Just over the line! Newcastle United vs Wigan match report/highlights

Posted on October 22nd, 2011 | 20 Comments |

Yohan Cabaye scores in Newcastle's 1-0 victory over Wigan.
Late Cabaye goal secures points
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle
Date: Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
Kick-off: 3:00pm
Referee: Neil Swarbrick.

A fairly lacklustre first half was followed by a livelier second half that saw Yohan Cabaye get his first PL goal, and Newcastle United snatch victory by the narrowest of margins.

The first half looked like it was going to be a stormer after two and half minutes when Ba, Best and Jonas created a chance on the break. However Jonas’s cross wasn’t particularly good and the half turned into a bit of a damp squib after that from a Newcastle point of view.

There were some worrying moments for the lads when Victor Moses made a great run, passed to Emmerson Boyce. Moses then cut inside swiftly in a great piece of interplay with Boyce giving the ball back for Moses to hit a great shot at Krul, forcing yet another excellent save from the Flying Dutchman. Wigan’s Mohamed Diame also appeared to have been fouled either just outside or just inside the box but nothing was given. But then it seemed to be a case of both sides either not getting the final ball in or wasting it when they did.

Gutierrez and Obertan made the running up the right and left as usual but couldn’t get either themselves or anyone else on for a finish.

That Moses shot apart, Wigan were no better in the finishing department. During a period of Wigan domination at about the 15 minute mark, Rodallega crossed poorly or shot wildy a few times in quick succession. Rodallega did have one decent chance after leaving our defence standing but once again couldn’t hit the target.

The game did sway back into our favour a little and Obertan tried to get a few crosses in but there was nobody to collect them. Cabaye did likewise from other side and then shortly afterwards picked up a yellow card for putting his boot – accidentally – into Rodallega’s knee.

Raylor had a free kick deflected by the wall and then Best placed the perfect cross to the feet of Jonas but he just couldn’t fire the shot off. Thus the pattern for the first half continued with us often getting into decent positions but making nothing of them and Wigan were reduced to long shots from Victor Moses that rarely troubled Tim Krul.

Half time and it was 0-0 and whilst it might be unfair to say that the half was boring, it didn’t exactly light my fire. Wigan could have claimed that they edged this period if anything, creating slightly more oppotunities but wasting them with some less than perfect finishing. If they had that, we may have even found our fourth placed side with with egg on their faces against the relegation scrappers.

Srcond half

Fortunately the second half was a bit livelier with both teams playing a more open, attacking game. To his credit, Alan Pardew saw that changes were needed and brought on Ben Arfa for the second half in place of Leon Best and I’d say we were starting to get a little more of the game. Jonas put in a good cross for Obertan who swung his leg wildly at it and failed to trouble anything but a couple of passing pigeons. Our best chance of the game so far came when Ba headed the ball towards Al-Habsi who looked like he might have taken it over the line like Friedel did last week, he hadn’t but it was pretty close!

Taylor then headed wide from a Simpson free kick and shortly afterwards got his nose bloodied trying to head the ball back into the box. The ref made him clear off and get the blood cleaned up.

We seemed to be dominating a bit more now and both Jonas and Ben Arfa had shots blocked.

Hugo Rodallega was still trying to apply pressure to our goal but was either pressured out wide by our defenders or reduced to taking long shots that didn’t unduly bother Krul, who was putting in another very good shift for the Magpies.

At 65 minutes Ba was taken off and Shola was brought on and the pace of the game seemed to be picking up again. Jonas won us a corner but nothing could be made of it and at the other end we had to clear up a corner that saw Jones getting into a good position for a shot.

On 76 minutes Obertan was taken off and Marveaux was brought on. Ben Arfa laid a cracking strike on goal but it was directly at the keeper.

Then came the bit that won us the game. Taylor crossed the ball, Marveaux chested it down and passed it to Yohan Cabaye who hit a cracker into the top left corner of the net for his first Premier League goal and there was much Geordie relief all round! Newcastle United 1-0 Wigan Athletic.

Time was running down now and were trying our best to help it on its way. Moses made a dangerous run and rolled the ball across the goal just out of Krul’s reach but unfortunately for Wigan they had nobody there to attempt the shot. Diame missed a header and Figueroa wasted a long shot, but then we took it up into the corner long enough to get whistle and all 3 points.


I thought there was a lot of mediocrity in the game and for large parts of it Wigan matched us. Martinez might have some justification for thinking they should have come away with a point, but amongst a lack of fluency from both teams we managed to produce a moment of elegance and get the goal and that might just be enough to consider ourselves worthy victors.

Final score: Newcastle United 1 – 0 Wigan Athletic.
Goals: Yohan Cabaye 81.

Yellow cards:

Newcastle United: Yohan Cabaye (21), Leon Best (44)
Wigan Athletic: David Jones (26), Maynor Figueroa (90+4)

Red cards: None


Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Gabriel Obertan (Sylvain Marveaux 77), Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best (Hatem Ben Arfa 46), Demba Ba (Shola Ameobi 68).

Subs: Sylvain Marveaux, Hatem Ben Arfa, James Perch, Shola Ameobi, Davide Santon, Steve Harper, Alan Smith.

Wigan Athletic (4-3-3): Ali Al Habsi, Emmerson Boyce, Antolin Alcaraz, Gary Caldwell, Maynor Figueroa, David Jones, Ben Watson, Mohamed Diame, Victor Moses, Hugo Rodallega, Albert Crusat (Connor Sammon 82).

Subs: Adrian Lopez, Conor Sammon, Jordi Gomez, Hendry Thomas, Michael Pollitt, Shaun Maloney, James McArthur.

Match highlights and post match interview with Alan Pardew

Extended (12 minute) highlights of the game.

Newcastle United’s Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew, hails “lovely lad” Yohan Cabaye for getting his first goal for Newcastle United and grabbing three points for us in a fairly tight game. He also describes today’s performance from his team as “Light Ale” football rather than “Champagne football”, which was largely true. However it’s another three points in the bag anyway so Howay the lads!

NB: If you are having trouble playing the Alan Pardew video, and you just get a big grey patch instead of the man himself, then click on that and at least the audio will play. Alternatively, click this link. Divven’t knaa what the problem is.

NUFCBlog Author: Hugh de Payen I'm a baby-boomer of the punk rock persuasion, currently exiled in Somerset for crimes committed in a previous life where locals keep trying to poison me with something called 'scrumpy'. Hates sprouts, coat-hangers, Cilla Black, ornaments, Steven Seagull movies and 50 Cent (he's not worth 10). Hugh de Payen has written 634 articles on this blog.

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20 Responses

  1. To be honest, Wigan did deserve a point there and it was a very even game for 4th vs 19th, with 4th at home. Whilst we’ve done some good things undoubtedly, we are still getting the rub of the green a little bit.

    I’m glad Pardew made changes in the second half, and that budget sides tend to lack clinical finishers, though they did possibly test Krul a bit more than the report suggests, otherwise he wouldn’t have been one of the top players in the game, which he was (again).

    Nice report though Hugh overall.

  2. If only we had used the Carroll money to buy a 12 foot tall striker, then we might have had someone who could get on the end of an Obertans cross.

  3. I didn’t see the match but based on highlights and descriptions from you lot it defo sounds like it’s time to give some variant of the 4-5-1 a go. It plays to our depth anyways. Think HBA and Marveaux deserve starts in place of Best and Obertan at this point.

    Glad to see more production from the midfield too. more please.

  4. Well Worky @1, with respect I wouldn’t describe Arsenal, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa or even Fulham as budget sides (didn’t Fulham outbid us for Ruiz and have an England striker up front?) and they didn’t beat us either.

    It’s another result that we’ve improved upon from last year, anyway. We scraped a draw against Wigan last season – this season we scraped a win. I’ll take that.

  5. In fact, we had to come from 2 goals down to snatch a draw. A bit like wolves had to do today vs Swansea. If rovers can help us out tomorrow, it will have been a good weekend for us.

    Stoke v NUFC
    NUFC v Everton
    Citeh v NUFC

    Not the easiest schedule and it only gets worse from there. I’d defo take 4 points from our next two matches.

  6. John T says:
    October 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    “Well Worky @1, with respect I wouldn’t describe Arsenal, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa or even Fulham as budget sides”

    We weren’t playing them today though John, we were playing Wigan and that’s the only team I was referring to, though the QPR could be another example. It’s true that we’ve played bigger teams, but we have also played better games than we did today too. But now that we have another 3 points I hope that we learned something from today.

  7. Very fair & detailed match report Hugh –
    one fantasic save from a brilliant young keeper
    one class goal from a class player
    3 points to stay 4th
    a clean sheet – even hansen praised the back 4
    good substitutions
    the lads fought all the way!

    In next PL game at Stoke who look a good side – I think a 5 man midfield is needed there – how about starting the lineup that finished today?

    One day pardew will learn to say Newcastle not Noocastle (MOTD interview) –
    if he can do that and take 4 (I’d settle for 3) points from our next 3 PL games, then I might just conceed that this is

    well done lads


  8. Let’s. Not get carried away here folks, we got lucky again !
    We may start believing our own press reports.
    We got a tough schedule ahead, let’s see how we look by Christmas ?

  9. Chuck says:
    October 22, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    “Let’s. Not get carried away here folks, we got lucky again”

    Chuck, you just told Geordies not to get carried away. You daft get! :-)

  10. Chuck – we didn’t just get lucky again – we stayed lucky for the 9th PL game – and the harder they work the better chance we have of keeping that luck running.
    A clean sheet is not just luck.
    Only 6 goals conceeded is not just luck.
    9 games undefeated is not just luck
    But it helps.

    And if we’re still about 6th by christmas – then I’d conceed that Santa does exist!


  11. Supermac says:
    October 23, 2011 at 12:34 am

    “Chuck – we didn’t just get lucky again – we stayed lucky for the 9th PL game – and the harder they work the better chance we have of keeping that luck running.
    A clean sheet is not just luck.
    Only 6 goals conceeded is not just luck.
    9 games undefeated is not just luck”

    Supermac, you know what a ray of sunshine I am by now, but do you remember the season we were relegated? At the same point where we are at now, Hull were joint third and Orange Phil was about to be touted for the England job. At the end of that season, they just survived at our expense, beating us by a single point.

    I’m not saying that we’re Hull, or Ipswich or several other freak teams by any stretch of the imagination, that would be silly. I’m not saying that we’ll just avoid relegation either. What I am saying is that we should look at things over a much longer period before we decide what is “luck” and what isn’t. The only thing that matters in the Premiership is how we do over 38 games.

  12. I for 1 am gtin abit carried away and excited by the position were in at present, yea we wont be 4th after 38 games nobody expects us to be. But for god sake were unbeaten in 9 games got a very good team and playin for each other. Just enjoy the moment might not be here for long


  13. The problem with 4-4-2 as far as NUFC goes is that the two central mf men are often outnumbered by the opposition and yesterday was no exception. Wigan played their normal 4-2-3-1 so our back four found it more difficult to pick out Tiote and Cabaye so often resorted to playing it long to Best or Ba.

    For 4-4-2 to work effectively we need all four midfield players offering a threat going forward and stretching the opposition.. Guess who doesn’t?

    For all that it was just a cameo performance Marveaux showed he’s head and shoulders over the Bald Git and must start next match if Pardwho has any sort of footballing brain :(

  14. BTW MOTD had Wigan at 4-3-3 whereas Lineups had them as 4-1-4-1 so pays yer money and takes yer choice but we were still ou. tnumbered in cm.

    And another thing if it wasnt for Krul we’d have less than nineteen points and we wouldnt be fourth !!!

  15. God bless Tim Krul and preserve him from life threatening injuries :) Soz slow connection here.

  16. workyticket says:

    “Andy, I thought it was more like a 4-3-3 formation?”

    Thats why you’re an internet blogging guru and I’m just a cyber bully :lol:

  17. AndyMac says:
    October 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    workyticket says:

    “Thats why you’re an internet blogging guru and I’m just a cyber bully”

    Andy, I must admit that I wasn’t really concentrating yesterday as Hugh wrote the match report. You may have a point.