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Premier League

  • 28 April 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 22187

Wigan 4-0 Newcastle: Masterful Moses inspires Latics to dent Toon's top-four hopes

Wigan 4-0 Newcastle: Masterful Moses inspires Latics to dent Toon's top-four hopes

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Roberto Martinez's men ensured the Magpies had a miserable afternoon at the DW Stadium, with Shaun Maloney and Franco Di Santo impressing for the relegation battlers

Wigan Athletic took a step closer to securing their Premier League status with a dominant 4-0 win over Newcastle United at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

Victor Moses gave the hosts the lead with a well-placed header and doubled the score with a confident finish inside the box.

The excellent Shaun Maloney added a third, and then Franco Di Santo topped it off with a brilliant finish before half-time.

There was little to discuss in terms of starting line-up changes, as Wigan made just the one replacement with Jordi Gomez dropping to the bench and Maloney coming in for him, whilst the visitors’ side was exactly the same as the one that beat Stoke 3-0 last weekend.

Wigan started as the team in the ascendancy and Emmerson Boyce almost had a chance to open the scoring after Di Santo headed Maloney’s free-kick back across the goal, but the defender stumbled at the crucial moment, with the move coming to nothing.

Newcastle enjoyed more of the possession, but it was Wigan who went closest again moments later. Good combination play between Maloney and Jean Beausejour saw the Chilean deliver a cross from the left, but the clearance was poor, allowing Victor Moses to shoot, however it was easy for Tim Krul.

The visitors came into the game with huge confidence, but with not even 20 minutes gone, that belief had been shaken to its foundations as the hosts took a commanding lead.

Maloney, who had been causing problems from the first whistle, did brilliantly to spread play to the right, and Boyce then beat Davide Santon before crossing left-footed straight onto the head of Moses who directed it past Krul.

Newcastle were visibly annoyed, but seconds later it got even worse as Maloney linked up well once again with Beausejour, but even though the former Club America man’s cross was not brilliant, it ricocheted into the path of Moses who expertly stroked it into the bottom right corner.

7.5 The opening minutes of the match summed up his entire performance as he started in a confident mood. He was often involved in attacking play, getting an assist for Maloney’s goal and produced a moment of magic as he got Wigan’s fourth. Could perhaps get his head up a little earlier.

The Magpies managed to keep the score down for the next 20 minutes or so, but the fact they were not creating anything soon came back to haunt them as Wigan got their third of the half.

James McCarthy played the ball into Di Santo’s feet and the Argentine moved it on straight away, playing the ball in behind Danny Simpson for Maloney to run onto. The former Aston Villa man then held his nerve as he placed the ball to Krul’s left and into the goal.

Newcastle were insistent on attacking and Hatem Ben Arfa was trying to make things happen as he went on a mazy run, dribbling past three players, but the Frenchman was halted by Maynor Figueroa.

If things were already looking a bit peculiar from a Wigan perspective, it was about to get even better. The Latics were stroking the ball around the edge of the Newcastle area and, after being given space, Di Santo
opted to let fly and picked out the top corner expertly to give his side a 4-0 half-time lead.

After the break Newcastle were certainly pushing harder than in the first half, but luck appeared to have deserted them.

Papiss Cisse was looking dangerous as he first tested Ali Al-Habsi from the edge of the box, only for the effort to be saved, before his curled shot came back off the crossbar with Al-Habsi beaten.

It was the first period of serious pressure Newcastle had enjoyed, but they were not getting much out of it. Wigan went close themselves around the same time, as Di Santo forced his way into the area, but after receiving a pass back from Moses the forward's shot was saved by Krul.

Next to try his luck for the visitors was Ben Arfa, who was looking increasingly frustrated. The French winger twisted and turned on the edge of the area before firing narrowly wide, while seconds later Cisse could not get himself on the end of Yohan Cabaye’s deep cross from the left.

With 20 minutes to go, Wigan had been sitting back for a considerable amount of time, inviting pressure onto themselves, but their defensive performance until then had been so good they had no reason to be worried.

There was still time for Connor Sammon to almost grab a fifth for Wigan as the striker poked the ball past Krul after a poor block from Mike Williamson, but Fabricio Coloccini got back to clear meaning Newcastle were able to keep a clean sheet in the second half.

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