Wigan Is A Must Not Lose Game


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 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #1

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

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  • niafron

    Dec 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Will be a tough game…

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

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

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 2, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #4

    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.

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  • niafron

    Dec 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #5

    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.

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  • Super Magpie

    Dec 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    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.

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  • Tommyy

    Dec 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #7

    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!

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  • Graeme

    Dec 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #8

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

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  • jeff

    Dec 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #9

    A much bigger club… Like us!

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  • hatemorloveit

    Dec 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Talk about stating the obvious ed:)

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  • blew

    Dec 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #11

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

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  • obatoyou

    Dec 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #12

    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!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #13

    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

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #14

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

    newcastle 0 wigan 2

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  • niafron

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    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.

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  • Graeme

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #16

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

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  • Super Magpie

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #17

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

    http://www.physioroom.com/news/english_premier_league/epl_injury_table.php

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #18

    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.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #19

    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.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #20

    In the case of the Spurs two

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #21

    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.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail

    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

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  • niafron

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Got to go lads.

    Bonne journée messieurs.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #24

    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.

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  • Super Magpie

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #25

    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.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #26

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

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #27

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Transfer,
    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.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #29

    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

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  • Super Magpie

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Team for tomorrow

    Krul
    Simpson Williamson Colo Santon
    Tiote Jonas
    Marveaux Anita Ba
    Cisse

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

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #31

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

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #32

    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

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  • Offkey

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #33

    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.

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #34

    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

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #35

    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

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #36

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

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #37

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

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #38

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

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #39

    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.

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 2, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #40

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

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