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.
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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)