|Season 2006-07 Result|
|Wigan Athletic||1-0||Newcastle United|
| Taylor 40.
|Date: 25/02/2007 Venue: JJB Stadium Competition: Premiership|
|Match Report||Submitted on 28/02/2007 by ?|
We always lose 1-0 at Wigan. In typical Toon fashion, three wins on the trot turns out to be another false dawn. Make no mistake the performance at Wigan was abysmal.
It seemed to take forever to get from the M6 to the stadium. We foolishly thought that being Sunday lunchtime the traffic may not have been too congested. Whether approaching The JJB from junction 27 or junction 26 there is always total gridlock. We didnít see a Wigan fan on the approach Ė just Toon shirt after Toon shirt.
|We did however eventually manage to get parked up in time for a pint. The huge away car park was already half full by 12.15pm. Is it my imagination or did this car park used to be free? Anyway they charged us £4 this time.
We opted for a drink in The Marquee which is just under the away end rather than The JJB Sports Centre where we saw the beginning of the Celtic game. To give credit where itís due The Marquee is an excellent set up: spacious, comfortable and clean with plenty of bar staff to ensure swift service. There was also pie & peas on offer, very civilised indeed.
The game kicked off at 1pm to avoid clashing with the Carling Cup final. Apparently the fear was that the Wigan fans would stay at home if the kick off times had clashed. No fear of that at our end as there was not an empty seat to be seen. In fact there was a near carnival atmosphere as kick off approached with black & white ballons and scarves being waved by all of the 5 and a half thousand Geordies. The whole end was totally animated. The JJB may look like its been constructed from Lego with itís gaudy coloured seats but it certainly provided the opportunity to create an excellent atmosphere.
Another incomprehensible team selection from Reoder saw our best creative player at the moment, Milner on the bench and our best right back, Solano, playing right wing. With no place, not even on the bench, for Dyer and NíZogbia named as a sub, it was surprises all round.
We started brightly and had chances to take the lead before Sibierski was fouled in their box and referee Wiley pointed to the spot. Solanoís penalty was saved and Wigan came more into the game. We were still creating chances when Wigan took the lead when Taylorís free kick from a tight angle managed to beat both the defence and Given. We didnít deserve to be behind at half time, yet we hadnít really played well.
|We started the second half as brightly as we had the first. However as the game progressed Wigan looked the brighter team, they were far more competitive than we were and looked the more likely to score. They had far more urgency and determination.
Itís disappointing enough to be beaten, but to be beaten without a fight is very difficult to take. Bramble had another decent game and Onyewu could prove to be his ideal partner once he settles into the English game and stops giving away daft free kicks.
We had 4 different wingers on the field at some point in the game yet they couldnít provide one decent cross between them.
Disappointing, very disappointing!!