Wigan 0 Newcastle 1 – Magpies Get The Job Done!


Newcastle got the win every Magpie fan wanted to see this afternoon, with a tidy and organized display against Wigan, and the lads deserved all 3 points this afternoon – and not only that – they got them! 😀

Newcastle made a bright start to this game and it was clear they were going to attack the Wigan weakness – their defense.

And would you believe it, after just 2 minutes a Joey Barton cross to the far post should have been headed home by Shola Ameobi, but he headed over the bar – when it looked easier to score.

A great chance missed early in the game, but the way Newcastle opened up the Wigan defense was good news.

But on five minutes and excellent shot by Tom Cleverley, who Alex Ferguson was watching in the stands, brought out a great save from Steve Harper who got across the goal well to palm the ball for a corner – a good start by Harper.

It was also a good start by the Magpies and they were starting to take control of the midfield, and looked very well organized against the 4-5-1 formation of Wigan.

Newcastle went ahead on 19 minutes with a well worked goal.

It was Joey Barton who won the ball just inside the penalty box, and his cross shot should have been collected by Al Habsi but the goalkeeper seemed to fumble the ball, and Lovenkrands hit the ball against the far upright only for Shola Ameobi to be there to hit home an easy goal from the rebound – it all looked so easy.

That was Shola’s 7th goal of the season, and his 4th in the Premier League, and Shola had done what we wanted to him to do today – score – and it was good goal for the 28 year-old.

On 36 minutes Gary Caldwell his header against the cross bar form a corner and Rodallega should have scored but he put the ball over the bar – a bad miss by the striker.

And then a few minutes later Fab Coloccini had a header that also hit the cross bar, and went behind for a goal-kick.

And just before half time Gutierrez was straight through on goal, but couldn’t get the ball past the goalkeeper.

Half time came with Newcastle ahead 1-0 and they had been the better side in the first half, and had most of the possession at around 60%, but unfortunately only had a single goal to show for their good play.

Newcastle took their one-goal advantage into the break, but the margin should have been greater such was their dominance in terms of possession and chances.

Wigan came on well at the start of the second half, but the Newcastle defense and team in general was looking strong and Steven Taylor when he hit the ball against the cross-bar from another Joey Barton free-kick.

With 20 minutes left Peter Lovenkrands was replaced with Wayne Routledge and Newcastle went 4-5-1 to preserve the lead.

And then with just 10 minutes left Leon Best was put in the shop window for Newcastle and made his Premier League debut.

And manager Pardew used up his third sub when he brought Alan Smith on for Kevin Nolan with just a few minutes left.

And right at the end best almost his first Premier League goal, but Leon shot wide, and then the final whistle went – and it was what we all wanted to see – a Newcastle win when it mattered.

And we took 4 points out of Wigan this season – which is good.

The lads played very well today, and they looked well organized and solid, and no doubt Pardew will take a lot of positives out of this game, not the least of which was a clean sheet.

And you cannot ask more of local lad Shola Ameobi but to score the winning goal in Andy Carroll’s absence – and that’s just exactly what he did.

And Alan Pardew had a good game plan – to go after the Wigan weakness,  which is their defense, and it paid off – and Alan said he would like some 1-0 wins when he first arrived on Tyneside, and he got his first one today.

The lads certainly got the job done today – well done!!

And this was Newcastle’s first ever win at the DW Stadium, following four previous defeats.

Newcastle are now in 10th place – 6 points above the third bottom side, Fulham, and 5 points off the 6th placed side – Sunderland.

Now we must beat West Ham on Wednesday night at home – 7:45 pm kick off.

Let us know your Newcastle Man of the Match on our home page.

Teams and stats:

Wigan: Al Habsi; Gohouri, Alcaraz, G Caldwell, Stam (McManaman, 84); Cleverley, Diame, Watson, Thomas (McArthur, 46), Gomez (Boselli, 60); Rodallega.
Subs not used: Pollitt, S Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa.

Newcastle: Harper; Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Nolan (Smith, 86), Tiote, Gutierrez; Ameobi, Lovenkrands (Routledge, 70).
Subs not used: Krul, Williamson, Perch, Best, Ranger.

Goals: Ameobi 19

Bookings: Simpson 9, Diame 30, G Caldwell 45, Barton 88

Referee: Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)
Attendance: 15,277



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50 comments so far

  • leedodd

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Well Done the Lads Brink On West Ham for There Tonkin !!!

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  • Rylandhall

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #2

    great result by the lads. it is these scrappy games that we lost the year we went down. tiote looked top class today. could play the holding role in front of any back 4 in this league! however, best looked well out of his depth for the short time he was on. Joey looked great again and Harper seemed to have good control of the defence. great effort boys… bring on the West Haaaam game!

    http://www.bringthehouse.com

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  • leedodd

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #3

    We Need a Run Of Form at Home To Keep Us Up Now !!!!!!! Few Signings and were sorted see Best Had a Chance . Maybe he will Play Well Now ??

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  • carlton nufc

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #4

    so we are defo looking at kean and bently so says pardew in the interview

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  • leedodd

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Only a 15’000 Crowd That’s Not Very Good at A Premier League Game No Wonder Wigan are Crap !!!

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  • Nolan96

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #6

    I feel more confident with Best on the pitch than Lovenkrands. Yes, Lovenkrands works very hard…but Best needs a chance, i’ve seen him in other games, he also works hard and has been desperately unlucky. Today he showed great technique but was unfortunate that he lost his footing.

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  • hitman

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #7

    just listern to pardwho post mash speech,from what hes saying it only looks like were getting 1 more in this window which i assume is benny arfa

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  • peterjoicey

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Tiote was class. Back four looked good, great to have Enrique back.

    Newcastle should have won by more, Jonas and Best bottled chances through on goal and Routledge again showed he has no final ball. Great feet and pace but no end product.

    Keane and Bentley would be pretty smart loan signings. Ship oot Best, Routledge and Perch.

    Up the Toon

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  • MonsterMagnet

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Colo was immense today, at last looking like money well spent

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  • Curly hair 2

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Lads how good is tiote!! Total battler unreal!
    We defo need a striker, I think keane wud be a good signing proven goal scorer JUST THE JOB!!!!

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  • MacToon

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Good 3 points, well done the Toon and Pardew.

    1st half we were good but 2nd Joey looked tired and so was the play by us but clean sheet and 3 points, it’s a start.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeah, Colo my motm too.

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  • peterjoicey

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Tiote was class, great signing, shame about the girly squeal at the end when he was rolling around on the ground

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #14

    They worked as a team, took the game to Wigan, and pushed them back.
    While some of our players are not the most skilled in the division, as long as they try hard and work for each other, I’m happy.

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  • warwick

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #15

    I’ve heard people saying we played well but I reckon we’ve played a lot better and lost this season. Great result though, first half we cleaned up, half of the second half was shaky. We missed carroll today in attack, nolan didn’t look too sharp imo, he didn’t do wrong though. Enrique had an off day was getting beat in one on ones a lot which surprised me. Even though we can play much better this was heartening. Routledge looked decent when he came on that was a good sub, guitterez for all the stick he gets was better today, still not top tho.

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  • rwpoynter

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Message to Pardew. Get Joey giving masterclasses to Jonas and Wayne on the final ball. Both looked immensely good if only they could finish the job. Coloccini and Tiote joint men of the match. This side cannot possibly go down if they play for the rest of the season with this spirit. Good to see Lovenkrands back. He has been sadly overlooked after his tremendous contribution last year. Well done one and all and have a happy new year.

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  • hitman

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #17

    100% agree warwick.we should of tucked them up by half time…

    batty your a traitor 🙂

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  • boater

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Hey ED. How about those mighty mags today! Sure kicked some great balls. I was rooting for them with my bud lite and popcorn. NEAT!

    Anyways, some real reat soccerball from the Toon Raider 49ers today. That’s for sure! Really deserved all 4 points! Go get em!

    God Bless America!!

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  • davcon22

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Great result today!!! Think all the done and gloom and gloom you read on hear from some fans is utter bol**cks!! Bring on Beckham !!!

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #20

    A word for Mr Webb too, thought he oversaw the match impeccably, has a slight aura of Collina about him. 😀

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  • TheScottishGeordie

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #21

    We should bid for Sessegnon, great player. Also maybe for Danny Sturridge from Chelsea, he’s going to be a world class striker

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  • boater

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #22

    coolcatcarter89 // Jan 2, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    “A word for Mr Webb too, thought he oversaw the match impeccably, has a slight aura of Collina about him. ”

    1)| You mean all the big decisions went in our favour 2) He’s a slaphead

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Pardew deserves some praise for his positive tactics today…he could have easily played it cautiously in such an important game and we would have probably come out with a negative result. He trusted his second string strikers and got the best out of them today…good to see the team spirit remains intact which should see us through the season safely…another 13 points to avoid the drop….

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  • carlton nufc

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #24

    any one recon we will sign anyone before west ham game if so who

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #25

    clive best made an appearance haha

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #26

    @boater LOL
    Top Slaphead MBE

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  • chuck

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Excuse me Ed, were we watching the same game ?
    This was undoubtedly the worst game of football i have watched this season.
    Scrappy, foul ridden, uninspired football, played by two mediocre sides.
    What it showed was a lack of quality on the part of Newcastle and few had what could be considered good games.
    Even Toro was awful, as was Routledge, Ameobi, Lovenkrands and Simpson.
    We are going to have to bring in some quality and I`m not talking Best`s, Routledge`s and Perche`s, or it`s going to go down to the wire.
    To-day`s win is no more than a respite, a welcome three points, but there`s still a tough schedule ahead, with every team fighting to beat the drop and certainly no gimees!
    Look it`s obvious we have a poor bench and without our first choice players, we are mediocre and will be found out, just look at the difference between the size and quality of the top five squads and ourselves.
    They have players who could be starters here, who don`t even make the bench at their clubs.

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  • Carl92

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Just read we are after sessegnon he would be a superb signing!

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  • obamagic

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #29

    so…. Hodgson and Comolli were at the game today…. i wonder who they were scouting?

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #30

    In a slap-nutshell, yes boater, but don’t take the polish from what was a smooth performance…… 🙂

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  • magfly

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Hey lads just heard that Hodgson was there with Liverpool director of football to watch tiote hope this does not turn out to be a bid for him.
    Great result today,but cant help worrying when I here this because this kid could play for any topm prem side we need to hang on to him.

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  • branunited

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #32

    ws a game was hampered in midfield, luckily we have tiote and barton.
    ameobi scored the goal, but, was a hindrance, all the time.
    lovenkrands good, i fight all the time, just missing his goal.
    jonas, not throw good shipping, but, has a big sacrifice we must recognize.
    the defence was observed more quiet with of porter harper.
    leon best good work, his stile of play seems to viduka,for me, shame that no goal scored, had been the best of the day.
    generally good match of the entire team, wining points for us and the team,
    if the all games, we win 1-0 without carroll, no matter.

    thanks,

    have to win againts west ham

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  • mashearer

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #33

    hope hodgson was impressed by the great goal by ameobi…and maybe by perch outstanding performance in the bench supporting the team too.

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #34

    @Chuck
    If you could see your way clear to lending NUFC £200 mil we could sort it out.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Said it before Shola get’s the goals when we need them. He was also not his usual lazy self today. I think we should keep him forever, even if it means him running round in a magpie costume before the game. Jonas worked his bollocks of today, maybe he reads this blog. peterjoicey, Tiote was slapped in the face, the girly scream was probably more surprise than a scream.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #36

    We played well and held on to a 1-0 lead to earn us the deserved three points. We also did well to create a few chances and it was nice to see the forgotten men ie. Best, Lovenkrands play again. Tiote was really good today again. My man of the match. I think the only bad thing today was Jose Enrique as he was not his usual self. He was giving away possession and beat to the ball a few times. I guess he’s entitled to an off day as he’s been our most consistent player again.

    Soon we’ll have Ben Arfa and Gosling back and a few good signings and we’ll be staying up no probs 🙂

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Lovenkrands was great today! The team was playing alot better today than against Spurs.

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  • chuck

    Jan 2, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Tiote, the one consistent ball winner and stopper, a great buy.
    Here`s a player still young enough to become a monster, once he`s comfortable enough and starts employing a passing game and an occasional run, resulting in a the odd goal.
    As is, his safe passing and defensive abilities are nothing to complain about , just mentioning the future possibilities and how it would be madness to even think about selling him.
    But then what do I know ?

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  • chuck

    Jan 2, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Archeomag
    Simply stating facts, if you dont like them,
    too bad !

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  • magfly

    Jan 2, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #40

    North Atlantic Mag.Lovenkrands was Ok .Not great ./

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