Wigan boss “The football Gods were against us” after defeat at Newcastle
After a scoreline of Newcastle 2 Wigan 1, Graham Barrow finds his team seven points off safety and only seven games to go.
However, he feels that if they match their performance at St James Park, they will win get some wins, though he concedes that this still may not be enough to save them.
Newcastle gave the visitors every encouragement with a performance that lacked a bit of everything.
Rafa’s players looking shaky at the back, lacking inspiration at the other end, with only Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle enhancing their reputations in any way.
It was apt they got the goals that puts Newcastle 10 points clear of Huddersfield after their shock defeat to Burton in the sixth minute of injury time!
As for Wigan boss Graham Barrow, he felt the ‘Football Gods’ were against him and his team in some respects, especially with injuries.
Speaking of which, Ciaran Clark is desperately needed to get fit and return, as Lascelles and Hanley must surely form one of the slowest centre-back partnerships ever seen.
However, we simply count the points and move on to Wednesday and Huddersfield’s conquerors Burton. Another win and we will be getting close to touching distance.
“I thought we gave a good account of ourselves and certainly when we got back to 1-1 we had some great situations.
“Overall, I couldn’t have asked for much more from the players and their commitment to try and play was there for all to see really.
“It was a bit like déjà vu to the Villa game really, I know it was a different score-line but similarly we looked in the second-half like we’d have a good chance of winning it.
“For the second goal, we don’t get the rub of green and last year they were probably going in our favour.
“I can’t fault the players’ application and what they have done over the last seven or eight days and hopefully they can carry that on against other teams.
“(Goalscorer) Michael Jacobs has been great in the last two games. He knows how I feel about him as a player and he’s certainly responded in the last two games.
“He’s a good Championship player, there’s no doubt about that.
“The Football Gods were against us in some respects because Omar come off injured and that looks like a pulled muscle which could take a couple of weeks to heal.
“Ryan did well against Villa; the obvious thing to do would have been to bring Gabby (Obertan) on but I thought Michael and Ryan could probably cause the two centre-halves more problems on the floor and certainly that proved to be the case in the second-half.
“Callum has got so much going for him. You’re in a situation with young players where you’re teaching them the game and he continues to do well and improve.
“I felt the change of getting him further up the field on the right worked, but it was difficult because we didn’t want to open the floodgates to the talent and pace that they have.”
“If we can repeat that performance in the final seven games then I do believe we’ll get some wins, if it’s enough then great but if it’s not then so be it, but we have to give the fans something to shout about.
“We want to win away but at home I really want to give them a performance they deserve and get the result that I think the players deserve to be honest because I don’t think the performances in general have been that bad.
“We have to take the positives and move on to Tuesday.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Wigan 1
Newcastle: Gayle 36, Ritchie 57
Wigan: Jacobs 50
Possession was Wigan 48% Newcastle 52%
Total shots were Wigan 6 Newcastle 18
Shots on target were Wigan 3 Newcastle 6
Corners were Wigan 4 Newcastle 6
Referee: David Coote
Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Colback, Gouffran (Hayden 70), Diame (Atsu 63), Gayle (Perez 80)
Elliot, Gamez, Mbemba, Mitrovic
Crowd: 51,849 (1,200 Wigan)
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