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Wigan Lose 3-2 To Swansea – Throw Newcastle A Lifeline


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.

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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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147 comments so far

  • TyneValleyToon

    May 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #81

    ED have you ever considered a link to a Prozac retailer. With all the negativity, take a percentage & you could make a fortune 😉

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  • toontillidie

    May 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #82

    @ Ulster that is depending on wigan losing their next match there are no guarantees when fighting to stay up as you have seen with Wigan in recent seasons they can do it

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  • kevymartins

    May 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #83

    We will probably just go to qpr after the 3 points but not committing to many forward because if we can’t get the 3 one will most likely keep us up.

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  • yo-yo

    May 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #84

    Why would anyone want to have Martinez as manager and have to endure this EVERY season. 🙂
    Has he ever finished in the top ten ?

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  • toontillidie

    May 7, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #85

    Bring Back King Kev !!!

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  • DxK

    May 7, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #86

    Kilcline – I think Moyes would be incredible! It just seems like a bit of a sideways step for him. If he does leave Everton I think it would have to be for a top team like Man City or a side that has potential to get there like Spurs.

    Either that or Ashley promises him a £100m transfer kitty.. You never know.

    It’s difficult to say who would want the job, I mean people like Harry Redknapp turned it down in the past and there have been some real left field appointments such as JFK, Shearer, Keegan (2nd time) and Pardew, I never saw those coming until they were announced.

    It would be criminal to sack Pardew and then get some bloated has been like Ron Atkinson in, but I can imagine M.A giving him the gig to win a bet or something. I do rate Martinez, although as we both said Poyet would be a more interesting appointment and the dury’s still out on ‘Franco Zola for me.

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  • yo-yo

    May 7, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #87

    I agree with Beattie (as rare an event as a blue moon) that we must not slack off – we must go full on for the QPR win full on.

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  • davis_toons

    May 7, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #88

    “….First mission is to secure something at QPR”

    ..Second mission is to defend against Next Season Powerhouse HULL and Cardiff.

    These teams will get us in this dogfight again. (I can’t even believe it myself, BUT it will happen)

    Alan Pardew:
    Don’t worry guys we will defends all we can as a team against the Mighty Hull and Cardiff City. We will rough it out with them.

    Just Sit tight. …Ohho..remember to Cheer us Loud and Clear. We needed the 12th MEN.

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 7, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #89

    Maybe Laudrup got his team hyped up for this one as he has been sounded out for next season if we stop up. Only joking chaps, don’t batter me. I’m just trying to work out this result. Perhaps playing two games in four days is too much for Wigan. Games that they’ve had to give everything.
    If they get stuffed in the FA cup final. Picking themselves up for next Tuesday against Arsenal maybe a bridge too far, or should that be an Emirates too far.

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  • kilcline

    May 7, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #90

    Yo-Yo

    I could take this current crop of players to a top 10 finish, i would imagine 99% of this blog could!

    Although my football manager credentials from back in the day are top notch haha 😉

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 7, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #91

    A point is not enough going in to QPR simply because we will have no idea what wigan will do vs arsenal, its being played at the same tome and the lads should be doing nothing other than goibg for the 3 points

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  • Joe Blog

    May 7, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #92

    Yes we’ve got more room for manoeuvre now, but can we get back to throwing darts at Pardew, don’t want to let him off the hook now, do we? 🙂

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  • Krul to be Kind

    May 7, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #93

    Yo-Yo

    Top 10 in the Championship!! haha

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  • DxK

    May 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #94

    Does anyone know is Sylvain will be fit for the QPR match? He’s become our game changer, possibly even more so than Ben-Arfa this season.

    You have to hand it to Kets, he was pretty adamant that the guy was solid gold and it’s turned out that way, just a shame about his injury record.

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  • kilcline

    May 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #95

    DxK

    Zola would be good i reckon, Watford have played some terrific stuff this season after taking a hell of alot of players (Vydra is quality, young bellamy type).

    I dont think Moyes would get City and Man U, Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea either have permanent managers or someone else lined up.

    52,000 seater stadium, fanatical one city support, Moyes would be made for us 😉 Won’t happen though.

    Just want someone who gets us playing high tempo passing football, where is the team that smashed Man U 3-0 last year?

    Terrible season.

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  • yo-yo

    May 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #96

    Please no counting chickens or new managers till we stay up and the old one gets his P45.

    If we want an upgrade then none of the unproven options or Di Matteo are worth bothering with – either Rafa or top French/Spanish /Dutch/ Portuguese coach – anybody who has finished top three in any of those leagues (except McLaren) …. and no has beens either

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #97

    Tonight must serve as a lesson to Pardew and we need 3 PTS on Sunday and not rely on other teams to save us

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  • Beattie25

    May 7, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #98

    Yo yo

    I think it is just you and I seeing sense.

    The problem is is that Wigan play after our game.

    If it was before we would know what we need. Whilst there is still a possibility we could go down we need to go out to win and not try to paper over cracks thinking a draw is ok.

    A win and we are 99% safe, a draw and we are still fighting.

    If this is the mentality of the fans then how will the players and managers think?

    If we play for the draw we may get beat of QPR. That would be a disaster.

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  • jimiley

    May 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #99

    WE need to get behind Alan and the team. At last everything is coming right. I am sure Alan can win something in the next 7 years.

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  • martoon

    May 7, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #100

    Don’t forget Wigan now have to play 3 games (including cup final) in the space of a week – I think it will be too far a stretch for them and they are starting to run out of first team squad players however a win at at QPR is what we need to be sure.

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  • Krul to be Kind

    May 7, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #101

    Tonight was possibly our best result of the season!

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  • Beattie25

    May 7, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #102

    Apparently Alex Ferguson may be retiring.

    I hope Pardew rules himself out of the job tomorrow in his daily press conferences.

    I’m sure the speculation surrounding him and the vacant job may well be used as an excuse.

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 7, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #103

    Pardew couldn’t win anything in 70 years never mind 7

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  • yo-yo

    May 7, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #104

    Aye lads if we had Martinez I’d have to stay yo-yo forever.

    The main reason our luck has changed.. – scum got 1 pt wigan got nul point is that I have put my new Newcastle United FC coffee mug away – every time I used it we got beat, so its back in the cupboard till the season ends. It is jinxed – Pardew really is a great manager but that mug is just pure bad luck. The more coffee I drink out of it the more goals we concede.

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  • Beattie25

    May 7, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #105

    @ 98

    Lovely

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  • GeordieDan

    May 7, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #106

    Beattie>

    You seriously don’t rate Williams as a defender?

    He is a very solid CB, talks to his teammates constantly and is always up for the fight.

    What’s your issue with him?

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  • davis_toons

    May 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #107

    We have to go all out for QPR.

    …but thats what Pardew …(and the players) Should Know.

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  • DxK

    May 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #108

    I think it’s essential to get a new manager just to clear out a lot of the dead wood players as much as revamp everything.
    It’s not exactly inspiring seeing big Shola step up to the plate every match, to try and gain us a point or three.

    Staying up is key to rebuilding obviously, then we could hopefully keep almost all of the blue chips players and dump;

    Sho Ameobi
    Obertan
    Gosling
    Abeid
    Simpson
    R.Taylor when fit
    Williamson
    Harper unless he’s willing to become a coach.

    It sounds like Colo, Cabaye and Ben Arfa might possibly want to leave or be in demand and there are question marks over Anita and Tiote – Anita can’t get a game and Tiote’s been terrible all season, which has sadly reduced his value to about £8m.

    I’m happy for Sammy, Ferguson and Vuckic to be given another season to impress, their last chance.

    Ba was right – the squad is only a few players and a manager from being excellent.. I agree Moyes would be one hell of an appointment, I expect him to sign a new deal with the Toffees though.

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  • martoon

    May 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #109

    DxK @ 93 Kets is bound to get the odd one right but what about Paul Scharner? 🙂

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  • yo-yo

    May 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #110

    Beattie

    But as you think Manure are pretty much a nothing team apart from the SAF years then surely AP’d be a great new manager ?
    at least we’d have a more level playing field in the EPL

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  • kevymartins

    May 7, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #111

    @yo-yo And here is me thinking that I am the jinx everytime I shave newcastle seem to win..But I don’t shave that much i’m only 19 …I swear to god I shaved at half time of that swansea match and look what happend i’m not joking.

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  • jimmysmith

    May 7, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #112

    Martinez would seem a likely kind of replacement in the equally unlikely event (imo) Pards is sacked. Shocking EPL record but plays a brand of football that would suit the squad and likely have us challenging the top 8.

    A upgrade and the sort of calculated risk Ash seems inclined to make without wanting to stick his neck out.

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  • moonraker

    May 7, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #113

    Thank heavens it looks like we will escape this time!

    Now lets give Laudrup an offer he can’t refuse; he’s a quality manager who plays the game as it should be and
    I would love to see him in at Newcastle !!!

    HWTL

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  • Generic Commenter

    May 7, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #114

    Never have I cheered so much for Swansea city, get in! QPR have nothing to play for and we have everything to play for so just get at them, play like we did against West Ham but step it up a notch. Wigan relegated after the Haidara challenge, QPR after stealing Remy, bad things come to those who mess with the Toon

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  • Krul to be Kind

    May 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #115

    The talk about Moyes from a few Everton fans I was chatting with a while back is that he will take a year out of the game and come back to Everton… sounds just as likely as a manager given an 8 year deal!

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  • yo-yo

    May 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #116

    Abeid is going to Ross County (yes they do want him) just so Kets has a 600 mile round trip to see him play.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    May 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #117
  • DxK

    May 7, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #118

    @Martoon – that’s true, I did forget about his unhealthy obsession with the Austrian man mountain!

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  • Krul to be Kind

    May 7, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #119

    GC @ 113

    haha, don’t fook with le toon!

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  • yo-yo

    May 7, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #120

    Kevy

    Naw its definitely the NUFC coffee mug – you shave as often as you want

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