Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was rightly upbeat after the game, and praised his Newcastle players for a very good performance at the DW Stadium.
Alan Pardew this afternoon – comfortable win
Alan Pardew was again delighted with the character shown by all his players away from home in a game that was only close by the score-line with Newcastle seemingly the better side on the day.
Goalkeeper Steve Harper had one save to make after 5 minutes from a very good Tom Cleverley shot, but after that he was hardly troubled by the Wigan attack.
Things looked good when after only two minutes Joey Barton set up Shola Ameobi with a gilt-edged chance when he floated in a cross to the far post that was asking to be headed gome, but Shola put the header over the bar, when it looked os much easier to score.
Yes – it’s 90% certain Andy would have headed that one home.
This is what a happy manager, Alan Pardew, told Sky Sports after the game:
“We worked hard and were disciplined and did the right things at the right times,” “A 1-0 away win, you take those and it’s a good victory for us.”
Speaking about Ameobi’s early miss, Pardew added:
“When you miss a chance like that you can go negative but we stayed in that positive mode and I thought we were deserved winners.”
“The group has shown all season we’re of good character and some of the disciplines we showed were first class.”
“The most important message for a club as big as us is that we should expect to win every game, regardless of the opposition, and then we see where we fall.”
Yes -we should expect to win every game, and that’s a thing that Chris Hughton always tried to do, and we trust that’s exactly what Alan will do too.
But give the Newcastle manager credit in this game, because his tactics today were spot on – to put pressure on a weak Wigan defense – which is exactly what Newcastle did this afternoon.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was disappointed with his side’s lack-luster performance and that they had not managed to impose themselves on the game much at all.
But in truth when Wigan had to come at Newcastle after the Magpies went ahead, and be a threat – but for whatever reason they just couldn’t do it – and Newcastle held them quite easily in the end, for what was a surprisingly comfortable 3 points.