After Newcastle 2 Wigan 1, visiting midfielder Ryan Colclough thought the relegation fighters were unlucky not to get something out of the game.

Colclough was a half-time substitute as Wigan picked up injuries and had no striker available to replace Omar Bogle.

The 24 year still enjoyed the experience despite the result and declared ‘it doesn’t really get any better’ than playing at St James Park.

Colclough thinks the Wigan fans appreciated the effort and football put in by the players and you have to give them credit for making it difficult for Rafa’s team.

It is quickly becoming clear that there aren’t going to be many easy three points at this stage of the season and two narrow wins for Brighton and Newcastle, as well as a defeat for Huddersfield, are proof of that. All three playing at home against clubs in the bottom four.

Ryan Colclough:

“I enjoyed playing here (Newcastle), the stadium, the pitch, it doesn’t really get any better than this (playing at St James Park) and I thought we played really well and deserved something from the game.

“G (Graham Barrow) said to me at half-time, come on son, we know what you can do, go and put on a performance.

“I think Omar’s job is a bit different to what I was asked to do even though I came on for him, we wanted balls down the side to expose their back four and that’s what we did in the second half.

“I think we could have taken some chances better, or gambled a bit better but we were unlucky not to get something out of the game.

“If we can take our chances and play like that until the end of the season there’s no reason why we can’t stay up.

“The stadium (St James Park) leaves no excuses, it shouldn’t faze you, playing here should be like going anywhere in the Championship, the most important thing for me is getting my game time, coming on and enjoying myself and I did that today.

“The fans are great with me and I’m really grateful for that. They came here and wanted to be entertained and see us play and rather than sit back and let Newcastle play, we had a go today and they appreciated that. “