It’s hard to put the finger on just why Newcastle were so poor in that first half at Wigan on Saturday.
Roberto Martinez and Dave Whelan – Wigan safe again?
But with only three games now remaining, the positive thing is that Newcastle should be ready for each game, against Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton.
The goal has to be to try to get back on our winning ways, but each of those remaining games is against a team in form – which is similar to the Wigan game.
Wigan have won five of their last seven games now, and they play at Blackburn and at home to Wolves in their last two games, and it’s possible they could even pick up a couple of wins in those games, but it’s very likely that Wigan will survive relegation again this season.
The fight is on for 4th place at the top, and both Chelsea and Tottenham had good home wins yesterday, with Spurs now ahead of Newcastle on goal difference, and Chelsea just one point behind in 6th place.
It’s still not clear if 4th place will get a Champions League spot this season, and if Chelsea win the Champions league and finish outside of the top four, they will be England’s 4th choice in that competition.
Alan was asked if that scenario may have been a factor on Saturday:
“It certainly got talked about, but there are a million factors you can say about a team.” “I don’t know if that was a factor at Wigan, is the honest answer, but it is something that is hanging over all those teams who are going for fourth.”
“I don’t think confidence is a problem.” “We have just got to make sure we are strong defensively, that we keep in our roles and keep it tight. If we do that we can score goals.”
“Saturday is gone, there is nothing we can do to change that and we will go to Chelsea not without any confidence – I can assure you of that.” “We had a bad half at Fulham, and a couple at Tottenham, so it is important we keep it in perspective.”
“Wigan’s early goals were the key. We lost our way a little bit in that last 20 minutes of the first half, and that really is unlike us.” “When you have won six in a row you think you are going to get the game back.”
“We chased it and gave them opportunities to get the extra two goals, and then it really was gone.” “There are a lot of factors to consider, but the bottom line is that it is very difficult to put your finger on a single reason why.”
“Wigan were aggressive, their movement was great and things were coming off for them. I thought the referee didn’t really help us either.” “Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t, but it all seemed to be going Wigan’s way in the first half.”
“The great beauty of the Premier League is that teams come alive at a certain time of the season, and Wigan are certainly doing that at the moment.”
“They did a good job on us, and you couldn’t say that they lacked confidence. Some of their play was very, very good, but for us it is about the next three games.”
Chelsea looked in supreme form against QPR yesterday, and were four goals up after just 25 minutes, and the Mark Hughes led side could still be relegated.
With just two games to go they are level on points with Bolton in 4th bottom place, but Bolton have a game in hand and a draw will take them above QPR.
What’s the odds of both Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan at West Ham playing in the Championship next season?
As usual the end of the season is proving to be exciting at both ends of the table, with Newcastle thankfully fighting it out at the top end.
We have great sympathy for those fans of teams at the bottom, as the tension must be very high, it’s bad enough with Newcastle these days at the top. 😀
Howay The Lads!!