Let’s Give N’Zogbia Credit – He Got The Job Done

Charles N’Zogbia was never one of our favorite players at Newcastle, although the lad was always a good player.

Charles N’Zogbia – good game against Newcastle – dam it!

But he did what footballers are paid to do on Saturday afternoon, when the French International did his talking on the field, with two very good goals, at least from Wigan’s perspective.

And since he was booed all game all game long, he didn’t react to that or let it affect his game, so at least on Saturday he showed a lot of professionalism.

But the Frenchman was rightly upset that Wigan couldn’t maintain their two goal lead in the last 20 minutes of the game, as goals from Shola Ameobi and one from Fabricio Coloccini in the 94th minute of playing time, got Newcastle an unlikely point.

N’Zogbia told the Wigan Evening Post today:

“We really played our football in the first half, passing the ball around very well, and deserved to be in front,”

“But perhaps in the second half we sat back a bit too much and invited a bit of the pressure.” “When you are winning 2-0, you have to keep going forward – and I think we’ve maybe learned a lesson for the future.”

“Even when you are winning you have to keep going, playing your own game.” “We came here determined to do a job and we’re disappointed we couldn’t see it through.”

“The whole team is disappointed, because we feel like we have given them a point,” “It was so frustrating to see them equalise at the end, but we have to learn from it and come back stronger next weekend against Bolton.”

We criticized Charles a lot while he was at Newcastle because of some of his actions and statements, but we should also compliment the lad on something well done.

Let’s face it – he played great for Wigan on Saturday ………………. even if that was very unfortunate for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 18, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #1

    i have no problem with him at all, , i think he gets payed to play football, he did that on satuday, we all have to remember that, one creten, i mean certen manager and owner drove the lad away,, not the fans,,
    so what that kid is a bit out spoken,, when he played for us, he was always one of our better players, and im sure he could see what we all could see, other players getting picked above him cos of age and reputation, , pirch springs to mind , ahead of raylor,,

    wish he was still with us,, but good look to him

  • Sav

    Oct 18, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #2

    I’d say it felt pretty sweet and I don’t begrudge the lad.
    I still blame that waste of time Kinnear for a stupid televised insult to a tetchy talent. Brilliant man-management that. Meant we lost one of our better talents quite unnecessarily. Thanks, Joe, utterly hilarious. We weren’t laughing on saturday though but Charlie was.

    Chuckles? Who could care less whether he sulked or wasn’t one of the boys? Its the useless laughing-boys on their way to the bank who get my goat. N’Zogbia always played when and where he was asked, never shirked his shift and had promise which we failed to draw out of him. I’m glad for the lad Martinez seems to be able to do that.
    Shame on the booers. Sure he left under a cloud but it is to our club’s shame he chose Wigan rather than stay at SJP under frankly ridiculous management and ownership.

  • Moreno

    Oct 18, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #3

    I will apologise in advance lads, I keep repeating myself and yes it’s getting boring but…

    SURELY we make a change at right back now? For the love of sweet christ how much more of this do I have to take.

    Howay Simmo son, get ur laces done up.

  • G

    Oct 18, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Agreed Moreno. Perch was deffo the weakest link on Sat afternoon. I have defended the lad in the past, citing his age, but he was woefully out of his depth at the weekend.

  • rwpoynter

    Oct 18, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Would agree with the others about Zog. The only time I saw him was at Coventry in August 2008 and he looked a class act. To boo him is not what true geordie fans are about, but anyway he had the last laugh. He’s French, so in his time here, he was emotional, so what, he had talent, just like Robert and Ginola. These are the sort of players the SJP faithful adore. Turn it on on the pitch, and no one cares what happens off it.

  • Thump

    Oct 18, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ll always remember his goal against Sunderland after they were promoted again.

    Good times.


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