Date: Sunday 17th March 2013, 4pm
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: DW Stadium
Conditions: overcast - not just in the sky
Admission: £25 (£25 in 2011/12)
2 - 1
Callum McManaman got past Haidara to centre from the
Wigan right and as Davide Santon made an unsuccessful attempt to reach the loose
ball, Jean Beausejour steered it past Rob Elliot and Steven Taylor from seven
Half time: Latics 1 Magpies 0
72 mins A
slick move from United saw Sylvain Marveaux gain possession on halfway and nod
the ball forward to Papiss Cisse, who wasted no time in stabbing it towards the
right flank and into the path of the advancing Davide Santon. The full
back - who had started the game on the left flank before switching after the
loss of Debuchy - evaded the challenge of Maynor Figueroa and cracked home a low
right footer into the far corner of the goal 1-1
Jordi Gomez sent over a corner that was obviously
handled by Figueroa as he jumped at the near post. Most of the Newcastle side
appealed as the ball
bounced towards Paul Scharner in the six yard box,
Elliot's attempted clearance rebounding off Di Santo and James Perch for Kone to
hook home from close range as Santon made an unsuccessful attempt to reach the
loose ball 1-2
Full time: Latics 2 Magpies 1
A remarkably restrained Alan Pardew said of the Haidara
"It is an awful challenge. The pictures speak for themselves. I
thought it was a bad challenge and I was 60 yards from the incident. The
players knew because they were on top of it and there was a lot of bad
feeling about that incident when it goes unpunished.
"He (Halsey) said 'If I've missed it I apologise' - that was at
"If it goes unpunished it doubles the impact on the mentality of the
players and the team and it did have an impact on us, you can't get away
"My job was to calm the players at half-time, not go looking for
retribution, and try to win the second half - which to all intents and
purposes we did.
"But again there's a decision at the end where we should have had a
corner, it goes up the other end and there's a handball - that is tough to
"The linesman is looking right at it, the referee is there and all our
players reacted and in that split second we didn't clear the ball - that's
what happens when you miss a decision as big as that."
"The doctor assessed him quickly before he was scuttled away to be
"It looks like knee ligaments and bad bruising and that's the best we
can hope for."
"We will send him to France (for this week's international duty) for
them to assess him but we think he will be on his way back. We don't think
it is a particularly bad tear - a strain hopefully."
About Carver's sending off:
"I have no idea. I heard a
kerfuffle outside, that's all I know."
Ryan Taylor on twitter:
"...the definition of a shithouse tackle."
"Remember Callum McManaman was
making his full debut in the Premier League and, as a young man, you know
you are going to give your life for everything. I haven't seen it but I
believe he gets the ball and then it's a bad challenge.
"No-one wants to see that but I
guarantee that is just a striker trying to win the ball
over-enthusiastically because he is making his (full league) debut. What
you need to look at in those incidents is if there is intention, a
nastiness about the tackle. We are not a nasty team.
"He has not a nasty bone and is
not bad-intentioned. The referee was in a perfect position, he is looking
at the incident, where the ball is and where the ball is hitting. When you
get the ball and then there is a follow-up it is very difficult for a
panel to punish that."
"I have not seen it but it is something which should never happen. It
is not for anyone to take justice into their own hands."
Wigan owner Dave Whelan and
manager Roberto Martinez quickly leapt to the defence of McManaman, claiming he is not that
kind of player.
Taken from the match report for the
Manchester City v Wigan Athletic U21 league game on March 1st, 2011:
John Guidetti scored a late winner as
City's Elite Development Squad returned to winning ways against Wigan.
However, the gloss was taken off the
victory when former Barcelona youngster Gai Assulin was stretchered off in
the 90th-minute following a reckless tackle by Latics' Callum McManaman
which led to his second yellow and resulting red card.
Dave Whelan post-match:
"The ball was there and McManaman
went in for the ball and got the ball, as clean as a whistle, then
followed through and they collided. He hasn't gone over the ball. That's
“When I broke my leg in the (1960
FA) Cup Final it was exactly the same type of tackle. We both went for the
ball. It brought back memories. It ruined my career.
"I am not going to criticise
Norman Deeley - these things happen in football. He came over the ball,
but he didn't do it with the aim of breaking my leg."
That'll be the same Dave Whelan who told
the Lancashire Telegraph in May 2010 that:
"Norman Deeley came right over the ball. Today he would have been
sent off and banned for a long time. He came six inches over the ball, he
came for me not the ball."
Make your mind up you silly old bugger.
The long-time adversary of Mike Ashley continued:
"Can I say to the Newcastle
player* that I hope you're soon well and hope you don't miss any matches,
it was a pure accident and so we wish you a speedy recovery.
"I was watching the match and the
referee was only 15 to 10 yards away, the ball came down between the two
players, they both went for it. Our lad got the ball, no question he got
the ball, but they collided - the still pictures look like he has gone for
the player and gone over it, but he didn't, he got the ball.
"The referee was only 10 yards
away and didn't even give the foul - it was a fair challenge, you have to
see it all - our lad went for the ball, and they collided, it is football.
It is tough game but it was an accident.
"We have to have 100 per cent
commitment from every player, and I don't care who you're playing - they
were fighting for the ball as much as ours - but our lads won't be unfair.
"It was a complete accident and
hope the lad from Newcastle recovers quickly."
* Obviously Whelan was too busy to find what the name of the lad whose
playing career and livelihood is now in the balance.
Laws of the game - Serious foul play:
A player is guilty of serious foul
play if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when
challenging for the ball when it is in play.
A tackle that endangers the safety of
an opponent must be sanctioned as serious foul play.
Any player who lunges at an opponent
in challenging for the ball from the front, from the side or from behind
using one or both legs, with excessive force and endangering the safety of
an opponent is guilty of serious foul play.
A player who is guilty of serious foul
play should be sent off and play is restarted with a direct free kick from
the position where the offence occurred (see Law 13 – Position of free
kick) or a penalty kick (if the offence occurred inside the offender’s
Davide Santon scored his first competitive goal in Newcastle colours to
become our 12th different Premier League scorer of the current season
and the 108th in the history of that particular competition.
Mags @ Latics:
2012/13 lost 1-2 Santon
2011/12 lost 0-4
2010/11 won 1-0 Sh.Ameobi
2008/09 lost 1-2 Guthrie
2007/08 lost 0-1
2006/07 lost 0-1
2005/06 lost 0-1 (LC)
2005/06 lost 0-1
1953/54 won 3-2 (FA) Broadis, Keeble, White*
(* at Springfield Park; all others at JJB/DW Stadium)2008/09: NUFC after 30 games: 29 points, 18th position (scored 36,
Full record against Wigan:
2010/11: NUFC after 30 games: 36 points, 11th position (scored 44,
2011/12: NUFC after 30 games: 50 points, 6th position (scored 44,
2012/13: NUFC after 30 games: 33 points, 13th position (scored 32,
Away record seasonal details:
With visits to Manchester City, West Brom, West Ham and QPR remaining, our
record on the road this season is in grave danger of being the worst of our
nineteen Premier League campaigns:
1993/94: 31 points from 21 matches (9 wins, 4 draws, 8 defeats, 31
1994/95: 24 points from 21 matches (6 wins, 6 draws, 9 defeats, 21 goals
1995/96: 26 points from 19 matches (7 wins, 5 draws, 7 defeats, 28 goals
1996/97: 26 points from 19 matches (6 wins, 8 draws, 5 defeats, 19 goals
1997/98: 15 points from 19 matches (3 wins, 6 draws, 10 defeats, 13
1998/99: 19 points from 19 matches (4 wins, 7 draws, 8 defeats, 22 goals
1999/00: 17 points from 19 matches (4 wins, 5 draws, 10 defeats, 21
2000/01: 17 points from 19 matches (4 wins, 5 draws, 10 defeats, 18
2001/02: 32 points from 19 matches (9 wins, 5 draws, 5 defeats, 34 goals
2002/03: 22 points from 19 matches (6 wins, 4 draws, 9 defeats, 27 goals
2003/04: 18 points from 19 matches (2 wins, 12 draws, 5 defeats, 19
2004/05: 16 points from 19 matches (3 wins, 7 draws, 9 defeats, 22 goals
2005/06: 20 points from 19 matches (6 wins, 2 draws, 11 defeats, 19
2006/07: 15 points from 19 matches (4 wins, 3 draws, 12 defeats, 15
2007/08: 14 points from 19 matches (3 wins, 5 draws, 11 defeats 20 goals
2008/09: 12 points from 19 matches (2 wins, 6 draws, 11 defeats, 16
2010/11: 20 points from 19 matches (5 wins, 5 draws, 9 defeats, 15 goals
2011/12: 27 points from 19 matches (8 wins, 3 draws, 8 defeats, 27 goals
2012/13: 8 points from 15 matches (1 win, 5 draws, 9 defeats, 18 goals
Putting together what is the 52nd first team report of this season does require
some pre-planning (aside from buying a double round at last orders) and for
this occasion, a line about Alan Pardew's defensive choices in general and full
back options was left unused from the Anji home jottings.
Had that appeared in Thursday's report though, a hasty rewrite would have been
required following the events of Sunday afternoon, when we went from a
surplus to a shortage of full backs within a fifteen minute period. Things were
obviously just going too well for the black and whites.
Having already seen Mathieu Debuchy limp off with a thigh strain while
stretching to net after the referee's whistle had sounded, his replacement
Massadio Haidara departed on a stretcher after falling victim to one of the
most horrific challenges inflicted on a Newcastle player in living
The severity of that incident overshadowed United's travesty of a defeat here,
with the manner of Wigan's winner - stemming from a blatant
handball - knocked off top spot in the grievance table.
Callum McManaman made a wild, knee-high, studs-up, two-footed lunge towards Haidara
that left the visiting player prone on the turf in obvious distress. However
match referee Mark Halsey incredibly
allowed the game to continue until the assailant punched the ball out of play
and the Newcastle physio attended to the player, followed closely by a clutch of
With Haidara en route to hospital, the game then belatedly restarted with a free
kick to Newcastle for the handball and no punishment for McManaman. It could be
argued that the deliberate handball was deserving of a card, but it defies logic
that there was no sanction for the assault.
That sequence of events affected the rest of a first half that was played out in
decidedly muted fashion, Wigan already ahead and Newcastle never looking
particularly like finding an equaliser.
Having barely threatened Rob Elliot's goal save for their opener, Wigan carved
open the United defence not long before half time and McArthur bombed into the
box, only to be promptly dispossessed by an immaculately-timed intervention from
The departure of the two teams from the field was then punctuated by what Alan
Pardew later called a "kerfuffle" between the two benches, with an incensed John Carver
trying to administer his own form of vengeance on McManaman. Both he and Latics coach Graham Barrow were
red-carded as a result
and saw the second half from the stands, with misconduct charges later
A reinvigorated Magpies side began to push forward towards the away contingent
after the break, soon doing enough to crank up the noise levels from that end of
Papiss Cisse had a great chance to get his side back on terms but went
for the near post and fired wildly over when three of his colleagues were well
placed in the six yard box. However normal service then looked to be restored
when Davide Santon fired home a maiden strike for the club, the Italian pressing
forward as United went looking for what seemed a fairly likely winner at that
With three minutes remaining Cisse almost prodded the ball home at the near post
only to see his effort saved - although a corner was inexplicably not given. The Latics
duly took advantage and counter-attacked, forcing Mapou
Yanga-Mbiwa to nearly slice the ball into his own net and concede a flag kick as
the game moved into the final minute of normal time.
Given Newcastle's recent run of late winners, there was a certain depressing
inevitability about being similarly
caught out at some stage. However to concede a goal in such obviously illegal circumstances
after half of our side hesitated for an obvious handball that wasn't given added
insult to injury on yet another cursed afternoon in Wigan for us.
Just what is it about this bloody place? With one exception, our visits here
have been wretched in the extreme ever since our first visit in 2005 saw Alan
Shearer's equalising header clearly cross the line only for a myopic linesman to
disagree. Subsequent seasons then saw a missed penalty from Nobby Solano and
rocket shots from future Magpies Ryan Taylor defeat us, before the blackest day
we'd experienced before today in this part of Lancashire - Boxing Day
Seeing Jose Enrique limp out of the pre-match warm up gave the first indication
that a wretched afternoon awaited the toon contingent and sure enough, things
rapidly imploded after the usual Ryan Taylor howitzer strike. Within ten minutes
Lee Cattermole had clattered into Habib Beye and left him needing to be
stretchered off with knee damage, the Latics man remaining on the field.
And to put the tin lid on things, a clash between Sebastien Bassong and Emile
Heskey midway in our own half was allowed to progress by locally-based whistler
Mike Dean, who ignored a linesman's flag and played on until the pair reached
our box. Cue a Latics penalty and a red card for the Magpies defender. The only
loss here we concede total responsibility for is last season's 0-4 howking.
Back to this game and it's possible to level criticism at United for not playing
to the whistle but the glaring error here is of the officials in allowing play
to continue, not our lot stopping for what was seemingly the most obvious piece
of ball to hand cheating since Bobby Robson's darkest hour.
Similarly, some teams would have downed tools. but the half-hearted protests
directed towards Halsey were from players sickened by the multiple misfortunes
of the afternoon and the callous disregard for their own safety that the
officials displayed - a stance later backed up by the FA.
Roberto Martinez later attempted to excuse his young thug on the grounds of
inexperience, the same applies to our highly promising recruit . Memories of the
career-defining injuries suffered by Haidara's SJP predecessors Malcolm Brown and
Mark Robinson were regrettably invoked by what happened here today. Awaiting
full medical updates, you genuinely fear for the lad.
It's probably just as well that Carver was well away from the bench by
the time that goal went in, otherwise things could really have got out of hand.
In retrospect though, it's a pity he was unable to stick one on the loathsome
Dave Whelan up in the posh seats.
The Latics owner later attempted to justify the indefensible actions of
McManaman and the pair succeeding in hoodwinking the FA, who were only too eager
to sit on their hands and pretend nothing had happened. No, that wasn't a
stretcher. Nothing to see, move along now. Official.
Their success in hastily rewriting history here may well lead a call from South
Africa for some
lucrative legal consultancy work defending a well-known runner...
Exiting here both pointless and luckless, United must now try and deal with a steadily lengthening injury list and the fact that we're not
sufficiently in the
comfort zone yet points-wise to completely devote ourselves to the pursuit of
Europa League glory. Those two or three required PL victories now look slightly
harder to achieve than they did earlier this month.
After last season's 0-4 DW debacle, Danny Simpson had
been widely and correctly ridiculed (making Wigan's deadline day move for him all the more
bizarre) but after the turn of events here may have an
unexpectedly significant role to play in the closing weeks of our season, along
with fellow forgotten mag Mike Williamson. That's hardly cause for a great
amount of optimism, frankly.
Regardless of our welcome transfer activity in January, the upcoming set of
internationals may well do much to decide how this campaign concludes - with
misadventures in France, Italy or Guinea having ramifications back on Tyneside.
I really, really hate this bastard place.