Hugo Rodallega had an impressive return to Latics starting line up.
Maybe it wasn't our day? But can we keep saying that? I don't think we can. It is about time that the lads stopped playing well and won games, where we play awful and win by one goals. This kind of compliment you can pay to Newcastle United today.
Wigan Athletic for the most part played well and looked a much more organised and spirited side than has been seen in the past few weeks today. A full strength side started the game, minus McCarthy who this season hasn't really been on his best. Everything looked to be going good.
And to make things look even better, we started the bright of the sides too. With in side ten minutes Victor Moses had forced Tim Krul into a top draw save, this was then followed by another great save to denial Hugo Rodallega. Newcastle were hanging on, it looked like it maybe Wigan's day for once.
Sustained pressure, Bocye having a field day down the right hand side for Latics, forcing the Newcastle defence to remain continuously on their toes. Rodallega looking sharp up front, as the Colombian came close again from a header which just drift wide of the Newcastle post.
Newcastle had a late spell towards the end of the first half. First a Ryan Taylor free-kick looked to have slipped past everyone before wandering wide of the goal. It could have been a much better half for Latics, and much worse half for Newcastle, but the sides went in 0-0 at the break.
Demba Ba, Hatam Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez all had chances for Newcastle. Only one forcing a save out of Ali, while the Latic's defence managed to hold firm well. The drama from last week out of the players head's as they took a no nonsense approach to the ball in the Latics third.
Hugo Rodallega had a few more chances late on in the day. However both he managed to fire into the side netting.
Then Newcastle took the advantage. With only ten minutes to go, they scored sinking the players after a hard well fought 80 minutes. Yohan Cabaye the player in question managed to the ball in for the home side, after a short burst of sustained Newcastle pressure.
The goal proved to have come to late in the day for Wigan to respond to, as Newcastle watched down the clock. Maynor Figeruoa, blasting a late effort miles wide, as Wigan sink to the bottom of the table and their seventh defeat in a row.
Yet again we sink to a loss. Another good performance, yet we can not take our chances.
Is it a good sign that we dominated the game, kept a clean sheet for 80 minutes and managed create chances?
It is a step forward in away. We managed to compete with one of the sides of the season, and a team which could really go far. Yet it is the same repeating pattern over and over again, usually by now we have managed to pull through the downwards spiral and fighting our way back up. Is the Latics Premier League ride running out?
Lets hope not.
It was for the most part good to see Crusat and Jones play well and finally break into the team. They will both be key players in the coming months for Latics, as we wait to see just exactly how and what will happen to our team.
This kind of season always makes me remember, Rome wasn't built in a day.
Its not how you have done after just nine games played but 38. With that in mind, the season is only young, and there are allot more points up for grabs.