Wigan Game Is Chance For Magpies To Show They Are Good Side


Alan Pardew  believes the next three game Newcastle will play are extremely important.

John Carver and Alan Pardew supervise training

Those games are at home tomorrow against Wigan Athletic, at Blackburn Rovers in the 4th round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday night, and then at Stoke City on the following Monday, which just so happens to be Halloween.

That’s the day last year when we hammered Sunderland 5-1 at St. James Park, and glad I could have a decent reason for mentioning that again. 😀

The first two games are against sides who are the bottom two clubs in the Premier League at the moment, so Newcastle will be expected to win both games, but Stoke City away is always a difficult game, and they hammered us 4-0 in the same fixture last season.

After the Stoke game, Newcastle face Everton at home, Manchester United and Manchester City away, and then Chelsea at home,  on successive Saturdays,  and it may be difficult to get too many points out of those four games.

If we are still in the top four after the Chelsea game, it means that Newcastle will have done fantastically well against those top sides.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, whose star is now rising rapidly on Tyneside, talked about the next three games to the local press today::

“We want to win them all, starting with Wigan.” “It’ll give ourselves a little bit of freedom to attack the top teams.”

“We’re all looking forward to those games, and these are more important, without a shadow of a doubt.”

“It’s obvious that we’re playing a team that’s not in the greatest run of form.”  “The crowd will be expecting us to win. I think that’s dangerous because a stray pass might be treated with a few jeers.”

“That might unsettle us, and we need to cope with that. There are some tests for the team, and how we handle that. Do we play with the same intensity?”

“Do we play with the same concentration levels? If we do, we win.” “I just felt we upped the tempo a little bit in the second half last Sunday.”

“Sometimes with those games on live TV, you get a little bit nervous, and I thought we were a little bit nervous in the first half, and a little bit apprehensive about how good Tottenham were.”

“Once we got over that, and got that out of our minds, we dominated the second half, and we perhaps could have won it.”

The Wigan game will again be televised live around the world as the previous game was, , and with performances like last week, we have to believe Newcastle are getting new fans with their exciting and courageous  play.

What separates the good teams in football  from the rest, is that their intensity is high in every game, including those they are expected to win easily.

Newcastle have hardly been good at playing the weaker sides over the last few years,  but when they meet the big teams, they nearly always play well and even seem inspired.

So it is really a chance tomorrow for the lads to show they are becoming a good team, by playing with the exact same intensity against Wigan, as they showed last week against Spurs.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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27 comments so far

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 21, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    3-0 Toon, easy peasy!

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 21, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Yarp, 3-0 and WWJBD singing my name 🙂

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  • UpTheRoad

    Oct 21, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #3

    We can easily destroy them! ?Unfortunately we can easily underestimate them!

    @NobbyNolano – twitter

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  • nimo

    Oct 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #4

    lol made me laugh.. a post on 1 of the earlier threads someone saying stoke are a harder team to beat than man utd away lol.. yeah theyre champions for no good reason… i can guarantee man utd take more points away from home than stoke take at homw this yr

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 21, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Got my FM2012 today, this should be fun 😀
    Board expects a 9th place 😛

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  • ginkoh

    Oct 21, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Wake up now all of you. With their poor form, it doesn’t mean they are bad. Wigan has enough quality players to hurt us, forget last season that N’zogbia scored 2-0 for them ? even he moved to Villa now but some player like Moses can do the same.

    Honestly I don’t care how bad we play tomorrow as long as we can win it. 1-0 or 2-1 by dirty penalty or whatever, more than the happy if we can. Hopefully we can do it. 19 pts from 9 games. Is it real ? HWTL !

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  • Thump

    Oct 21, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Cheers for reminding me that’s been released Dannyo!

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  • LEROI

    Oct 21, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #8

    The lads have already proved they’re a good side. I want them to remember this in tomorrows game but i don’t want them to do what they did a few times last season and take their eyes off the prize so to speak. If they play wigan in the same way as they they played spuds they will win 3 or 4 nil but if they play them like ‘oh it’s just useless wigan we don’t even have to try’ then we could be in for one of those annoying choke jobs they pulled on us last season, remember that dissapointing stoke result oh and getting beat off everton at home boiled my urine too. So howay lads play with enough belief that you should an can beat wigan but don’t let them get anything by playing on auto-pilot! HWTL!!!

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Nimo, Stoke are probably the best team in league playing at home… The man city, man utd.. Look at Norwich vs man u at old trafford, correct me but norwich dominated

    U don’t watch football surely….

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  • Thump

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Agreed Ameobi, Stoke is going to be a very tough game and we have a tendency to struggle against them. The newly promoted teams are the banana skins imo – they’re all playing to prove a point.

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  • nufcandy88

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #11

    3- 0 ba, best ben afra

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  • nimo

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #12

    im not saying stoke arent a tough team but to say there better at home than man utd man city is a joke.. im sure there will b more games than thr norwich where manutd dont turn up.. but there will b plenty of games where stoke dont its a one off.. n im a season ticket holder so dont say i dont watch football..

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  • drongo

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #13

    @ danny its a tough one that!

    I reckon sign Henrique (CB) and Pieters (we all know him!). I got them both for £5m Then Demba Toure (CF)for £250k, he’s banging them in….

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Singing ur name with a smile on my face Dannyo if we are 3 goals clear anyway however Hugo and Moses may have some words to say about that

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  • drongo

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #15

    As for real life – starts for Santon and HBA tomorrow please… Good chance to show what they can do….

    We’ll for sure be playing a 5 man midfield against the top 3 so good to give it some time to bed in.

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Stoke are hard to beat at home because they intelligently set up their pitch to fit their style. Hate them but they aren’t stupid

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  • cyprus

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Like others, liked your perspective in the previous article Ed. It’s true, the owner was burned by highly paid players who couldn’t compete with the Wolves of this world. He did try to please us (e.g. Keegan, Shearer), and coupled with some wrong decisions (e.g. Wise, getting rid of Given and others), we went down. Still, it’s time to look ahead. Will we ever forgive? e.g. if we finish top 6, will we insist on hating him? If he brings in more players of the type he has, will we get over our gripes? If he brings stability, will we give him credit? Regarding marque signings, Ed, they do help sometimes, because they do provide an impetus for bigger and greater things: Keegan, Shearer, Ginola, Asprilla…. (let’s not mention the guy in your previous article!) Can we aspire to former glory? Why not, it’s just 11 v 11. APOEL (heard of them?) drew 1-1 at Porto and are leading their group in the Champions League? Could we beat either of those teams, now? You bet.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh, forgot game prediction. A tough 1-0.

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  • nimo

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #19

    and ameobi i thibk you will find man utd have won every home game this season.. have stoke? i rest my case

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  • joppadoni

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #20

    lol. pardew is looking forward to the coca cola cup game….
    think he meant carling umkay

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  • joppadoni

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #21

    3 – 1 newcastle

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  • joppadoni

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #22

    ive never said i loved ashley but i have said i dont hate him at all and have never dissed him. im pleased we are doing well & he is getting some positive attention and im over the moon some bloggers are noticably absent these days with their BS and general crying.. lawls. looking forward to tomorrows games.

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  • LEROI

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #23

    4 – 1 BA 2, BEST 1, RAYLOR 1(FK)

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  • joppadoni

    Oct 21, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #24

    man u stoke… hmmm i cant really believe anyone seriously thinks stoke are a harder team to beat… lmfao

    you can piss all over man u in a game and still lose it 3 – 0.. that will never happen playing stoke. when man u play well you havent got a chance of winning. period!

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  • stephen1971

    Oct 21, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #25

    i agree , stoke are a hard team at home to beat but to compare them with man u is madness , man u are in a different class even if norwich did have a few chances, against wigan i think we should go with obertan and jonas to start and let them run their legs dry and bring on hba and marveax on to finish them off, hard game though

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  • aussietoonfan

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #26

    “The Wigan game will again be televised live around the world as the previous game was”

    Sorry Ed, around the world doesn’t include Australia I’m afraid. Confirmed this morning by our local Pay TV network. Gutted!!!!

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  • Sharkattack

    Oct 22, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #27

    4-1 to newcastle! and i hope benny and santon starts to day!

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