Cabaye steals the show! – Newcastle 1-0 Wigan

I love this man.
Newcastle United carried on their unbeaten run today with a win over Wigan Athletic. It wasn’t a pretty victory, but it was a victory and that’s the most important thing.

Yohan Cabaye scored his first goal for Newcastle dispatching a pass from Sylvain Marveaux into the top corner of the goal at the Gallowgate end to send the Newcastle fans into raptures.

The first half started slowly with Wigan having the best of the opening 15 minutes. Tim Krul made a spectacular save from Victor Moses when it seemed likely the Wigan wide-man would open the scoring. Hugo Rodellega was played down the side of the defence and struck wide of Tim Krul’s net when he really should have done better. But that was when the game turned the other way, Newcastle started to get a lot more of the ball after Wigan’s early dominance.

The midfield got control of the ball and Cheik Tiote and Yohan Cabaye started to spread the ball with Gabriel Obertan and Jonas Gutierrez getting in some good positions. Newcastle’s best opportunity of the half came from a cross into the box by Gutierrez which Leon Best headed towards the goal only to be denied by Ali Al Habsi.

Yohan Cabaye and Leon Best were booked for the Magpies in the first half meaning Yohan Cabaye spent most of the game on a disciplinary tight rope.

Ryan Taylor also had a chance to make a mark in a fixture that he has a habit of scoring in with a free kick from about 25 yards. The ball glided past Al Habsi’s right hand post around the 40 minute mark and that was the last notable opportunity of the first half.

Apart from that the first half was very much a territorial battle with Newcastle having plenty of the ball and struggling to create any clear cut chances and Wigan flooding the midfield with their five midfielders and trying to hit us on the break.

At half time Pardew made a brave move and brought on Hatem Ben Arfa for Leon Best, at first it looked like it was going to backfire on us after a strong finish to the first half didn’t continue into the second.

But then Ben Arfa grew into the game and started to play some clever passes and create some opportunities, on plenty of occasions he got himself out the way of some rough tackles from Wigan, but who can blame him after his injuries in the last year.

Another cross into the box found the head of Demba Ba who had his header saved down low by Ali Al Habsi inches in front of the goal line. Gabriel Obertan had the beating of his full back but every team he went past him he seemed to pick out the opposite side’s winger with his cross, some work needs doing there.

It looked like it was going to be one of those days; we couldn’t create anything clear cut and Wigan were flattering to deceive with their tidy passing football. Pardew made his second substitution of Shola Ameobi for the tiring Demba Ba and that’s when we stepped up the tempo.

Ben Arfa dropped off a bit deeper and started picking up the ball. He picked the ball up on the left hand side and breezed past a challenge before gliding past Gary Caldwell before seeing his left footed effort saved by the on form Wigan goalkeeper too.

With 15 minutes to go Sylvain Marveuax was brought on for Gabriel Obertan he really staked a claim for a first team start. He played from the right hand side of midfield and showed a couple of excellent touches, the best of them to set a goal up for Dreamboat.

The ball was laid back by Sylvain Marveaux after a ball in from the left and Yohan Cabaye strode onto the ball and in curled it into the top corner of Al Habsi’s net with precision. St James Park erupted and Yohan and co ran to the subs bench and celebrated with the subs and coaching staff, a real show of the great team spirit at the club.

With 10 minutes to go I was getting a bit nervous, the opposition always gets one more chance and Wigan got it in the shape of Mohamed Diame. He rose and connected with a header 10 yards out which went just wide of Krul’s right hand post.

We managed to close out the game from there and kept possession for the majority of the remaining minutes to the delight of the Newcastle faithful.

Some will complain about a poor performance, but a wins a win, no matter how it comes. Winning a game when you’re not at your best is a sign of a good team, and that’s what we are this season, a good team.

Wigan weren’t the pushovers which most fans expected and it was a bit of a grind. They set up with 5 in midfield and made it difficult to pass through them, Hugo Rodellega had chances to score but he failed to make us pay on a number of opportunities.

The three points in today’s game takes us to 19 points from 9 games and leaves us joint on points with Chelsea for the meantime as they play tomorrow. That’s an outstanding start which is something the players and management should be very proud of.

This time last season we wouldn’t have won that game, the togetherness was for all to see today and really pulled us through. Last season we slipped up against the lesser teams like Fulham, Blackburn and Wigan at home but this season so far we’ve taken maximum points which is a huge improvement.

Once again our defence looked steady and Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote performed well in the centre of midfield against the three Wigan midfielders. Jonas Gutierrez had another good game and Tim Krul once again did everything necessary when called upon.

Gabriel Obertan did some good and some bad, he beat his man at ease at times but his final ball wasn’t of any quality. Leon Best and Demba Ba looked average but neither of them really had much to work with in a poor first 60 minutes.

Half time sub Hatem Ben Arfa showed the fans what he could really bring to the team. He goes passed opponents like they’re not there, but at times he makes the wrong choices and overdoes the dribbling. He’s still obviously rusty after such a long layoff and in time he’ll come good and be a real force in our attacking line up.

Sylvain Marveuax showed some very good touches when he came on and got an assist for the Cabaye goal, he seems like a clever footballer and there’s no doubt he’s knocking on the door of the first team now. I have a feeling Gabriel Obertan may see Sylvain taking his place in the team in the near future.

Today wasn’t a vintage performance it was a real grind, but we’ve got through it with another three points to our name and we’ve continued our unbeaten run which is beginning to amaze me. What are we doing up there with the big boys?

Next up for Newcastle is Blackburn away in the Carling cup where we can hopefully progress and our next league game is Stoke City away on Monday night live on Sky, which will be a real big test of character our new team.

Bring it on!

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan (Sylvain Marveaux 76), Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best (Hatem Ben Arfa 46), Demba Ba (Shola Ameobi 68)

Subs not used: Steve Harper, Davide Santon, James Perch, Alan Smith

Wigan Athletic (4-1-4-1): Ali Al Habsi; Emmerson Boyce, Antolin Alcaraz, Gary Caldwell (c), Maynor Figueroa; Ben Watson (James McArthur 82); Albert Crusat (Conor Sammon 81), Mohamed Diame, David Jones, Victor Moses; Hugo Rodallega

Subs not used: Mike Pollitt, Adrian Lopez, Hendy Thomas, Shaun Maloney, Jordi Gomez

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Attendance: 48,321

Howay the lads!

143 thoughts on “Cabaye steals the show! – Newcastle 1-0 Wigan

  1. Another 3 points as expected. Made hard work of it though and should have done better, however 3 points is all that matters! One thing that keeps leaping out at me is how fit the lads are compared to their opposition. As each game wears on the lads just get stronger and stronger, a sure sign that this team is going to do well this season, although I reckon the next two months is going to be a hard slog – starting with Stoke. A really tough game that we will do well to get a point from away from home…

    Well done lads 😛


  2. Shamrock, agree about Stoke, would be delighted with a point; a very good and underrated team that have had a good start too. Hopefully they’ll be tired after playing midweek this week and next but i doubt it given that its being played on a monday night and we’re playing wednesday too


  3. This was the most frustrating game so far this season… bit of a cliche but it didn’t feel like we got out of 1st gear. I thought wigan defended well and the extra man they had in midfield helped them out. We only won today beccause they had nothing up front! ❗

    This current team we have can play much better than this. I always defend obertan but his final balls today were shocking. saying that he still bedding in so I believe he’ll come good. He obviously has tremendous skill but doesn’t have the premier league knowledge yet. Same with HBA. Held on to ball too long and gave it a way far too cheaply – a bit like tiote at the beginning of the season ❗

    We’re getting better we just have to be a bit more consistent, i think stoke away will be a bigger test than spurs at home, the brittannia is a fortress. Hope we beat them though as I hate stoke fans with a passion ❗

    All the lads worked really hard today… we were just missing something upfront.

    HWTL 😈


  4. Hitman @ 77 but he doesn’t think he’s a twat anymore, that was only while he was grieving for Hooters.
    Just seen a stat earlier but dont know if its right that we only had 6 pts at this stage last yr ???


  5. Moreno – Beardsley was similar but much better at it. Of course HBA is much better looking.


  6. Dub, Nobby – agreed. Stoke will be very tough and I worry about that one much more than I did with Spurs. They are solid and probably rival us for fitness. A draw would be a great result, but I’ll forgive the lads if they go down (provided they do so with honour!). 😕


  7. Just finished watching the whole game. Tiote was our worst player today, he gave the ball away so many times with misplaced passes or just dwelling on the ball to long. Obertan didnt play bad at all dont know what everyone is talking about he put a few good crosses in the box but no movement from the strikers. Simpson was solid didnt really put a foot wrong. Raylor was almost as bad as Tiote he was out of position so many times. Best and Ba played ok they were both unlucky not to have scored.

    The players i havnt mentioned all played very well and i think its between Saylor and Jonas for MOTM


  8. Icke – agree about Saylor and Jonas; thought colo looked good too. A few people have mentioned tiote playing badly but i didn’t really notice. I wasn’t looking out for his performance but he definitely wasn’t as bad as he was in the first few weeks


  9. If we had 11 points today I’d be happy, so that just goes to show how well Pardew and his boys are doing! 🙂


  10. Got to love Warren Barton. He’s the most biased in-studio commentator of them all but he;s biased for us so it’s OK 😉



  11. Thought long and hard (a bit like Toonsy) sorry girls couldn’t resist. But we need need to rotate the squad too many players were off form especially our right hand side which for some strange reason was our preferred option in the first half. Even the goal scorer was below his best. Keep the spine of the team Krul the two centre backs and the two centre midfield lads and we could tinker with the rest and be just as good. Still a happy Toon fan the night. We are joint third not fourth


  12. Icke i disagree so much with comment 92 can you please confirm you just watched Newcastle v Wigan. Simpson and Obertan were way below par


  13. Toby-

    LoL, why’d you think Simp was below par? The bar ain’t exactly set high for him… I thought he had a decent game after watching some highlights. Must’ve missed something.


  14. Stuart-

    Winning is winning. Doesn’t always matter if it’s pretty. The fact is, we’re winning games where we’re not playing well. That CAN’T be a bad a thing lol.


  15. O’Hurley I was at the game which is always different to tv just a a different view from a different angle but Simpson for me didn’t contribute anything. I agree he is not expected to do a lot but for me he did nothing. Just a bad day at the office. No more than that. remember we have a 5 million full back on the bench


  16. Icke

    I couldn’t agree more with that assessment.of the game. Exactly my opinion on the match…

    Worst players were Tiote and Raylor. Best two were Jonas and Saylor. Colo did well too.

    Obertan was far from being bad. But he can play far.better. I also though Ben Arfa was Dar from match sharp.


  17. Oh, yes. I thought Simpson defended well but is very poor with his movement and passing. Doesn’t help Obertan out at all.


  18. On a side note, if sunderland didn’t have sessegnon i’d back them to go down. Larssons done well for them too


  19. Stuart79
    October 22, 2011 at 22:39

    “Winning when not playing well. Is that a sign of a good team? It is when it’s Man Utd or Chelsea.”


    Not once did I get why fans were so confident of a huge win 😕

    However we got the job done in the end and that is all that matters.There are going to be games like this when we don’t steamroller teams or we don’t get things all our own way. It’s part of why the Premier League is the best league on the planet. What matters is picking up points whether you play wee or play poorly. We’ve done that.

    Nice to see Obertan getting a chance to prove himself before getting written off. I’m looking squarely at you Spencer with you “I never want to see him in a Newcastle shirt again” comment.


  20. I like Obertan works hard for the team and so i think he good and he helps out simpson. ben arfa not fully himself u can see that give him a few weeks but yeh we looking good taylor and colo looking good and tim krul has been amazing this season what helps but all in all the squad is good with the players on the bench who can come on and change a game unlike last season wer the likes of nile ranger were poor. I dont think the gaffer should change the team its clearly working right now we have all season to change the team right now we unbeaten so if its not broken why change it.


  21. i think a few fans are getting slightly carried away with hba,still has a lot to prove, but people seem to think he is our saviour,at the end of the day he is coming back from probably a career threatening injury,so dont expect too much too soon.pardew has right idea bed him in slowly and no need to rush him as team is doing well


  22. Simpson played well yesterday – it’s amazing how with some fans it doesn’t matter what certain players do on a game-to-game basis, their opinion of them is fixed. ie. – ‘Simpson is wank’ or ‘ Saylor is a liability’
    Watch the game back, you’ll see that he had a decent game both in his defensive duties and in possession of the ball (at least for him).

    Also, Cabaye didn’t have such a good un. Wigan’s big lads were up his arse the whole game and he struggled to find space. Beauty of a finish though! his shooting technique reminds me of Scholes

    HBA needs pitch time, simple as. Start him at Blackburn but probably not at Stoke. He’ll come good


  23. Ben Arfa, Santon and Marveaux have to be certain starters at Blackburn. Expect to see Smith and Perch, too, and Shola.

    I suppose Sameobi, Guthrie, Vuckic and Gosling will be thereabouts at some stage as well. They all need some game time.


  24. Sorry about my absence lately but I’ve been searching the sewers in Tripoli looking for Gaddafi.
    What a small world. I saw Stardust, Thad, Tinooops and Brisvegas all scuttling round the turds and waste.
    Anyway, another crackin result. Ben Arfa brims with confidence and despite him being ring rusty (no one can ever accuse Stardy as being ring rusty) he oozes class. The new Pedro?
    He’s the closest thing that I’ve seen to the great man.
    Better looking of course.

    I believe there’s one player that needs special praise this season because of his outstanding performances. Tim Krul is by far our best player and is making an average defence into a class one!
    Saylor could have gave the points away again in the dying minutes when he failed to even put a challenge into stop DiaMe (dear me). Mind, Krul might have saved it with the form he’s in, if it had been on target.

    Great result again and Pards, Ashley and Deggsy are dishing out the humble pie at the moment. Pass the bowl. 😉


  25. nah toonsy i wish, it stands for myasthenia gravis a rare imune system illness,which i suffer from m8, 😆 but like the toon everythings looking rosey at the moment 😆


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