Ali Al Habsi
The goalkeeper made a good save from Gutierrez but he should have done better with Newcastle’s opening goal. He was unable to hold onto Barton’s shot and that allowed Lovenkrands to poke the ball against the post before Ameobi scored from the rebound.
the full back began the first half at right back but moved to the left to deal with the pace of Simpson.
He failed to beat Ameobi in the air for the majority of the game and was given a lot of trouble by the Newcastle striker. Was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet but his header crashed against the bar in the first half.
At fault for Ameobi’s goal, he miscontrolled a pass from Watson which allowed Barton to rob him and eventually Newcastle punished him. He struggled against the pace of Simpson and the creativity of Barton down the Newcastle right which led to him switching flanks.
The defender had a tough time coping with Ameobi and Lovenkrands, beaten in the air and struggled with the pace on the ground. Was unlucky not to open the scoring, but his header was straight at Harper.
The Honduran looked to provide a shield in front of his defence but at times he was overrun by the confident Newcastle midfield. Was replaced at half time by James McArthur as Martinez looked for more attacking options in his midfield.
Struggled to get into the game and when he was able to he was kept quiet by Enrique. Replaced by Boselli in the 60th minute.
A strong performance from the midfielder but he struggled against the combination of Tiote and Nolan.
Had a handful of chances to score for his side but, with Sir Alex Ferguson watching, he was unable to take any of them. He sent two good curling shots towards goal but was denied by Harper and a deflection. Should have scored from a Diame cross in the first half but he volleyed over the bar from close range.
Provided the creativity in the Wigan midfield but was unable to get lots of time on the ball to punish Newcastle. He provided a good crosses which none of his team-mates were unable to get on the end of but that didn’t discourage him as he kept working hard throughout the match.
The striker struggled on his own upfront against Taylor and Coloccini, and was unable to win anything in the air. Should have scored when a Caldwell header rebounded to him off the crossbar, but volleyed over.
The keeper looked nervous at the start of the match but an early save from Cleverley seemed to help him settle down. He was saved on a couple of occasions by his crossbar, but otherwise he was not heavily tested on his return to the team.
Was able to keep Jordi Gomez quiet through tight marking and good pace, and was rarely beaten by the winger. Nonetheless, there were occasions where he was caught out of position which gave Gomez the chance to deliver dangerous balls into the penalty area.
Was dominant in the air against Rodallega and worked well with Taylor to nullify Wigan attacks. Came close to scoring in the closing moments of the first half but his header from a Barton corner flicked the crossbar before going behind for a goal kick.
Provided an attacking threat down the Newcastle right wing and gave Gohouri a tough time which saw the defender switch sides. Looked comfortable in defence, supported by Barton in front of him. Was kept busy by the lively Cleverley and the two former Manchester United colleagues had a tough battle down the Wigan left.
Like Coloccini, he was rarely tested by the Wigan attack. He let his partner handle Rodallega which allowed him to deal with any midfield runners from the home side.
Was full of energy and eager to get on the ball whenever he could, the midfielder worked tirelessly alongside Nolan and constantly frustrated Wigan by being in the right place at the right time.
The midfielder was as lively as ever and caused Wiganlots of problems with his neat passing and clever movement. Was involved in most of what Newcastle did well, and on another day could have had three assists.
The captain fought hard in the middle of the field alongside Tiote, and together they dominated against Thomas, Watson and Diame. Didn’t show much of the attacking threat that he normally does but helped give his side a good base from which they could launch their attacks.
A constant pain for the Wigan defence, he was strong and dominant in the air and caused havoc for Caldwell and Alcaraz. He was in the perfect place to fire home in the 19th minute and register his seventh goal in all competitions this season. Was replaced by Best in the 77th minute to a standing ovation from the visiting supporters.
Worked well alongside Ameobi and read the knock-downs particularly well to get behind the Wigan defence. Was unlucky to hit the post in the lead up to Ameobi’s goal and on another day could have had two goals himself. Was replaced by Routledge midway through the second half.
- 12 M. Pollitt
- 13 S. Caldwell
- 31 M. Figueroa
- 24 Piscu
Replaced Thomas at half time but struggled to get into the game against Nolan and Tiote.
Introduced with seven minutes to go but struggled to make an impact.
Replaced Gomez as Wigan Martinez went for broke with two strikers up front. Unable to trouble the Newcastle defence.
- 26 T. Krul
- 14 J. Perch
- 6 M. Williamson
Was full of pace when he replaced Lovenkrands but was unable to find the right pass or cross to allow his side to double their lead.
- 30 N. Ranger
Replaced Ameobi and should have sealed the win with a goal in the last minute of the game.
Replaced Nolan in the dying minutes of the match.