Yoan Gouffran got a very good goal after just eight minutes at the Hawthorns yesterday, and it was set up excellently by Papiss Cisse, and Newcastle were dominant in that first half, but we just couldn’t take our chances before half time.
Yoan Gouffran delighted after scoring yesterday
And then just before half time, James Perch seemed to foul a Wigan player inside the penalty box, but the referee awarded the free kick just outside the box – but it looked like a penalty on the TV replays.
That was a bit of a let-off, and some of what was to come as West Brom turned things around in the second half, and Billy Jones finally got the equalizer after 64 minutes.
It was the first time our five new Frenchmen, signed in January started the game, and this is what Yoan said after the game on the Newcastle web-site:
“Of course I’m happy to have scored, but I really would like to have won the game,” “It was very, very good, the first half. It reminded me of our game against Aston Villa – my debut – when we played very well.
“We did very good in the first half on a lot of occasions and we scored a goal.” “We had a lot of pressure, which was good, but unfortunately in the second half they scored early so it was a different picture.
“Their goal helped them a lot because the crowd woke up after the goal so it was difficult in the second half. We had other situations to score but unfortunately we didn’t.”
“We will try to give everything in the Liverpool game to ensure that we stay in the Premier League.”
Newcastle picked up one point on 3rd bottom Wigan Athletic, and we are now 6 points clear of them – 7 points if you include our better goal difference.
And Wigan have a tough end of the season with six games in the last 22 days of the season, starting at home to Spurs next Saturday, and with an FA Cup final at Wembley on May 11th against Manchester City.
Newcastle need to amass as many points before the end of the season as possible, simply as a matter of pride, and also to ensure we finish in a decent position – and not the 16th place (5th bottom) – we are currently in.
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