Newcastle were given a huge advantage in this game after only 13 minutes, when Demba Ba was fouled in the penalty area by Maynor Figueroa, and referee Mike Jones gave a penalty, and since the foul robbed Ba of a goal scoring opportunity – Figueroa was sent off – and Demba Ba hit the penalty beautifully low to Al Habsi’s left and Newcastle were ahead 1-0.
And Ba then got another after 21 minutes – his 10th PL goal of the season, and Newcastle stayed 2-0 up at the break and although Wigan tried to come back in the second a wonderful first goal in the Premier League by Gael Bigirimana sealed the win for Newcastle.
Newcastle kicked off in what could be a crucial game for the lads in front of a noisy St. James’ park crowd. On 13 minutes Papiss Cisse put his Senegal team-mate straight through on goal and Demba was pushed off the ball by Figueroa and the referee awarded a penalty.
And then the referee produced a red card to send Figueroa off and Wigan down to 10 men after just 13 minutes – that’s a big boon for the Toon.
Demba Ba looked a little nervous before taking the penalty, as he took some deep breaths – but give huge credit to the Senegal International who put the ball to the right of Al Halsi and although the goalkeeper went the right way, it was hit far too hard and accurately – a very good penalty by Demba Ba and his 9th Premier League goal of the season.
And after 21 minutes Davide Santon came storming through in the inside left position and hit a terrific shot that Al Habsi did well to block, but it was that man Demba Ba again, as he was there to hit the ball home and it was 2-0 to Newcastle – and that was Demba Ba’s 10th Premier League goal of the season.
There’s no way we can let Demba Ba leave in January – pay him the money Mike.
Newcastle continued to press a bemused Wigan side but it was still 2-0 at the break – but the lads need to keep pressing to ensure we win this game in the second half.
In the second half Alan Pardew replaced Cheick Tiote with Gael Bigirimana, and with Cheick on 4 yellow cards obviously the Newcastle manager was playing it safe – and Gael can play a bit too.
But bad news after 50 minutes when Davide Santon went off injured and was replaced by Shane Ferguson – yet another injury blow for Newcastle – although we are not sure how bad the injury is.
Wigan were making a game of it in the second half even though they were down to 10 men, and Newcastle had backed off from their pressing play in the first half – a mistake we felt.
But then 19 year-old Gael Bigirimana showed his class, when he got the ball a few yards outside the penalty area in the inside right position and hit a beautiful left foot shot high into the corner of the net – a fantastic goal from Bigi and it was 3-0 and surely all 3 points.
This lad is soon going to be a big star for the Magpies - no doubt about it.
On 76 minutes Sammy Ameobi came on for a run out in place of the hard-working Jonas Gutierrez.
And Newcastle played this game out fairly easily after the third goal and it was a monumental win for the lads – helped by the sending off of Figueroa so early in the game.
But it was a worrying sight to see Demba Ba limp off after 85 minutes – so we hope it’s just a precaution – but it looked like yet another hamstring injury for a Newcastle player – and he could be out a few weeks.
Ba is now tied for top goalscorer in the Premier League on 10 goals with Michu, Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez.
And that was only Newcastle’s second clean sheet in the Premier League this season, and the first one for Tim Krul.
Newcastle now have 17 points from our 15 games and a full 5 points above the drop zone, and 4 points above Sunderland, but we are still in 14th place.
Sylvain Marveaux had his best game ever for Newcastle tonight.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote; Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba
Subs: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Shola Ameobi
Wigan : Ali Al Habsi; Emmerson Boyce, Gary Caldwell (c), Maynor Figueroa; Ronnie Stam, James McCarthy, David Jones, Jean Beausejour; Arouna Kone, Franco Di Santo, Jordi Gomez
Substitutes: Mike Pollitt, Roman Golobart, Adrian Lopez, James McArthur, Fraser Fyvie, Callum McManaman, Mauro Boselli
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
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