Newcastle United vs Wigan Athletic match banter!

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 | 94 Comments |

Newcastle United v Wigan Athletic.
Worried about Wigan?
Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke.
Date: 28 November 2012.
Kick off: 8:00pm.
Referee: Mike Jones (Chester).
UK TV: Sky Sports.

Hello, good evening and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this evening’s game at St James’ Park as the Magpies face the “Latics” of Wigan Athletic.

At this point I would usually try to point you in the direction of our regular “match preview” but I’m afraid I didn’t do one for this game. The ones on here always take quite a long time to prepare and after knocking them out for quite some time without fail, I’m afraid that time was just against me this time. Please let me take this opportunity to give my apologies to any of you regular readers who actually bother to read them!

Anyway on to this game. I won’t go into a long thing about how important this one is under the circumstaneces as I’m sure that nearly all of you know that it might precipitate a bit of a crisis for both the club and our Silver Supremo if we lose. Losing our fifth game in a row would be a record, and the last time we lost four on the bounce, it was in the season we were relegated. Here’s hoping it doesn’t happen as we have a very tricky set of fixtures over the holiday period including the two Manchesters and Arsenal, although the North London giants are hardly having a great time of it at the moment either, though I’m sure that most of us would be happy with merely being 19th in our current predicament. Oops! I did start going on about it after all! I will stop now.

Moving on, I will give out the usual reminders that I shall also be posting highlights of the game when it is over, and possibly a video of the whole game if one becomes available. More immediately, I will also be posting the usual team sheets for the game when they become available too. Finally, as you can see above, this game will be broadcast live of Sky Sports, but I will also be posting some links on here for those of you who can’t get it where you are. Which only leaves it for me to say

Howay the Lads!

Team sheets.

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux, Jonas Gutierrez, 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; Emmerson Boyce, Gary Caldwell (c), Maynor Figueroa; Ronnie Stam, James McCarthy, David Jones, Jean Beausejour; Arouna Kone, Franco Di Santo, Jordi Gomez.

Subs: Mike Pollitt, Roman Golobart, Adrian Lopez, James McArthur, Fraser Fyvie, Callum McManaman, Mauro Boselli.


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94 Responses

  1. Here we go with some links for the game lads. There are some better quality “Sopcast” ones on the “wiziwig” links page this time, so I’ve posted the best link to download that from too if you don’t have the Sopcast player already.

    And a link to download the Sopcast player for the best links if you don’t have it already:

  2. Jeysus! not really looking forward to this, but a defeat may be the catalyst that brings about the neccessary changes needed.

  3. Phisix says:
    December 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    “Please done be 4-4-2”

    It says “4-2-3-1” on the club site Phisix, so it’ll probably be 4-4-2. :-)

    Actually, no! Cisse’s on the bench too so it really might be 4-2-3-1.

  4. chuck says:
    December 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    “Jeysus! not really looking forward to this”

    At least if the worst happens we can be miserable in comfort Chuck. Apparently it’s like Siberia on a bad day up at SJP. It’s not to bad at all down here in the smoke though.

    Alan Pardew’s long balls are probably dropping off by now!

  5. Even the Russkies are talking about it on the stream I’m watching, though I know buggerall Russian. It’s all stuff like “Alan Pardew problemo, Alan Pardew contracto” and even “Alan Pardew facto” or something like that. I divven’t want to guess what that last one means.

  6. Sorry to say this lads but if you think that pardew is going to get the sack if we loose this one you are deluded,even if we got relegated he is there long term.

  7. Belfast toon says:
    December 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    “Colo’s back! 4-3-3 appears to be back!”

    I think it’s 4-2-3-1 Belfast, but it’s about more than the formation.

  8. Aye your right Worky, but the link work looks better already.
    Pen! Red card! Goal! Demba, Demba, Demba Ba, Demba Ba, Demba Ba!

  9. santon could be one of the best right backs in the world if he ever gets a chance to play there!

  10. A yellow. Another player sent off would be nice. We can start chipping into this -7 GD we have.

  11. Do mine own eye deceive me? Krul played it short!

    (Granted he hoofed it out of bounds the play before)

  12. cant believe caldwell is still on if that was tiote people would be calling for his head ffs

  13. Thats why you got to love this team,anita and tiote controlling midfield,williamson and guti making a difference,ba in the shop window…knew we would do em,but the filthy tackles could leave wigan with nine or eight men on the pitch at full we need to get three points against fulham.well done lads,a good show of spirit.

  14. Please don’t bugger this up now guys. We need another goal to take the last bit of wind from wigan’s sails.

  15. I’ve got my friggin’ foot in my mouth now after that goal.

    We’re just sitting back, soaking up pressure and waiting for a counter attack though.

  16. Pardew probably thinks three is enough and we should protect it. Even though we are still -4 GD. The berk.

  17. Phisix says:
    December 3, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    “Pardew probably thinks three is enough and we should protect it.”

    It’s usually 2 Phisix, but sometimes we get 3 by mistake, or one of the players breaks ranks and does something brilliant.

  18. And now Ba injured with hamstring.

    We have no players left except offside lover Cisse, Bigi, anita and marv.

  19. Might of been against ten men, but a few positives tonight. Liked the way Ba and Cisse worked off the ball. Marveux had a good game. Anita worked hard. The starting back 4 looked solid. Fergie put in a few good crosses and didn’t sherk a tackle. More of the same over the next few weeks? (mind, that would keep Pardew in a job!)

  20. Yeah better. More movement and pressing and less hoofing. Trouble is I still think he’ll revert back to 4-4-2 hoof ball because he’s done it before. He’ll do it again.

    Anita MOTM for me. Linked the play well. Hard to say what would have happened had it been 11 v 11 for longer. Fulham will show us whether Pardew’s finally got the message to just allow the team to take their time, and pass and move.

    I don’t want to see a change in approach for next week.

  21. Jimbob says:
    December 3, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    “Yeah better. More movement and pressing and less hoofing.”

    We sat right back for much of the second half though Jimbob.

    That wasn’t a penalty and a sending off either, which completely altered the course of the whole game.

    God I’m a grumpy bastad!

  22. Gary Neville just commented on the 4-3-3 basically saying it’s the way forward for us and they were going to ask Pardew about it but they just talked about Ba’s contract.

    I hope he gets it now. I agree as to your points though Worky. Fulham will be a real indicator as to whether it’s finally hit home in Pardew’s head.

  23. Jimbob says:
    December 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    “Gary Neville just commented on the 4-3-3”

    NUFC site kept up their proud record and got it wrong again. :-)

  24. Jimbob says:
    December 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    “Looked 4-2-3-1 to me, though”

    Me too with Anita and Tiote in the middle, but I thought you said Pardew said 4-3-3, so I didn’t trust my own judgement.

    The NUFC website has been the victim of a huge misjustice from me in that case then. They actually got it right!

  25. No! Hang on! We were right all along Jimbob!

    I’ve just checked the average positions. Whatever they say it was, they played as a 4-2-3-1 with Little Vurn and Mr.T in the centre. That Neville brother’s a clueless twat!