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Wigan Is A Must Not Lose Game

11:13 am, Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 80 Comments

Newcastle have to stop the rot tomorrow night against a team we should be beating at home – Wigan Athletic – but Wigan are never easy to play under manager Roberto Martinez, who surely will manage a much bigger club one day.

Roberto Martinez – a good manager

Roberto has Wigan playing very well at the moment, and they played very well in their game in midweek against Manchester City before going down to two goals in the final 30 minutes form the Premier League Champions.

And in the same game last year, it was very close and Newcastle won with a very first goal from a certain Yohan Cabaye with 9 minutes to play, and of course Yohan went onto have a great first season on Tyneside.

And there are a lot of stats being thrown around at the moment, like our four game losing streak is the first one 2008 in our relegation season, and Newcastle have never lost five league games in a row, according to reports – although we haven;’t checked every season of the 120.

And wins are what will get Newcastle away from the relegation zone, but tomorrow is a game we’d love to win, but it’s not exactly a must-win game.

But we cannot lose this game, and go further down the league and in the dumps – more so than we are today – so in that sense it’s probably a must-not-lose game.

What do you think?

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80 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Being buried in an avalanche of custard creams is too good for Ashley.

  • 2 niafron // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Will be a tough game…

  • 3 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Anything other than a win at home and I will be dissapointed

  • 4 BelfastMagpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    I would say…..
    Must win,rather than must not lose.

    Wigan are a decent side so we shouldn’t underestimate them.

    They’ve got plenty of pace in their team,so that’s a worry.

  • 5 niafron // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    To be honnest, i don’t expect spectacular improvement in the next weeks.

    Pard was on the good way against Funchal, with Beny Behind the striker and Marv on the wings.

    But ROme wasn’t build in one day and we dalayed far too much some change in our play.

    Would have been better to work on that during summer, such changes in the middle of the season aren’t easy, but we ain’t got the choice now.

  • 6 Super Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    This is a must win game. If we don’t win this I can see us being in the bottom 3 by the new year. Not being negative, just realistic.

  • 7 Tommyy // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Some will see it as an overreaction, but if we lose against Wigan at home, that’s pretty much the lowest we can fall save possibly QPR at home.
    If it happens I’ll be beyond upset or disappointed, something will have to change. I don’t mean Pardew going, but I mean a new technical coach coming in or a dramatic change in ethos, away from the misguided defensive structure that we have seemingly set ourselves around. The focus should shift to passing and moving with the ball, all about possession.
    This will be especially prudent if we get distinctly outplayed by Wigan, something which I can envisage happening frighteningly.
    That said I wish they’d do what I say regardless of whether we win or lose!

  • 8 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    We really should be beating the Wigan’s of this league, with no disrespect to Wigan.

  • 9 jeff // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    A much bigger club… Like us!

  • 10 hatemorloveit // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Talk about stating the obvious ed:)

  • 11 blew // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Wigan play as a team and have pace, we lack both and will be fortunate to get a point.

  • 12 obatoyou // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Remember watching a mid-strength Wigan side hammer a full strength Nottingham Forest side in the league cup earlier this year 4-0~
    Though, guess we have a little more quality than NF!

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    I’ve just spent 25 quid to sit in the freezing cold, fork out £ 4.10 for a pint, when I could have sat in my local, so they better bloody win and win comfortably after the dross I’ve witnessed so far up there this season

  • 14 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    funny fact we should of won the teams thats lower than us anyways, what makes the wigan match any different.

    newcastle 0 wigan 2

  • 15 niafron // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Lads, we lost our four last games, so sorry to put that way, but they are the better team.

    Especially with all these injuries.

    To win, we need to make of it a national cause.

    Courage will bring us a win tomorow.

  • 16 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Jail, good luck mate – It cost me £200 last game against Swansea – not the best day out!!!

  • 17 Super Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    People forget that Wigan have a few injuries too. So there can be no excuses tomorrow.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Back on our transfer policy, a few people on here saying how Arsenal sold RVP, Fabregas etc and Spurs, Berbatov and Modric, what people seem to forget is that these people were desperate for a move, in these of the Spurs two almost threatening to go on strike to force a move, none of our players have said they want to leave yet still find themselves in the shop window, at least Pards has had the sense not to mention this over the last few weeks but no doubt if we win a couple on the bounce he will be telling the world of the danger were in of losing HBA or Cabaye to a bigger club like Spurs.

  • 19 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    of cause there will be excuses there always are, ill be waiting after the game what pard’s has to say after they beat us just to boil our blood for more shit coming out of his mouth.

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    In the case of the Spurs two

  • 21 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    hate to say this but i think hba, cabaye and others top stars at our club will leave at jan market and i wouldn’t judge them for leaving either.

  • 22 Transfer Sage // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:13 PM


    Everton sold rodwell and he didnt seem desperate to move.

    The point I was making is that teams like arsenal, spurs, Everton don’t really spend much more than they make from selling.

    The difference is that these clubs bye when they sell even if they spend a little over the odds.

    We seem to sell then still wait, you need to buy as soon as players are needed, not wait.

    We have needed a CB for a couple seasons and still haven’t gone for one

  • 23 niafron // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Got to go lads.

    Bonne journée messieurs.

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Black and white

    I don’t think they will leave.

    If they do it will be for top money, Ashley doesn’t sell unless he wants to Or needs to and he doesn’t need to sell them now.

  • 25 Super Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    If players like Cabaye and Ben Arfa wanted to leave in January I wouldn’t blame then. They deserve better than what they have had to put up with this season. The problem is if we do sell them, we won’t get replacements in immediately.

  • 26 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    we will sell but wont buy, only reserves or free players will come through.

  • 27 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    sage, your right it will be for big money but i just cant see MA dipping his toes in water to improve our squad.

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    I’m not sure what the net spend of these clubs are I just know that ours is one of the lowest, and as you say when other teams sell they seem go reinvest it straight away.

  • 29 catchy in norway // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    maybe the way to go is to elect a chairman like the spanish do,, that way we will never be stuck with an idiot running an idiot like we have right now

    ashly kind of gets away with it because he just owns the club, along with many other business interests , so i guess the amout of time he spends thinking about us is, hhhmmmmm well saturday afternoons

    where as pardew is ment to be a coach,, seen little proof of that and LLAMBASS is ment to be directing the club,, how many more wrong turns can the guy make??

    no its the blind leading the blind, being loved by some blind followers

  • 30 Super Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Team for tomorrow

    Simpson Williamson Colo Santon
    Tiote Jonas
    Marveaux Anita Ba

    Unfortunetly, Pardew will stick with the Stoke line up, with someone coming in for Perch obviously.

  • 31 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    i wonder how much top teams will pay for hba, i say about 30-40 mill tops, and cabaye about 13-19 mill

  • 32 catchy in norway // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Transfer Sage

    are you deaf ;),,

    they have said they have 5/6 players for every position

    if HBA is sold they have MESSI; RENOLDO,NEYMAR, OSCAR , MATTA all lined up should all those fail to sign des hamilton is free to play again

  • 33 Offkey // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    I really cant see a fire sale in January, personally I think its unlikely we will buy or sell. If we were to buy, I think it will be to replace Ba or one other ‘purple’. Hope I’m wrong and we get a few quality players in.

  • 34 tequilamag // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    B and W army we had no bids in theSummer for HBA and Cabaye and that was after a good season but now you think they will be bids ? Why, Cabaye is out till Feb why would anybody want to buy an injured player

  • 35 mattyNUFC // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Ha, if we lost players all would be lost in january

    remember our first season back? the January of 2011? We all knew, as fans, Ashley wasn’t gonna fork out anything for a striker. we were linked with Aliadiere, and some over the hill brazilian who played in spain or something that nobody wanted, latching on for anything. they were both free agents. we were all sitting here hoping we would just sign ONE, anyone, someone. What’d we do? Sold AC on deadline day.

    Not that I disagree about AC, not in the slightest, but we had best and shola, the latter who was injured and the former who hadn’t chalked a goal yet.

    Sorry, was just reminiscing. one of those things that got lost in the AC debacle of that year. Everyone seemed to forget we knew we weren’t getting anyone that we had to pay for….and we ended up losing the only guy who was scoring for us

    strange days that i do not want to see return

  • 36 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    So, who’s looking forward to landing Man U away, in today’s FA Cup draw? 🙂

  • 37 tequilamag // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Well it`s Catchogday again. Why would Ash want an elected Chairman. He owns the club lock stock and barrel ?

  • 38 mattyNUFC // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    in conclusion, AP needs to get this season rolling like two matches ago before any of our ‘purples’ want out

  • 39 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    If we finish mid-table, which is an optimistic outlook given our current plight, the likes of HBA, Cabaye etc will definitely have their feelers out, searching for clubs that can match their aspirations and style. Then I suppose it’d be the beginning of a new cycle of ‘rebuilding’. Lovely.

  • 40 tequilamag // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Ruddy I am as Kets pointed out we should be hammering teams like Man U.

  • 41 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    i heard a few days ago about wenger stated that in january will be the beginning of the season, i wonder if newcastle will take this into account and start performing.

  • 42 Marty-Toon // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Now there’s a decent manager that if we had the choice of managers that won’t cost a load of cash and won’t come in and expect 60 million in funds
    In regards to the game,it’s a must not lose
    In regards to BA,there’s no point discussing something that hasn’t happened yet.Thats up to the club to be prepared for.
    BA isn’t quoted as saying anything and everyone says if he doesn’t wanna stay then let him go,and saying its all over the papers.
    It’s all over the papers yeah but no quotes of BA saying anything.
    Stupid fans

  • 43 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Ruddy – I would be much more worried about drawing Darlo, MK Dons, Scunthorpe. Losing against that level of opposition would be a real kick in the nuts; the players may never recover!!!

  • 44 GeordieDan // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    black and white>

    Why would Ashley sell all our best players in Jan considering where we’re at right now?

    We’d be relegated almost certainly and the amount of money we’d lose (especially the new crazy TV money) would be WAY more than what he’d get even for Cabaye, Benny etc.

    No chance mate. Ashley might be a ******* but he’s a billionaire and he knows how not to just throw money away.

  • 45 WWYCD // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Everyone’s getting sold, Ba’s a merc, Pards is a lying puppet, Ashley hates us all, we are all looking at relegation and Wigans got a fantastic manager….are we just all having a wonder down memory lane?

  • 46 Transfer Sage // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:51 PM


    Only arsenal has a lower net spend than us but Everton are similar to us

    It’s all about timing of when you sign players and we are struggling with that.

  • 47 GeordieDan // Dec 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM


    All the drama queens are out in force coz we’ve lost a couple of games mate.

    We’ll be absolutely fine I reckon. Just the usual blip coming at an awkward time.

    The only doubt I have is if Ashley literally buys nobody in January-no defenders in particular-then we might have a bit of a scrap for the rest of the season.

    It is always possible with Ashley of course but surely even a bloke who cherishes his bank balance way over his football club can see that would be a gamble not worth taking?

  • 48 WWYCD // Dec 2, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Haha does seems so, am not particularly comfortable with the recent form (or lack of style) but I do think we will come through it soon.

    And I always assume Ashely won’t buy anyone in any transfer window but equally I assume he still knows begger all about transfers out so prices clubs out of buying our ‘stars’

    Doubt we will see defenders through the door in Jan unless we are in the same place in the league then he might be pushed to roll out the carpet to a ‘purple’ player or two in order to get a taste of the new pt of gold coming up

  • 49 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Geordie Dan

    Just a reminder – the last time we experienced, as you describe it, a ‘usual blip’, we were relegated! We’re still in the midst of this ‘blip’ right now, with a daunting run of games on the horizon.

    Amazes me how blase some fans are about our situation. Suppose some will only wake-up, if we’re propping up the league in January.

  • 50 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 2, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Ed, I would like to rephrase that headline:

    …the Wigan game is a most win game (we cannot afford anything else at this stage)

    But I don’t like to think that everything is just bad – our situation have to be good for something. Maybe we have been a bit arrogant the past year and maybe we need to gey back to basic and back to being a tight unite where thw team is more im portant than those players that want to play in a certain position andd want more money because others are getting better pay!

    …I am naming no names by the way 😉

  • 51 chris_g // Dec 2, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Just thought I’d mention something that I noticed about that ridiculous Demba £90K a week story.

    It looks like the person responsible for inventing it was our old friend Alan Oliver (remember him?)

    He was the author of the article which was published on the Mirror website at 11pm last night (UK time) which seems to have started this latest media frenzy:

    In that article he quotes the Sunday People as his source, and provides a link which says “click here to read more stories from the Sunday People.” However, if you click that link it doesn’t take you to the Sunday People website – it just takes you to a separate page on the Mirror website. On that page there is a link to the “exclusive” Demba Ba story, but if you click on that link it just takes you back to the original story that was published in the Mirror. Curiously, there was no story published on the People website ( even though Oliver quoted it as being his source!

  • 52 tequilamag // Dec 2, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Ruddy we had a run last season were we only picked up 2 points out of 18. Bad runs happen to all teams .

  • 53 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM


    Only that downturn in form was preceded by going 11 unbeaten and included playing Man U, Man City and Chelsea. We’ve still got to take on 2 of those and Arsenal in the coming weeks.

    A win against Wigan really is critical, I feel. Even with that, we could be teetering on the cusp of the bottom three, come January, which certainly won’t aid in luring any signings, even if MA is suddenly overcome with a severe bout of generosity.

  • 54 check the toastie // Dec 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    If the Mackems jump above us today and we wil be 2 points above the relegation zone, with Fulham(a), Man City(h), Man Utd(a), Arsenal(a) as our next four games, will all the dickheads who say ‘all the drama queens are out’ admit that we are in deep deep shit, plus we are loosing Mr T for 6 weeks shortly, and cabaye is knackered,

    But yeh we will be OK as Pardoh knows what he is doing, what a crock of shit, we are in big big trouble make no mistake, we also have lost some heart out of our team with Saylor being injured for a long time.

    Now is the time to act before it is too late.

    Sack Pardew get Martinez in, have a look at Wigans personel on the pitch tomorrow and see if any of their players would be worth a place at our club, the answer is nope, how come they are going to outplay us then – Answer – Manager

  • 55 tequilamag // Dec 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Ruddy I am not trying to minimise the position we are in. Dec is going to be really hard and tomorrows game looks the easiest , at least on paper. I don`t think comparing this season to the season we were relegated though stands up to scrutiny. The club was in a complete mess on and off the pitch, that is not the case this time around. Ash was desperate to sell the club last time and was not going to spend any money. He has too much to lose this time not to invest.

  • 56 GeordieDan // Dec 2, 2012 at 1:35 PM


    No doubt we’ve got some very difficult times coming I agree but what’s the point in flapping about it?

    I’ve been a supporter for more than 30 years now and have seen it all as I’m sure you have with our team.

    Don’t be so quick to judge others who aren’t quite as pessemistic as yourself. I choose to be an optimist in the spite of the fact we have this miser of an owner at our club.

    I think this is a blip nothing more and we will recover. We aren;t going to get into the champions league next year but we won’t be relegated.

    But maybe if your an advocate of the negative fans shouting abuse every time one of our players mis-kicks a ball and booing them all at the end then maybe you’ll turn out to be right eh?

    That’s not why I support our club though. 😀

  • 57 tequilamag // Dec 2, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Check the 4 games after today are Fulham A Man C a Qpr h
    Man U A .

  • 58 GeordieDan // Dec 2, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    And as a follow up to your statement that we still have Man U and Chelski to play soon then maybe you forget that we beat both of them last season?

    Not impossible to do that again you know.

  • 59 tequilamag // Dec 2, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Correction Man C is a home game

  • 60 bills-son // Dec 2, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    solano – I note your pathetic comments about credibility on a previous post.

    Unlike you, I don’t have a hatred for Ashley that blinds me to being objective. You talking about credibility is a joke. You’ve been saying for four transfer windows that Ashley would definitely be flogging our top players right, left and centre. It’s never happened. Where’s your credibilty?

    I’ve judged Ashley on his actions since we got relegated and he decided to keep the club. However, whilst you are blinded by hatred I’m not blinded by emotion. This season we’ve been hammered by injuries and suspensions and we’ve found that some of our squad players are not good enough, and some of our ‘purples’ can’t be relied upon to get their heads down and battle when the chips are down. If Ashley doesn’t reinforce the squad in Janauary and especially the summer I’ll change my opinion of the guy. But, guess what, I couldn’t give a flying fk what you might think about that.

  • 61 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 2, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Man Utd only have 4 decent players. They are Evra, Van Persie, Rooney and Nani. All the rest are poor. They will get knocked out of the Champions league early and will start losing quite a few games in the league. They need 7/8 new players. They’re stronger than us in the attacking and defensive departments and that’s the difference. If we signed Debuchy, Alderewerield, Sissokho, Boudebouz and Remy last summer, we’d be thrashing teams like Man Utd etc.

  • 62 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    @ Kets

    I really don’t understand you. Sometimes you seem to have points that I agree with and can understand but then you blow that out the water by saying things like if we signed those players we would be thrashing Man U. If we had those players we would definitely be champions league material but nowhere near the league title.

  • 63 toonking // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    well i have been reading sS news on newcastle and have found a story which has given me a concern surrounding simmo
    if debuchy does decide to remain until the summer atleast well should we just give up with him and try and find a differant target or should we just let simmo walk away on a free.

  • 64 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Debuchy has not ruled out a move. It is up to us to make a decent bid.

  • 65 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Haha Kets always makes me laugh 🙂

  • 66 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    If Ashley were to spend 20 million in January I think we could have a really great team that could be challenging Spurs for the Champions League.






    Debuchy – 6 million
    Alderwireld – 9 million
    Sissoko – Free (agents fee’s)

    Then that leaves us with 5 million for a young pacy and hungry striker that can run the channels and give us different options up front. Someone like Hernandez from Man U. In the summer we can get rid of the deadwood like Simpson,Willo & Obertan and bring in some back up players for the inevitable injuries we always pick up and that squad can go toe to toe with any team in the PL and bring back Champions League football to St James’ Park 😉

  • 67 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    BPC…I don’t think Sissoko is a left ACM; as far as I know he is a CM.

  • 68 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Remy for £8m would be a good signing. Alderwerield will be about £7m. Boudebouz would be a good coup at £5m. We should’ve signed Konate for £1.7m. He looked a quality player. We’ve also missed out on Diame on a free and Modibo Maiga.

  • 69 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Agree with alderwield over douglas was very impressed with him during the CL group stages as well as his CB partner Moisander
    Sissoko would still have a fee as he’s not out of contract til the summer but would be a great signing and if ba went would love us to get that Aubameyang from st. Etienne

    I think martinez is a decent manager but would him or any of the wigan squad be an improvement on what we have atm?
    There in a relegation battle every season and survive by like 2-3 points

  • 70 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Remy would be a canny signing but cant see him going for as little as £8 mil think there quoting 10 but the bonus is he can play and would play LW giving us ba and cisse to rotate
    Boudebouz is okay but dont think he’s all that and agree we missed out on diame but really havent thought much of magia

  • 71 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    @ Kets

    I don’t think Maiga is anything special to be honest like, although I agree about Diame as he has the midfield drive we desperately need and was on a free as well. Only problem would be the ACON as he could have been going with both the Demba’s for Senegal

  • 72 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    If they qualified anyway 🙂

  • 73 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    A quick question for you lads

    Diame or Anita ?

  • 74 toonLYF // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Sissoko is fairly similar to Diame; with a slightly more attacking mindset. A very powerful driving, quick box to box midfielder.

    We missed out big time on Diame for free, lets not miss out on this lad on a free.

    Anyway… team i’d love to see tomorrow.




    -Marveaux———Cisse———-Demba Ba-

    Also i’m praying for Boro at home in the FA Cup draw.

  • 75 APBWA // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Would like to see us sign- RB, CB, CM, LM, ST.

    I think Sissoko is a possibility and would be a good player, very much like Diame but i wouldn’t say he is a better player.

    Debuchy is the obvious RB but players like Corchia should be considered, as a young version.

    CB Alderweireld is a good shout, Yanga-M’biwa is as good as Coloccini and Sean Morisson is a good prospect- i would already put him ahead of Taylor.

    LM- Sofiane Fergouli is a good shout but a bit expensive- Ryan Boudebouz would be the cheaper alternative.

    CF- I would take a punt on Charlie Austin. Bit gutted we didn’t get Long last year but Austin is a much better finisher.

    Also dont mind if Ba goes really- would expect Fergouli and a CB if he did end up going

    Debuchy- M’biwa- Coloccini- Santon
    Ben Arfa Fergouli

  • 76 Sav // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    About lack of transfers in the summer, Pardew said: “We have been unlucky, but we are in the process of analysing whether we under-cooked it, and that’s what we should do. “It would be silly not to.”

    He said : “It’s increased the discussion mode on that. We obviously had an idea of where it was going to go, but it probably is going to change before we get there. It’s very important just to keep our eye on the ball.”

    There, that’s clear isn’t it?

  • 77 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Anita’s a totally different player to Diame. Diame has more strength and can win tackles. Anita is more of a composed possession typed player. If we sign Sissokho, then we’ll have enough creativity in midfield.

    I agree that Corchia should be targeted.

    Maiga hasn’t played enough but is generally a decent player (a bit like Sheringham)

    We could do with a right-footed right sided winger. We have too many left wingers.

  • 78 Rotonda heights // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Ed you say ” Roberto Martinez, who surely will manage a much bigger club one day.” How I wish that was us!
    * * * *

    Geordie Dan @46
    Is maths not your strong point? If we lose tomorow it will be our worst run in premiership history.

    Ba’s a merc, – Well he does now want £90 a week
    Pards is a lying puppet, – ”Carrol will never be sold!!” Wigans got a fantastic manager – He keeps them up every year on a shoestring budget while still playing great to watch football. 4-0 ring a bell?
    * * *

    As Pardew has resisted the obvious ploy of rotating Ba and Cisse, like United do with Chicharito coming off the bench, now may be a good to get rid of Ba.

  • 79 Sazzer // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    When you put it like we could have got Mirallas and Diame for same amount as Anita this summer. Anita deal looks not necessarily bad but bit expensive. Add selling best for 3 m £ buying Michu at 2 m £.

  • 80 GeordieDan // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM


    I’m guessing insulting people isn’t your strong point?

    For someone who talks utter b***cks with phenomenal fluency on this blog you are very quick to chuck in your 2p worth!

    And yes I’m fully aware of that statistic and no it doesn’t bother me at all. I fully expect us to win tomorrow and pessemistic fair-weather fans such as yourself will disappear behind their rocks until your next menstral cycle.

    Now go spread your optimistic joy with someone who cares about your opinion.

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