taylor play right back and bombing forward for headers and crosses. If he plays at RB I think that is our defense sorted. A chance has to be given to Sol Campbell in place of Williamson now as the latter had an off game today.

  • munch27

    Oct 16, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #16

    The only shining light for me is that both saylor and simpson are both close too comebacks then Hoots cannott defend picking Perch week in week out.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Oct 16, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #17

    today i love Shola Ameobi so much!!!great!!!!

  • ginkoh

    Oct 16, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #18

    I think we should happy to erase 2 points from Wigan more than 1 point gain. WTF !!

  • jasonbourne

    Oct 16, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #19

    I think we have a decent starting XI when all are fit, but lately it has occurred to me that’s our squad is weak and needs improvement in January.

    We need some class at the right side of the pitch and up front. The left side with Jonas and Enrique are good enough to survive and a little more.

    But our right side is weak. I would go for Simpson and R. Taylor on the right. When Simpson goes on a run you know you have defense in R. Taylor, and he has a good foot on the free-kick.

  • Magpie_May

    Oct 16, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #20

    maybe it was bust-up like lewizc1995 said

    here from Simon twitter
    Interesting: Nolan was not injured. Just “rested” from entire squad today… after two weeks rest. “It was my decision” says Hughton

    Just hope it not too but if it was so hope it can be sort out.

  • ende

    Oct 16, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #21
  • DanNUFC

    Oct 16, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #22

    bit harsh blaming colo for the 2nd goal when it was actually barton giving the ball away, then perch being completely absent at the back post… nothing to do with coloccini

  • Magpie_May

    Oct 16, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #23

    But maybe it wasn’t from Dan King on official web

    For those of you asking about Kevin Nolan – he’s picked up a couple of knocks in training this week, so he’s just missed out this weekend. Sol Campbell is also nursing a minor thigh complaint

    Hope it this case.

  • chrisf30

    Oct 16, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #24

    poor performance today, dreadful first half with a slight improvement in the second.

    hughton made two mistakes for me today. shola should have started, not lovenkrands and routledge, not guthrie. guthrie cannot play wide. he’s a cm, with him out wide, similarly to when hughton has used barton there before. theres no width, he constantly drifts inside. with routledge i accept his crossing is not brilliant, but i’d prefer to have him out wide than playing a player who has just came back from injury out of position. in january we need someone who has an end product, routledge and gutierrez are poor crossers and with carroll and ameobi up front heading is our obvious threat up front.

    surely perch cannot be defended by hughton any longer. ryan taylor must take his place, he’s slightly better at defending and has a brilliant delivery. it could be argued perch was at fault for both goals today.

    poor performance and if we hope to be in this league next season we need to be beating teams like wigan, blackpool and stoke at home.

  • baro

    Oct 16, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Absolutely Great JOB!! Coloccini!!!

    CAPTAIN COLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #26

    CH has to bring Campbell in for Williamson & Simpson for Perch we also lack a craetive midfield player it’s going ton be a long hard winter


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