Wigan vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Newcastle are now in 12th position in the league and just 3 points above the third bottom side, which before today’s game against Arsenal was Birmingham City.

And as we all know the next two games that Newcastle play are against 4th bottom Wigan Athletic, and previous rock bottom side, but now 6th bottom West Ham United, who moved up five places today after their good 2-0 win at home to Wolves.

So these next two games are obviously crucial to Newcastle United, and we need to quickly pick up some points.

Since we hammered Arsenal 1-0 at the Emirates, in the last 8 games since then, we have but one win and two draws and five defeats,  and that record is not good enough if we are to stay in the Premier League.

We’ve also leaked far too many goals, and one area that Newcastle must improve on is their defense.

With both Coloccini and Steven Taylor looking quite solid in the last couple of games, and Enrique back from injury tomorrow, we will probably have the best defense Newcastle can field right now.

Steve Harper comes back in goal,  after being out since September with his shoulder injury he picked up at Everton, and that’s a little unlucky on 22 year-old Tim Krul, who has proved in his run in the first team, that the Dutchman is the future Newcastle goalkeeper.

But what Steve will provide the team is some experience at the back, and we hope he’s also in top form tomorrow.

So with Andy Carroll sadly missing this game, we have to think that Alan Pardew will play Ameobi up front in a 4-5-1 formation, and this is the team we expect tomorrow, unless there are more injury surprises as happened before the Spurs game.

Simpson Coloccini Taylor S Enrique
Routledge Barton Tiote Nolan (c) Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Perch Williamson Smith Guthrie Lovenkrands Ranger

The keys to this game as always,  is that the Newcastle team can put in a solid defensive performance,  and not give away any sloppy goals, as we seem to keep doing.

And Wigan cannot be underestimated, because they can play very well at times, but if anything they are even more inconsistent than Newcastle this season, and their strength is not their defense.

But the Latics outplayed Newcastle at St. James’ Park earlier this season, and were 2-0 up in the first half,  before Newcastle fought back and got a last gasp injury time equalizer, through a header from Fab Coloccini.

Newcastle cannot afford to start slowly tomorrow, and a first half like the lads put in at Tottenham last week would be good – but please not like the first 5 minutes against Man City.

Newcastle if anything, have a better squad than Wigan, and in the second half  can push on and see if we can see some goals without Andy Carroll in the side.

With former Newcastle winger Charles N’Zogbia being out suspended after his sending off against Arsenal in mid-week, we had thought Newcastle would have had an advantage, but then we heard yesterday that Andy Carroll will miss tomorrow’s game with a thigh injury.

But the likes of Ameobi and Lovenkrands now have a chance to earn their wages, while big Andy is out injured by playing well, with spirit and smash in a few of those goals.

We must get something out of this game tomorrow, and a win is what we really need, since draws are not much good these days, other than tomorrow a draw will at least stop Wigan from gaining any points on Newcastle.

Then we have to play West Ham on Wednesday night at home, and the Hammers have garnered 7 points from their 3 Christmas games, so have gained 7 points on Newcastle in just one week.

Let’s hope that’s down to 4 points by tomorrow and then 1 point on Wednesday.

A win is what we want tomorrow at the DW Stadium, and there’s no reason at all the lads cannot do that – as long as we play close to our best form.

Comments welcome.

70 comments so far

  • Isaac Hunt

    Jan 1, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #1

    The bangers ootside the toon hall were canny last night mind.

  • jimiley

    Jan 1, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Put Smudger up front as he is due a goal. He has to do something for 275 grand a month.

  • gorskino10

    Jan 1, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Ameobi upfront a guy that can only score when its on a plate on his OWN wowzers 2-0 Wigan my predictions we are shit at 4-5-1 we need to play 4-4-2 with Ranger supporting whoever.

  • balubas1

    Jan 1, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #4

    this game is so insanely important it scares me..

  • JWatson

    Jan 1, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #5

    This game would be easier if Pardew actually took advice from some of the comments off this blog. I’d play 4-4-2 with Ameobi and Lovenkrands then bring on Ranger in the last third to maybe net himself a goal.

    We can win the game without Carroll. Hopefully the toon will do some decent passing football, get used to it and stop smacking the ball up the field when Andy comes back.

  • hitman

    Jan 1, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #6

    must win game the morra..can see us getting sucked into the shite if we lose

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 1, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #7

    if we don’t win either one of these next 2 games I think that’s the cue for our relegation back to the Championship.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 1, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #8

    If we do the right thing in the early days of the transfer window, I’d say we could get Ziani and maybe Djalo before the West Ham match.

  • Sinner

    Jan 1, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Nothing less.>.>

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 1, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #10


    I'd love to see us playing some football for once. I'm getting neck ache !!

  • AndyMac

    Jan 1, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Just because Wor Andy is out there’s no need to panic. For starters Ranger has the ability to worry Wigan plus Pardwho needs to learn very quickly about his players and their limitations.

    He’s about as clueless, tactically, as CH was some times. So he needs to understand what works at this club and what doesn’t.

    Our defence is never the best and to leave Perch and Simmo unprotected at WHL was mind blowingly naive at best. We need to get this team difficult to beat first and then we can worry about how many we score.

  • ToonAndy

    Jan 1, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Team for Wigan,










  • geordieforeva

    Jan 1, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #13

    I dont know wen pardew will understAnd that we are not a 4-5-1 side coz Jonas is lazy aNd while Rout is honest he cant seem to cut it in PL. We shud go 4-4-2 wid amoebi n lovenkrands and thrash a bottom side like Wigan. Chris wud have done so.

  • Toon XI

    Jan 1, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #14

    This season feels as bad as 2008-9. We have talent and yet we give up shite goals and implode internally. Losing Carroll is huge. Not sure we have enough teeth up front to recover from his absence.

    I hope the lads prove me wrong and stick it to Wigan.

  • JWatson

    Jan 1, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #15


    The squadsheets according to The Guardian. Can’t say it’s reliable but hope it’s true.

  • AndyMac

    Jan 1, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #16

    I can understand the doom and gloom merchants but if we win by 3 goals on Sunday we’re up to Ninth in the BPL.

  • craigcoozy

    Jan 1, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Lads , okay this mite be my 1stbit of transfer news but i hope not becos fink we can do better but mido stopped over last Nite with his girlfriend bt this cud be because he found las up here wen played for smogs!!

  • AndyMac

    Jan 1, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #18

    “Lads , okay this mite be my 1stbit of transfer news but i hope not becos fink we can do better but mido stopped over last Nite with his girlfriend bt this cud be because he found las up here wen played for smogs!!”

    Where’s that enigma machine when you need it ? 🙂


  • craigcoozy

    Jan 1, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Andymac , nt sure u knw anything bout my source bt lot guys on here do , until sum knob copied ma my name user name in summer, bt i let every1 knw about tiote routledge owen nd loads more in past ! This 1 mite be coincidince that hes jus stayin in newcastle

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jan 1, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Could craigcoozy be depriving a village of an idiot ?

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Jan 1, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #21

    We are losing with 4-5-1, trust me.

  • Jarra

    Jan 1, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #22

    I agree North Atlantic mag

    4-5-1 is so predictable and easy to play against as we have no pace in the middle of the pitch to help the loan striker.

    AP I am really hoping you are a good tactician because with the limited ability in the players you have to choose from, we need to catch wigan by suprise.

    Therefore go 3-5-2 0r 4 -3 -3 0r 4-4-2 but whatever you do think positive without Insomnia playing they are less a threat.

    So Howay the lads attack

  • balubas1

    Jan 1, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #23


    Jonas lazy???????????????? Maybe a poor crosser but lazy?

    You must really have your head up your a$$

  • giimps

    Jan 1, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Whatever he does, he needs to understand he cannot rely on Strolla on his own up front, If he plays him, he must have someone to do the work up front as Strolla is too lazy.
    For me , I would start with Ranger up front with routledge just behind and Jonas on the right and lovaman on the left Tiote and Barton in the middle, If we get a couple early on, take off Routledge and put Nolan on (or start with Nolan and bring on Routledge after an hour)
    I realise Jonas normally plays in front of jose, but hes crap at the moment, and needs to be crossing with his right foot to build his confidence again.Jose will be great whoever he plays behind.
    Pardew has done some good things on the players contracts front, he just needs to play the players he can get the most out of in the positions which suit them.
    We have some decent players coming back so its not all doom and gloom, we just need to get some points on the board to keep us in a safe position, starting with a win against a relatively poor Wigan side.
    Its nice going into the game knowing that no-one can miss the Hammers game through a 5 yellow suspension, especially Tiote.

  • Flop

    Jan 1, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #25

    4 4 2 is a must. We have to go for it Shola and Ranger up front, drop Routeledge put Barton back on the right

  • boater

    Jan 1, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Whatever happens we need to make sure we get the full 4 points tomorrow! That’s for sure! God Bless America!

  • boater

    Jan 1, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #27

    My team for tomorrow, what do you guys think?


  • JWatson

    Jan 1, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #28


    3 points, pal.

  • hitman

    Jan 1, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #29

    boater it would help if geremi was still here m8.lol

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 1, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #30

    boater….hooper for srnicek!

  • giimps

    Jan 1, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Lol @ Boater…………Classic !!!

  • Toon XI

    Jan 1, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Actually Hitman it would not help if Geremi was still here. 😉

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 1, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Cheers boater, you still celebrating New Year? Oh, and a happy New Year to you all.

    Jeez am I worried about tomorrow.

  • Spotkicker

    Jan 1, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #34

    With our wings currently unable to cross, and with Carrol out, I would like to see a 4-3-3:




    Yes, that’s right, Xisco. He was on the bench last, so I assume he’s fit. We are totally lacking creativity, and at least he used to know a trick or two. Jonas defo needs a rest!

  • jimiley

    Jan 1, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #35

    What do you mean about the wings “currently” unable to cross? We have not had a winger to cross the ball since Ginola. Rouledge and Jonas cannot kick a ball 10 yards so how can they be expected to cross or shoot.

  • Spotkicker

    Jan 1, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #36

    …just being polite! 😉

  • pearceet

    Jan 1, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #37


    Milner and Duff were both out and out wingers who could cross and probably one of the best crossers of the ball I’ve seen (when he could be bothered) was Robert. But yes currently we have no wingers who can cross

    Anyone know what Lualua’s final ball is like?

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 1, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #38


  • pearceet

    Jan 1, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Shot Bru

    Smith up front?!?!?!?!?!?!?
    I’ll have one of whatever you are on mate!

  • jimiley

    Jan 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #40

    Agreed that Milner can cross a ball and so could Duff before he came to the Toon. They are just not in the same class as Ginola and are instantly forgettable. Whats Milner doing now?


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