Newcastle made hard work of it today against Wigan at St. James’ Park, but they were a lot more energetic in the second half and got all 3 points when Yohan Cabaye scored a great 81st minute winner, his first goal for the club.
Yohan Cabaye – after scoring winner and first goal for Newcastle
And a delighted Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew whose team is now joint 3rd top of the league with Chelsea, with 19 points from 9 games, had this to say about the French International:
“Yohan is a really class player and he brings an elegance to us that everybody really appreciates. He’s hit a real cracker to get up and running.”
“He’s a level-headed person and footballer. He’s settled in and his quality shows every week. His goal will endear him to the fans even more.”
“We spoke all week about our attitude and application being the same as the Spurs game and it is very difficult to get that into the players’ psyche once the game starts.”
“Great credit to Wigan in their approach to the game because they were faster and crisper than us, but we must have something in the team to get to the break at 0-0.”
“In the second half I felt we were better after a little chat, and I also felt we’d score. If our fans are a little bit disappointed with our performance it was worth the admittance just for the goal.”
Wigan played a very good game and they created several good chances but their weakness is that they find it hard to put the ball in the net.
We think that little chart Alan talks about was the blast he must have given the team at half time, after a poor and sub-par performance in the first half.
Wigan were the better side in the first half, and only an absolutely brilliant save from Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul from Victor Moses, after only six minutes, prevented Wigan from taking the lead.
Hugo Rodallega also had two or three chances to score, but in the second half Newcastle turned the tide, after the mercurial Ben Arfa had been introduced in place of Leon Best, and Newcastle started to put the Wigan defense under pressure as the second half went on.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez had prepared his side well for this game, and he had this to say after the game:
“In a way we did everything we had to do – we neutralised Newcastle and didn’t allow them to be themselves and we created the best chances in the early period.”
“If we could have scored that first goal it would have been a completely different game. We are really frustrated and we got punished by a piece of quality.”
“I think in some ways even a draw would have been a difficult result to take but we are not getting any luck. In football you have to work very hard to get that luck.”
“I’m not pessimistic, I’m happy and proud in the manner we approached the game. Overall we were stronger and better than the home side and that is a very good sign for the future.”
Newcastle have five wins and three draws in the league so far this season, and next up for Newcastle is a tough game at Stoke a week on Monday.
Newcastle have also won two games in the Carling Cup and next up in that competencies is a difficult 4th round tie at Blackburn on Wednesday night.
Newcastle remain unbeaten in their 11 games this season.