Allowing Wigan to gain 3 points us keeps Newcastle still struggling to get way form the relegation zone, and we’re not completely safe yet – that;ls the result of the 2-1 loss to Wigan yesterday, when we lost two players through injury – just to make matters worse.
Davide Santon scored an excellent goal yesterday
Mathieu Debuchy will be out for some weeks with a hamstring injury and 20 year-old Massadio Haidara is probably out for the season after a horror tackle from McManaman yesterday left him with severe damage to his knee and thigh.
It was a sickening sight seeing blood spurting out of Haidara’s knee, and he was in a lot of distress when he was being treated on the field after the horror tackle. And it was more than an embarrassment that referee Mark Halsey didn’t even give the Wigan player a yellow card for the tackle.
It looked like Davide Santon’s first goal for the club after 71 minutes would give Newcastle a well deserved point and up to 12th place in the league, but a last minute dubious Wigan goals got them the win.
This is what Santon told the local papers today:
“My emotions are with Massadio. I’m really disappointed for him and the result.” “I didn’t see the tackle but I did see Massadio’s knee. It was a really bad and a lot of blood was coming out. Everybody said the tackle was really bad.”
“We must win games for Massadio. I feel sorry for him. Every win is for him and Debuchy because they didn’t deserve these injuries.” “Injuries are the worst thing. They can change how you think and how the team plays when important players are missing.”
“It was important for us to win this game. Now we have two important players injured. We don’t know for how long but it is a big problem for us.” “We have had a lot of injuries and we’ve had to change the team a few times.”
“It’s a problem. To lose a game like that makes me really angry.” “I scored my first goal. I’m happy about that.” “It would have been better to get a point.” “I wanted to dedicate it to Massadio.”
We can only now think about the next game against Manchester City.” “They are a strong team and it will be difficult.” “We must make sure we get 40 points and stay in the Premier League.”
“Papiss gave me a great ball and I went in against Figueroa, put the ball on to my right foot and shot. I’m not 100% happy because we lost.”
If Wigan win their game in hand Newcastle are only 3 points from the drop zone, and there are a still a number of clubs fighting relegation.
We needed something out of the game yesterday and we;de have been satisfied with a draw but now our next game is at Manchester City and that could be a difficult game for the lads.
When Alan Pardew said after lat week’s win over Stoke that we were free from relegation worries, we thought that was premature, and we still need to get to 40 points before we can say that for sure.
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