‘Newcastle are a massive club but we have to believe though’
It is Wigan v Newcastle next up and a real contrast as the two clubs clash.
Not just in terms of it being top against second bottom but all the stats point to one way traffic on Wednesday night.
Newcastle have scored 41 goals now, fully 11 more than anybody else in the top eight and 25 more than Wigan!
The Championship’s lowest scorers with 16 goals, Wigan have only managed six goals at the DW Stadium in nine matches. Yet despite this paltry goals total they have picked up nine points at home, through two wins and three draws – thanks mainly to only conceding eight goals on home turf.
That home record in terms of goals conceded has only been bettered by Brighton, Burton and Bristol City, with Newcastle conceding 11 at St James Park.
However, it doesn’t suggest the most entertaining match on Wednesday night, unless Newcastle make a breakthrough as soon as possible.
It looks sure to see Wigan playing very much like an away team and defending deep, they almost snatched a point at Villa on Saturday despite not having a single effort on target – Grealish scoring the winner with only two minutes remaining.
Wigan’s Shaun MacDonald said that Wigan could ‘defensively, take a lot of positives from the game’ and that they had to ‘try and work on our attacking play’.
When it comes to their next opponents the midfielder declares ‘Newcastle are a massive club but we have to believe though, have no fear’.
An early goal for Newcastle could/should see a very enjoyable night but quite clearly Wigan have got some committed players at the back, whatever their shortcomings elsewhere.
Shaun MacDonald speaking to the official Wigan website:
“We knew it was going to be a tough place (Aston Villa) to come and, defensively, we have to take a lot of positives from the game, but it was frustrating that they score the goal late on…but we have to stay positive and keep the faith.”
“When you come to places like Villa Park, it will always be difficult to get chances, and the chances you have you have to try and put one away.
“From back to front today I thought the boys worked hard defensively and we have to keep trying to build on that defensive performance and try and work on our attacking play to create more chances and try and put them away.
“Newcastle will be another tough battle.
“We will be going into the game trying to take the positives forwards and then look to keep the ball a bit better and create a few more chances.
“We know it will be difficult but we have to go into the game believing we can get something out of it.
“Newcastle are a massive club but we have to believe though, have no fear and try and cause them problems.”
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