Match highlights, or lowlights perhaps, of the 4-0 defeat to Wigan for you all to watch again, if you dare.
Like many fans I was pretty angry yesterday after the first 45 minutes, in fact I was pretty angry after the 90 also. But I’ve calmed down a bit, watched it all again, and now I wonder if it was as bad as I made it out to be at the time?
Don’t get me wrong, 4-0 is bad, but if you split the game into two halves it paints a different picture. The first half we were outplayed and deserved to be four goals down. You can sometimes carry one or two players having an off day, but you can’t carry a whole team.
The first half was awful. Players played nowhere near the level we’ve come to expect, but then you have to hand credit to Wigan who came at us at 100mph. We just didn’t have an answer for them.
In the second half the damage had been done, but we also played a lot better and resembled the team that we’ve seen in the last few weeks. Papiss Cisse hit the bar, the post and forced a fine save from Ali Al Habsi, and Hatem Ben Arfa came close after making himself some room in the penalty box. We had chances but couldn’t take them.
Onwards and upwards I guess.« Hang your heads in shame! Wigan 4-0 Newcastle | Match Stats: Wigan 4-0 Newcastle »