It was an embarrassing display by Newcastle United today, a shocking display in fact, and they were 4-0 down against 4th bottom Wigan Athletic at the half.
Victor Moses – after scoring second goal after 15 minutes today
While Newcastle improved a little after the break and Cisse hit the bar twice, it was an awful display by the Magpies, and there’s something about this team, that every now and again and right out of the blue – they simply collapse.
It happened at Bolton and at home to Arsenal last season, and it has happened this year at Tottenham, Fulham and now the DW Stadium.
We feel sorry most of all for the 4,500 Newcastle fans who made the trip to Wigan, and we think an apology from Alan Pardew and some of the players for this insipid display is probably in order – it was really that bad.
But there again it’s just one game and maybe it was a ruse to make Chelsea over-confident on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.
But after winning 6 games in a row and conceding just one goal in that time, the wheels came off the Newcastle train today in that first 45 minutes.
All the players can do now is to regroup, and come out at Stamford Bridge like the Wigan players came out today – and it was like their lives depended on winning the game.
This was not good enough by a long chalk by Newcastle today – not good enough at all – and if this is over-confidence – we don’t want to see it ever again.
But the lads still have three games to make up for the capitulation today – and they have a game soon in which to do just that – at Chelsea on Wednesday night.
If Newcastle play at Stamford Bridge like we played today in that first half, we’ll be smashed by the Blues – and deserve to be smashed too.
We don’t mind Newcastle getting beat, but where’s the fight and the passion?
They were not at the races at all today, and Alan Pardew and the coaches will have to find out what was going on in the players’ heads in that first half.
It seems that every time Wigan attacked they would score - it was bad today – in fact it was shocking.
The chance to restore that Geordie pride is at Chelsea on Wednesday night – take that opportunity!