FT: Newcastle 3 Wigan 0

Full Time. That's it. Newcastle have the 3-0 win. Wigan did well given the early sending off but the result never looked in doubt from that turning point. Ba is the two-goal hero and the pressure eases at St James' Park.

90+2
Another superb run from Stam down the flank but Krul claims the cross.

90
Four minutes added time.

90
Ferguson does brilliantly down the wing before cutting the ball back for Cisse to get a shot on goal but it's a scuffed effort that's easy for Al Habsi to claim.

87
He is going down the tunnel. No need to risk him at this stage so we are 10 against 10 for the final few minutes. More injury woe for Newcastle.

86
Delay as Ba is injured. Looks like it could be a hamstring problem.

85
Newcastle have a two-on-one on the break and Ba tries to find Cisse in the centre but the offside flag goes up. Poor from Cisse not to stay onside.

83
McManaman on for Di Santo.

82
Jones inexplicably takes it short and the ball is soon back with Al Habsi. Damage limitation from Wigan now it seems.

81
Marveaux fouls McCarthy. Free-kick in a good area.

78
Crowd are now angry as McCarthy goes in late on Anita. Fortunate to avoid a booking.

77
Ameobi booked immediately. Loses the ball and then pulls back his man in frustration.

76
Gutierrez replaced by Sammy Ameobi.

75
Krul nearly spills the ball at Kone's feet but Newcastle clear.

73
Kone with another enthusiastic run but his left-footed shot is blocked.

The teenage midfielder receives the ball on the right angle of the box, cuts inside onto his left and curls a shot into the far corner and beyond Al Habsi. Quality finish from the substitute.

71
Goal! Gael Bigirimana!

69
Cisse with a left-footed shot high over the bar. Scooped it. He's still looking a shadow of his former self in front of goal.

68
Plenty of possession from Wigan without really threatening. The home crowd are a little frustrated that the second-half goal glut they expected looks unlikely though.

65
Di Santo booked for dissent.

65
Corner to Newcastle but it comes to nothing.

64
Proving a battle for Newcastle to get out of their own half at the moment but with Ba and Cisse they remain the greater goal threat.

63
Stam really causing some problems down the right despite having two men on him.

60
This is spirited stuff from Wigan. They're having plenty of the ball despite being a man down. Still a long way back though.

58
Anita with a through-ball finds Cisse in the left channel but, as ever, he favours taking the shot early and blasts over from distance on his weaker foot.

56
Stam does well to get to the byline again but Newcastle clear. Then Marveaux goes on another fantastic run before spreading the ball wide to Bigirimana. The substitute shoots from wide and Al Habsi can only push the ball to Cisse who attempts a backheel from a narrow angle. The ball goes into the sidenetting. Ba unimpressed as he was well placed for the lay-off.

54
Delay as Gutierrez pokes Stam in the eye by accident.

52
Lovely jinky run from Marveaux as he sends the defender the wrong way with a drop of the shoulder but his left-footed shot is weak and Al Habsi is down to save.

51
Ferguson with an early cross but it's too close to Al Habsi.

50
Ferguson is on for the injured Santon. Looks a muscle problem for the Italian.

48
Fantastic start from Wigan. Newcastle yet to have a kick of the ball. Stam with a mazy run nearly sees his cross diverted in and then Di Santo shoots over from distance. Positive from the 10 men.

46
Wigan kick-off. Two changes at the interval and one suspects Tiote and Caldwell are both off to avoid being sent off.

46
Bigirimana for Tiote.

46
Lopez for Caldwell.

Richard has it spot on so far in his pre-match prediction of 2-0 with Ba getting both. Still time for Harry's 4-1 with a Ba hat-trick to be right too though!

Half Time. The early penalty award and sending of has changed this game. Maynor Figueroa saw red and Demba Ba converted the spot-kick before seizing on a rebound to double the lead. Should be easy for the home side now. Newcastle 2 Wigan 0.

45+2
Yet another long-range shot from Tiote goes over the bar.

45
There will be two minutes of added time.

44
Kone nearly gets on the end of the cross too but his near-post effort is blocked.

44
Kone does well to win a corner.

42
Then Di Santo shoots from distance but it's well wide.

42
Kone has the chance to break but Di Santo makes a poor run and crowds his space and the move comes to nothing.

41
Brief spell of possession gives Wigan some respite.

39
Newcastle toying with their opponents now but Di Santo nearly breaks only for Coloccini to do well to cut out the threaded pass.

37
Marveaux curls just wide and then Tiote blasts a long-range effort just over the bar.

36
Ba in the right channel looks to have got away from Caldwell but the defender fouls him and then compounds it by pulling down his man. Very lucky to stay on the field - he's already been cautioned and that was surely a second bookable offence.

34
Marveaux appears to scuff the shot on the run but it is heading towards the corner and Al Habsi turns it around the post for a corner.

33
Stam with a fantastic cross from the right but Coloccini does brilliantly to hook the ball away.

32
Santon does well to beat his man and then swing in a cross. Ba thrusts a leg at the ball but can only deflect it off the defender and up in the air so Al Habsi can claim with ease.

31
Wigan's passing football is proving a problem for them as they try to work the ball forward but find Newcastle bodies swamping them.

30
Caldwell booked for a tackle from behind on Ba.

28
That's good work from Di Santo though as he nearly wriggles past several defenders to find space in the box. He eventually has to turn away from goal and the chance is gone.

26
McCarthy and Cisse involved in a tussle. Newcastle are enjoying this now and playing like a team that has been waiting for the chance to take their frustrations out on someone. Pressing high up the field.

25
Wigan have made a tactical switch but needless to say they are up against it here. Kone tries a run at the Newcastle back-four but it is literally a four and they crowd around him to snuff out the threat.

22
McArthur on for Gomez.

Davide Santon with a driving run from left-back before firing off a right-footed shot that Al Habsi can only parry straight back out to Ba who tucks away the rebound.

21
Goal! Demba Ba with a brace!

19
Tame shot from Gomez drifts wide.

19
Marveaux deceives the full-back and gets to the byline but Al Habsi does well to intercept the cross.

17
Just when you're thinking it'll be a straightforward evening for Newcastle, Williamson mishits a back pass and Coloccini has to clean up... But makes a mess of it, nearly allowing Kone in on goal but the forward cannot control.

16
Ba does brilliantly to find space but shoots wildly over the bar with his left foot.

14
Beausejour booked for dissent.

Lovely interchange between Ba and Cisse with the former threading the pass through to his compatriot. Figueroa comes across to block. Wigan will feel the decision was harsh but the defender ran the risk with an aggressive shove and Cisse went down. As the last man, the red then became inevitable. Ba's finish was powerful and eluded Al Habsi even though the keeper dived the correct way, to his right.

Goal! Demba Ba scores!

12
Figueroa is off!

12
Penalty to Newcastle! Figueroa shoves Cisse when about to shoot and the referee points to the spot.

11
Brief pressure from Newcastle until Marveaux's cross is blocked safely into the arms of Al Habsi.

10
Kone almost finds space behind the Magpies defence but twice his touch lets him down in the left channel.

9
Cisse with a late challenge on Beausejour. The wing-back was far too quick for the forward there.

8
Anita crosses and, after a brief melee, the visitors clear. Williamson making a nuisance of himself.

7
End-to-end stuff. Newcastle win a corner now.

6
Crowd are already nervy as Stam fires a shot over the bar. Newcastle didn't close him down on the edge of the box.

5
Jones whips the ball in and Anita heads over the bar for another corner with Caldwell looming.

5
Nothing comes of the corner but then Wigan win a free-kick in a dangerous position.

4
Beausejour breaks forward for the first time and then Tiote produces a cynical foul. Wigan take the free-kick short and Di Santo finds space outside the area. He attempts to curl a shot into the far corner but Krul does well to save.

2
Gutierrez tries to fire a ball to Ba in the left channel but that's too strong and out for a goal kick.

1
Early shot from Tiote from distance has Al Habsi worried but goes wide. Positive intent from the home side.

1
Newcastle kick-off and we are underway.

Thanks for all your feedback. Huge game for both sides as they try to move away from the relegation zone. The players are on the pitch and we'll be underway shortly.

Jonathan: "Cisse scored the other day so it would be great if him and Ba both scored. As much as we need and want it we are struggling with these injuries and no quality to replace them!"

Richard: "Massive Newcastle fan and I reckon Newcastle will win, just though. Both sides have got a good starting 11 but I reckon Newcastle will win 2-0 with Ba getting both goals."

"The big thing for me is the tactical war between Cisse and Beausejour," says Gary Neville on Monday Night Football.

Pete: Newcastle seem to be a far better side when Coloccini plays - he brings defensive stability to the team. They are struggling at present with suspensions and injuries but, for me, Coloccini is the key player, along with Tiote in the midfield. I would like to have seen Ben Arfa and Cabaye fit and in the side tonight but I think Anita and Marveaux look like good players - if they can get the service to Ba and Cisse then Newcastle could be back in business. 3-1 Newcastle."

More news from Sky Bet. Demba Ba was on target for the Magpies against Stoke last week and has been enhanced to 4/1 to open the scoring, with Arouna Kone 8/1 to bag the opener for the Latics.

A seventh consecutive first-half stalemate would add to the discontent at St James' Park this evening.

They have won two and lost four of their six away games this season but there is a common theme - all six matches have been goalless at the interval.

As for visitors Wigan, they are also on 14 points and need a win to overtake their hosts.

Wayne: "Wigan to win 2-1, Di Santo and Gomez for Wigan and Ba for Newcastle. Come on Latics!"

Paul: "I am hoping for a Newcastle win 2-1 with Cisse and Williamson to score, with Kone getting a consolation for a good, organised Wigan side."

Ryan: "I'm predicting a 3-2 Wigan win with Kone getting two goals!"

Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Marveaux, Anita, Tiote, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse.

Wigan: Al Habsi; Stam, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Beausejour; McCarthy, Jones; Gomez, Kone, Di Santo.

The teams are in and will be up shortly.

Harry: "I think Newcastle's season will turn around. Hat-trick for Ba, 4-1."

Paul: "I hate to say it but Pards may not be here much longer if we can't stop the rot. Wigan to win 2-1."

Getting crosses in could be the key for the home side. Wigan have conceded the joint-most headed goals in the Premier League (7).

Since Cisse joined, Newcastle have played 29 Premier League games with Cisse scoring 15 goals and Demba Ba nine, but they have only netted in the same game twice.

One of Pardew's biggest challenges this season has been getting Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba firing together.

Stuart: "Can only see a Newcastle win. They need it badly and I think they'll deliver to take a bit of pressure off Pardew. 2-0 Ba brace."

Ryan: "Wigan to win 2-1. Jordi Gomez first goal!"

Chris: "Comfortable 2-0 for the Latics. Kone with a brace."

Adam says on Twitter: "Thinking 2-1 Newcastle, Ba with two."

Any predictions ahead of this game? Let me know your thoughts by email at adam.bate@bskyb.com or on Twitter @GhostGoal.

Our friends at Sky Bet have the odds for this one and they make Newcastle the even money favourites to win here. Wigan are 11/4 underdogs with the draw at 12/5.

Indeed, the Magpies have the same number of points after 14 games as they did in 2008-09 when they ended the season being relegated.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is under pressure and needs a result to instil some confidence after a disappointing run of results that has seen his team lose their last four league games.

Welcome to live commentary of the Premier League clash between Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic from St James' Park.

Kick-off is 2000 GMT.

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