Premier League & FA Cup as it happened

Live text commentary as Newcastle beat Wigan in the Premier League and Cheltenham are held by Hereford in the FA Cup.

3 December 2012 Last updated at 22:28 GMT

Get involved

To get involved contact us in any of the following ways

As it happened

  1. 2227: 

    Tomorrow, the Champions League returns with Manchester City away at Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal at Olympiakos. The latter are already through and the former already out. But that's no reason to not follow Tom Rostance as he guides you through the action. That is it for me tonight. I'll see thee.

  2. 2227: 

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "It became a very different game inside 10 minutes. You give away a two-goal cushion and a man down. I was extremely proud of the reaction of my players. We gave a real feeling of fear to the Newcastle players. It's a big decision and you need to be certain. It's a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge and we're unfortunate in that call. The ball is in between the two players and it's a fair race. It's a key decision with a penalty and a man down and I think it's too much of a punishment. I thought the decision was a little bit harsh."


    OptaJoe on Twitter: "21,000 - Demba Ba's second goal tonight was the 21,000th scored in the Premier League. Milestone."

  4. 2220: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "It's been difficult for the players and staff and it was nice to get a break tonight, and it was a break, we got one tonight. I think it was a penalty, when the defender is coming across the striker and he's got a goal chance the referee has got a tough decision. I think it was a penalty and that gave us a great start to the game."

    On Demba Ba's contract situation: "Demba loves it here, it's a football city, we've tried to take the clause [£7.5m get out] out but we haven't been successful with that and that is difficult for us and Demba."


    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter: "That result will ruin Wigan's positive mentality, prepare for them to become the whipping boys again"

  6. 2217: 

    Newcastle keeper Tim Krul on Sky Sports: "It's a massive win for us, we knew we needed the three points. The pressure was on but the intensity we had at Stoke, we did that again and started really well. We must be proud, we can take a lot of confidence from this - we needed this. I think tonight we showed what a quality team we are."


    Hugh Moxon on Twitter: "I wouldn't say losing our two star performers of the season - Ba and Santon - is having all the luck."

  8. 2212: 

    Back when Gael Bigirimana was a Coventry player, BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher wrote about him for this very website. I suggest you have a read.

  9. 2209: 

    Tonight's 3-0 win over Wigan represents Newcastle's biggest Premier League victory in eight months since beating Stoke 3-0 at home on April 21.


    David Savage on Twitter: "That should shut any silly chat about pressure on Pardew up. League is tight and only 6 pts off 6th! Long way to go!!"

  11. 2205: 

    Dodgy hair but a cracking player. Gael Bigirimana is the first player from Burundi to score in the Premier League. He is also the 89th different nationality to score in the division say Infostrada.

  12. 2202: 

    Newcastle don't move up the table - remaining 14th - but they improve their points haul to 17 and their goal difference to -4. Wigan (14 points) drop to 16th due to goal difference, two points above the bottom three.

  13. 2159:  
    Phil Brown on Radio 5 live at St James' Park:

    "I'm always delighted for managers - Alan Pardew was under pressure. Newcastle fans demand them to win and to play well. But it's a bit of a damp squib for Roberto Martinez. Newcastle had all the luck tonight and Wigan had none."

  14. 2155: 

    So, Newcastle pick up their first Premier League victory since October 28 to end a run of four successive defeats, and Wigan lose their fifth of seven top-flight away matches this season.

  15. 2154: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 3-0 Wigan
  16. 2153: 

    Great skill from Arouna Kone, followed by a poor finish. The Wigan striker beats his man on the byline but pokes an effort behind the goal. That'll be Wigan's - and the game's - final chance.

  17. 2152: 

    Sammy Ameobi has a shot from outside the area but it is never troubling Ali Al-Habsi and dribbles well wide of goal.

  18. 2152: 

    One positive for Wigan tonight is the performance of Ronnie Stam. He does well to get another cross in from the right but Tim Krul comes out to claim.


    Allan Mugane on Twitter: "Now that Demba Ba could be sidelined, Papiss Cisse can start scoring. Simultaneous scoring is clearly not their thing"

  20. 2150: 

    The board shows four minutes are to be added to the 90. We are into that injury time now.

  21. 2149: 

    Papiss Cisse nearly adds his name to the scoresheet as Shane Ferguson does superbly to get himself into a crossing position from the left but the striker can only poke a shot into Ali Al-Habsi's arms.

  22. 2147: 

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Whaddon Road: "They didn't exactly dominate the game but Hereford have done themselves proud tonight. What they lacked in elegant passing they made up for in sheer determination. Cheltenham showed promise but quickly ran out of ideas and will need a much-improved performance in a tough replay at Edgar Street."

  23. 2147: 

    This is worrying for Newcastle. Demba Ba limps off the field with what looks like a hamstring injury. They will finish the game with 10 men after making all their substitutions. More concerning is the severity of the injury. With the amount of players Newcastle have out they certainly can't afford tom lose their top scorer.

  24. 2145: 

    That's poor play from both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse. They break away into the Wigan half but the former doesn't hold his run and the latter takes no notice before playing his pass into the middle. It is a clear offside when it should have been a goal.

  25. 2142: 

    Wigan complete their set of changes as Callum McManaman comes on for Franco Di Santo.

  26. 2141: 

    Strange decision from Wigan. They have a free-kick in the Newcastle half but David Jones takes it short and they then feed the ball all the way back to their own keeper. Odd.


    Jamie Bishop on Twitter: "Good performances for some of the fringe players tonight. Will keep the places for the game against Bordeaux"

  28. 2140: 

    Newcastle looking to put the icing on the cake as Shane Ferguson drives to the byline and digs out a cross but it is too high for Papiss Cisse in the box.

  29. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Cheltenham 1-1 Hereford

    So, it'll be replay at Edgar Street for the right to host Everton in round three of the FA Cup.

  30. 2136: 

    Sammy Ameobi wastes no time to make a mark as he is booked for pulling back his man within seconds of coming on. Soon after, Wigan's James McCarthy fouls Vurnon Anita but escapes punishment.


    Stephen McWilliams on Twitter: "Tiote substituted for Bigi and he only scores the exact goal Tiote has been trying all night! Great strike!"

  32. 2134: 

    Newcastle's final change sees Sammy Ameobi come on for Jonas Gutierrez.

  33. 2134: 

    Wigan keep plugging away and nearly fashion something when a cross from the right is aimed towards Arouna Kone in the box. Tim Krul rises above the Wigan forward to punch clear.

  34. 2131:  
    Phil Brown on Radio 5 live at St James' Park:

    "Now it's game over. Absolute world class strike. Not bad for a £1m. All of a sudden all the frustrations have gone and you could be looking at a 4-0."

  35. 2129: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 3-0 Wigan - Gael Bigirimana

    Pick that one out! That is a cracking goal to settle this game once and for all. Newcastle pour forward and the ball is fed to Gael Bigirimana on the left. He shows good skill to cut inside on to his left foot before unleashing a rising shot from the edge of the box that rises into the far top corner. That is his first Newcastle goal and it is an absolute belter.

  36. 2129: 

    Down the other end, Papiss Cisse has a pop from range but misses the target.

  37. 2128: 

    Arouna Kone does really well down the Wigan right to get a low cross in. It is aimed for Franco Di Santo, but Mike Williamson is well-placed to intercept and clear.


    Dave Worley on Twitter: "Pretty sure if my team were 2-0 up and defending fairly comfortably I wouldn't care how their attacking play was"

  39. 2126: 

    Franco Di Santo was shown a yellow card for complaining about Shane Ferguson's tackle.

  40. 2125: 

    Shane Ferguson makes his mark with a crunching tackle on Franco Di Santo. It is a perfectly good challenge but leaves the Wigan striker needing a bit of treatment before getting back to his feet.


    Will in York, via text: "Sylvain Marveaux where have you been all my life!"

  42. 2123: 

    The home fans are frustrated at St James' Park. They expect their team to be taking this Wigan side apart. They are not, though, as Wigan are making it hard work. Unfortunately, it is not making for the most gripping of contests.


    Sanj on Twitter: "Poor stuff from Newcastle in the 2nd half. They're so desperate to get that win, they're happy to defend & settle against 10 men"

  44. 2119: 

    An hour gone at St James' Park and Wigan are at least making a contest of the second half. Unfortunately, all the damage was done in the first and Newcastle don't really need to do anything other than hold the Latics at arm's length.

  45. 2116: 

    The Newcastle fans find their voice, sensing their team are being a bit complacent as Ronnie Stam again gets a cross in. Danny Simpson clears and starts an attack that ends with Gael Bigirimana firing in a shot from the edge of the box that Ali Al-Habsi parries before Papiss Cisse back-heels into the sidenetting.

  46. 2114: 

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Whaddon Road: "After a cagey start to the second half, Cheltenham boss Mark Yates sends for reinforcements in the shape of substitutes Jeff Goulding and Russ Penn. Hereford lost their way for a while but are picking up the pace once again. Too close to call at the moment."

  47. 2113: 

    Arouna Kone wins another corner for his side, which they take short and waste. Ronnie Stam gets caught in the face by Jonas Gutierrez's hand but it wasn't malicious and the Wigan man accepts his opponents apology before play continues.

  48. 2112: 

    What a goal that would have been. Newcastle's Sylvain Marveaux skips between two Wigan defenders and into the box but his shot is straight at Ali Al-Habsi, who saves.

  49. 2111: 

    If Wigan can get a goal you sense the nerves would really kick in for Newcastle. They still look dodgy at the back. Arouna Kone does well to beat his man but his cross is poor. Even so, Mike Williamson's clearing header is worse and he is lucky no Wigan player was following up down the left.


    Ben Rigby on Twitter: "Harsh treatment of Al-Habsi recently, he's a fantastic keeper. Rare mistakes that shouldn't overshadow an incredible few years."

  51. 2108: 

    Davide Santon has been great for Newcastle tonight but his game is over to what looks like a injury to his leg. Shane Ferguson comes on to replace him. Shouldn't be too much of a blow to the home side for tonight in the circumstances but they can't afford to lose another good player for long.

  52. 2107: 

    Wigan start positively in the first few minutes of the second half but the Newcastle defence holds firm. Just. Ronnie Stam does really well to cut in down the right past two home players before crossing low to the near post where Tim Krul saves and Fabricio Coloccini clears. Soon after Franco Di Santo smashes a shot from range wide of goal.

  53. 2105: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Newcastle 2-0 Wigan
  54. 2103: 

    A change for both sides as Gael Bigirimana comes on for Cheick Tiote for Newcastle and Gary Caldwell is withdrawn to be replaced by Adrian Lopez for Wigan. Both Caldwell and Tiote had been spoken to a few times by the officials - with the former booked - so those changes are probably sensible.

  55. 2103: 

    I should clarify, the entry at 20:56 refers to the Premier league era.

  56. 2100: 

    Little goalmouth to action to report in the first 10 minutes of the second half at Cheltenham. It remains 1-1 there between League Two Cheltenham and Hereford of the Blue Square Premier.

  57. 2056: 

    Another goal and Demba Ba will join illustrious company tonight. If he scores again he will become only the third Newcastle player to have scored multiple hat tricks at St James' Park after Alan Shearer and Andy Cole.


    Jon Guck on Twitter: "Tiote is game as a badger tonight"

    Jordan Thornberry on Twitter: "The atmosphere at St. James Park is missing, they're winning 2-0 and they're silent, what more do they want?!"

    Liam Stones on Twitter: "Just when I start to think Demba #Ba hasnt done anything recently he scores 2 in 20 minutes #brilliantPlayer"

  59. 2051:  
    Phil Brown on Radio 5 live at St James' Park:

    "It's certainly not over. Wigan will be delighted with their performance after 2-0 but before then you have to question them defensively. The red card is almost like a get out jail card when you're a manager under pressure. He [Alan Pardew] has got the luck of the draw tonight."

    You can listen to live commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  60. 2050: 

    Wigan have an absolute mountain to climb at St James' Park. 2-0 down and a man light after Maynor Figueroa's red card. In contrast, Newcastle are sitting pretty with the potential to notch few more goals to boost their confidence after what has been a shocking run of late.


    Craig, Birmingham, via text: "Yet another example of how managers/ex managers and 'so called experts' know so little they know about the laws, how was that sending off a surprise???"

  62. 2048: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Cheltenham 1-1 Hereford
  63. 2048: 
    HALF-TIME- Newcastle 2-0 Wigan
  64. 2047: 

    The half ends pretty much how it began as far as chances are concerned as Newcastle's Cheick Tiote blazes a shot from range that misses the target.

  65. 2045: 

    That could possibly have been another yellow card for Wigan as James McArthur gives the ball away to Demba Ba before hacking him down. No card is forthcoming, though.

  66. 2045: 

    Arouna Kone does really well to win Wigan a corner with some persistent play down the left and he is able to get his head on the resulting delivery but a Newcastle player blocks (with Wigan players appealing in vain for handball) and clears.

  67. 2043: 

    Three minutes to go in the first half at St James' Park and the home side are very comfortable. Franco Di Santo looks to get Wigan going but his shot from 25 yards swings well wide of the post.


    Dales from Peterborough, via text: "I wish Newcastle had players with the surname Black and Sheep and they were to score in that order"

  69. 2041: 

    To be fair to Wigan, they're still trying to play passing football. But with a man less they simply do not have the capacity to hurt Newcastle. Ronnie Stam looks to push on down the right but he is easily halted and dispossessed.


    Andy Hudson on Twitter: "I think if #Wigan had a central defender on the bench, Caldwell would be substituted and eating pie! He's having a shocker!"

  71. 2039: 

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Whaddon Road: "At times Cheltenham really showed their class with some neat passing play, but they've been caught short on numerous occasions by a bolshie Hereford side who are growing in confidence. It's been frenetic and mistake-ridden at times but highly entertaining nonetheless. Plenty more goals in this one."

  72. 2039: 

    It looks like just a matter of time before Newcastle score again. Cheick Tiote is the latest to have a pop with a long-range effort that just misses the target.

  73. 2038: 

    Oh, good effort from Sylvain Marveaux. His free-kick following the Caldwell foul is curling but just not enough to sneak in at Ali Al-Habsi's far post.

  74. 2037: 

    Wigan's Gary Caldwell is skirting a fine line. He drags down Demba Ba near the edge of his own box and is lucky to escape without a second booking. If he hadn't already got a yellow, you suspect he would have seen one for that.

  75. 2035: 
    HALF-TIME- Cheltenham 1-1 Hereford
  76. 2035: 

    Ronnie Stam looks to create something for Wigan down the right and his cross is a good one into the box but a superb intervention from Fabricio Coloccini not only cuts the ball out but controls it for a team-mate to clear. Lovely stuff.

  77. 2033: 

    Newcastle's Demba Ba has a sniff of a hat-trick as Davide Santon's cross from the left bounces around in the box but the striker cannot get a goal-bound touch before Ali Al-Habsi claims.


    Greg Matthews on Twitter: "Ali Al-Flapsi at fault again for another goal. What a surprise. He's beginning to prove costly to Wigan."

  79. 2031: 

    More disciplinary action for Wigan as Gary Caldwell goes through the back of Demba Ba and earns himself a booking. That means the defender will miss the next game against QPR. As will Maynor Figueroa. The Latics are going to have to dig deep for defenders for that match.

  80. 2029: 

    Good persistence from Franco Di Santo nearly allows him to nick the ball off Mike Williamson and get in goal. The Newcastle defender just manages to come away with the ball to clear, though. Wigan will need a lot more of that determination if they are to have even a sniff of a chance here.


    Matt, Sheffield, via text: "Shoulder to shoulder? What incident are people watching?! Clearly shoves him with his arm. Harsh red, definite pen."

  82. 2027:  
    Phil Brown on Radio 5 live at St James' Park:

    "Should he have made that change 10 minutes ago? I don't know, it's difficult to criticise a manager where that's concerned but it's damage limitation now rather than trying to get back into the game. They've got to stick with their philosophy and try to play their way back into it."

    You can listen to live commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.


    damihce726 on Twitter: "Knowing Newcastle, they'll probably find a way to muck this up .... but surely this one is safe? Surely?"

  84. 2023: 

    This was always on the cards for Wigan. They've lost a defender to a red card so they need reinforcements to bolster their defensive effort. James McArthur comes on for Jordi Gomez. That may well dictate a switch to three at the back for the visitors. Now all they need to worry about is trying to score at least two goals.

  85. 2022: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 2-0 Wigan - Demba Ba (21 mins)

    Newcastle double their lead and Demba Ba doubles his tally. Davide Santon smashes a shot from way out. It is too hot for Ali Al Habsi and Ba follows up to slot home with ease. That could be game over already. Wigan could be in for a long night.


    Ali Lawson on Twitter: "Never a penalty! It was shoulder to shoulder."

    Declan Wilson on Twitter: "Harsh on Wigan...since when did a shoulder barge become a foul?! There would be penalties at all levels if that was a foul!"

  87. 2019:  
    Phil Brown on Radio 5 live at St James' Park:

    "The goalkeeper's got the ball. Yes, he's the last man but the keeper's getting his hands on the ball. I think the penalty was punishment enough for me."

    You can listen to live commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  88. 2019: 

    The goal was supposed to settle Newcastle down but Mike Wiliamson and Fabricio Coloccini nearly get themselves into a right muddle trying to play out at the back. The Former's pass puts the latter under pressure and his panic nearly allows Arouna Kone to nip in. Fortunately for the home side, the ball just evades the Wigan forward, who would have had a clear run on goal.

  89. 2017: 

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Whaddon Road: "The Cheltenham fans' cries of 'Are you watching Everton?' have now been adopted by the Hereford supporters. After a nervous start the Bulls are looking a lot more composed in possession, although they haven't quite figured out how to deal with pesky little winger Jermaine McGlashan."

  90. 2017: 

    The Wigan players are not best pleased about the decision to award a penalty but they are fuming at the red card shown to Maynor Figueroa. Jean Beausejour gets a booking for his continued harassing of the assistant referee.

  91. 2013: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-0 Wigan - Demba Ba (13 mins)

    Demba Ba has scored half of Newcastle's goals this season and he makes no mistake from the spot with a well-taken penalty into the bottom right-hand corner of Ali Al Habsi's goal.

  92. 2013: 
    RED CARD- Wigan - Maynor Figueroa (12 mins)

    Whoa, I wasn't expecting that. It was a foul on Cisse by Maynor Figueroa but a red card? I suppose in theory he was the last man, but it is still a surprising call from referee Mike Jones.

  93. 2012: 
    PENALTY- Newcastle

    Newcastle's front two combine as Demba Ba plays the ball through for Papiss Cisse, who is bundled to the ground by Maynor Figueroa in the box.


    Jamie Hardesty on Twitter: "Pardew abandoning the 4-4-2 is pleasing to see. Bright Wigan start but Newcastle can soak it up and win this ultimately"

  95. 2009:  
    Phil Brown on Radio 5 live at St James' Park:

    "I think what Newcastle fans will want to see is a good fluent performance especially after you've lost four on the bounce and I'm sure that is what Alan Pardew is hoping for - being able to match Wigan's flowing passing game."

    You can listen to live commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  96. 2007: 

    Meanwhile, back at St James' Park, Franco Di Santo draws a good save out of home keeper Tim Krul with a shot from the edge of the box.

  97. 2004: 
    GOAL- Cheltenham 1-1 Hereford - Josh O'Keefe (20 mins)

    The Bulls hit back as Ryan Bowman finds space on the left to chip in a cross that Josh O'Keefe meets with his head to draw a good block from home keeper Scott Brown. But the Robins number 1 is powerless to prevent O'Keefe following up to smash Hereford level. The away fans go absolutely nuts.

  98. 2004: 

    Cheick Tiote is right in the middle of things early on at St James' Park. The midfielder's late challenge sends Jordi Gomez flying but the Newcastle man gets away without a booking.

  99. 2003: 

    One thing Newcastle probably don't want to do tonight is concede the first goal. Wigan are one of five Premier League clubs this season who are unbeaten after netting the opening goal. The others are both Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Swansea.

  100. 2002: 

    Early effort from the home side at St James' Park as Cheick Tiote looks to get Newcastle off to the best possible start. His effort from distance is well struck but whistle just past the post.

  101. 2001: 
    KICK-OFF- Newcastle v Wigan (20:00 GMT)
  102. 2000: 
    GOAL- Cheltenham 1-0 Hereford - Shaun Harrad (16 mins)

    The League Two side take the lead as Jermaine McGlashan's low cross into the six-yard box is converted superbly by a neat flick from Shaun Harrad.


    Nasim From London, via text: "I think its looking like a Wigan win for me Newcastle have been below their standard for me so far this season."

  104. 1958: 

    The teams are on their way out at St James' Park. Kick-off in about two minutes time, once we've had some handshakes and a coin toss.

  105. 1956: 

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez hopes that having his team in their red third strip tonight will prove a lucky omen. It will be the first time Wigan have played in red since 2003 when they were crowned Division Two champions. "We have some very happy memories of playing in red kits and I feel it's important that you associate iconic kits with success," the Spaniard said. "Hopefully we will be able to look back on Monday's game with similar sentiments. First when we wore red it was a very nice moment in the victory against Huddersfield in the 100 point season to get promotion and I don't think we were very lucky with our third kit being white so we're looking to see how we can perform with this new kit."

  106. 1954: 

    Some good old-school chanting going on at Cheltenham every time a goalkeeper launches a goal-kick. You know the chant I'm talking about. It ends in "aggghhhhhh".


    Simon at uni in Aberystwyth, via text: "Huge game tonight financially for hereford. Would love a win for the bulls tonight so I'm home from uni to watch the game."

  108. 1952: 

    Newcastle's forward-line is potent, but their defence has been found lacking so far this season. As Infostrada explain, They have have conceded in their last nine Premier League matches and kept only one clean sheet all season. This is their longest run without a clean sheet since returning to the division in 2009 and longest since a 12-match streak from September to November 2007.

  109. 1949: 

    First effort at goal at Cheltenham. Well, I saw "at goal". Hereford's Will Evans launches a shot from range over the bar and over the stand.

    You can listen to live commentary of this match on radio 5 live sports extra

  110. 1948: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted he has been shocked by his side's poor Premier League form. "We really need to get a result in the Premier League. We have drifted down the league because of this little run," he said. "It's almost been a shock of a run. We were going quite well, thinking we were having a decent season and waiting for our best form, and suddenly we have lost four games. It's been a bit of a shock for us and we need to get over that shock pretty quickly."

  111. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Cheltenham v Hereford (19:45 GMT)

    Tarron Lander on Twitter: "Hoping for a Wigan win tonight and a much needed 3 points! Up the Latics"

    Warren Smith on Twitter: "Newcastle have seriously missed the creative influence from midfield this season. Thinking Wigan 1 - 0 win tonight"

  113. 1945:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Coming up at 20:00 GMT, commentary of Newcastle v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live. At half time, 5 Live Football League will look at the sacking of Micky Mellon at Fleetwood and a live interview with Karl Robinson, the MK Dons manager.

  114. 1943: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "When you lose the creativity that we have [through injuries] it is a problem for the team, we have to find new ways to be creative and new ways to win. The games are getting important now, we're not used to losing and we don't like it. We look to the senior players to help get us out of this situation - the young players that have come in have struggled because are senior players have been out of form so we are looking for big performances from them."

  115. 1940: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez: "We had a good start to season in terms of the way we played and the performances we put in, but we have not had enough positive results. Last time we played here at Newcastle it was a really attacking game. It will probably be a lot closer this time and we expect a really tough game. They have got a lot of quality in their forward line and I wouldn't say they are vulnerable at the moment at all. The quality of their forward line is as good as it gets in European football."

  116. 1936: 
    Cheltenham v Hereford (19:45 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Whaddon Road: "Despite sitting pretty in League Two, Cheltenham may have a few nerves going in tonight's tie. They've only managed to beat Non-league Hereford once in their last 12 meetings and it's 43 years since the claimed victory at home to the Bulls.

    "The visitors' impressive historical advantage and 1,300 travelling fans will give them confidence, and both sides will no doubt be buoyed by the prospect of a money-spinning meeting with Everton in the next round. Both pride and profit riding on this one."


    Chris Taylor on Twitter: "At best a draw here no chance of a clean sheet for the toon, Williamson is always out of position and cant deal with crosses"

    Aleks Klosok on Twitter: "For all the injuries #NUFC boast a strong starting XI. With Europa League progress secured the focus must now be on the league"

    James Frecknall on Twitter: "There's only actually one match on tonight: Cheltenham vs Hereford - a local derby with huge ramifications. Come on you Bulls"

  118. 1932: 

    Wigan have lost three of their last four matches - conceding nine goals in the process. The Latics have only scored four away Premier League goals this season, a record only matched by Aston Villa. The last time these two met both were in red-hot form. It couldn't be more of a contrast tonight.

  119. 1929: 

    Newcastle have never lost at home to Wigan in seven league and cup games. But the Latics have earned two draws from their last three trips to Tyneside. Six of the 12 previous Premier League matches between these two have finished 1-0 victories. Of these six games both sides have three wins apiece.

  120. 1926: 

    Neither Newcastle nor Wigan fans will need reminding what happened the last time these two sides met. It was on 28 April this year at the DW Stadium. Newcastle came into the game flying high on a run of six successive wins that had given them hope of a top-four finish. They left Lancashire with these hopes severely dented and a goal difference worsened by four as yet another victim of Wigan's stunning sweep to Premier League safety.

  121. 1923: 
    LINE-UPS- Newcastle v Wigan (20:00 GMT)

    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Marveaux, Tiote, Anita, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse. Subs: Harper, Bigirimana, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Ranger, Ferguson, Tavernier.

    Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Gomez, Jones, McCarthy, Beausejour, Di Santo, Kone. Subs: Pollitt, McManaman, McArthur, Boselli, Fyvie, Lopez, Golobart.

    Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)


    George in Gloucester, via text: "Was a Cheltenham fan for 8 years of my childhood and they were awful but I remember the fa cup game against newcastle and would like to see ctfc get through tonight :)"

  123. 1920: 
    LINE-UPS- Cheltenham v Hereford (19:45 GMT)

    Cheltenham: Brown, Lowe, Bennett, Elliott, Jones, Pack, Carter, McGlashan, Taylor, Mohamed, Harrad. Subs: Roberts, Deering, Duffy, Goulding, Penn, D'Ath, Jombati.

    Hereford: Bittner, Gallinagh, Graham, Stam, Heath, Smikle, Pell, Evans, O'Keefe, Clucas, Bowman. Subs: Hanford, Clist, Marsh, McQuilkin, Perry.

    Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)


    Sam Birch on Twitter: "Can feel a Wigan win tonight, Newcastle have been really really poor so far this season."

    SteveK on Twitter: "Too many fans panicking at this stage of the season. The winners of tonight's game will be 9 points off 3rd place."

    Yinka Akinloye on Twitter: "Newcastle not having the best luck with injuries but I think they'll win tonight courtesy of some demba demba magic."

  125. 1918: 

    If we stick to the Newcastle formula of purple and grey players - the former representing "elite", the latter "emerging" - then today's game is practically 50 shades of grey. Both sides are lacking an abundance of first-teamers.

    Yohan Cabaye, Shola Ameobi (both groin), Steven Taylor, Hatem Ben Arfa (both hamstring) and Gabriel Obertan (toe) are missing for Newcastle, along with the suspended James Perch.

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has rated both Gary Caldwell and David Jones at "50-50" to overcome respective knocks. Antolin Alcaraz, Albert Crusat, Ivan Ramis and Ben Watson are among the Latics' own lengthy injury list.

  126. 1915: 
    Newcastle v Wigan (20:00 GMT)

    The gold fish bowl that is Monday night football is perhaps the last thing Newcastle and their boss Alan Pardew need right now. The Magpies' wretched five-game winless run during November has seen them slide from potential challengers for one of the coveted Champions League spots to candidates for relegation. Wigan, like Newcastle, will begin proceedings with 14 points from 14 games, two points above the relegation zone, but boss Roberto Martinez believes his side's away form is improving with every fixture.

  127. 1912: 

    If you think there is only one game on tonight, you're wrong. As well as Newcastle v Wigan, there is an FA Cup second-round tie between Cheltenham and Hereford, with the winners claiming the right to host Everton in the next round.

    If you want to pass comment on either of tonight's matches you can do either by text message, on the number 81111 (UK only), or on Twitter, using the #bbcfootball hashtag.

  128. 1908: 

    For Wigan - equal on points with Newcastle but three goals and a league place worse off - it is a case of same situation, different season.

    The Latics are no strangers to wrong end of the Premier League table, having undertaken a relegation battle on a regular basis in recent seasons. That they have succeeded in their quest to remain in the division (no more spectacularly than last campaign) shows they have the grit to mix it when they need to. Maybe not the best opponents for an out-of-form, under-strength and nervous Newcastle.

  129. 1904: 

    I was, of course, being facetious in the conclusion of that first entry. Alan Pardew has undoubtedly been a success at the club, helping re-establish them as a side of genuine promise. And you cannot fault the club for having identified one of the chief qualities inherent in many of the most successful clubs in Premier League history - ie. stability.

    That said, there are likely to have been more than a few nervous glances exchanged around St James' Park from folk affiliated with the club following a run that has seen them equal their longest winless streak in the Premier League (four) during a run that has seen them drop to just two points above the relegation zone.

  130. 1900: 

    On 27 September this year, English football fans raised a collective eyebrow in surprise when Alan Pardew agreed an eight-year deal to remain as Newcastle boss. It wasn't that the 51-year-old hadn't been a big success at St James' Park - far from it - it was just that eight years is, well, a seriously long time, especially in football.

    Since Pardew signed his lengthy deal, Newcastle's league record reads as such: played 9, won 1, drawn 3, lost 5. That'll learn them for aiming to establish a sensible, consistent plan for long-term success!

Share this story

Latest Football

Upcoming Fixtures Sat 4 Apr 2015 - Premier League
  • Arsenal v Liverpool 12:45
  • Everton v Southampton 15:00
  • Leicester v West Ham 15:00
  • Man Utd v Aston Villa 15:00
  • Swansea v Hull 15:00
  • West Brom v QPR 15:00
  • Chelsea v Stoke 17:30
Upcoming Fixtures Sun 5 Apr 2015 - Premier League
  • Burnley v Tottenham 13:30
  • Sunderland v Newcastle 16:00
Upcoming Fixtures Mon 6 Apr 2015 - Premier League
  • Crystal Palace v Man City 20:00
Upcoming Fixtures Tue 7 Apr 2015 - Premier League
  • Aston Villa v QPR 19:45
Upcoming Fixtures Sat 11 Apr 2015 - Premier League
  • Swansea v Everton 12:45

More fixtures

As It Stands Table

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Chelsea 29 36 67
No movement 2 Man City 30 34 61
No movement 3 Arsenal 30 27 60
No movement 4 Man Utd 30 25 59
No movement 5 Liverpool 30 12 54
No movement 6 Southampton 30 21 53
No movement 7 Tottenham 30 5 53
No movement 8 Swansea 30 -4 43
No movement 9 West Ham 30 3 42
No movement 10 Stoke 30 -3 42
No movement 11 Crystal Palace 30 -5 36
No movement 12 Newcastle 30 -15 35
No movement 13 Everton 30 -4 34
No movement 14 West Brom 30 -12 33
No movement 15 Hull 30 -12 28
No movement 16 Aston Villa 30 -20 28
No movement 17 Sunderland 30 -21 26
No movement 18 Burnley 30 -23 25
No movement 19 QPR 30 -23 22
No movement 20 Leicester 29 -21 19

Videprinter Live

All the goals and incidents as they happen from all the matches across the divisions.