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James Perch Scores Winner As Wigan Shock Manchester City

6:21 pm, Sunday, March 9th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 57 Comments

James Perch scored his very first goal for Wigan just minutes into the second half in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon, and that put Wigan 2-0 up after a penalty from Fortune had given Wigan the lead in the first half.

james perch after scoring

James Perch after Scoring Wigan’s second goal

Wigan took the lead after 27 minutes against a very sluggish Manchester City side, when Martin Demichelis was beaten for speed and fouled Marc-Antoine Fortune in the penalty area, and Jordi Gomez made no mistake from the spot – and Wigan were the better side in the first half and deserved their 1-0 interval lead.

James Perch’s goal after 47 minutes really put the cat among the pigeons, when a James McArthur cross should have been cleared by Gael Clichy, but Perchinho stole in and put the ball into back of the net from a yard  out, and it was  poor  defending again by City and 2-0 to Wigan.

Pellegrini made some changes after the second goal and City woke up a little bit, and Nasri scored a terrific goal after 68 minutes, and it looked at that point that Manchester City could save the game, but a well-disciplined Wigan side under manager Uwe Rösler held out for a very famous win.

So the best team that money (about £1B gross on new players since 2008) can buy, were  beaten on their own ground by a Championship side - although we have  to remember that Wigan are the defending FA Cup Champions, and who did they beat again last May – Manchester City 1-0 in last season’s FA Cup final.

And under Uwe Rösler Wigan are surging in the Championship, and since he took over on 12th December, they have won nine games in the league and only lost twice, so 30 points from 14 league games and they are now in 7th place and have won their last four league games.

Wigan will play Arsenal in the semi-finals.

Sunderland lost to three second half goals at Hull, and they looked sluggish in that second half, and Hull will now play Sheffield United in the other semi-final, after the Blades beat Charlton 2-0.

So only two Premier League sides are in the last four of the FA Cup, and it’s certain that either Hull, Sheffield United or Wigan will now be in the Europa League next season.

One of those three teams will get into the Europa League either by winning the FA Cup, or if Arsenal win they have already qualified for Europe, so the runners-up go though.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Europa League · European Competition · FA Cup · Newcastle News · Other News


57 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mag // Mar 9, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    At least he’s proved useful for something.

  • 2 wolfshead@toon // Mar 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    if arsenal dont win the cup bye bye wenger

  • 3 beermonkey // Mar 9, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    like him or loathe pards he must find it as disappointing as the fans in the way the club approaches the cups in the last couple of years, as there has been a real opportunities to win a cup the last couple of years,

    after all cup win on the cv look very good

  • 4 mag // Mar 9, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Pardew couldn’t win a cup, making a show of himself and the club are all he’s good for.

  • 5 beermonkey // Mar 9, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    that pelligrini is as stubborn as pards
    pards keeps sticking with taylor though we leak goals
    the same with pelligrini and that demachalis

    what is it with the pair of them

  • 6 GeordieTwo // Mar 9, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Interesting to see how Wigan approached that game. They really stacked the defense but with quick counter attacks to take the pressure off now and then. And they have players with some skill and a lot of desire. Rosler did brilliantly just like Martinez before him.

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Mar 9, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    I really admire the teams with much less money who give it a real go in the cups.

  • 8 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 9, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Scored against both mancs!
    Good on ya perchy, fcuking legend!

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 9, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Just come back from a lovely weekend to read the only news on here is a new poll whether Remy will sign for us or not and that Perch has scored for Wigan?

    …what’s going on on here? ;)

  • 10 toonking // Mar 9, 2014 at 7:47 PM


    i’m starting to think to myself, do we really want to see newcastle become a team who going to join the race for 4th place each and every season or would it be better to have a mid table team for now?

    the thing with being a top 4 contender is these teams are not bothered about the FA cup they are more concerned with missing out on that 4th place spot so all they do is field weakened teams for these cup matches.

    The FA cup used to be about non league teams getting the chance to play a team from the very top.

    the teams in the lower leagues were those who would be pulling the upsets.

    their was never a premier league match that week.

    the semi final was played on the same day and at 2 different netrual grounds not at wembley
    wembley was meant for finals only.

    Now we might as well call think of the trophy about as good as winning the championship because clubs who are challenging 4th place consider it useless.

  • 11 toonking // Mar 9, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    that weekend

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Mar 9, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    i’m sure pardew could have put a strong team out in the cups. he hasn’t got a gun to his head

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:04 PM



  • 14 Graeme // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Welshgeordie9 – way too late mate, sorry!!

  • 15 wolfshead@toon // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:12 PM


    who knows what goes on behind closed doors lol

  • 16 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Courtney Lawes was to much to handle for the Welsh boys ;) .

    The six nations would have been won by England already if they didn’t lose the close France game .

  • 17 toonking // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    when we were in the quarter final of the league cup pardew did put a strong team out the thing then was we didn’t expect any chance of europe

    the thing about the FA cup was we now were thinking about the race for 4th place. their were lots saying the day we went out “what if he did play a strong team we still went out and lost a key player”.

    last year we were poor in the FA cup too but that year we were doing well in europa league

    the year before that we again did poor but what we were doing that year was again battling for 4th place.

    the 4th CL place should not be given automatically to the team it 4th it should be a play off between the winner of the FA cup and the team who finished 4th and it can be played at the stadium of the team who finished 4th.

  • 18 welshgeordie9 // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    I’m still pissed off after the match

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    What the hell do they do in training, listen to pardews tactics

  • 20 welshgeordie9 // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Yeah Courtney Lawes was good on the day, but we didn’t help ourselves with studip mistakes, but fair play England did deserve to win, like we say on here maybe next year.

  • 21 wolfshead@toon // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:20 PM


    yeh little passing lot of hoofing haha

  • 22 welshgeordie9 // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:21 PM


  • 23 toon kk // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    I always admire a lot of championship sides, they have very high fitness levels and run like there lives depended on it.

  • 24 Belfast // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Pelligrini the vampire will be looking somebodys blood tonight.

    You could tell by his eyes today,
    It’s feeding time.

  • 25 welshgeordie9 // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Now where’s my mate Blackley and Brownlie tonight

  • 26 jimmysmith // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    I think you need strength in depth to compete in Cups and the league, or a chunk of luck. We nearly got relegated going for the Europa league and Ashley just doesn’t want to spend anymore than he feels he has to, at least up to now he hasn’t. That team Pardew put out in the FA Cup only looked weak in hindsight. We need a bigger better squad and until we do, I’d say it’s either a tilt at the top 6 to 8 or one of the domestic Cups that now have a good deal less prestige than in the past, or a diluted attempt at both that is almost bound to fail. I don’t think Pardew is all that much at fault for what has happened. I think it’s just cold, hard reality.

  • 27 jazzyp // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Be careful what you wish for mate, For he may appear at any given moment

  • 28 toonking // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    he’s crying his eyes out now that sunderland have been knocked out of the FA cup.

  • 29 toon kk // Mar 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    true words, I wonder if Mash would spend if we fluked our way into the champs league. He’d want the extra money that came with it but not the expense.

  • 30 stuart no9 // Mar 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    toonking@10———-the thing with being a top 4 contender is these teams are not bothered about the FA cup they are more concerned with missing out on that 4th place spot so all they do is field weakened teams for these cup matches.——–NUFC are not bothered about the FA cup,,and Pardew tries to field a weakened team for cups and fails – miserabley .!

  • 31 jimmysmith // Mar 9, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    I would seriously doubt it. He’ll be looking more than ever at the Arsenal model, and recoiling in horror at the money other clubs throw around. Trouble is Arsenal are a way bigger club than us now, way more revenue, way further down the track. I don’t see us doing a whole lot more than what we’re doing right now. Sixth to eighth, maybe jag a cup somewhere along the line. FFP, probably our best hope, but we all have our doubts about that.

  • 32 Scottishmag1 // Mar 9, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Mmmmmm did anyone notice the uncanny likeness to a certain tiote goal that was disallowed for man city’s goal against Wigan today???? Player was offside and jumped over the ball,,,,,

  • 33 jimmysmith // Mar 9, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Refs make terrible and inconsistent decisions all the time. That Kabul sending off was ridiculous. As they say though, it all evens out over a season, yeah, well that’s bullshit too. It evens out in favour of the bigger clubs, as far as I can tell. Harder to give big decisions against bigger clubs, too much pressure, media attention and coercion swirling around it all.

  • 34 Transfer Sage // Mar 9, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    I don’t get this whole “we need to rest players in cups” rest players when they are tired and need it, whenever that might be.

    Why on earth when we played cardiff in the cup did we rest remy nd cabaye(who was injured)…it left us with no goal threat which was the issue, could have rest anyone else but remy.

  • 35 Transfer Sage // Mar 9, 2014 at 9:50 PM


    I understand ref’s can make mistakes, it genuinely happens especially when the game moves at such pace, but some mistakes are so bad and the consistency is just not there.

  • 36 toonking // Mar 9, 2014 at 9:57 PM


    pardew is not the only one who does it these days you see it being done by lots of teams.

    The FA cup of the past was a much more exciting cup than the one you see today.

    the number of fans attending matches have dropped massively.

    The Chance of teams going to wembley now can be done in semi finals, before semis were done in a netrual ground north and south.

    The excitement of knowing it’s not far away has gone because we have already seen the league cup.

    Foreigners don’t view their domestic cup as greatly as we did they are more focused on the league.

    Owners want to achieve what will give them the most money and that is done by getting as high in the table as they can.

    The FA cup final was for the last few seasons played on the same day as the premier league games. The FA have just changed that rule and returned it to it’s origin being the last game of the season and on saturday.

  • 37 welshgeordie9 // Mar 9, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Is to tomorrow that we know what happens to pardew

  • 38 welshgeordie9 // Mar 9, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    God it’s quiet on here tonight

  • 39 beermonkey // Mar 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    pardgate killed the blog

  • 40 jimmysmith // Mar 9, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    That cup exit against Cardiff came at the tail end of the heavy Christmas New Year fixture list. Pardew rested some key players and there were a couple of injuries. Any game is loseable, but we had a forward line of Gouffran, Benny and Cisse, who scored, and a midfield of Tiote, Sissoko and Anita, but we didn’t play well and Cardiff had the bounce you get from a new manager and indeed a good one, or seemingly so. Pardew would pick Remy and bolster the defence given another chance, I’m sure, but hindsight is always 20/20. Players didn’t turn up on the day, and not for the first time this season.

  • 41 jimmysmith // Mar 9, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Mmmm, maybe a Martinez would get more more out of this squad, then again his lot just got leathered in the same comp by Arsenal and we might just reel them in by seasons end. I don’t see much between the two sides and Tottenham and Man U have chucked buckets of money at it and there hardly performing light years better than us either.

  • 42 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 9, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    from last thread

    189 votes on yes, PMFL these must be piss takers

  • 43 beermonkey // Mar 9, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Martinez would get more out of us
    look at everton this year to last

    it doesn’t help when in the press the manager is always saying we have to prioritise the league as that’s where the money is
    when you look at the fact teams from the championship and last year Bradford are making it to finals
    there is no reason why our squad cant have a decent run at the cups

    we know before the season starts we have no hope

  • 44 jimmysmith // Mar 9, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Our home form is pants by the way, and our away form is very good. Why is that? Weight of expectation. I think we’d do a lot better if the crowd ramped it up and kept it up for ninety minutes. That would probably make a real big difference. I remember that Cardiff game the crowd just wasn’t in it. Understandably, but still.

  • 45 beermonkey // Mar 9, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    I sort of agree with you but footballers are payed to play and turn up
    and the manager to gee them up

    that Cardiff game was always gonna be a banana skin we were in the middle of poor form they just got a new manager

  • 46 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 9, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    we play deep counter home and away against every team, at home we should be attacking but we don’t we just sit deep and contain the ball whilst the other teams sit deep on the counter when they play us.

    this is why we play good against stronger teams because this is the only time we attack

  • 47 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 9, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    this is why us at home get dominated in the second half because the opposition go on the attack

  • 48 beermonkey // Mar 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    lets hope we carry on where we left of from the hull game

  • 49 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 10, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Well done to James Perch.

  • 50 RonVanDam // Mar 10, 2014 at 4:58 AM

    @ 32 Scottishmag
    just watch the replay and you are bang on the money

  • 51 Ben3arfa // Mar 10, 2014 at 5:24 AM

    Talk about fans taking it to a crooked owner

    Well done Lazio fans, I dont know if the toon army have the balls to do what youve done

  • 52 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 10, 2014 at 5:47 AM

    Morning everyone;

    Ben3…what balls? ;) Newcastle fans these days are more concerned about loosing their season tickets that has been past on from generation to generation!

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    Business genius Mike Ashley responsible for making SD one of the most profitable high street shops, just shows what he thinks of us, the money is going somewhere. This is the rise ( and fall) of clubs commercial revenue, the full article is in the Mag.
    125% Liverpool
    114% Villa
    110% Man Utd
    81% Mackems
    59% Everton
    59% Fulham
    26% Arsenal
    20% Chelsea
    21% West Ham
    -(Minus!) 30% Newcastle United

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    It will be interesting to see the outcome of that.

  • 55 mindshaft // Mar 10, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    Not sure how nasris goal was given – lescott was offside and clearly interfering with play – unlike gouffran on tiotes goal

  • 56 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 10, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    It is a bit boring in here these days! Is it because everyone is just as fed with everything ad I am?

    …I am not even watching games anymore.

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Mar 10, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Mike Ashley has taken the joy away from supporting this club by proving time and time again he does not want success, Hull might not be sitting prettiest in the league but their owner at least showed a bit of intent and now they have Wembley to look forward to, where is the excitement in setting your stall out for eighth, if it was to push on and aim for seventh the season after then fair enough, but we know now that is not part of the plan, when the team is looking good enough for sixth with a couple of additions, it will be deemed good enough for tenth without them and so it will continue.

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