Newcastle put in a really pleasing and professional display at the DW Stadium this afternoon, and we’ll just whisper it – the lads were really comfortable winners at 1-0 this afternoon, if truth be told.
Shola Ameobi – after scoring the winner this afternoon
If Newcastle had taken their chances it would have looked a lot easier, at least on the score-sheet.
There was a golden opportunity after just two minutes when Ameobi failed to head home a wonderful far post cross from Joey Barton, and both Coloccini and Taylor hit the cross-bar with headers – again from Barton crosses.
So it could easily have been a 3-0 or even a 4-0 win – but we’ll take 1-0 and all 3 points for a vital win for the lads in what was a crucial game for the club – to keep us above the relegation zone.
Shola got his 7th goal of the season after 19 minutes and this is what he told Sky Sports after the game:
“When you get a chance so early on the good thing for me was I had 90 minutes to make one count and fortunately I had the opportunity to put one away,”
“I won’t get an easier chance, but I’m delighted to get the three points for the boys and the city after a tough Christmas.”
“In the first half we dominated but were only 1-0 up and you never know in this league. We didn’t get a second but we defended well and we needed to start keeping clean sheets.”
And the Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan praised another tip-top performance from Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote, who was here, there and everywhere for the Magpies this afternoon.
This is what Kevin said of his fellow central midfielder:
“Tiote only gets better. The way he’s taken to the league has been fantastic and he’s been one of the buys of the season.”
“On the field he’s been a man mountain and he’s a great signing, a great kid and hopefully he’s got a great future with Newcastle.”
Good and accurate words from Kevin about a fantastic summer signing for Newcastle.
Newcastle played very like they did against Spurs on Wednesday afternoon, when they went down 2-0, but Wigan are not as good as Spurs of course, and Newcastle were the better side this afternoon – and got 3 points because they played somewhere near their best against a bottom half side – something that;s been missing most of the season.
That was one of the pleasing things in the game today, and the lads looked really well organized, and it was clear that Alan Pardew has been doing some good work on the training field, and especially with the back four who looked very solid today.
Now another similar performance at home on Wednesday night is what we need against West Ham United, and then we’ll have captured 6 points from our four Christmas fixtures, and that will be a good return.