Wigan manager Warren Joyce was left to bemoan mistakes his team made in last night’s game at the DW Stadium that gave Newcastle the first goal and although Wigan pressed in the second half and had 60% of the possession the chances they got were few and far between.
However, Newcastle were not as tight as we have been in recent games and that will cause Rafa to maybe work on some defensive plays before our next game at Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon, which we expect to be a tougher game than we had last night.
Warren Joyce – at last night’s game – not happy
It’s true Newcastle would have been punished by a better side last night for some lax play at the back at times, but we got away with it simply because Wigan were unable to take advantage of some of the half chances they created.
This is some of what a frustrated Warren Joyce said after the game last night:
“We played some good football in that spell in the second half and we actually hurt one of the best teams in the league but unfortunately we end up with nothing to show for it.”
“It’s just frustrating to end up again with nothing.” “I thought we were good value for a goal during our good period at the start of the second half.”
“We had some good efforts on goal, but even more frustrating there were opportunities where we didn’t even get contact to finish off good bits of play.”
“There was no devilment, no real aggression to get a goal at the end of it. “We need more devilment in the box, we need more belief.”
We’re not sure Wigan hurt us too much last night, but we were a bit sloppy at times.
However, we were not as good as the commentator on beIN Sports in the US made out – saying too many times that Newcastle were dominating the game – when we weren’t.
Which reminds me I need to watch the game for a fourth time after I’ve written this – we get so few of Newcastle’s games these days.
That was the fifth time in a row that Wigan have failed to score in a home game and the 3 points puts us back on top of the league.
The good thing is we are now 10 points clear of 3rd placed Reading if you take goal difference into consideration.
We now need a win at Burton Albion on Saturday to make it a Merry Christmas for Geordie fans.