We Couldn’t Match Wigan’s Intensity And Were In Big Trouble

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.

Comments welcome.

140 comments so far

  • nufc786

    Apr 28, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #1

    cabaye and tiote were closed down so quickly there wasnt a second for them to think….
    this is what teams will try and do against us close our midfield down as it is our strongest link.

  • nufc786

    Apr 28, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #2

    we just need to kick on now …. we have tripped but we shall get back up and give chelsea a fight…

  • nufc786

    Apr 28, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Home advantage gives you an advantage”

  • Ben3arfa

    Apr 28, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #4

    they were hungry to win from the beginning , we werent .. end of story

  • Dannyo

    Apr 28, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Hopefully the reality we faced today will bring us to a level where we know we have to challenge Chelsea in their home game.
    Not enough to ride with the waves now, need to be fully switched on on Wednesday.

  • toonking

    Apr 28, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Home advantage gives you an advantage”

    i like your way of thinking there mine would be this
    use to the pressure so can handle the pressure

  • lukes26

    Apr 28, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Will Ba be dropped from the starting lineup?

    Based on his performance in the past two months, I think he should be.

    Style of play does not suit him. Hard to say exactly what his role is even. He’s not a winger. He just seems to wander around lost. He reminds me of that kid who you played with, as a boy, who just stood in front of goal and waited for the ball to drop to him.

    His work rate is shocking.

    He tried passing the ball once in the second half and it just slowly rolled toward a Wigan defender…Ba just stood there watching, seemingly confused.

  • mailos

    Apr 28, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #8
  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 28, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #9

    That was pathetic today. There is no point and saying drop this player and that player. With the exception of Collicini & perhaps Cabaye, they were rubbish. Too complacent in my opinion. This season has been fantastic overall however there has been too many car crashes; Norwich, Spurs, Fulham and today. This is were we can improve and hopefully have an even better season next

  • JDdubai

    Apr 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Every team is going to attack us down the flanks, especially down our left side. We got totally ripped apart today, there was no tracking back from Ba especially although all over the park we were poor.

    Iv said it for the last few weeks, Ba is either a centre forward or nothing. Doesnt contribute enough on the left, not creative enough/quick enough and doesnt work back to cover. Also we have been swapping him and Cisse, only reason is to keep Ba happy as Cisse shouldnt move from the top position. When you change what is best for the team just to keep 1 player happy, it isnt going to be good for the team.

    He is a top centre forward but it should be either him or Cisse each match with someone creative who works hard on either side to give us balance and the ability to close up if needed.

    It seems that Pardew is trying to fit him in to keep him happy whereas the better thing for the team is to replace him on the left for either Fergie or someone like that, next season we cant be starting with him on the left wing, need a Hoilett type player playing there.

    Another bad day at the office, like spurs or fulham 2nd half but overall this season has been mint so just win on wednesday and all will be forgotten!

  • Burni

    Apr 28, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #11


    Mate you were clearly watching a different game. Ur post has actually filled me with rage. Our team played very well today apart from 4 silly mistakes. We were NOT pathetic at all, do pathetic teams hit the post three times? Cut out loads of opportunities? Jesus Christ. The season we have had has been fantastic we had a bad day today I admit, but pathetic? Give ur heed a shake man u tool

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Im sorry Pardew but it was nothing to do with intensity, more the formation as our back THREE were all over the place! and nothing was done about it until half time. why fix a system that isnt broken? we looked way better in the second half when back at 4-3-3

  • Tommyy

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #13

    We were decent going forward but misplaced passes and then them breaking on us, we just couldn’t deal with it. Poor defending positionaly.
    These things happen, I’ll be annoyed if we defend as badly or don’t pick it up against Chelsea, as we will have thrown away the CL, but until then I don’t see why we should get too down about it.

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #14


    Yes, pathetic teams hit the bar the whole time and can’t actually convert….e.g. Liverpool

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #15

    …having said that, Suarez just scored from the halfway line…..bollox

  • toonking

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #16

    this game is no where near as bad a loss of points as the game we had against wolves loosing a two goal lead is what i call stupid not loosing too a team that has done very well in the last month to teams like arsenal manure and chelsea

  • nden85

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #17

    I actually agree with Burni, I didn’t think we were so bad, we made as many chances as them, but they took all of theirs and we didn’t take any of ours. Even though the result was obviously really poor, I actually really enjoyed the second half, thought HBA was absolutely amazing at times.

  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #18

    If we continue to use 4-3-3 then we need to bring in someone that is pacey and has a low center of gravity that can play in the left wing forward position, Ba is no slouch but its just not workin for him lately.






    If we mannage to keep hold of Ba then he will just have to be rotated with Cisse

  • GeordieGesus

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Reading between the lines…

    … Ba will be given an extended contract this summer, then sold to Liverpool.

  • fungus44

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #20

    the whole team had a bad day not just any one player ,give the moaning a rest we still in Europe cl a bit to far to soon i think

  • Yorkgeordie

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Ben Arfa did nothing to help the defence today. In fact it was so obvious I thought he was having a rebellion, that’s why he was taken off. However Williamson is unbelievable, he has a couple of reasonable games and then plays like he is having a hangover. seems to me he has been to blame for all our heavy defeats.

  • Burni

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Wor shearer,

    Fair point, but we were not pathetic today. Novos comment is typical of a deluded toon fan. We have won a few, when we win we are shit. We weren’t today, we were good, unfortunately Wigan were better.

  • toonking

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #23

    a simple way i put this ba cisse chaos is them two in a team is simular too a team that had two darren bents or torres

  • CAToon

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Pardew got it right when he said intensity cost us the game. The difference between top-of-the-table and mid-table clubs is the ability to play at a high level consistently. When a team is facing relegation, there is a real urgency. Wigan played like a team fighting for their life. NUFC did not lack talent today, just desire.

  • Burni

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #25

    York…. What do you mean he had a rebellion? He was brilliant today…. One of the only players to give his all. I was surprised he was taken off

  • t00ntime

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #26

    In the second half we looked better when HBA finally started to make runs. We wern’t good enough today though and there goals were well made (and badly defended by us). However cisse did show a quiality, in a game where everbody played bad he still almost got 2 goals and was unlucky not too! HBA just needs to learn to shoot and he could of had 2, the fact that we played so bad yet still made 4 great chances speaks volumes. But I hope this is helps us realise we arent THE BEST and we can now concentrate on what matters, chelsea on wednesday! I think if we start moving off the ball again (like we did before wigan) we can still beat chelsea.

    I think ba had his worst game for us today… He looked awful. we need to get them team back down to earth and start creating more chances again.I think the only positive was the cahances we created (from 55min till 65) and for the rest we were awful!

  • t00ntime

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #27

    HBA needs to learn to shoot with his right*

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #28

    Norwich away
    Spuds away
    Fulham away
    Wigan away

    Four dreadful results where we had one half in total confusion and got dumped. Over a season that ain’t bad – but why did we collapse big time on four occasions – all away from home conceding 18 goals into the bargain. Any ideas ?

  • xmindcrimex

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Clearly HBA was taken off because the game was already done and dusted. No need to risk him the last 20min. He needs to be fit for Chelsea.

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #30

    How’s this for a perfect first ever senior start!

    17yr old Joel Pohjanpalo:


  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Jonas was poor 2day

  • Tiki_Taka

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #32

    I felt that we struggled to cope with Wigan’s wingbacks. It is very unusual in today’s game to face 3-4-3.

    When the ball went wide our back 4 became narrow because the wide players in Wigan’s front 3 tucked in. Nobody then knew who would pick up the wingbacks as usual our wide players in the front 3 will pick up the opposition fullbacks.

    By the time we changed it, (Simpson, Colo and Williamson at CBs with Jonas & Santon as wingbacks) to match up with Wigan, we were already 2-0 down.

    Tactically we suffered today because we faced an unusual formation. You can train all week to face opposition but until you are thrust into the game with that tactical problem, you never know how it will pan out.

    Second half we managed to get to grips with their movement and our spatial awareness was much better. If only the woodwork hadn’t denied us we could have had 3 goals.

    We will still finish in a good position and we will be in Europe next season. This season will give us the confidence that we can be in amongst it with the big boys. That is vital for next season’s mindset.

    Today was a case of a good coach outsmarting another good coach. Wigan looked good and we couldn’t get to grips with their system. By the time did, it was effectively a mountain to climb.

  • davis_toons

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Some teams maybe below us but are they bad teams? No, they aren’t.
    We are still a building squad, even if we finishes 3rd. Can we maintain this position and go on n challenge for the trophies? No, we can’t.

    We still need to build up the 1st team and back players on defends, midfield and maybe even attack position. ( who knows who will leave, BA or etc) we never know.

    We really needed a good CD; RB who can join in give our midfield a break sometimes. We just can’t always ask our midfielder to come down and defends deep. The defense goto do their job. And the only way is to get a good one, but Steven Taylor is not forgotten. He got to get less injury like vickic.

  • Tooooon

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #34

    This result is a blessing in disguise, takes the pressure of us, so our players will go into their remaining games just going for it, without nerves, without great anticipation. BELIEVE, TRUST, HAVE FAITH MY GEORDIE BROTHERS FOR WE WILL BE BASKING IN THE GREAT CITIES OF EUROPE NEXT SEASON; HINDER NOT AS MILAN WAITS!

  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #35

    @ MFH

    Norwich – We had a makeshift back four that had never played together and were dominated in the air

    Tottenham- Spurs were on fire at the time and pardew played 4-4-2 which was to attack minded away from home

    Fulham- Bossed first half, got to complacent and threw it away

    Wigan- Pardew changed tactics and it cost us, we showed against WBA how well we can counter attack away from home

  • davis_toons

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #36

    Got to mention…There’s one good forward pass upfront frm Simpson to xx today. We needed that more often. That’s the kindof pass that can change def into att. And cools alotof pressures on the team.

  • toonking

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #37

    why do people still call the norwich result a terrible one ?
    no team with full backs used as centre backs is expected to get a result if the opposition has got height.
    totenham fulham and wolves are the most dissapointing results

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #38

    Why not let Ba play up front against Chelsea? We know he can score, so let him try….he might even smile a bit.

  • davis_toons

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #39

    …maybe now we knw why senegal coach dnt play both BA n Cisse together or often.

    Only 442 can we play both BA n Cisse. Just put Benny further up on the right..

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #40


    I’m still pretty pissed at that last second Vermaelen goal….rrrrrr


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