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.
Newcastle:(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