It was simply fantastic news for Newcastle United at the DW Stadium tonight, when after a full 9 minutes of added time Swansea beat Wigan 3-2, and Wigan remain 3 points behind Newcastle with the exact same goal difference of -23, the worst goal difference in the league except for the two already relegated sides QPR and Reading.
Wigan players look a little dejected
Wigan were leading 2-1 after 53 minutes, but Swansea came back with goals from Itey Shechter after 59 minutes and Dwight Tiendalli after 76 minutes for the win – and it’s a massively positive result for Newcastle.
Wigan had gone ahead – at just the right time – when Roger Espinoza scored in added time of the first half, but Angel Rangel equalized five minutes into the second half, before James McCarthy put Wigan 2-1 ahead three minutes later.
Newcastle must now go to QPR with some confidence – and our lads need to play their hearts out for the win – because it really looks like Alan Pardew was now right when he said after the 1-1 draw at West Ham on Saturday – that a win at QPR will see Newcastle safe.
After goal difference, the next decider is goals scored, and Wigan have now scored one more than Newcastle after scoring 7 goals in their last three games, whereas Newcastle have scored just the one in the last four games.
But it could be that Newcastle’s poor goal difference will not matter, if we can get two decent results in the last two matches at QPR on Sunday and then against Arsenal at home a week on Sunday.
Fulham and Aston Villa are on 40 points, Southampton are on 39 points and then Sunderland, Norwich and Newcastle are on 38 points – but it could be that Wigan will finally be relegated, after managing to dodge the drop so many times over the last several years.
Wigan play Manchester City in the FA Cup Final on Saturday and they are at Arsenal on Tuesday night, and finish the season at home to Aston Villa on May 19th – and they will need to win at least one of those games, if they are to have any chance of another escape this season.
But that’s also three matches in eight days for Wigan – something they are not used to with their small squad.
We need to see Newcastle get the win on Sunday - nothing less – and then if Wigan don’t beat Arsenal on Tuesday we are safe – and it will be official.
Howay The Lads!!
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