Wigan 4 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Taken Apart

There’s something fundamentally wrong with a side who can win six games in a row and only concede one goal, and then against the 4th bottom side, who are desperately fighting relegation, concede four goals in the first 45 minutes,

But that’s what happened at Wigan today, as the Latics completely outplayed Newcastle in the first half, and that score would have be flashed around the grounds in the Premier League – it was unbelievable – but in a very bad sense for this Newcastle side.

Add to that the fact that Wigan had only scored 15 goals at home in their last 17 games at the DW Stadium,  and it’s even more astonishing.

Newcastle came back a bit in the second half and Pappis Cisse hit the bar twice, and Ben Arfa missed a good chance, but it just wasn’t Newcastle’s day today, but there needs to be some plain talking about what happened in that first half.

This was an embarrassment for Newcastle today.

At least we are in the Europa League, and the lads will need to regroup and come back strong at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, and we still have 9 points to play for.

This is how we saw the game as it happened,  and some thoughts we had while the game was being played.


Newcastle were in their orange shirts today at the DW Stadium.

A free kick form the left almost caused Newcastle some trouble but a Wigan player was offside.

On 6 minutes Wigan broke well and Victor Moses had a half chance just on the edge of the box, but the ball was half blocked and collected by Tim Krul.

Demba Ba went down under a severe challenge from a couple of Wigan players and he had to have treatment – but was able to continue.

Wigan went ahead after 13 minutes when Boyce had lots of space on the right wing and his cross was headed home by Victor Moses – and it was poor defending by the Newcastle defense.

Moses beat Williamson to the header, and the first goal conceded by Newcastle since we conceded at West Brom.

The amazingly Newcastle were 2-0 down and it was victor Moses again, after Beausejour put in a left wing cross that was not cleared, and in two minutes Newcastle conceded two poor goals.

Wigan came out of the blocks like a steam train and Newcastle just couldn’t cope.

A Ben Arfa free kick was just wide after 20 minutes.

After 32 minutes Wigan has another chance when the ball bounced on the six yard box and Simpson waited for Krul to come for it.

But he didn’t and Newcastle just about scrambled the ball away – the Newcastle defense looked all at sea.

And then on 36 minutes Wigan went 3-0 up after 36 minutes when Maloney went through on the left wing and from a narrow angle put the ball past Krul – 3 goals conceded in 37 minutes – this was like the Arsenal game last year.

What’s wrong with the Newcastle defense that they collapse every so often.

On 41 minutes Demba Ba had a chance 20 yards out but his left foot shot was just wide.

Cabaye has a free kick just outside the box on 43 minutes but he put the ball just over the var.

And then just second before the second half whistle was due to blow a terrific Di Santos shot hit the back of the net and Newcastle were 4-0 down – what is going on here?

The break came and Newcastle need to regroup and try to get back into this game but the defense had been terrible in the first half – what happened?

In the first half Wigan looked like the 4th placed side and Newcastle looked the side fighting relegation – that’s the truth.

Newcastle conceded four goals in the first 45 minutes after conceding just one goal in the last 540 minutes of play.

And if Victor Moses is indeed a Newcastle target in the summer, he will have done his chances no harm with those first two goals.

What’s that about Newcastle being a very hard team to support?

We assume Alan Pardew will rip into the players for that first half performance, and ask them to regain some dignity in the second half.

The second half kicked off and there was an angry exchange between Colo and Victor Moses – but it was handbags.

It’s amazing that Wigan look so much better than Newcastle today and there will need to be an inquest into what happened today so we can regroup for Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.

In the first 10 minutes of the second half Wigan were still the better side and were attacking Newcastle.

On 60 minutes there was a decent cross in from Yohan Cabaye after good work by Coloccini but Papiss Cisse was offside.

Then there was mad scramble in the Newcastle box after Tim Krul made a great save diving high to his right, but Newcastle couldn’t clear the danger and Wigan almost had their 5th goal.

There’s something terribly wrong with this Newcastle side this afternoon, and the Magpies need to start playing for their pride.

On 63 minutes there was a great ball in by Ben Arfa to Papiss Cisse but his left-footed shot was well saved by Al Habsi, as he blocked the ball to his left.

Papiss Cisse was clean through on the left a minute later, but his left but his right footed shot hit the cross-bar.

Then Ben Arfa had a glorious chance after 68 minutes but hit his right foot shot wide of the post, and the Frenchman held his head in his hands.

Then on 71 minutes Newcastle hit the bar again when A Ben Arfa cross was headed against the post by Papiss Cisse – not Newcastle’s day today – and Cisse hit the bar twice.

On 73 minutes Alan Pardew took Ben Arfa off and replaced him with Ryan Taylor – which seemed to be a strange move after Ben Arfa was starting to open up the Wigan defense.

On 81 minutes James Perch came on for Danny Simpson.

The final whistle went and it was an embarrassment for Newcastle and goes with the two collapses at White Hart Lane and Craven Cottage.

What happens with Newcastle,  when they just seem to turn up for some games?


Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Caldwell (c), Maloney, Moses, McArthur, Boyce, Beausejour, Di Santo, Figueroa.
Subs: Pollitt, Crusat, Gomez, Sammon, Jones, Rodallega, Diame.

(4-2-3-1): Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Santon; Tiote, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Demba Ba; Cisse

Subs: Elliot, Perch, Ferguson, Taylor (R), Gosling, Best, Ameobi

24 comments so far

  • Thump

    Apr 28, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Bloody hell Ed, your finger must have been hovering over the “post” button.

  • coccolini

    Apr 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #2

    I couldnt pick the best player in our side today, but i could easily pick the worst. Simpson and Williamson were awful, absolutely awful. Im not normall a ‘basher’. But today it was plain to see that they were the weak links in our team. I would go as far saying, they cost us the game. The poor attempt at a header from williamson for the first, and the shocking positional play from simpson for the 2nd. From there it was game over. A new RB and CB ARE needed over the summer.

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #3

    That was just f*****g terrible.

  • curmon

    Apr 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Williamson !!! Words fail me

  • Nufc-83

    Apr 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Well everyone was poor 1st half but everytime we get beaten comfortably either simo or wilo are usually the two useless cnuts behind it.

    I cant believe people are slating pardew for taking benny off when it was so obvious that he was taking him off to save him for chelsea as no chance of getting back in this game idiots.

  • Oleg G

    Apr 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #6

    I don’t want to be too harsh. But we are idiots. Really. How we lost it this way? And Arsenal drawing. Wow. 3rd time this season that we are getting hammered like that.

    Not gonna say anything else today. A sad day for me. Was sure we will win (and all of us actually. almost no one predicted this, and I am talking only about the lose, not the hammering).

  • ochytoon

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Ahh well, we’ll just have to make up the points against Chelsea.

  • Rodney Cisse

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Williamson showing his quality today glad we already have europa league sorted.

  • GeordieGesus

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Was it over confidence or the pressure of maybe qualifying for CL?

  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Pardew quite obviously took Hatem off to rest him for Chelsea.

    We were 4-0 down with 20 minutes left. Save his energy. He was the only player to come away with dignity today.

  • Oleg G

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #11

    oh… just one last thing. They had 7 chances + 1 no chance, and they scored 4 from this. We had 5 chances and score zero. 🙁

  • Dannyo

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s been the case during our biggest losses that our defensive line as completely missed the mark and the game passes them by.
    It’s happened 3 times this season, this was the 4th.
    It needs to end and hopefully we can do something about that over the summer.
    Hopefully this stays a freak result and doesn’t funnel our last 3 games into losses.

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #13

    The only player worth anything today was Cisse but even he was nothing special.

    Terrible, just terrible. 4th spot it out of our control again so we all have to pray to the football gods now.

  • Nufc-83

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Been saying along with a few others on here how willo and simpson need to be sold if we are to consistantly challenge in the top 6 and been slated all week as they are good players apparently. lmao

  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Shocking performance today, probably our worst all season. And before I get someone calling me fickle and saying I should support the players, I do support the players, when they actually try, and show some guts and passion. Today they showed neither and we were just embarrassing. If I was in Pardew’s shoes, ‘hairdryer treatment’ would be putting it lightly.

  • Neun78

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #16

    allways when it looks that newcastle will get success then we dissapoint again, season over??? no cl=no success in the premier league next year


    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #17



  • Jan Stavik

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Shocking display. Not only Simpson and Willo, I think the players went to Wigan thinking that they would loose. Really disappointing

  • corktoon88

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #19

    HATE HATE HATE when everyone just gives out about players after one poor performance. Yes it was a terrible result we didnt play well it happens. there’s a reason teams dont win 7games on the trot! we played badly today,we need to regroup and go again. even though we didnt score we didnt hide in the second half we kept going, good to see. on another day cisse would have got two and benny would have scored one of his chances. It was a bad day,move on. lets get behind the lads for next game!

  • philippealbert

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Today was really poor – one of the worst performances seen in a long time – but it’s wrong to say that they weren’t trying hard. I thought we actually played some half-decent football in the second half, but there were obviously huge problems at the back and in midfield in the first. We didn’t start the game, Wigan did. It was surprising. Willo and Simmo were poor, but Colo didn’t have a great start either. Santon offered a lot going forward, but should have prevented the cross coming in for the first goal. Bit of a disaster generally, but it’s not true to say that they didn’t try. Cisse chased everything all game and there was definitely a big push in the second half. Give them a rocket, come back strong, shut up about the season being over, let’s get behind them for Chelsea.

  • If Demba Ba was in Call of Duty..

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Whilst we were completely outplayed today, I can’t help but look back at the rest of the season and say how happy I am that I’m a Newcastle fan. Wigan deserved it today. To single out players is nonsense as everyone was to blame. Wigan were all over us and didn’t give us any space to play. we didn’t close them down enough in the first 45, played hoof ball and our passing was horrific, its over now, bring on Chelsea, and a better performance!!!

  • mra

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Well that puts a dark cloud over the weekend. But zero time to dwell on it, have to forget it and get ready for Chelsea. Nothing less than all 3 points will be needed if have any chance of a top 4 finish. Bad day, great season.

    As for the players that should be singled out (williamson and simpson) for shocking performances, Willo is a squad player at best, if we had taylor surely he’d be firmly rooted on the bench. As for our starting rightback….. well lets just say perhaps its a good thing he has signed a contract extension yet….

  • nico

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #23

    I have come to the conclusion that we get hammered like this because our defence often crumbles when we concede the first goal. Some good defenders needed in the summer. Saying that they took all their chances and we missed ours. Another day and that would have been 2-2

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #24

    We were shite simples. Though I must admit Simpson must be replaced and kept as a squad player at best. His postional play and passing ability and his decions are average and not up to our level. He is constantly our weak link and we need to address this in the summer asap.

    The amount of times he passed it back instead of forward or across was amazing and he always ruins our momentum going forward. He plays hoofball too.

    Williamson is another that always hoofs the ball. Today I don’t really blame him as he wasn’t that bad but we do deserve better.Sadly Saylor won’t be fit until next term and we’re seriously missing him.


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