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Wigan Athletic vs Newcastle United match banter!

Posted on March 17th, 2013 | 88 Comments |

Wigan Athletic v Newcastle United.
Wigan: Can be tricky customers late in the season.
Venue: DW Stadium, Wigan.
Date: Sun 17th March, 2013.
Kick off: 4.00pm.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Bolton).
UK TV: Sky Sports.

Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this afternoon’s game, which sees Newcastle United taking on Wigan Athletic at their place, the DW Stadium.

Of course in recent seasons, Wigan usually spend much of their time toward the bottom of the Premiership, then suddenly come into form at just the right time to save themselves from the dreaded drop around this time. Although they took a bit of a pounding against Liverpool in their last game but one, the signs have been there this season too, as the game before that Liverpool defeat was a convincing 3-0 victory over fellow relegation strugglers Reading, and in the one after they knocked Everton out of the FA Cup by the same scoreline.

Hence, though we beat them 3-0 (that scoreline again) earlier in the season at St James’ Park, the Magpies will have to be at their very best this afternoon just in case! After all, most of you will remember this same fixture last season. We were flying high on the back of six consecutive victories and looking at possibly grabbing a bit of top four Champions League action when low flying Wigan brought us down to earth with a bump! Wigan manager Roberto Martinez set his side up in a highly attacking Cruyffian 3-4-3 formation and absolutely murdered us, with the match ending as a 4-0 victory to the home side. Here’s hoping that there isn’t a repeat of that one!

Speaking in the run up to the game, Alan Pardew looked back at that big defeat last season, after looking back at the last eight Europa League draw which will see Newcastle matched up with the mighty Benfica. On this he began:

“It was about the draw and a little bit of enjoying our glamour, you could argue. The players probably deserve that.”

Moving on to this afternoon (and that defeat last season) he continued:

“We have a very difficult team to play in Wigan. Their manager has a dilemma. He left out three or four of his players and they won 3-0 at Everton. We do not really know what their team will be. What we do know is defeat there last year was one of the biggest disappointments of our season because we went there as a team in a Champions League position and we were deefated. That is what we have to put right and hopefully we will have the mental strength to do that.”

Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez was looking at the advantage Wigan’s fans can give him at the DW saying:

“We need to hit our best form and that is our focus. It is a big difference to play at the DW Stadium at this final time of the season where the whole environment is more intense and gives the players that extra yard and we need to take advantage of that.”

So as the match draws near, it’s time for me to sign off, but not without the usual reminders that I will be back to post the team sheets when they are available, as well as links to watch the match online for those of you who haven’t sold your souls to Rupert Murdoch and his mighty Death Star of evil. As well as this, I will also be posting all the match highlights, post match interviews and even a video of the whole game so stay tuned!

Howay the lads!

Team sheets.

Wigan Athletic (3-4-3): Joel Robles (G), Antolin Alcaraz, Paul Scharner, Maynor Figueroa; Emmerson Boyce (C), Jordi Gomez, James McCarthy, Jean Beausejour, Callum McManaman, Arouna Kone, Shaun Maloney.

Substitutes: Ali Al Habsi (G), Ronnie Stam, Roman Golobart, Gary Caldwell, James McArthur, Franco Di Santo, Angelo Henriquez.

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez (C), Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse.

Subs: Steve Harper (G), Massadio Haidara, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi.

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88 Responses

  1. That link doesn’t work. However, I have seen the pictures. He probably got a yellow card for taking his shirt off and nothing for the salute.

    He says he didn’t know what it meant. So he’s either a moron or a Nazi.

    I was thinking that he may not ever play again but then remembered Di Canio did something similar and hasn’t really suffered any consequences.

  2. GS says:
    March 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    “That link doesn’t work. However, I have seen the pictures. He probably got a yellow card for taking his shirt off and nothing for the salute.”

    Well he’s been banned for life now GS.

  3. pards has made a point of talking to and having his pic taken with our mascot seconds before kick off, good man.HWTL.

  4. sammy d says:
    March 17, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    “if that challenge was from tiote he would be in the bath now:(”

    Looking like an angry pit bull with a mohican hardly helps Sammy.

  5. I could tell there’s something not right about him. Watch his recent interviews with ITV after Wigan won at Bolton and Everton. That was a deliberate attempt at breaking a leg. Can’t even be bothered with the match now, knowing it’s being officiated by a complete tool.

  6. Jimbob says:
    March 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    “Can’t even be bothered with the match now, knowing it’s being officiated by a complete tool.”

    Jimbob, even that wasn’t quite as bad as that Martin Atkinson when he barked at Benny to get up after he had his leg broken in two places.

  7. Sleeping off a hangover mate. I am sound now waiting for a roast to cook.

    What is this about three players getting injured?

  8. Terrible tackle. Can’t blame Carver for losing it. That was a career threatening tackle.

  9. Phisix says:
    March 17, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    “What is this about three players getting injured?”

    Debuchy had to gan off, then Haidara almost had his leg ripped off by McManaman. It’s full back Armageddon this afternoon.

  10. The officials in the EPL are absolutely crap. Week in and week out we see games decided by incompetent refs and linesmen.

    Compare this set of divs with the officials we had in both legs of the Anzhi tie. I hope we get on terms, but we should be playing against ten men whatever happens.

  11. Just seen a picture and a gif of the tackle. Nasty stuff indeed. I hear he could not straighten his leg after it.

  12. Iv’e got good reason to be Grumpy after seeing that tackle. The ref was looking staight at the players and must have seen it.

    Good game to win now, I’d like to see the b*stards go down.

  13. Carver has a decent choice of seats seeing how it’s Wigan and they can’t even fill half their own stadium. Halsey didn’t even give a foul for that tackle did he?

  14. Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    March 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    “Iv’e got good reason to be Grumpy after seeing that tackle. The ref was looking staight at the players and must have seen it. ”

    Grumpy, to be fair if you look at the replay, Taylor or some Newcastle player crossed his eyeline at the EXACT moment it happened. It was perfect timing.

  15. We need Krul back pretty quick. Get another keeper in if we’re really done with Steve Harper. Elliot can go out on loan for a few years until he’s even close to being good enough.

  16. Certainly makes up for his defending earlier. Be good to see him in an advanced right position to see how he does.

  17. I don’t know why we bother with “referees assistants” any more. It’s debatable whether any of them even know the offside rule any more, never mind expecting them to see a handball or a shirt-pull in the box.

    They should just give the fourth official a magic 8-ball instead.

  18. Keep calm phisix. There’s at least 10 games left. We were on the wrong end of bad decisions and it was an entertaining game. Agree Cisse is frustrating.

  19. DarthBroon says:
    March 17, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    “I don’t know why we bother with “referees assistants” any more. It’s debatable whether any of them even know the offside rule any more”

    Aye Darth, the one who ruled out that Swansea goal the other week didn’t seem to understand the offside rule at all. That was one of the worst decisions I’ve seen for a while. Serously though, the best one I’ve seen is that lass, Sian Massey. The one Sid the Sexist and Baz (Gray and Keys) were giving a hard time to.

  20. Just saw the goal again. Obviuos hand ball and eliot was appealing. He still got to the next shot and it was a lucky rebound so cant blame him for the goal.

  21. We’ve lost half of our league games this season. Shocking. The Europa is our only chance of salvaging something. Can’t be allowed to perform like this again next season otherwise changes must be made. Unlucky today and didn’t deserve to lose but overall we’ve been woeful, a massive contrast to last season.

  22. bad officals is an under statement that tackle on Haidara was 1 of the worst i seen in a long time the dude basically done him and the ref dint even get a yellow card out,as for there second goal the def half stoped expecting the ref to blow,the world and there wife saw the handball bar the ref and the linesman that is

  23. workyticket says:
    March 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    “Serously though, the best one I’ve seen is that lass, Sian Massey. The one Sid the Sexist and Baz (Gray and Keys) were giving a hard time to.”

    I’d put money on the statistics confirming that, Worky.

    I think she’d want to be right on top of her game with t0ssers like those two out there.

  24. prob 3 points if the ref had done his job in the 1st half and sent the dirty toerag off

  25. D*mn, B*gger, sh!t, the missus is staying out of my way at the moment, don’t know why, I am calmness personified, not!!

    Cisse was hopeless today apart from that one pass. I thought Jonas and Taylor were possibly our best players. There was too much hoofball at the end, every time Elliot lumped it forward it just came straight back at us.

    We should be able to thrash ManC though.

  26. Time for football to come out of the dark ages in my view, there should be a ref watching the game on the side of the pitch talking with the ref on the field, plus the team should be allowed an appeal against a decision 1 time each half.

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