F/T: Wigan 2 Newcastle 1

A thrilling game ends with a priceless victory for Wigan, with Kone's late strike moving the Latics to within three points of 17th placed Aston Villa. Newcastle fans will be fuming after McManaman's horror challenge on Haidara in the first half, and defeat for the Magpies leaves them in 13th place, just six points off the drop zone. Thanks for your company this afternoon and I'll look forward to seeing you all another time!

FT: Wigan 2 Newcastle 1.

Gutierrez fails to connect upon controlling the ball, and Wigan break shortly after with Kone's curling effort deflected behind for a late corner.

Sissoko makes a stunning clearance for Newcastle, sprinting across the park as Kone takes the ball around Elliot, with the Newcastle man retrieiving the ball in impressive fashion.

A remarkable goalmouth scramble ensures from the corner, before Kone's final touch steers the ball home from close range! Can the Latics hang on to what would be a priceless victory?


Kone's woeful touch derails Wigan's momentum, but Boyce keeps their attack alive, with Yanga-Mbiwa clearing somewhat wildly at the near post.

Newcastle threaten down the left, with Tiote's delivery knocked down by Marveaux, before Alcaraz hurls himself forward to clear ahead of the lurking Cisse.

Ameobi controls Perch's pin-point ball well enough, but his ball into Cisse is excellent, with the striker only able to poke wide from close range. That was a terrific chance for Newcastle.

Di Santo is nudged off the ball by Yanga-Mbiwa, but it appeared a fair tackle and the referee refuses to award a penalty, despite the roars of the home faifthful.

Tiote is pickpocketed by Maloney, but his final ball is cut out once again by Yanga-Mbiwa, with both teams looking lively now on the counter attack.

Alan Pardew will be having kittens as he sees Tiote go to ground in distress, but he is back up shortly after and seems to be fine to continue.

Di Santo tussles with Gutierrez and valiantly reclaims the ball, before eventually running out of options as Perch steps in to intervene.

Maloney's curling free-kick looked to have caught Elliot out, but he sidesteps brilliantly to make his save look far easier than it was.

With that collision, Beausejour's game is wrapped up, as Di Santo takes his place.

McCarthy is crucially tackled by Yanga-Mbiwa, before Perch slides in on Beausejour and concedes a free-kick 25 yards out.

As Maloney carelessly plays the ball out of play, the atmosphere is electric as both teams push for a winner, with Newcastle looking stronger and stronger as they carry the momentum from their equaliser.

No advantage is played when Maloney is hauled down, as Cisse loses quickly possession swiftly afterwards, with the former livid with Halsey as play is waved on.

Scharner looks to pick out Beausejour with a long ball, but Perch intercepts impressively as Newcastle up their urgency all over the pitch when Wigan are in possession.

It's a wonderful goal from Newcastle, as Cisse helps the ball into Santon's path, with the right-back calmly setting himself up before firing past Joel to level things up. 1-1 and game on again!


A second corner in quick succession falls to the head of Boyce, but he too fails to find the target as he directs his effort wide.

A good chance for Figueroa falls from a corner, but the defender can only fire over after arriving into a great position at the near post.

Ameobi enters the fray for the Magpies, with Gouffran the man making way.

Gutierrez enters the referee's notebook after lunging in on the advancing Maloney.

Marveaux's lofted ball into Sissoko is lovely, but the offside flag prevents the midfielder making progres in behind WIgan's defence.

Marveaux leads the Newcastle charge, but miscommunication with Gouffran results in the ball being played out for a Wigan goal-kick.

McArthur takes aim after good work from Scharner, with his deflected strike looping over the bar as the hosts win a corner.

Beauserjour looks to retain Wigan's ascendancy in Newcastle's half, but again the ball ends up with a Newcastle player as Perch ccarries away.

Wigan advance through Maloney, but as he approaches the penalty area, he gets caught in two minds and ends up passing straight to Yanga-Mbiwa.

McManaman is taken off, drawing a heated degree of anger from the Newcastle fans, with McArthur the man taking his place.

After neat play from Wigan, Kone takes aim from range, with a thunderous 25-yard drive aimed skyward.

A Marveaux free-kick is knocked on by Taylor, but Figueroa hacks away before the ball comes back in with Cisse recklessly firing wide when he had team-mates in support.

Cisse has looked fairly isolated so farm, but a lovely ball forward sets the striker up for a volley which he rifles well over the bar.

Kone is back on the pitch, and back in the thick of the action as Wigan advance, before McManaman is presented with a chance to shoot that sees Taylor make an expert sliding tackle to stop it finding the net.

Kone is attended to by medics, and the striker looks in some distress as the injury bug seems to now hit the Latics.

McManaman ghosts into Newcastle's penalty box, but as his delivery from the byline is cleared, Kone is caught by Perch as a free-kick is awarded to the hosts.

Sissoko comes agonisingly close to equalising for Newcastle, but his thunderous effor inside the box sails narrowly wide of the top corner.

There was a bit of a melee towards the end of the first half, and it has been revealed that Newcastle assistant John Carver and Wigan assistant Graham Jones were sent off as the players left the pitch.

Newcastle get the second half underway.

Numerous comments at half-time referencing that tackle from McManaman, and indeed it was a bad one. Will be very interesting to hear Alan Pardew's post-match comments regarding the incident.

A traumatic half for Newcastle is finally brought to an end, with the Magpies two substitutions and one goal down after an impressive 50-minute display from Wigan, who arguably should be a man down after McManaman's crunching challenge on Haidara. Send your second half thoughts to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or @JWoodfield365

HT: Wigan 1 Newcastle 0.

The ball narrowly bounces out of Cisse's reach, with the visitors momentarily dominating, before the striker is presented with another chance that he skies over from close range! A horrible miss from the forward.

Lovely control from McCarthy sees play held up amongst Wigan's midfield, before Sissoko is felled by Scharner, which earns the defender a booking.

McMaCarthy is clattered by a combination of Sissoko and Yanga-Mbiwa as he looked to storm forward, with the former winning the ball to ensure no free-kick is awarded.

Six minutes of injury time is added on.

Maloney is on hand to hack away a Newcastle corner moments later, with the half ending on a care free note as both teams push for a crucial goal right before the break.

Newcastle clear the corner, but Wigan resume their attack with the Magpies left chasing shadows for the time being.

A great chance for Wigan to make it 2-0, as McManaman bursted forward from midfielder, with a magnificent tackle from Yanga-Mbiwa taking it out for a corner.

Santon and Taylor lead the Magpies forward, but Wigan's defence restricts opportunities for through balls and Scharner makes the tackle.

Cisse crosses to the back post, but none of his team-mates are located there, and in the end Alcarez tracks the ball down fairly easily for Wigan.

A sweet turn from Perch allows progress to be made in midfield for Newcastle, but Scharner slides in expertly on Sissoko, as the Latics' defence continues to impress.

Santon's stunning run leaves Boyce for dust, but his attempted through ball into Cisse sees a swarm of Wigan bodies surround the striker to stop him latching on to it.

Elliot is called into action with a fine save to parry away Maloney's curling shot from the edge of the box, with Wigan looking extremely likely to net a second before the break.

Gouffran tests Scharner with his pace, but the defender admirably holds his position, with the forward's ball in comfortably claimed in the end by Joel.

A late tackle by Santon sends Beausejour down, with Newcastle looking more and more rattled as the half wears on.

Maloney's trickery at the byline earns Wigan a corner, with Boyce's header ending up clearing the threat initially, before the ball eventually falls to Elliot.

Gouffran looks to end his surging run with a shot, but a timely tackle from Boyce stops his effort dead in its tracks.

Kone is inches away from being set clear by McCarthy, but Yanga-Mbiwa inadvertantly gets in the way and crucially prevents the ball reaching its target.

Taylor ventured forward for the free-kick, but he muscles in on Alcaraz to win the ball and ends up fouling his fellow defender.

The stricken Haidara is taken off, and Perch takes his place.

Haidara is lifted up on the stretcher ahead of his departure from the game, as Newcastle's traumatic first half at Wigan continues to get worse.

Haidara has remained down following that collision, and Newcastle will be bringing on Perch imminently, their second change of the opening 24 minutes.

Haidara goes down in agony as McManaman lunges in to reclaim the ball, and the medics are being called over to tend to the fallen Newcastle defender.

Gouffran looks to calm down Newcastle's play with some neat control, but as he lays off the ball to Tiote, Wigan reclaim possesion shortly after.

Tiote breaks up another fluid Wigan move with a lunge on Maloney which results in a warning from referee Halsey.

What an important goal this could be Wigan. McManaman whips a brilliant ball in from the right, with Beausejour collecting a deflection off Taylor before firing the ball home from close range.


Wigan nearly carve a lovely move, with Maloney and Gomez involved, before Kone's backheel is cut out by Yanga-Mbiwa.

A burst of pace from Sissoko looks to stretch Wigan, but a poor touch carries the ball into Alcaraz's path who steals back possession.

McCarthy collects the ball from the back, and Wigan look to break forward with the man who started the move, before Tiote comes across to make the challenge.

Debuchy hobbles to the sidelines after picking up an injury, and that is the end of his game as Haidara takes his place.

Debuchy finds the net, but he makes his run too early, and upon reaching Tiote's chip he finds the offside flag raised.

McManaman looks to lead Wigan forward, who have been largely on the back foot so far, but a poor ball from midfield ends up with Elliot.

A brilliant chance for Taylor, who fires his header on target with Joel parrying before sweeping up his spillage ahead of the oncoming Cisse.

Marveuax gets in behind Figueroa, with his ball from the byline forcing Alcaraz into the clearance which goes for a corner.

Sublime skill from Marveuax sees the forward look to play in Cisse, but he is forced back to Gouffran on the left as their attack is eventually forced back.

Wigan win a free-kick 30 yards out, but Gomez's curling effort was always too high to trouble Elliot and it's a Newcastle goal-kick.

Debuchy cuts inside Alcaraz, looking to play in Cisse in behind Figueroa before the centre-back spots the run and makes the interception.

Gomez is back on the pitch, and after a battle for possession in the centre of the park, the end result is a Wigan throw-in.

Gomez clutches his head after being clattered by Debuchy, with the midfielder receiving treatment on the pitch as a result.

Cisse helps on Debuchy's throw-in, but Maloney looks to swoop in for Wigan before Santon comes across to retrieve possession.

Wigan get the action underway.

The players are out on the pitch and we're minutes away from kick-off now at the DW Stadium.

Aron Crossley writes: "As a Newcastle fan I am hoping for a demolition today. However, we are playing Wigan who are the league's most unpredictable side I've known to date. It's a massive game for both clubs, I'd like to say 4 or 5 to nil but I doubt it so I'm going for 2-2."

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez names the same side to face Newcastle at home which got the club to their first FA Cup semi-final last week. That means a Premier League debut for goalkeeper Joel Robles, with striker Callum McManaman making his first league start after recovering from an ankle injury sustained against Everton last week. Newcastle make three changes from the midweek win over Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League with Yoann Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez and Mathieu Debuchy all returning, but influential midfielder Yohan Cabaye misses out through injury.

The referee this afternoon is the one and only Mark Halsey (Lancashire).

Newcastle: Elliot, Debuchy, S.Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Gutierrez, Tiote, Marveaux, Sissoko, Gouffran, Cisse. Subs: Harper, Anita, Perch, Gosling, Haidara, Ameobi, Obertan.

Wigan: Robles, Kone, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Maloney, Gomez, McManaman, Boyce, Beausejour, Figueroa, Scharner. Subs: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Di Santo, Henriquez, McArthur, Stam, Golobart.

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to live coverage of Wigan v Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League. 18th placed Wigan desperately need victory today to close to within three points of Aston Villa, while Newcastle could climb to 10th with a win at the DW Stadium. Send your thoughts today to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or @JWoodfield365

Kick-off is at 1600 GMT.

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