Wigan Had Only Scored Four Goals All Season

We’re not surprised that boss Chris Hughton says he has concerns after yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic.

Chris Hughton – we should be beating Wigan

Wigan came to Newcastle having scored only four goals all season, and conceded 13, but it took them only 23 minutes to score two goals against a fragile looking Newcastle defense, which gifted former winger Charles N’Zogbia with two goals.

Th first goal was a looping cross that Charles headed in on the six yard box, despite both Williamson and Perch challenging for the ball, and Tim Krul could probably have  also come for the ball.

The second goal less that two minutes later found N’Zogbia clear on the left wing – but where was Perch?   The answer was – nowhere near the Frenchman – and N’Zogbia controlled the ball brilliantly with his chest before smashing the ball high into the net to completely stun the home crowd.

Two terrible errors by the Newcastle defense which seems to lose concentration at crucial times in games this season. After all,  in our last home game we gave two goals to Stoke in the last 22 minutes of that game to somehow lose, after simply dominating Stoke in the first half.

After defeats at home by both Blackpool and Stoke, a point was not too much better yesterday, and Newcastle must start picking up some points at home.

After going 2-0 down in the first half yesterday,  it looked as though the confidence had simply drained out of the players.

This is what Chris said after the game:

“It’s always a concern when you are losing or drawing games.”

“And it would be no secret that there are a group of teams against which you would feel that you have got your better opportunities to get your points.”

“Over a season, we will have to gain more points from the teams in that group.”

We have no idea how good or how bad Newcastle are this season.  Sometimes the lads play very well,  like against Manchester City and look a good side, and they also looked very good in the first half against Stoke City, only to give away two goals in the last 25 minutes.

So Newcastle have thrown away far too many points in the first 8 games of the season, that’s the bad news.  The good news is that we still have 8 points from 8 games – somehow.

We’ll know by the end of the year whether this side is good enough to stay in the Premier League this season, but if we were really honest we’d say it didn’t look that way yesterday, against one of the relegation favorites at home.

It could become a long hard season for this Newcastle side, unless they can patch up these defensive frailties.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • munch27

    Oct 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    I think our next three PL games will make or break this season if we play the same way @ West Ham as we have done in our previous away games we should take all 3 pts , then if the boys don’t play their hearts out at home against the unwashed we are doomed as this is the home game we MUST WIN , then a point or a lucky 3 @ the gooners we will be looking good ( i know i’m dreaming against the gooners but hey i’m a toon fan).

    Dear Mr Houghton PLEASE drop the lame duck of his “perch” as Anne Robinson would tell him he is the weakest link.

  • leedodd

    Oct 17, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Yea James Perch has to go in the Dug out and have Ryan Taylor at Right Back unless Danny Simpson is Fit !!!!!!!!!! He is a championship Player .

    The Big Question What Happened To Kevin Nolan Yesterday ?? He wasn’t even on the Bench ?? Is he Injured ??

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Oct 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    i think Krul not a good a people say, what about Fraser Foster, should test him for EPL challenge. And about Perch, next game will sure him will be out.

  • munch27

    Oct 17, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    @ 3 Krull was beaten by an outstanding header even tho insomnia should never have gotten the ball ad a wicked deflection yesterday how can you say he isn’t good?

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 17, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    We have to many Championship class players who are just not good enough for the PL. Perch, Williamson, R Taylor & Routledge to name 4. We need S Taylor back at rightback & Campbell in central defence & Ashley needs to get his cheque book out in January we need a defender, a creative midfielder & a goalscorer.

  • Brutooon

    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #6

    With perch at the team, even a 12 yrs old unknown left winger will easily score 5 goals from perch side

  • toonbrother

    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Colocinni has been the common factor in all our lousy defensive displays this season and last time we were in the premiership!

    With him constantly starting for us I forsee yet another relegation struggle on the horizon. If you pay attention, he is never anywhere to be found especially when
    a. we are being attacked with the aerial balls and
    b. we are facing quick counter attacks
    the less experienced observers will absolve him of any blame because they dont see him getting beat by the likes of Nzogbia but in fact he is the main culprit because he has perfected the art of
    hiding away from the line of fire

    If Chris has the guts to replace him with Sol going forward, I envisage a top ten finish for us.

    Perch isnt great either but I can assure you the critical flaw in our defence right now simply isnt our right back.

  • Brutooon

    Oct 17, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Perch is our worst defender at the moment

    During the man city game he was the weakest link

    Last night both zoggy goals come from his area

    At least collocini score and reliable

  • TheMightyOne

    Oct 17, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    toonbrother ARE YOU HIGH?
    Coloccini was our best defender yesterday and has been so far this season
    if anyone deserves to get dropped it should be Williamson because he should NEVER get beat in the air by N’Zogbia
    and as for Perchy he has to dropped
    Simpson might not be Maicon, Ramos or Dani Alves but he is twice the player Perch is

  • Sav

    Oct 17, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #10

    You could play Perch, RTaylor and Simmo and still barely have a decent RB. That’s the hard facts. We have more cover there than most positions but its the least satisfactory spot on the team. Investment needed in January.

    As for Routledge, he is showing why he’s had so many clubs – He flatters to deceive. Guthrie provides scant cover for his full-back either, drifting infield too much.
    Will Hoots recall LuaLua in January to compete at RM until Ben Arfa is back in March?


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