Wigan Manager’s Surprising Comment After The Game

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.

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We now need a win at Burton Albion on Saturday to make it a Merry Christmas for Geordie fans.

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17 comments so far


    Dec 15, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #1

    I think that’s pretty accurate from Joyce second half our midfield disappeared and they could of scored but hey ho they didn’t

    Anyone know anything about Nicolas Pepe I’ve got the basic info on him but anyone seen him play? Looks like what we need from info I’ve seen but seems a solid price at 10 mill euros

  • martoon

    Dec 15, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #2

    One thing I noticed in the game last night is that when we are defending corners we only have a man on the line at the near post and no-one at the far post. Griggs nearly scored from a corner with a flick to the far post. I really don’t understand why we don’t have a man on both posts when defending corners – we are going to regret it one day!

  • Belfast

    Dec 15, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #3

    They probably deserved a point for the second half showing to be honest. They got done with two bits of quality and probably the only bits of quality in the game.

    Looked a strange decision by them to sack Caldwell a few weeks ago and bring in the new man but hey ho.

  • Belfast

    Dec 15, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #4

    They played better in the second half because they man marked Shelvey basically. We were awful that second half couldn’t string more than two passes together and every time their wide player got the ball our defence shit themselves.

  • Ian Toon

    Dec 15, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Belfast – Great call on Tom Cairney. He has been outstanding for Fulham and was very creative against us last August; in a game I saw.
    Fulham fans see it as only a matter of time before he’s playing in Premiership. Why not with us?
    Hope you and yours have a great Xmas.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 15, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #6

    same sentiments were spoken in the pub last night – put someone on the posts.
    and saturday gone when defending corners free kicks – leave Gayle or someone else on the half way line instead of getting 11 behind the ball.

    hrrrr hum what do I know – Rafa knows what he is doing!

  • Belfast

    Dec 15, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #7

    I thought it was pretty evident last night that Rafa doesn’t trust Mitro at all. We were crying out for a target man to hold the ball up for most of the second half imo and Perez was brought on for Gayle with 10 minutes left. I reckon if Murphy was on the bench last night he would have been brought on pretty early in the second half.

  • Belfast

    Dec 15, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Aye Tom Cairney should be playing at a higher level Ian and that’s why it would be a very good signing.

  • martoon

    Dec 15, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Charlie – sure I trust Rafa but half the fun is discussing tactics, line-ups etc.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 15, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #10

    yeah – would be boring if we all agreed – that’s why sport is so intriguing.
    and Rafa’s bingo wouldn’t be the same

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 15, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #11

    We have a grinning Rafa in the banner!

  • AndyMac

    Dec 15, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #12

    WWSBRD said “Anyone know anything about Nicolas Pepe ?”

    Dunno much more than that !

  • AndyMac

    Dec 15, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Agree with Belfast about the sacking of Caldwell who got them promoted yet Joyce seems to have even less of a clue ?

  • lesh

    Dec 15, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #14

    From previous thread…..

    According to yesterday’s Grauniad, the bindippers are keen on signing Charlie Taylor and that Leeds won’t consider anything less than £6m as a starter.

    That’s that as far as we’re concerned. It’s just a pity that those clubs that finished its previous season in the top half of the Prem were obliged to buy only from clubs in a similar position in other equivalent, top leagues during the winter window.

    That’d stop the scavenging gits disrupting the aspirations of those clubs in lower divisions.

    A daft thought but I think it’s grossly unfair that a Club’s promotion or relegation prospects would be jeopardised or exacerbated by the so called top clubs. Might a complete block on transfers business from one summer window to the next be worth consideration?

    Of course Newcastle United would be given special dispensation by exempting us from such rules. 🙂

  • lesh

    Dec 15, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #15


    What’s the connection between us and Pepe? You get the info from Jibbles?? 😀

  • lesh

    Dec 15, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #16


    Don Revie had defending from corners worked out. He always played a defender on the goal line at each post and the number of goals they saved proved valuable to Leeds United which was virtually invincible.

  • giimps

    Dec 15, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #17

    Rafa may be keeping Mitro for the Burton game, Burton play on a tiny ground and probbly atight pitch too so space in front of goal and behind the defence will be minimal.
    I would say pace down the outside with Yedlin, and Ritchie on the right, Dummet and Atsu on the left and Mitro and diame through the middle, Shelvey and Hayden CM pairing to spray the ball wide or Hayden and Diame to carry it forward with the wingers either cutting in or going beyond .
    So many opportunities for the right players and the right attitude.
    I expect Burton to double up on Shelvey so Hayden will have more space to run or create.
    Im going for 3-1 to us Ritchie to get back into form and Mitro double.


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