Wigan Did A Job On Us – But Our Confidence Is Still High

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!!

24 comments so far

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, whether we’re fighting at the bottom or top of the league, we’ll still be some of the most proud, excited and hard to please fans – must be something in the Tyne 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #2

    On reflection and not knowing all the facts, having only tuned in after the first 8 mins, it seems as if there was little we could have done, such was the form Wigan were in.

    There were shades of Barca in their display and Martinez has to praised for sticking to his principles unlike the oh so negative Kean at Blackburn.

    It was just so frustrating to be so close to the CL and the big money and to have a weekend when all results went against us. In a funny sort of way hopefully the pressure is off us somewhat. Just hope we don’t get another ”Chelsea” ref on Wednesday.

  • pbNcl

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Chelsea are in the champions league final, albeit from beating a very unusually rubbish barcelona. So were up against it on wed. The world will be watching so its up to us to send a message out that we’re serious. Let’s gan to the bridge and raggle the little 5hits

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Rotonda…I suppose we couldn’t have expected another weekend of favouring results 🙂

    Who is Chelsea’s 12th player on Wednesday, has it been announced yet?

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    So…those who saw the game against Wigan, what formation and line-up do you think Pardew should field against Chelsea?

    Back to a 4-5-1?

  • pbNcl

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    I like wigan, I think they have an excellent chairman. But I’m not happy about what happened. I would rather of lost to wigan than chelsea. So we best give it to the cockney’s!

  • LewSpi

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    If we beat Chelsea then suddenly we’re just 1 point behind Arsenal in 3rd and everything changes, again.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8


    I guess it can veer between 433 and 4-5-1.

    I’m sadly coming to the conclusion, possibly like the Senegalese team that Ba and Cisse can’t really play together in a 433. I think it has to be one or the other.

    If you looked at it positively it would mean you would have a great player on the bench to come on out of the 2 of them.
    I think Marveux could be the answer or even young Fergie to play one side of Ba / or Cisse and Benny on the other.

  • pbNcl

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    I can see the senegalese problem. But imagine being pardew in this position. How could you drop ba, after all he has done for the club. You’ve just got to let him play and have a crack. In all fairness he’s come close on a number of occasions. He don’t deserve to be dropped imo.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Rotonda…I don’t think Ba and Cisse can’t play together, after all, we did just have an extremely good run with them both, but we could probably use someone better in the Left spot. Plus with the extra games, rotating Cisse and Ba should benefit us next season. As you say, great players to have on the bench also

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    City put 6 past Man Utd at Old Trafford, Man Utd put 8 past Arsenal……Let it go!

    Over the next three games, we are however about to find out just how far we really have come.
    Myself, I expect to get nowt from all three, but Alan Pardew and this team keep proving me wrong.

    I will be delighted what ever happens as we are back in Europe next year, and I can’t wait!!!

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #12


    i was saying the same thing earlier, ba is a good CF but not the best winger, but to be honest i think ba is as good as cisse, so it would be hard to drop either onefrom the CF position

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Very difficult to drop Ba, but you just know that if Cisse was on the bench he would start scoring again, It can’t just be coincidence.

    All I meant was that if we needed a goal and were chasing a game you could have one of Ba or Cisse coming on, rather than with the best will in the world a Best or a Lovenkrands.

    It’s a difficult one as you want your best 11 on the pitch, but Chelsea alternate Drogba and Torres to good effect.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #14


    that’s what I mean they are both CFs

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m delirious we are back in Europe, but before this weekend we were agonisingly in line for the CL and the big money.

  • pbNcl

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Aye, rotation wouldn’t do anybody any harm. But its the media again, you could just see the headline ”newcastle drop ba” and at this sensetive time that could be enough to push him away to psg. The devil is in the newspaper

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #17

    all i know is that from the left side, we have better options,

    i guess this is the only thing pardew could do better, he seems to play players as not to upset them , which is not always best for the team

  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Surely It’s common sense to drop Williamson and Simspon and start Perch and Raylor instead.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #19

    I wasn’t suggesting Ba gets dropped this season, who would we bring in now? Fergie? If Marveaux was ready then maybe, but he needs to be a sub at first and get back in to it slowly. Ba, imo, will be in the left position for the rest of this season.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #20

    against chelsea, i wouldnt be playing ba or cisse on the left wing,

    but i do think your right. he wont change anything for the rest of the season,

    and yes SIMPSON AND WILLAMSON should be the first 2 that should be changed

  • sweendog

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Bad result over the weekend but I’m believing in football Karma ..
    Wigan are a good footballing side and deserve to stay in the prem, hence the results over the last few weeks for them, including beating us.
    Chelsea have supporters called the chelsea headhunters .. hence we’re gonna beat them on wed ..
    Tactics doesn’t matter its just we’re gonna win .. and get 4th spot ..

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 30, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #22

    I agree, I think Cisse on the left and Ba upfront could be equally as affective as the other way around.

    I also think Ba is just as good Cisse. The difference for me appears to be Ba is a lot calmer in possession and needs a bit of space to shoot. Cisse is a lot more instinctive and will score from just about anywhere if you let him sneak through but if you give him a bit of time to think about his options at shooting he’ll pull a Walcott.

  • LooneyToon41

    Apr 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #23

    @20 Catchy. So drop Williamson who was basically played 3/4 of the season, and Simpson who has played all season, and been part of a defence that in our last 6 games before Wigan conceded just 1 goal, and been part of a defence that has us top 6?
    Things may change in the summer, but this was 1 game after 6 wins in a row! Get real!

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 30, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Pardew will go back to 4-4-2 for much / most of next season. Why?

    1. Its more familar to him and traditional
    2. It guards the flanks well
    3. It accomodates both Ba and Cisse

    There will be no player playing “in the hole” , but Ben Arfa and more so Cabaye, will be encouraged to rotate towards there.

    The next few games are very important.Pardew will not want the season to end badly, with people suggesting we have been found out, and carrying maybe one point out of 4 final games “into” next season


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