Nightmare at the JJB Stadium part 5
It's a shame that Wigan and that Heinz factory down the road from the JJB Stadium has yet to rub off on Ryan Taylor.
For if variety is meant to be the spice of life, and the good folk of Wigan do have 57 to choose from, then why does Taylor keep on saving his best work when he faces Newcastle United - there are plenty of other teams to score against!
Taylor has netted six goals in his career with four of them coming against Newcastle United and showing black and white shirts to the Scouse Wigan star seems to be like showing red rag to a bull.
I mean come on, this is now well on the road to Matthew Le Tissier country now!
Back in the day Le Tiss took his frustrations out on Newcastle on a frequent basis home and away before marrying Marilyn out of Home and Away, and Taylor - has already become a serial menace to the Toon.
I remember Sir Bobby Robson going spare about the hype surrounding Dennis Bergkamp's wonder goal at Gallowgate when he spun off the Toon defence and calmly stroked home.
Sir Bob, when rattled after journalists overloaded him with Bergkamp questions, snapped: "Does he do it every week, does he?"
The answer, despite Bergkamp's brilliance in the Premier League, is actually no.
Just like it is for Taylor who also doesn't do it every week, he just simply saves it for the Geordies!
It wasn't the only bit of deja vu for Toon fans either, five visits to Wigan=five defeats.
Our second on Boxing Day in two years and up until the last five minutes it was pretty dire from United.
Sebastien Bassong's red card didn't help matters but if Mike Dean had have done his job properly and stopped play when the linesman flagged it might have had a different outcome - they were both at it, Heskey was also all over Bassong before he took advantage of the kid's experience or lack of it in this case.
But skimming over the game, it was a stupid free-kick to concede for Taylor's opener.
The ugly tackle from Cattermole could have warranted a red card.
And while it could have been different over the penalty award, Zaki made no mistake from the spot.
With Beye taken out the game, Enrique injured in the warm up and then Viduka hobbling off to the howls of the travelling fans - it was inevitable some people would head for the exits.
But this is Newcastle remember?
And the sense of injustice probably led to Andy Carroll winning a penalty which Danny Guthrie made no mistake in scoring.
Then the inconsistent performance of Dean resulted in him missing a potential second penalty offence on Carroll before he booked the big striker and Damien Duff still had time to miss from close range.
Well done Mr Dean, we all respect referees even more now right?
Wrong. You have to earn respect and sadly I can count the amount of good referees in the game on one hand and half of them have retired.
So, from one mini crisis to another?
Well as already said this is Newcastle United.
But surely a patched up team with hardly any defenders or strikers can't beat the mighty Liverpool can they?