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17 March 2013
• The DW Stadium, Wigan
Referee: M. Halsey
• Attendance: 22297
J. Beausejour 18'
A. Koné 90'
D. Santon 72'
An absolute massive three points for Wigan Athletic who moved three points adrift of safety after a dramatic late winner from Arouna Kone. However their success was not without controversy as Callum McManaman failed to see red despite an awful tackle of Massadio Haidara, and a clear handball was not spotted in the lead up to Wigan's winner. Newcastle will feel very aggrieved."
The Latics are now just three points from safety with a game in hand after Roberto Martinez' side netted a vital win over Newcastle to keep pace with rivals Southampton and Aston Villa, who won on Saturday. The Latics opened brightly and took the lead after Jean Beausejour took advantage of poor defending from Davide Santon to slot in from close range following Callum McManaman's cross. McManaman however was to blacken the spectacle with a horror on Newcastle substitute Massadio Haidara that left the full-back, on himself following an injury to Mathieu Debuchy, with what looks like a serious injury. Two coaches were sent to the stands at half-time following a confrontation, but Santon redeemed himself with the equaliser after an excellent finish. Wigan netted a controversial late winner following what looked like a handball from Maynor Figueroa to leave Alan Pardew fuming at the final whistle and seal the home side three points.
90' + 4'
Wigan attempt to keep the ball by the corner flag and the referee blows the full-time whistle to cap an eventful match.
90' + 3'
Wigan break clear again and Alcaraz switches play to Kone on the opposite side of the pitch and the Ivorian's curled shot wins a corner.
90' + 2'
Elliot is far off his line and Kone beats him to a thumped clearance before chasing down the loose ball, but Sissoko is able to get there first and thwart the danger.
90' + 1'
The ball falls to Shola Ameobi following a deep cross from the right flank but his shot is blocked and cleared.
Goal Arouna Kone
Kone turns the ball into net after a chaotic goalmouth scramble! Maynor Figueroa appeared to get his hand to the ball at the near post, and after Scharner attempted to turn the ball into the net both keeper Elliot and defender James Perch cleared from the goal line before Kone lashed the ball into the roof of the net.
McCarthy's cross from the left flank is sliced out for a corner by Yanga-Mbiwa.
Santon heads down Tiote's deep cross but no teammates are able to receive the ball and Wigan counter. Figueroa passes to Kone whose powerful shot is blocked.
Marveaux finds Shola Ameobi down the left channel with an excellent pass and the striker crosses low to his partner Cisse running in at the near post. Cisse's finish is wide and the striker appeals unsuccessfully for a corner insisting the keeper got a touch before it went off the pitch.
Maloney dribbles into the penalty area from the left side of the box and wins a throw-in, and shortly afterwards Ameobi gives a free kick away for a foul on Jordi Gomez allowing Wigan to retain possession.
Nicholas McGee at the DW Stadium: "10 minutes to go and you can sense the nerves among the home faithful. Wigan really need to take maximum points from this one but at the moment it is Newcastle who are looking the more likely."
Di Santo fouls Tiote on the edge of the Newcastle box and Newcastle clear.
Di Santo attempts told the ball up on the edge of the box but waits too long and his pass is intercepted.
Maloney curls his shot around the wall towards the top left corner, but his strike lacks power and direction and keeper Elliot is able to calmly catch the delivery.
Franco Di Santo
Perch fouls Beausejour on the edge of the box with a sliding challenge, which represented a risk given his previous yellow card. Franco Di Santo arrives in place of the Chilean winger for the last fifteen minutes as Maloney stands over the free kick.
Santon attacks down the right flank before laying the ball off to Marveaux, whose floated cross is beyond Shola Ameobi who is unable to control the ball.
Marveaux shows good composure on the edge of the box to slide in a neat pass to his teammate overlapping on the right flank, and Cisse is unable to connect with the low cross that results.
Scharner dwells on the ball by the centre circle and is dispossessed, allowing Sissoko to advance up the pitch towards goal but he is eventually stopped. It is clear Wigan are going for the win but they are leaving themselves open on the counter.
Nicholas McGee at the DW Stadium: "Newcastle have their leveller and suddenly the atmosphere around the DW has completely changed. The away fans are in absolute raptures and it will certainly be interesting to see how Wigan respond. Will they rally, or will the Magpies push on and deal the Latics' hopes of survival a massive blow."
Assist Papiss Cissé
Goal Davide Santon
Santon equalises! Boyce takes a throw-in from the right flank but the Latics are unable to hold onto the ball and with their defence out of position, Papiss Cisse is able to lift the ball over their back line to the overlapping Davide Santon. The Italian controls neatly before nudging the ball past Figueroa onto his right side before firmly striking an excellent finish into the bottom left corner of the net.
Wigan nervily keep the ball in the middle of the park amid Newcastle pressure.
McArthur darts around Tiote and looks to curl a shot around centre-back Steven Taylor into the bottom right corner of the goal, but Taylor deflects the shot out for a corner. Jordi Gomez' delivery towards the back post is met by Figueroa whose header flies wide of the near post.
Beausejour's outswinging corner from the left flank is met by Maynor Figueroa with a powerful header at the near post which flies over the bar.
Yellow Card Jonas Gutierrez
Gutierrez fouls Maloney, and in the pause of play target-man Shola Ameobi appears in place of Yoan Gouffran, who had looked to pose a threat with his direct running down the left flank.
Sissoko is dispossessed by Scharner who immediately looks for Kone with a long ball, and Newcastle are able to launch another attack.
Marveaux attempts to find Sissoko with a long ball over the Wigan defence, but the France international is offside.
Marveaux impresses with a run cutting inside from the right flank, but his pass to Gouffran on the left flank is overhit and Latics keeper Joel can clear with a goal kick.
Tiote fouls Maloney after he is fooled by a clever turn on the right flank, and Wigan keep possession following the free kick but Boyce's cross is caught by Rob Elliot.
Substitute James McArthur shapes to shoot from the edge of the box and Yanga-Mbiwa blocks for a corner taken by Beausejour. The delivery is met by Alcaraz but Newcastle manage to win back possession and the ball goes out for a throw-in by the half-way line.
Kone receives the ball and leads a Wigan counter-attack by feeding Maloney on the right flank, but the Scotland international disappointingly causes the move to break down with a poor pass to the left flank that Santon intercepts. It's end-to-end stuff here as Newcastle counter immediately only to see Wigan do the same as the noise from supporters increases in volume.
Callum McManaman is taken off for James McArthur to a chorus of boos from the away supporters which the home fans try to drown out with applause. The attacker looks upset as he comes off, but James McArthur should attempt to keep Wigan more solid in the middle of the park as he joins the more attack-minded Jordi Gomez and James McCarthy.
Marveaux is fouled by the centre-circle and although the referee initially plays advantage, he gives the free kick when the move breaks down. Wigan are unable to clear and after Gouffran cleverly finds Cisse on the right edge of the box, the Senegal international blasts the ball well over the bar having opted for power over placement. His teammates are disappointed he didn't strike the ball across the face of the goal and hope for a fortunate deflection to a Newcastle teammate.
Beausejour and Maloney combine neatly on the edge of the box to release the Scotland international down the left side of the box. Maloney's low cross is deflected towards McManaman whose shot is blocked by Yanga-Mbiwa.
Yellow Card James Perch
Wigan are now heaping pressure on Newcastle and after Perch clears the ball Alcaraz nips in past his opponent to head the ball back towards the Magpies' box. After an attack down the right flank is repelled Kone runs at the defence before Perch is booked for a challenge that leaves the Ivory Coast international receiving treatment. Fortunately he looks to be ok.
The referee gets the second half underway! Newcastle are out of the box quickly and win a corner, and when Marveaux's delivery is hit long Cisse manages to put the ball back towards the six-yard box and Sissoko curls a shot narrowly wide from the left edge of the box.
Nicholas McGee at the DW Stadium: "Stormy scenes at the end of the first half as Newcastle assistant John Carver is involved in an altercation with Callum McManaman. The Wigan player looks to have seriously injured Massadio Haidara and that has severely angered the visiting bench. Stewards and stadium officials eventually calm the situation but you think both Carver and McManaman could well face FA retribution in the coming days."
Unpleasant scenes follow the half-time whistle as a Newcastle coach angrily confronts Callum McManaman with the two parted by the stewards and their teammates. The Wigan attacker is lucky to still be on the pitch with his follow-through after a challenge on Massadio Haidara leaving the left-back with what looks like a serious injury.
45' + 6'
The referee blows the half-time whistle, with Newcastle having bombarded the Wigan defence to no avail in the last few minutes.
45' + 4'
Cisse blasts a chance over the bar having taken the ball off the toes of James Perch who appeared about to strike. Davide Santon's first-time cross had been met by Perch who emerged the winner in an aerial duel with Boyce, and the defender appeared about to strike the ball before Cisse's disappointing intervention.
45' + 3'
Yellow Card Paul Scharner
45' + 3'
Scharner is yellow carded for a poor and unnecessary sliding challenge on Sissoko by the half-way line. Keeper Rob Elliot steps forward to take the kick, but Wigan deal with the awkwardly bouncing delivery.
45' + 1'
The referee adds six minutes of stoppage time in light of the injuries to Debuchy and Haidara.
Papiss Cisse looks to harry keeper Joel after unsuccessfully attempting to reach an overhit through ball. Newcastle have struggled to provide the forward with adequate service in the first half, with Wigan's back three crowding him out.
Sissoko passes to Gouffran down the left flank and the forward wins a corner off Boyce, which Marveaux delivers but Maloney is able to clear.
Beausejour takes the resulting corner but the delivery is overhit and Newcastle are able to clear.
Wigan counter as James McCarthy sprints through the middle of the park onto a Beausejour through-ball, and Jonas Gutierrez having moved to left-back, saves his side with a last-ditch tackle to block McCarthy's shot.
Newcastle are settling down and are looking more composed on the ball following several reshuffles forced through injury.
Newcastle have kept the ball for their first spell of possession in a while, but Wigan look organised in defence and repel the Magpies through effective pressing before Jordi Gomez makes an interception and finds Kone, who looks to beat Yanga-Mbiwa and wins a free kick when he is fouled.
Nicholas McGee at the DW Stadium: "Wigan are continuing to dictate matters here as they push for the second goal, but Newcastle to their credit are holding out well. The home fans are enjoying this, but one man who isn't is Alan Pardew, who is pacing the sideline furiously."
Sissoko looks to counter for Newcastle when the Magpies pick up the ball, but the Latics are quick to track back and win the ball back.
Maloney turns neatly on the left edge of the box before curling a well-placed shot towards the bottom right corner of the goal, which keeper Rob Elliot does well to save diving to his left. Kone is unable to tap in the rebound and instead feeds McManaman on the right flank, whose cross is blocked but Wigan retain possession.
Beausejour is fouled by Santon on by the half-way line, and Figueroa lofts the ball forward before Wigan retain possession and pass back to Joel in goal. The Latics have got into an impressive rhythm so far, and they need to having been left six points from safety following their rivals' victories yesterday.
Beausejour's delivery is met by Boyce who is unable to keep is header down. Alcaraz collected the ball on the right edge of the box before showing good control to turn back towards goal, but he is eventually dispossessed.
McManaman shows great effort to track Yoan Gouffran's run inside the pitch from the left flank and wins the ball, before he is in turn fouled by the French forward. Wigan retain possession following the free kick and attack down the left flank before Maloney wins a corner to be taken by Beausejour.
Nicholas McGee at the DW Stadium: "Warm applause for Massadio Haidara as he stretchered off following an awful tackle from Callum McManaman. I don't think the referee saw it, but if he had, the Wigan midfielder would have surely been given his marching orders."
Newcastle take the free-kick and bring on James Perch in place of Haidara, and Wigan clear the delivery at the second attempt.
Haidara is being stretchered off the pitch, and McManaman is lucky to stay on the pitch after his challenge. Haidara controlled the ball on the left flank but the Wigan attacker could clear the ball with a big kick up the park. It was on the follow-through however that he caught the left-back on the knee while his foot was planted in the ground.
Massadio Haidara looks hurt after a challenge from Callum McManaman after he is felled having attacked down the left flank. He took a heavy blow to his knee and is currently receiving attention from the physio with the Magpies appealing to the referee for a punishment for McManaman, as Alan Pardew readies defender James Perch for entry in place of the full-back.
Nicholas McGee at the DW Stadium: "Newcastle had made the better of the early going but the home fans erupt as Jean Beausejour slots the ball under Rob Elliot. Poor defending from the visitors, but it is a goal that will surely give the Latics confidence that they can take three crucial points."
Goal Jean Beausejour
Jean Beausejour puts Wigan 1-0 up! The Latics had kept the ball in the Newcastle half for well over a minute after an impressive spell of possession before Callum McManaman beat his man on the right flank before crossing. Davide Santon was unable to adjust his feet to clear the delivery and deflected the ball into the path of Beausejour, who was quick to react and slots his team ahead from close range.
Shaun Maloney passes to Jean Beausejour on the left flank, and the Chilean's cross is blocked for a throw-in from which Wigan build an impressive spell of possession in the Newcastle half. The move breaks down when Beausejour attempts to release Maloney with a canny backheel on the left edge of the box.
Nicholas McGee at the DW Stadium: "Newcastle have made an excellent start to this game but there is some bad news for them here as Mathieu Debuchy pulls up with a hamstring injury. The right-back is replaced by Massadio Haidara, who will move to left-back, with Davide Santon moving across to the other side."
Debuchy is forced off after what had been a bright opening from the French international with what appears to be a hamstring strain brought on by his well-timed run in behind the Latics defence. He is replaced by fellow full-back Massadio Haidara, who comes in at left-back with the right-footed Davide Santon switching sides.
Scharner impressively advances the ball out from the right side of his team's back three, but gives the ball away after attempting an optimistic exchange with right wing-back Emmerson Boyce. Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran runs the ball up to the opposite end of the pitch and the Magpies feed Sissoko who chips a delicate pass over the back line to Debuchy who controls the ball and before finishing, but he is called offside.
Sylvain Marveaux wins a corner from the right flank and from the resulting delivery Steven Taylor is able to connect with a powerful header that, fortunately for Wigan, flew straight into the path of keeper Joel. That was a good chance.
Alcaraz disappointingly puts the ball out for a throw-in as he attempts to play the ball out from the back against a background of heavy Newcastle pressing in the opening ten minutes.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa commits a foul outside the edge of the box but Jordi Gomez is unable to get his shot on target from the resulting free kick.
The Magpies attack neatly down the right of midfield, with Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse combining to release Debuchy with a run towards the right edge of the box. The right-back attempts to put Cisse through on goal with a slide-rule pass but Alcaraz blocks the effort.
Newcastle look to attack down the right flank and deliver a cross which is headed away by Jordi Gomez, given a rare start in the heart of midfield ahead of James McArthur, but the Spaniard is knocked to the ground and receives treatment.
Antolin Alcaraz shields the ball away from Mathieu Debuchy for a goal kick after the right-back attempts to reach a long ball from his own half. It will be good for 22-year-old rookie keeper Joel Robles to get a chance to settle any nerves with the goal kick.
Wigan kick off at the DW Stadium!
Nicholas McGee at the DW Stadium: "The atmosphere is building here, the thousands of travelling Newcastle fans are making a right old racket. The Magpies have been in very good form in recent weeks, and have won for of their last six in all competitions. The hosts were excellent in their FA Cup win over Wigan, but have the worst home record in the Premier League and will be desperate for victory to cut the gap to 17th place Aston Villa to three points. As the teams run out ready for action, Steven Taylor ramps up the travelling fans by running straight to the away end, fists pumping. He seems up for it to say the least."
Nicholas McGee: "Good afternoon from the DW Stadium, it's a pleasantly mild afternoon here in Lancashire, perfect conditions for a vital clash at the bottom of the table. Wigan name the same side that beat Everton 3-0 in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals, with Callum McManaman making his first Premier League start and Joel Robles keeping his place in goal ahead of Ali Al Habsi. Newcastle meanwhile make three changes from the team that guided them to success in the Europa League last-16, with Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy and Sylvain Marveaux all starting. Massadio Haidara and Vurnon Anita drop to the bench, while Yohan Cabaye is out with a groin injury."
Newcastle: Elliot; Debuchy, S.Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Tiote, Gutierrez; Marveaux, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse. Subs: Harper, Haidara, Perch, Anita, Gosling, Obertan, Ameobi
Wigan: Robles; Scharner, Figueroa, Alcaraz; Boyce, McCarthy, Gomez, Beausejour; McManaman, Kone, Maloney. Subs: Al Habsi, Stam, Caldwell, Henriquez, McArthur, Golobart, Di Santo
Hi and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage as Wigan take on Newcastle at the DW Stadium. I'm @arthurvirgo here to talk through the events, and you can get involved on Twitter @GoalUK
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