Alan Pardew got it right after the game, when he said that Newcastle just couldn’t match Wigan’s intensity today, especially in the first half.
Wigan players celebrating Di Santo’s superb goal just before half time
Wigan started this game like the players’ lives depended on winning it, and Newcastle were 2-0 down after just 15 minutes, after conceding only one goal in the last six games.
Victor Moses scored both goals and then Shaun Maloney and Victor Di Santo added more goals for Wigan before the break.
Alan Pardew tried to explain what happened, in his interview after the game:
“It was disappointing because the intensity of Wigan’s play was right at the top of what we have faced and we didn’t match that.” “And if you don’t have the intensity to match the other side you’re in trouble.”
“And they got goals and that changed the face of the game.” “Second half we showed discipline and we didn’t lose our heads which we could have done.” “We kept our heads together and tried to get back in it and had two or three big chances.”
“A goal or maybe two goals would have changed the face and the atmosphere but we never changed it and it went Wigan’s way today.” “They were superb and we have to accept that we got beat today.”
“We are still in there although that will be a boost for Tottenham and Chelsea they still have to beat their opponents, and as it showed today, anything can happen in this league.”
“Every time my team has been beaten we have reacted really strongly, and we have three games to go.” “We have been absolutely brilliant just of late, and we have to see the season out now.”
Newcastle needed a goal in that second half to get back into the game, and Papiss Cisse went close twice when he hit the post, and a goal then could have really helped Newcastle.
But we have to hope that the players will show more intensity at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night - because today’s showing was simply not good enough – by a mile.
The lads have a chance to make up for this shocking show on Wednesday evening, and we hope they take it.