Wigan Manager – Newcastle Fantastic Place To Play Football

Wigan’s interim manager Graham Barrow was complimentary of Newcastle after the game, but he still thought Wigan could have won the game with some luck on their side.

Wigan didn’t look like a relegation side today and they have a wafer-thin chance to avoid the drop, although Burton had a great 1-0 win at Huddersfield today and moved up two places in the table and are 10 points ahead of the Latics.

Wigan now have to make up at least 8 points on Bristol City to stay up – it’s not looking too good.

Graham Barrow – Wigan interim manager

This is what Wigan manager Graham Barrow said after the game today:

“I’m disappointed with the result. At 1-1 I thought we were in with a chance.”

“They got the rub of the green on the second goal. But if we can play like that we have got a chance of staying up.”

“I do think Newcastle are destined to go up. The teams that are at the top have that little bit of quality that tells on the day.”

“That can unlock the door for them.”

“This is a fantastic place to play football. I know they were under a bit of pressure we hoped to turn the fans against them, but it wasn’t to be.”

“Newcastle brought players off the bench, had great pace in the side, but at 1-1 I thought we could win it.”

“We got in good situations and we have to try to perform like that against Ipswich and Rotherham next Saturday.”

“It’s just the result that has gone against us.”

We now need to beat Burton Albion on Wednesday night – we need all 3 points in that game to further improve our home record.

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53 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 1, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #1
  • hibbit

    Apr 1, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Ron Knee
    Game (poor quality):-
    But great result !!

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 1, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #3


    Points mean PRIZES!!!

  • Fostino

    Apr 1, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #4

    If we do end up getting promoted early. .I think we should try out some of the up and coming players like sterry…findlay or good….lazaar if he’s good enough…astu ..rolando…and some other up and comers.

  • hibbit

    Apr 1, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #5

    that all depends if we want to go up as champions !!
    Brighton wont take there foot off the gas so why should we ????

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Huddersfield still have a game in hand but a 7 point gap is still a big ask for them even if they do manage to win it.

  • jasper

    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #7

    See if I can beat Charlie to it.
    Darlow 8. No chance on the goal. Caught every cross cleanly. Made a couple of competent stops.
    Anita. 9. My MoM. Ran a long way, up and down the wing. Always there and was central to both goals. The pass putting Diame through and a long cross field run before passing to Dummett to cross for Ritchie to score. Also put Ritchie away down their byline almost to 6 yard box, only for him to miss all three players in box.
    Lascalles. 6. Ok. Silly muddle over bouncing ball leading up to their goal. Unlucky to be nutmegged when last man.
    Hanley. 7. V solid, Mr Reliable. Great positioning.
    Dummett. 7. Did ok. Now prepared to take on his opponent, even if just push and run (bloody quickly).
    Colback. 5. His usual.
    Shelvey. 6. In and out of fame. Still doesn’t look fit, blown by 70 mins.
    Gouffran. 6. Justas he always is, a shift but uninspired.
    Diame 5. Despite the “assist” – really a mishit shot – not very good. To many “surging runs” where a head up and pass to the open man would have done better. Dreadful first touch including major chance deep in their box.
    Ritchie 8. Along with Anita the most willing of the starters to keep moving. A lot went through him.
    Gayle. 7. Good strikers gamble for the first goal. But generally lost due to dreadful tactics – see below.

    Tactics. 3. Far too many punts downfield, there must have been 25 – 30 of them. Gayle took a battering and I don’ think we won a header all game. Last 20 mins particularly dire. If pass it back to Darlow to wallop then at least get Mitro on.

  • jasper

    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Referee usual championship crap but kudos to linesman for (correctly) allowing Gayle’s goal. I was close to in line with it and I thought he was offside at the time, but video shows the linesman to have got it right.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Great result other results went for us – but oh dear a poor game.

    The usual tip tap back sideways slow slow hoof to one up front who if lucky is 5ft tall.
    Gayle is crying out for wingers to get the ball down and across the box.
    Once we scored the second we went defensive and in the end had no-one up front against Wigan who be fair played some decent football at times.

    Merit marks as I saw them

    Darlow – 7 did nothing wrong but again distribution poor
    Dummett – 6 OK defending but needs too many touches on the ball
    Lascalles – 4 OH dear when he has time on the ball ain’t got a clue what to do – at fault along with Colback for their goal. looks slow
    Hanley – 7 slow but steady away – had a battle with their big lad up front.
    Anita – 8 My man of the match sometimes got caught out but he was the only defender too carry the ball forward and use it to our advantage.
    Shelvey – 6 blew hot and cold looked like today he did not know where to play.
    Goufran – 6 battled well but contributed little
    Diame – 5, 6,7 don’t know what to give him – one second excellent made first goal next second got a touch of a elephant, burst’s into action then looks bone idol next ten minutes
    Colback – 4 yes got stuck in but caught in possession time and time again and wasted it to many times and looked for the backward pass.
    Richie -7 great reaction for his goal, poor first half but improved second half always wants to come inside so we loose our width.
    Gayle 7 oppotunissed goal but time and time again battled a lone furrow – not his game hoofball in the air – get the ball on the deck into his feet not his head

    Subs Atsu 5 one run led to great chance but nowt else
    Perez – not on long enough
    Hayden – 5 nice to seem back

    Crowd great start but went flat very quick as the TOON did
    RAFA 5 – did not understand his subs and as most know on here not happy with one upfront and goofball tactics to Gayle

  • toon kk

    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Great result and three points.
    Sounds like we played our typical Rafa style football, in other words pi55 poor to watch.
    He’ll have to change his tactics if we’re promoted it won’t work.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #11

    you beat beat me to the punch – but marks and performances details not much different to mine

  • Australian Pie

    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Yewwww HWTL. This Kimbo guy is the worst kind of fan. Yes the football might not be pretty but three points baby! Premier league is the goal not pretty football. This group of players can’t do both.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Jack Ball – not harsh at all in responding to the goading by carl.
    The history – making comments about my children and trying to be a clever dick throwing in their psychological deficiencies. Not nice bearing in mind my son was killed in a motor bike accident about 5 years ago in London.
    Once a “c” always a “c”.

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #14

    This league has lots of teams who look brilliant when keeping possession in midfield but lack PL quality in 2 areas; scoring and defending.
    I think Rafa knows if we play tippy tappy it gives these team a better chance but we have better strikers and defenders, hence we are top of the league with goal difference of +39!
    We know and he knows we need more quality in the PL so please don’t comment as though he doesn’t know what he’s doing; he does; we’re top and going up!

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Huddersfield have Norwich midweek, another tricky one for them especially given the blow today must have been. Like boxers there’s only so many knokdowns they can take until their legs give out and hearts know the game is up, hopefully Burton struck the critical blow today and they fall away.

    Expect a more fluid and attacking showing against Burton. Expansive football on an unfamiliar large pitch for them and 2nd away day in a row, I’m sure they put a lot into today.

    A win and can see Huddersfield drawing against Norwich.

    If that happens then I’m popping the cork on promotion.

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ve already popped it! 3 more wins gives us 90 pts and means Hudds have to win 6 and draw 2 to get to 91 pts !

  • cyprus

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Sounds like we were unwatchable but I don’t care at this point. I’m not watching our games anyway 😉

    We need like three more wins, a couple draws. Surely, surely. I’m thrilled, looking at the table. I’m sure Rafa knows we need some serious quality injection: like that vardy, etc.

    Ritchie surely is our player of the year. If you’re asking me, captain material too.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #18


    I’m almost with ya’, just hope we now finish like we did 09/10 and canter to the line in style.

    Looking increasingly likely there’ll be no derby next season either though. Sunderland aren’t escaping this one and Middlesbrough – if you consider them a derby – aren’t faring much better.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #19

    The Fat Lady and the Cigar are staying in the cupboard until someone tells me they can come out.

    Couldn’t be at the game but it sounds like it was quite tense. On TV Lascalles seemed slow to attack the bouncing ball in front of him that led to their goal. Hayden or Clark would have put their foot through it .

    Onwards and upwards

  • beautifulmind

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Points are all that matter at this stage of season. For those expecting barnstorming football are dillusio al giving the pressure the players are playing under right now. Huddersfield lost and Brighton also scraped a win.

  • beautifulmind

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Huddersfield can get 24 points. Deduct 10 points gives us a target of 14 points or say 4 wins and 2 draws out of last 7 games. I suspect we won’t need that many though. It’s in touching distance!

  • Macas

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Got to disagree about Ritchie, good goal today but apart from that he was poor.
    If he is nothing special in this league then I will worry if he is a first choice next season.
    Surprised to see Colback getting low marks as well, thought he was very steady, and much better than Gouffran

  • lochinvar

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Huddersfield will be without Dean Whitehead for their next game due to his red card today so that may reduce their momentum further

  • lochinvar

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #24

    See Reading beat Leeds 1-0 so not a good day in Yorkshire

  • beefman13

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Three scrappy points but Three massive points all the same.

  • magspuggy

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Is it too early to arrange the fly over for the unwashed ??

    I’m thinking half time over the queerside bridge will get the most views..

    We should sign Defoe as well just for giggles

  • firebug666

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Although today was a scrappy game, we got the points. Our home form has not been great and even though we did not play well we did enough, wayward shots from the likes of Shelvey, Diame and Ritchie showed the desire they had to get those three points.

    In the Premiership we will need more quality, but then we do have some players who will perform better when we go up. The Premiership is not so in your face as the Championship, with a little bit of time and space, better refereeing and better quality grounds.

    I don’t worry so much for next season, if we keep Rafa we will be in safe hands, just now though we need to concentrate on gaining promotion, with 7 very demanding and physical games to go.

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 1, 2017 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Yes we got the 3 points but another scrappy game that yet again could have gone either way, can’t afford to do that next season.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 1, 2017 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #29

    Well done, another three points and a big step back toward the epl, thanks just as much to Burton’s last gasp winner as our own performance, it’s probably fair to say.

    Just as it’s probably also fair to say this season has of course been another lost one, to add to the greater majority of similarly lost seasons under Ashley.

    It would of course have been far better if we’d never gone down in the first place, and it’s taken two top football men, first Chris Hughton, and now Rafa Benitez to save us further from the owners follies.

    As always we live in hope that next season will be a more fitting one for such a great club under Mike Ashley, and that the penny finally has dropped.

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 1, 2017 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #30

    How can people say they don’t worry for next season, with our style of play I’m frigging am.

  • toon kk

    Apr 1, 2017 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #31

    I just hope Rafa gets a large budget off MA or we’ll be in serious trouble no matter what league we’re playing in next season.

  • Toonces

    Apr 1, 2017 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m looking forward to the next 7 games, securing promotion and maybe even having a trophy to lift at the end of this campaign.

    Fretting now about next season is a waste of energy and the good vibes we have with this current season. Why ignore our current positive position to worry about something that doesn’t matter now or for the next 7 games?

  • martoon

    Apr 1, 2017 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Yeah we weren’t great today but we did enough to get the result. I agree with Macas I thought Colback had a great game, he made some great tackles and got forward quite a lot. My MotM was Anita he had a hand in both goals and handled a tricky winger quite well. Huddersfield result was a bonus.

  • toon kk

    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #34

    I predicted thismorning it would be a tough game and to expect alot of back and sideways football, (it’s Rafa’s style after all) and hopefully we would nick the points, well done to the players they got a vital three points.

    We’re going to have a very tough run in down to Rafa’s tactics, but if we’re promoted at least it’s worked.
    He will have to have a rethink in the premier league though.

  • KevinHann

    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Has anyone added up how many points Prutton’s predictions would have given us so far? Would it be enough to avoid relegation lol?

  • stan anderson

    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #36

    We screamed for fat Sams head because of his style of football and yet Rafa is a hero.I honestly cant see the difference between the 2.
    I do hate Hippo heed though.

  • stan anderson

    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #37

    We screamed for fat Sams head because of his style of football and yet Rafa is a hero.I honestly cant see the difference between the 2.
    I do hate Hippo heed though.

  • stan anderson

    Apr 2, 2017 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #38

    Hippo Heed seems to be doing the business once again at Palace.Would he have kept us up last season,if we had him back. He certainly saved the Mackems.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 2, 2017 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #39

    Allardyce’s football was a joke here. Long smashes up field and a couple of players chasing after it as most of the team defend. Dreadful football, just like the imbecile Pardew and his defend at all costs then hopefully one of the flair players can nick us a goal tactics.

    We’re top for goals for, goals conceded, and goal difference. Different entirely with Rafa. We have played a number of good, solid games this year without being The Entertainers, but the whole mindset and shape of the side is a far cry from those other managers.

    Even the best teams lose games and they certainly don’t play 10 out of 10 every week.

    Rafa has done a fantastic job in only one year.

  • one fine day

    Apr 2, 2017 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #40

    Stan are you saying alladyce and Rafa are on the same level then?
    Just wondering …


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