• English Barclays Premier League
  • 3 December 2012, 8:00pm
  • St James' Park
  • Attendance: 43,858
  • Ba, pen 13
  • Ba, 21
  • Bigirimana, 71

live commentary

FULL-TIME: NEWCASTLE WIN! A much-needed win for the Toon who end their horrible run of four straight league defeats. They stay in 14th despite the comfortable victory tonight but do move five points clear of safety. Wigan stay in 16th. Thanks for joining Orange's live coverage. Stay tuned for the full-match report.

90+2 mins: Newcastle stroke the ball around nicely in midfield before Sammy Ameobi cracks an ambitious shot well wide.

90 mins: Fantastic work down the left wing from Ferguson who skips past a couple of challenges and finds Cisse in the six-yard box. Cisse scuffs his shot though to cap a miserable night in front of goal for him. Four minutes left.

86 mins:One thing that doesn't make happy reading for Newcastle fans is that injury list. It could be getting longer too as Ba hobbles off with a tight hamstring.

84 mins: Newcastle spurn a great opportunity to put a cherry on top of this performance as Ba passes to an unmarked but clearly offside Cisse.

81 mins: A Wigan substitute comes to my rescue as I was struggling what to type next. We're definitely winding down now. The frustrated Di Santo comes off for McManaman.

76 mins: Just to prove my point, Sammy Ameobi has been fouled, then fouled someone else and now booked all within seconds of coming on.

75 mins: A Newcastle game isn't complete without seeing an Ameobi in action. This time Sammy is getting a run out and replaces Gutierrez.

71 MINS: BIGIRIMANA BEAUTY! What a way to wrap up the three points! The half-time substitute brings the ball inside on his left foot from 25 yards out and bends it wonderfully past Al-Habsi who was getting absolutely nowhere it. You don't save those.

69 mins: Cisse has clearly left his shooting boots back at home as he skies another shot into the crowd. Great feet there by Bigirimana in the build-up.

67 mins: 67 mins: Di Santo is shown a yellow card for moaning about that Ferguson tackle. Nothing wrong with it Franco you big softie.

65 mins: Di Santo tries to break forward for Wigan but a strong challenge from Ferguson soon puts a stop to that. The Argentine is still feeling that tackle minutes later!

62 mins:The game has gone really flat in the last few minutes which will suit Newcastle down to the ground.

58 mins: Cisse wastes another goal-scoring opportunity after a fine ball over the top from Anita. The Senegal striker had more time than he thought as his hurried shot from distance balloons over.

55 mins: Stam is enjoying himself down the right channel and another teasing cross causes problems in the area. However Newcastle break with Marveaux, who embarks on another mazy run and sets up Bigirimana who launches a fierce drive at goal. Al-Habsi parries again and then Cisse disappoints with a back-heel that goes way wide.

51 mins:Marvelous from Marveaux as he slaloms his way into the Wigan area. His shot is dreadful though and easy for Al-Habsi to save.

49 mins: Santon has picked up a knock and won't be risked any longer. On comes Ferguson to replace him at left-back.

47 mins: Early signs that this game is not done and dusted for Newcastle as Stam's great run and cross is nearly met by Kone in the centre.

45 mins: Welcome back for the second-half where Wigan will restart play. Alan Pardew has ruined my Tiote man of the match bet by bringing him off for Bigirimana. Grrr. The Latics also make a change with Lopez replacing the yellow-carded Caldwell.

HALF-TIME: Wigan's promising start was completely obliterated by Figueroa's early red card and ever since then, Newcastle have been in complete control and look on course to end this nasty run of defeats. Join me again in 15 minutes to see if they can get the job done.

45 mins: Two minutes of stoppage time are added on before I can start dunking some custard creams into a piping hot cup of tea.

43 mins: Newcastle are getting a little bit cocky here and Wigan win a corner thanks to hard work from Kone. There's claims for a handball in the area after the ball is played in but the ref isn't interested.

41 mins: Wigan try to get what would be a shock goal before half-time but Stam's cross from the right deflects straight into the arms of Krul.

38 mins: Tiote really fancies a goal tonight as he unleashes another rocket which zooms over the crossbar. Not bad from 35 yards out.

35 mins: Caldwell is living very dangerously here as he hacks down Cisse on the right-edge of the area. That could've easily been a second booking. The free-kick from Marveaux is hit with plenty of Ray Wilkins' 'swazz' and narrowly evades the top-left corner.

33 mins: Newcastle are turning on the style now with some quick, flowing passing moves. The latest results in Marveaux, in only his second Premier League start of the season, poking the ball inches past the right post.

29 mins:Figueroa and now Caldwell will miss Wigan's crucial clash against QPR after he picks up his fifth yellow card of the season. It's deserved too as he comes racing into the back of Cisse and catches him on his heel.

26 mins: A big morale-boosting win is there for Newcastle's taking and the players can sense it too. Wigan look extremely rattled at the back and it is emphasised by Al-habsi's nervy clearance.

23 mins: Martinez has to change things and he does so by bringing off the unlucky Gomez for McArthur.

21 MINS: A BRACE FOR BA!!! This is getting really messy for Wigan. Santon cuts inside from the left and his powerful strike is parried by Al-Habsi straight into the path of BA who doubles Newcastle's lead with a simple tap-in.

18 mins: Coloccini suffers from a touch of the Titus Brambles and nearly gifts Wigan a way win on goal with a hesitant dribble and a dreadful pass. Luckily for him, the Latics can't capitalise on his mistake.

15 mins: Wigan are losing their heads here as Beausejour receives a yellow card for dissent. I don't know what he's complaining about really. It was a clear pen and red card.

13 MINS: GOAL! TOON GO AHEAD! A confident penalty from the relieved Ba! He slams the ball into the bottom-left corner after a short run-up which Al-Habsi cannot reach.

11 MINS: WIGAN DOWN TO TEN! Figueroa is sent off! He has to go really because he was the last man and denied a clear goalscoring opportunity. Wigan's gameplan is being ruined already!

11 MINS: PENALTY TO NEWCASTLE! Ba and Cisse have struggled to link up effectively for a while but not this time! The former plays in the latter who is sent tumbling in the penalty area by Figueroa who is in trouble here...

8 mins: Now the home fans are finding their voices as the Toon win a corner on the left. Wigan make a mess of clearing it and despite decent crosses from both Simpson and Gutierrez, nobody in black and white can apply the finishing touch.

Simon, east Yorkshire - "Come on, Toon, surely it can't be 5 straight defeats! 2-nil, Cisse to score first goal."

5 mins: Newcastle look nervy and are slow to close down Stam's long range effort which flies over the bar. It's very, very quiet inside St James' Park.

3 mins: Now Tiote is already on his final warning for hacking down Gomez in midfield. The free-kick is nicely worked by Wigan and Di Santo forces Krul to make a good diving save to his left.

1 min: Now I know why! Tiote gets the Newcastle fans oohing and aahing with a 25 yard strike that fizzes past the left post. He looks bang up for this one. Good lad!

Ross, Sunderland -"i think this will be a good game all round i am a makem and judging by toons recent performance i predict and exciting 2-2 draw"

0 mins: We're underway at a cold and blustery St James' Park. Both sides will be desperate for a win tonight as they try not to be sucked into a relegation battle. I've stuck a few quid on Tiote to be man of the match tonight at 25/1. I'm not really sure why.

Hello and welcome to Orange's live coverage of Newcastle's clash with Wigan at St. James' Park.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be without utility man James Perch for Monday night's crucial home clash with Wigan and is replaced by Sylvain Marveaux in the Toon's only change. The former Nottingham Forest defender is suspended after collecting his fifth booking of the campaign at Stoke on Wednesday evening on his return from a thigh injury.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez also makes just one change with Gary Caldwell coming into defence at the expences of Adrian Lopez.

Midfielders Albert Crusat (knee) and Ben Watson (broken leg), winger Ryo Miyaichi (ankle), forward Shaun Maloney (groin) and defenders Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and Ivan Ramis (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.

You can send Mark your predictions for tonight's match via the box above. Then, join him for live commentary from 2000.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 3 December 2012, 8:00pm
  • St James' Park
  • Attendance: 43,858
  • Ba, pen 13
  • Ba, 21
  • Bigirimana, 71

match report

Demba Ba scored twice to ease the pressure on manager Alan Pardew as Newcastle beat 10-men Wigan 3-0 on Monday night.

The Magpies came into the game on the back of four consecutive Premier League defeats but this never looked like being a fifth from the moment Maynor Figueroa shoved over Papiss Cisse in the box.

Referee Mike Jones pointed to the spot and sent off the Latics defender before Ba converted the spot-kick to relax the mood at St James' Park after just 13 minutes.

The contest was effectively over just after the 20-minute mark when Davide Santon went on a driving run before firing off a long-range shot that Ali Al Habsi could only parry into Ba's path.

The Senegal forward, who is currently negotiating a new contract on Tyneside, nonchalantly tucked away the rebound for his 10th goal of the Premier League season.

Things could have got worse for the visitors before the interval when Gary Caldwell hauled down Ba having already been booked but got away with a final warning and was promptly substituted at half time.

After the break, Roberto Martinez's men produced a spirited performance and were perhaps the better side as they retained the ball well and probed in search of an unlikely comeback.

But a Newcastle break with 20 minutes remaining saw substitute Gael Bigirimana cut in onto his left foot and curl an effort into the far corner of the goal to put the result beyond any doubt.

The only sour note for Newcastle was that Santon and Ba both went off injured in the second half as the injury list at the club continues to grow.

But the three points were the all important thing and, although Newcastle remain 14th in the Premier League table, the victory lifts them five points clear of the relegation zone.

And the relief around St James' Park was in stark contrast to the concern etched on the face of Martinez as his Wigan team now host bottom club QPR in a relegation six-pointer on Saturday.

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team line-up

1Tim Krul
6Michael Williamson
5Danny Simpson
2Fabricio Coloccini
3Davide Santon50
22Sylvain Marveaux
24Cheik Tioté45
8Vurnon Anita
19Demba Ba
18Jonás Gutiérrez76
9Papiss Demba Cissé


31Shane Ferguson50
30Nile Ranger
23Shola Ameobi
28Sammy Ameobi76
37Steve Harper
20Gael Bigirimana45
34James Tavernier


Michael Jones

team line-up

26Ali Al-Habsi
31Maynor Figueroa
5Gary Caldwell45
17Emmerson Boyce
4James McCarthy
22Jean Beausejour
6David Jones
23Ronnie Stam
14Jordi Gómez22
9Franco Di Santo83
2Arouna Koné


15Callum McManaman83
20Fraser Fyvie
25Roman Golobart
19Mauro Boselli
16James McArthur22
12Michael Pollitt


Michael Jones

match stats

possession %5050
shots on target81
shots off target95
tackles won1113