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Wigan Athletic 0-2 Newcastle United

Mo Diame scores the winner
The opening goal was Mo Diame's fourth of the season, but first in the Championship

Mo Diame and substitute Christian Atsu scored in each half to take Newcastle back to the top of the table.

Diame opened the scoring when he ran from the halfway line, played a neat one-two with Isaac Hayden and slid the ball in from inside the area.

Atsu made the game safe nine minutes after coming off the bench when he scored from Yoann Gouffran's cross.

The Magpies had allowed Wigan back into it in the second half as Will Grigg went close with a header from a corner.

Newcastle came into the match knowing that a win would see them reclaim top spot by one point from Brighton, who won 3-2 at Blackburn on Tuesday night.

They made the breakthrough midway through the first half when Diame's powerful run took him to the edge of the Wigan area, where Hayden helped the former Latics player open the scoring.

The Magpies failed to capitalise on the lead however and let Wigan play their way back into the match.

However, the struggling hosts failed to really test Karl Darlow so the Newcastle goalkeeper kept himself busy by setting up the crucial second goal.

His clearance to the left wing found Gouffran and his cross eluded the entire Wigan defence, allowing Atsu the time to take a touch with his right foot before powering a fierce left-foot shot into the net.

The result leaves the Latics 23rd in the table, four points from safety.

Wigan midfielder David Perkins told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I thought we started a bit nervous, a bit anxious and then going 1-0 down the gaffer said at half-time we were going to go after them.

"We huffed and puffed a bit after the break and pretty much threw everything we had at them, but in the end the second goal kills us a bit.

"We've not been outplayed in many games here, but we find ourselves in the position we are, so we can't keep saying that week-in, week-out.

"It's just the win that's the most important thing we're under pressure for. The crowd were great tonight and were right behind us."

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez told BBC Newcastle:

"I'm really pleased as it was a difficult game and we knew we were playing against a team towards the bottom of the table, but at the same time, a team that was playing well.

"So, we needed to stay compact and work very hard in defence in order to be sure we could regain possession and play counter-attack.

"We did that more or less in the first half and in the second half, they pushed and made it more difficult.

"But, the changes we made gave us more pace and the second goal was perfect timing as we were suffering under pressure."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 19GarbuttSubstituted forKellettat 20'minutes
  • 20MorganSubstituted forBurnat 68'minutes
  • 3Buxton
  • 23Warnock
  • 16MacDonaldSubstituted forDaviesat 80'minutes
  • 31Wildschut
  • 6Power
  • 4Perkins
  • 17Jacobs
  • 9Grigg

Substitutes

  • 10Byrne
  • 11Le Fondre
  • 13Kellett
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 21Davies
  • 33Burn
  • 36Lavercombe

Newcastle

  • 26Darlow
  • 8Anita
  • 6Lascelles
  • 2Clark
  • 3Dummett
  • 11RitchieSubstituted forAtsuat 69'minutes
  • 12Shelvey
  • 14HaydenBooked at 32mins
  • 20Gouffran
  • 15Diamé
  • 9GayleSubstituted forPérezat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lazaar
  • 17Pérez
  • 18Mbemba
  • 22Yedlin
  • 28Sels
  • 30Atsu
  • 45Mitrovic
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
14,562

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Newcastle United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Newcastle United 2.

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Davies (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by William Grigg.

Attempt saved. Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Andy Kellett.

Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Max Power (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Ayoze Pérez replaces Dwight Gayle.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Craig Davies replaces Shaun MacDonald.

Foul by Christian Atsu (Newcastle United).

Stephen Warnock (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Newcastle United 2. Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran.

Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Perkins (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Yanic Wildschut.

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

Andy Kellett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu replaces Matt Ritchie.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Dan Burn replaces Craig Morgan because of an injury.

Delay in match Craig Morgan (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jake Buxton (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Kellett with a cross.

Attempt missed. Shaun MacDonald (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Jacobs with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

Attempt saved. Andy Kellett (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

Andy Kellett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

Stephen Warnock (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Jacobs with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran.

Attempt missed. William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Jacobs with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé.

Attempt missed. Shaun MacDonald (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Michael Jacobs with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Isaac Hayden.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle21151543162746
2Brighton21136233132045
3Reading2111462727037
4Huddersfield2111372425-136
5Derby2110562113835
6Leeds2111282522335
7Sheff Wed2110472523234
8Birmingham219752627-134
9Norwich2110383632433
10Fulham2188536261032
11Preston218582826229
12Barnsley218493432228
13Aston Villa2161052221128
14Brentford218492727028
15Bristol City2183102725227
16Nottm Forest217593537-226
17Ipswich216781922-325
18QPR2165102030-1023
19Cardiff2165102132-1123
20Wolves215792630-422
21Burton215792228-622
22Blackburn2155112534-920
23Wigan2146111624-818
24Rotherham2124152147-2610
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