Newcastle United vs Wigan highlights.
Alan Pardew’s post match interview.
Alan Pardew’s loving it, just loving it. However, he does get a bit shirty over a cheeky question from the interviewer about the Demba Ba contract imbroglio.
Score / Goalscorers.
Newcastle United 3 (Ba (pen) 13, 21, Bigirimana 71), Wigan Athletic 0.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon (Shane Ferguson 50), Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote (Gael Bigirimana HT), Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux, Jonas Gutierrez (Sammy Ameobi 76), Demba Ba.
Subs: Steve Harper (G), James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Shola Ameobi.
Wigan Athletic (3-4-3): Ali Al Habsi (G), Emmerson Boyce, Gary Caldwell (C), Maynor Figueroa, Ronnie Stam, James McCarthy, David Jones, Jean Beausejour, Arouna Kone, Franco Di Santo (Callum McManaman 83), Jordi Gomez (James McArthur 22).
Subs: Mike Pollitt, Roman Golobart, Adrian Lopez, James McArthur, Fraser Fyvie, Callum McManaman, Mauro Boselli.
Yellow cards: Jean Beausejour (13), Gary Caldwell (30), Franco Di Santo (67), Sammy Ameobi (77).
Red cards: Maynor Figueroa (12).
Referee: Mike Jones (Chester).
Watching Pardew’s long balls.
|Newcastle v Wigan.|
|TP – Total Passes.|
LB – Long Balls (over 25 yards).
LB % – % of passes which are long balls.
All stats by OPTA.
To give some perspective, 23.5% of all Newcastle’s passes against Southampton were long balls, which was horrific and the reason why I’m doing these long ball watch items. On the other hand, 10.8% is a low figure which is more like the figures you would get for a top side like Manchester United or Chelsea, if not quite Arsenal or Man City. Has Pardew seen the light at last?