Newcastle have every right to feel aggrieved about the result of this game, as a controversial 90th minute goal was allowed by referee Mark Halsey even though it was clear that Maynor Figueroa had handled the ball in the build up to the goal.
And referee Halsey also has some explaining to do related to the serious injury sustained by Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara.
Substitute Massadio Haidara was hit with a terrible knee high flying tackle by Callum McManaman, and the Frenchman had to be stretchered off with a bad injury to his knee and thigh – and it looks like it’s a very bad injury, and that could be the season for the 20 year-old.
Mark Halsey didn’t even give the Wigan player a yellow card, and there was some friction between the two sets of coaches, and Newcastle Assistant manager John Carver was sent off at the half.
Wigan had gone ahead after 18 minutes with a soft goal from Newcastle’s viewpoint, when Callum McManaman crossed the ball from the right, and the ball went right across the goal to Jean Beausejour, and he was given time to smash the ball home from about eight yards out – and Alan Pardew will not be happy with that defending.
Six minutes earlier Mathieu Debuchy had to go off with a hamstring injury, and 20 year-old Frenchman Massadio Haidara had come on.
And after the Frecnh youngster was stretchered off James Perch came on, so in the first 24 minutes of the game Newcastle had used two of their three substitutes by necessity.
The score was 1-0 at the half and Newcastle came back in the second half, the Magpies got a great equalizer and the Davide Santon’s first goal – and it was a good one.
It was a fast breakaway by Newcastle, and Marveaux headed the ball onto Cisse, who then fed Davide Santon, who raced onto the ball, moved inside and hit the ball past Robles in the Wigan goal to make it 1-1.
And just when it looked like Newcastle would come away from this game with a draw and a well earned point, Kone scored the controversial winner on 90 minutes to give Wigan only their third home win of the season, and yet another defeat for Newcastle on the road, the ninth in 15 road games this season.
That final controversial goal also allowed Wigan to gain 3 points on Newcastle, and a draw would have seen us 9 points ahead of the third bottom side, but that is now cut to 6 points, so we are not out of the woods yet.
And we have to live with this poor result for two weeks until we visit Manchester City on 30th March – so it was not a good day at the office for Newcastle on a few fronts today.
Wigan (3-4-3): Joel Robles; Antolin Alcaraz, Paul Scharner, Maynor Figueroa; Emmerson Boyce (c), Jordi Gomez, James McCarthy, Jean Beausejour (Franco Di Santo 79; Callum McManaman (James McArthur 58), Arouna Kone, Shaun Maloney
Subs not used: Ali Al Habsi, Ronnie Stam, Roman Golobart, Gary Caldwell, Angelo Henriquez
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy (Massadio Haidara 14, James Perch 27), Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 67); Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan
Referee: Mark Halsey