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“Insomnia” never sleeps. Newcastle United v Wigan Athletic match report.

Posted on October 16th, 2010 | 28 Comments |

It's that man again!
It's that man again!
I did have a funny feeling about a 2-2 draw for this game, then I thought of the home advantage and finally plumped for a 3-1 victory after a valiant, but very unlucky performance against Manchester City a fortnight ago. Of course though, in the world of Newcastle United, the unpredictable is predictable. So it was today, thanks partly to a somewhat below par performnce from Mike “Sonny Boy” Willamson in some parts of the game, most notably against Toon old boy, Charles “Insomnia” N’Zogbia.

The first notable piece of news was the absence of usual Captain, Kevin Nolan, who wasn’t even named in the squad. Apparently, it was a minor knock which kept him oput of the fray this afternoon. Danny Guthrie was back from his injury though, with Peter Lovenkrands also making a rare start upfront in place of the mildly crocked Nolan.

To the game itself though. Newcastle seemed to be controlling the opposition, more or less, in the first twenty minutes, though the recently assaulted Hatem Ben Arfa seemed to be sorely missed already, despite only spending a few minutes in a black and white shirt. More creativity of the kind provided by the new Magpie was needed, though a chance for Andy Carroll was crafted around about the quarter hour mark. The Bensham van Basten couldn’t get there though and the ball was well smothered by the Wigan keeper, Ali Al Habsi. This encouraging chance served as a prelude to catastrophe however, with a two minute spell of blunders which led to a two goal brace for ex Magpie, Charles N’Zogbia in the 22nd and 23rd minutes, which turned the match completely on it’s head. Firstly, in a scene somewhat remiscent of Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal against Peter Shilton in the 1986 World Cup, the 5′ 7″ winger seemed to have the abilty to tower above the sleeping 6′ 4″ giant for a good header to find the onion bag. A mere one or two minutes later, it was a case of more embarrassment for Williamson, this time with N’zogbia using his foot rather than his heed to dumbfound the usually dependable centre back. 2-0 and a whole new ball game for wor lads on the pitch. Wigan striker, Franco di Santo also deserved his fair share of credit for the two N’Zogbia goals, proving two very good crosses for the temperamental Joe Kinnear fan.

The Magpies soldiered on with more perspiration than inspiration, and eventually it took the introduction of Fenham Eusebio, Shola Ameobi, in the “Jordan” formation (two very big lumps upfront) to get Newcastle back into the game. Introduced after around an hour, the West End hitman fortunately seems to have picked up the habit of heading the ball into the right place before he falls over nowadays, and so it was this time with a cross from Gutierrez connecting with Shola’s stooping heed which transformed the match and gave Newcastle some heart. 72 minutes, game on for an exciting end to the game.

And so it was with the Toon creating more real chances now, with other big lump, Andy Carroll, getting into the game more with two significant headed chances in what was a bit of a nail biter. As the minutes ticked away however, it looked like Newcastle were heading for another home defeat thanks to the blunders mentioned earlier. Carroll did make a very naughty move when he wrested the ball from the grasp of Al Habsi for the ball to be scrambled into the net in the final minutes, with the effort rightfully being disallowed for handball. During the very last knockings though, today’s captain, Fabricio Coloccini, leapt like a salmon at the far post to finally salvage a draw from the jaws of defeat. Howay Colo!

Newcastle: Tim Krul, James Perch (Nile Ranger 89), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Danny Guthrie (Wayne Routledge 66), Joey Barton, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Peter Lovenkrands (Ameobi 60), Andy Carroll.

Subs: Ole Soderberg, Ryan Taylor, Tamas Kadar, Wayne Routledge, Alan Smith, Nile Ranger, Shola Ameobi.

Wigan: Ali Al Habsi, Ronnie Stam (Tom Cleverly 79), Steven Caldwell, Emerson Boyce, Maynor Figueroa, Antolin Alcaraz, James McCarthy, Jordi Gomez, Hendry Thomas, Charles N’Zogbia Mohamed Diame 90), Franco Di Santo (Hugo Rodallega 65).

Subs: Chris Kirkland, Ben Watson, Mohamed Diame, Tom Cleverley, Victor Moses, Mauro Boselli, Hugo Rodallega.

Referee: Mark Halsey.

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28 Responses

  1. Pretty fair assessment there Toonsy, does anyone know why our team, who won every home game last season, are having problems at hom this seaosn but playing like world cup players away from home???? it’s confused the hell out of me thats for sure.. :(

  2. Worky I agree that Williamson wasn’t great today but I cant believe he got a mention ahead of Perch, as from what I seen Perch spend more time in the other half leaving Willo to do his job and cover for the AWOL perch.
    Apart from that I dont think many of our players can come out with their head’s held high today :(

  3. Big Dave says:
    October 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    “Worky I agree that Williamson wasn’t great today but I cant believe he got a mention ahead of Perch”

    Aye Dave, Perch wasn’t great, but I didn’t want to use this match report to help in some kind of witch hunt against the lad. He’s had enough of that already and he’s only played a few games. Let’s see how he develops. Remember how Enrique and Colo used to be pilloried?

  4. Well what I saw of the game, it was pretty much tit for tat, one end to the other, I don’t think any of our team did anything worth writing about & getting a draw was better than losing again….

    At least we’ll not be in the bottom 3 next week as we’re up to 13th at present but could slip to 17th again :(

  5. When will we learn, the more we bad mouth people the worse damage they do, it’s big daves fault, slag.

  6. I think our next game should see Williamson and Carroll dropped for Campbell and Ameobi respectively. This will add vital Premiership experience to our side at both ends of the pitch. Colo and Campbell at the centre of defence with Tiote just in front of them is the way forward imo.

  7. Best case scenario would be for Cessepool & Toffee’s to draw tomorrow & then the Muckems lose to Blackburn on Monday, that way we’ll still be above the Muckems, Cessepool & Toffee’s :)

  8. Shola’s ok for say 30 mins, otherwise he looks unfit & can’t do anything, I think we need to start using Ranger more, he’s young, fit & can run all day… totally agree re defence tho, it’s time to let Sol & Colo team up to see how they can deal with the PL together, give Williamson a rest, maybe he’s a little knackered :)

  9. Worky I have always said I felt a bit sorry for Perch as im 99% sure that CH got him purly as a back up because he can cover so many positions. Ideally he would have been threw in at the deep end.
    Jay I still think its better to air an opinion on here rather than abuse the players while their playing, did he get abused during the game ? as I think someone said they were giving him stick :(

  10. I was at the game today, Perch was horrendous. Everytime Wigan had the ball down their left they looked like creating chance after chance. Apart from that we contained them fine which shows where our weak link is. I thought Raylor was a better shout against a former team and at home. Guthrie on the right doesn’t work, I presume CH wanted him to help Perch with Zog but we had no width throughout! Hoping it’s a turning point after the last min goal

  11. Watching the Man United v West Brom game just reminds me how different the score could have been when we were up there if Carroll would have just put away that free header he had from about 5 yards. :(

  12. Dave… I’m in the gallowgate so can’t see the sign, whatb is it cos Sportsdirect.com has been on there for yonks.

  13. Big Dave, i sit in the John Hall and i don’t think it looks that bad the sign, if the removed the old one instead of having 2 signs in one place it would look better imo.

  14. know what?i’d much rather have SIX 1-0 wins than ONE 6-0 win.we have got to improve our home form..and someone has got to drug that pig faced frenchman,whatever his name is..ruddy n’zogbia..

  15. Arka – I think we all would to be fair. 18 points instead of just the 3? Yes please…

    FWIW, I reckon the Villa result was the wors thing that could have happened. It gave people delusions of grandeur and made people think that we were better than we are….

  16. One would have thought CH learned his lesson about Danny Guthrie on the wing last year. IT DOESN’T WORK! Time to give Joey B a rest and see how Danny G does directing traffic.

    And CH must be counting the days till he can get a look at Danny Simpson at RB.

    Wayne Routledge continues to mis-use or throw away his speed advantage. These stop & try to jink moves should be punishable by a fine. What kept NUFC alive was Jonas & Enrique constantly moving forward.

    And for those complaining about Willo, that was not his man he was to cover, he was trying to pick-up where another had not covered his man.

    MOM was Tiote.

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