Wigan have now won five of their last seven games and one of the two losses was at Chelsea in a 2-1 defeat, but both Chelsea goals were offside.
An unhappy Alan Pardew at Wigan today
I start by saying that, because it may help Newcastle fans reading this, to better understand what happened to Newcastle today at the DW Stadium – maybe.
Wigan were like what Spurs were like in that first half at White Hart Lane earlier this year, when we were also 4-0 down at the break – they were fantastic.
And to have that first half display come from a 4th bottom side is simply amazing, and it looked like Wigan were the 4th top side and Newcastle the 4th bottom side – and not the other way around
But everything also went Wigan’s way, and almost every shot they had on goal went in, but they were helped by some terrible and inept Newcastle defending – once again we looked far too vulnerable in defense.
It’s good that Newcastle will bring in a top center-back and a top full-back in the summer, because defense is Newcastle’s weakness this season – and it shows in the poor goal difference which is down to +7 again.
This is what Alan Pardew told BBC Sport after the game:
“That’s as good a team as we’ve faced in last seven or eight games.” “We just didn’t match their intensity. Forget shape, systems and so on, intensity is everything in football.”
“At Chelsea, we will show the intensity we’re used to showing and give them a far stronger game.” “For the first two goals we were really loose and disorganized.”
“It was not until half-time that we got back to our level.” “We should have nicked a goal and that would have changed the mood. But Wigan were terrific and deserved to win by the scoreline.”
“Look at the goals and some of their play – that was as good as we’ve faced. We talked about matching their fight but we could not do that.” “You’d have to say we got beat by the better team.”
Arsenal had trouble at Stoke today and could only draw 1-1, and we’ll see how Chelsea do at home to QPR tomorrow, and how Tottenham fare at home to Blackburn Rovers.
But Newcastle got exactly what they deserved out of today’s game – absolutely nothing.
But there are still three games to play – this was a bad day at the office – in fact a very bad day at the office for Newcastle – nothing more than that, and after all we all have our off days.
But our lads have come back well from adversity before over the last two seasons, and they are made of sterner stuff, and we have every confidence they can do it again in the two tough games coming up.
Those are at Chelsea on Wednesday night and our final home game of the season against Manchester City next Sunday, and then at Everton on May 13th.
Most “expert” pundits will probably expect Newcastle to lose both of the upcoming games – but don’t bet on it.
It’s a great opportunity for the Magpies to show what they are made of this season.
Howay The Lads!!