Inconsistent Wigan The Next Test For New Newcastle Side


Newcastle will be looking for some kind of revenge against Wigan Athletic, at the DW Stadium today, after they smashed us 4-0 in the same fixture last year, and were 4-0 up at half time.

alan pardew with beard

Alan Pardew – when is his next shave?

We’ll have to hope we make a better and more solid start to the game than we did last season – that’s for sure.

And it’s difficult to know which side will turn up today for the Latics – the side that easily beat Everton 3-0 on merit last time out at Goodison Park to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup, , or the side that were beaten 4-0 at the DW Stadium in their last home game.

Usually Wigan have been better way from home this season, so that’s at least a positive for Newcastle tomorrow –

This is what Alan Pardew said about the Latics:

“They gave us the runaround last year when we were in good form, and it was a big blow to our Champions League chances so it’s a game where we need to take a slight bit of revenge,”

“They’re on a high, for sure, and we’ve had our best result of the season so there’ll be a real good feeling among the players and that’ll make for a good game.”

“I think Roberto has a side where perhaps even himself, he scratches his head at times.” “They were unbelievable last week – it was perhaps one of the stand-out results of the year.”

“I don’t think anyone in the game expected them to win quite as emphatically as they did and yet on other occasions they’ve not been at their best.” “You can get a team like that, a kind of inconsistent team, but I’m sure now he’s looking for consistency just to get them over the line.”

Wigan have picked up 10 points in their 14 home games this season, with only two wins and four draws, and on the road they have four wins and two draws for 14 points.

But of course Newcastle’s away form has been terrible this season, with just one win and five draws in our 14 games on the road so far this season.

Maybe it’s time for the lads to puck up our second away win of the season today in the league?

That’s what we’re hoping for.

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42 comments so far

  • bollance

    Mar 17, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #1

    One team poor at home vs another poor away from home. Game on!!

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  • bollance

    Mar 17, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #2

    From last post.

    Don’t criticise pards often but his comment on Cisse are a little confusing. Especially with what he said about Cisse after stoke game – Cisse had an awful game.

    So I think these comments come off the back of being critical on Cisse.

    I can’t remember in detail the link up play of cisse last season. This season when he played on the wing in my opinion exposed his limitations as a football. Plus at times lacking electric pace literally holds him back. In my opinion it is essential to have lots of pace to be a top top striker. I concede van persie is not blessed and is one of the best. It helps!

    Cisse is on the pitch to score. It was mentioned 1st half of season Cisse hit keeper far to often and I think after Xmas he has tried to leather too much and has missed the target. I think now he is coming to form. For his sake I hope we win tomorrow 3-2 with Cisse getting a hatrick.

    He has been frustrated because he wants to repay the love we showed in him since he has come.

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  • bollance

    Mar 17, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #3

    A win tomorrow makes a top nine finish a remote possibility. Stranger things have happened, like city winning prem last season.

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  • bollance

    Mar 17, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #4

    http://getfootballnewsfrance.com/2013/03/09/lequipe-magazines-top-50-richest-french-sports-persons-list-the-footballers/

    Remember this is past 12 months. For example giroud will now be on more than the 2m euros now he is at arsenal. Also remy is reportedly on more.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 17, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #5

    I’ve got a very good feeling about tomoro,
    Al of a sudden it’s went from how many goals will we concede, to
    If they score one we’ll score more.

    This is gonna be my best super Sunday on skysports for a while, 1st watch sunderland is like watching newcastle apart from I want to see sunderland get ripped apart.
    2nd newcastle straight after , hoping to see the lads come out of the blocks straight away.

    HOWAY NEWCASTLE!!! 😀

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  • FloridaToon

    Mar 17, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #6

    IMO todays game against Wigan is huge. I don’t think it will take 40pts to reach safety. With a win we go to 36 that is 12 above Wigan and 13 above both Reading and QPR with 8 matches left, which is more than enough.

    Also, does AP risk losing Cabaye for a long period by starting him or do you put him on the bench and bring him in if things aren’t going well?

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  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 17, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Thursday, make no mistake, was a dire performance despite the last minute goal.

    They had a big name manager, big spending owner and the biggest wage in world football upfront… Wigan is polar opposite.

    Will we get 3 points? Id be happy with a draw, but, if we can continue our confidence – just as im sure they will from their cup success, we are a better team.

    Forget last year, we’ve got Taylor and M’Biwa at the back, It’s just down to Marvo, Cisse and Sissoko to show us that we really mean business at the business end of the seasons. HWTL!

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  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 17, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Florida, Cabaye is our playmaker… He could play with 5 mins left and make 1 pass that decides it all. I would play Anita, Perch and Tiote with Marvo and Sissoko supporting Cisse – its a game we can’t afford to lose but i would bring him in if we’re lacking creativity – minimise the risk of recurring injury.

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  • q8igeordie

    Mar 17, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #9

    If cabaye says hes ok then hes ok … we really need the 3 points tomorow …

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  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Mar 17, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #10

    ~~~~~~~~Herculean Throw Master Elliot~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~Debuchy~~~~Saylor~~~Mbiwa~~~~~Santon/Haidara~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Perch~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~Sissoko~~~~~~~~~~Anita~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~Marv~~~~~~~~~~~~Cisse~~~~~~~~~~~Goofy~~~~~

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  • Ginger

    Mar 17, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Hope this team starts:

    Elliot
    Debuchy–STaylor—Mbiwa–Santon
    ———–Tiote———Perch————–
    ——————-Gutti———————–
    Marveux————————-Gouffran
    ——————-Cisse———————-

    4-3-3

    Gutti played quakity in the middle, if you play Marveux and Gouffran left and right attacking mid that should be enough for our Cisse to poach!

    Moussa looks very tired recently, so I think he could do with a rest. Same with Cabaye, plus with the injury I don’t think its worth it.

    With Moussa, Cabaye, Obertan, Anita, Shola, Campbell etc I think that is one hell of a bench.

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  • q8igeordie

    Mar 17, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Pheonix … he does throw far does he lol

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  • IITianToon

    Mar 17, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #13

    @Oh Phoenix, my sides hurt after reading “Herculean Throw Master Elliott” ahahahahahaha

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  • YankToonFan

    Mar 17, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #14

    I’d be surprised if we want tomorrow. Given our road form, the possible let down from Thursday’s match,and Wigan’s momentum after last week’s win over Everton, it be difficult to get three points.

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  • YankToonFan

    Mar 17, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #15

    sorry I meant if we win tomorrow.

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  • q8igeordie

    Mar 17, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #16

    We have a better team .. but hopefully luck will be with us ..

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  • shanghai fan

    Mar 17, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Comment #17

    I think pardews next shave will be a close one at Wigan 🙂 1-0 cabaye set piece

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  • q8igeordie

    Mar 17, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Shangai .. cabaye might not play … hope he does though .. and hope you r right

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  • toonicle

    Mar 17, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Hoping that goofy can put one in tomorrow, he’s played well and deserves another goal. 2-0 to the toon I feel.

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  • q8igeordie

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #20

    I want to see haidara play more often in the league

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #21

    Really no point in risking anymore players. We have 8 games left so leave Cabaye out of this one!

    …we need to be able to play without him anyway and I think Anita and Tiote will do just fine in the middle.

    We can even play Guti there. The problem is how we set up our offensive part of the game – that is area that doesn’t seem to work no matter of Cabs are playing or not!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 17, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #22

    Think today is an absolute must win tbh, especially with the results yesterday and I defiantly don’t agree we’re safe yet, relegation looks highly unlikely but a relegation fight is a highly volatile situation, and the main rule of relegation survival is you must beat the teams around you!
    Tough game? Yeah maybe but no matter how its dressed up its fecking Wigan and we want to push on and become a force again we should be routing the likes of Wigan villa etc who are all relegation fodder!

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  • saxonfenken

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #23

    Cabs will play because he will want to go and play for the French, It would be silly for him not to play because of injury and then go and play for France.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 17, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #24

    ..then he shouldn’t really play for France should he?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #25

    When are the yound drunks from last night waking up? 😉 lol

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #26

    *young

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  • IITianToon

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #27

    @Jesper if he is willing to play for France, i don’t think we are allowed to stop him.
    Having said that I would love to know what the rules are. Who decides if injury is severe or not? Player? Club medic? National team medic comes in and checks up? Bit of a mire this one!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #28

    IITian…I am not completely sure myself to be honest!

    …it seems to be some sort of grey area; there has been alot of club vs. country lately so National teams are very firm about their right to a player.

    I think one of the solution is a club think a player is not fit enough and country disagree is to increase compensation fee if a player comes back injured.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #29

    *if

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  • Owldman

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #30

    @ 20 to play Haidara you have to drop Santon, which we wont do, he was far better than Haidara against Anzi! He looks suspect against real pace, when he does play you will probably find Jonas playing in front of him to give cover as he did when Santon first arrived

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  • toonincheek

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #31

    jesper –
    And if the injury sustained while representing country had nothing to do with the “injury” claimed by the club?
    And who works out the compensation?
    The effect on a club could be massive. Or minimal.
    Your ‘solution’ isn’t thought out.

    It’s a problem – I hope the France manager would understand the background and not play Cabaye more than half the game max.
    It’s only a friendly – isn’t it?

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  • Bambams

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #32

    We will need to score today if we want to take anything away with us. I know Wigan will score against us, we just dont seem to stay with their runners.

    Looking for Sissoko to be more involved than he was against Anzi and have a feeling Goufran might nick a one.

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  • Owldman

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #33

    I may be wrong but if a club says that a player is unfit to play for his country they have to produce a certificate signed by a doctor ! if his country disagrees then they have a right to use their own medical staff to do an assessment.I think that this came about by too many clubs that stated a player was unfit to play in a midweek international own to find that player turning out to play for his club on a Saturday, perfectly fit.

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  • Joe Blog

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #34

    Loves his ‘lines’ Pardwho. Probably the word’s engrained in his mind, from when Mike Ashley orders him to do 100 of “I will be a better puppet.”, when he deviates slightly from the instructed spin.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #35

    Toon…I nevet said it was a finished solution…it was a blueprint!

    …is was implied that I was talking about coming back reinjured (not any random injury).

    IITian and I wad have a talk; feel free to join in instead of being a wiseass!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #36

    Toon…yeah it is only a friendly (I think the next two games are)

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #37

    Owldman…there has been alot of club vs. country raw 🙂

    …seems about right!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #38

    *sorry about the grammar (never going to be comfortable typing on a tablet)

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #39

    Jesper – can I get a word in? Thanks.

    Cisse – funny how last season when he was knocking them in, nobody cared about how or where he played and what he did during a game. Now the whole team has given him woeful support and delivery, he is a sub-par striker etc…..

    Santon Vs Haidara – in my book Haidara is looking the stronger player, more comfortable in the tackle and holds his position better. Santon is looking at a a potential sub role next season for me, if Haidara improves any more.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 17, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #40

    Think today is an absolute must win for us, especially with the results yesterday, every club in the bottom 8 seem to be in a very tight group and everyone realistically are still fighting for survival!
    The big must in a relegation battle is that you must beat the teams around so Wigan is a must win for me!
    Tough game? Yeah possibly Wigan have there days but ffs there still Wigan, relegation candidates season after season, and if we want to get back to being a force then we need to be beating teams like Wigan, villa, spuds, reading etc all are relegation fodder
    The difference for us being a force and where we are at the moment is consistency which we desperately need, starting by beating teams we should be beating!

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