Newcastle Win 2-0 – Go Top – 9 Points Clear Of 3rd


In what was another professional display form Newcastle United goals in each half by former Wigan star Mo Diame and Christian Atsu saw Newcastle through to a good win that takes us one point ahead of Brighton at the top of the Championship and 9 points ahead of 3rd placed Reading with a much superior goal difference.

It wasn’t an easy win but the lads got the job done tonight against a hard-working Wigan side.

Another win and other clean sheet – just what the doctor ordered.

Yoan Gouffran congratulates Mo Diame after first goal

Mohamed Diame put Newcastle ahead against his former club on 26 minutes with a terrific goal as he combined well with the impressive Isaac Hayden before beating former Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen with his shot.

Mo is coming into some good form in the last couple of games and after the goal Newcastle took complete control of the game in that first half with the score still 1-0 at half time.

But Newcastle didn’t have it all their own way after half time and in the first 20 minutes of the second half Wigan pressed hard for the equalizer.

On 66 minutes there was a huge opportunity for sub Andy Kellett to level the scores but it was Karl Darlow who made a great save to keep the score 1-0.

That was a key save from the Newcastle goalkeeper.

And then shortly after that – after 69 minutes – Rafa brought on Ghanaian International winger Christian Atsu for Matt Richie on the right wing.

And it was just 9 minutes later – after 78 minutes – that Christian Atsu scored his 3rd goal of the season with a great shot.

That was the goal we needed and Newcastle had the game well under control and it was another win and another 3 points.

Just what we needed to go to 46 points from 21 games.

Derby won 1-0 at QPR with an 86th minute goal from Tom Ince for their 7th successive win and 5th clean sheet in a row to go to 5th place above Leeds United.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

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Teams:

Wigan: Jaaskelainen, Garbutt (Kellett, 20), Warnock, Buxton, Morgan (Burn, 68), Power, MacDonald, Perkins, Jacobs, Wildschut, Grigg. Subs not used: Lavercombe, Byrne, Le Fondre, Gomez, Davies.

Newcastle: Darlow; Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie (Atsu, 69), Diame, Gouffran; Gayle (Perez, 82). Subs not used: Sels, Yedlin, Lazaar, Mbemba, Mitrovic.

Goals: Diame 26, Atsu 78
Bookings: Hayden 32
Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)



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25 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh and Jail

    How many bonus points do I get for predicting the correct score?

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  • archaeomag

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Think Atsu got MoM – great goal – but Shelvey works so hard all over the pitch.

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  • G

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Richie named twice and no Gayle on the vote Ed, sort it out mate. Diame mom for me.

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  • Belfast

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #4

    We’ll need to play a lot better than that to win on Saturday for sure. That second half was dreadful. I don’t think we made more than two consecutive passes the whole half. I’d expect a good few changes for Saturday.

    And if you didn’t agree that Rafa doesn’t fancy Mitrovic – That Perez for Gayle substitution said it all.

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  • JackBall

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Shelvey definitely MoM

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  • kikgras

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #6

    seeing maybe 110pts and a trophy…hopeful on the point total. this team has “IT”!!!!

    have a soft spot (maybe its me noggin) to see Leeds get promotion as well.

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  • JAMSHA

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Good Win, Need To Keep On Winning Next 6 Games

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Not worried at all about the lacklustre performance, every great team needs to show that they can win games like this. As I see it we didn’t even need to get out of 2nd gear so it’s positive that we can win games like this, especially as it conserves energy over a very busy festive period. All in all a well deserved 3 points and a nice stride towards promotion.

    Onwards and upwards. HWTL.

    Ps… Whiskey time whoop whoop!!!! 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #9

    firebug666,
    Did you get the right score as well? Three points.

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  • Belfast

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Thought Hayden was the only one that had a really good game to be honest. Diame pretty anonymous second half.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #11

    If we made a 107 points and Gayle finished to I’d be a very happy man for many reasons.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Belfast

    Agreed, Hayden my mom to!

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  • firebug666

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail

    Aye mate here’s a re-post:

    firebug666 // Dec 14, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Why would Rafa leave? He’s been to big clubs, he’s won trophy’s, and now he has a nice little project, something he can (if he is allowed too) build with his own hands, a showpiece in the making, the sleeping giant has stirred and popped one eye open.

    Rafa ain’t leaving, not as long as the fat man and Penfold keep backing him, and allowing him to build for the future.

    Confirmed Rafa bingo lineup:

    Darlow

    Anita—-Lascelles—-Clark—-Dummet

    Shelvey—-Hayden

    Richie—-Diame—-Gouffran

    Gayle

    0-2 away win for the Toon.

    HWTL

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  • firebug666

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Shelvey MOM for me, was pulling all the strings tonight, especially first half. If he gets a ban now we are going to miss him big style.

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  • Belfast

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #15

    The back four looked absolutely terrified every time that Dutch winger got the ball in the second half. Yedlin will definitely start on Saturday.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #16

    shelvey and very easily the guy doesn’t stop just constantly gets into space to get the ball and finds a forward pass should have scored tho

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #17

    firebug666,
    That’s you on 18 points, only 82 behind me now!

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  • manxpie

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #18

    that wellshit fella belfast?

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  • Belfast

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Aye he’s a good player to be fair. I would have brought Anita off.

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  • firebug666

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Jail

    PMSL:

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  • manxpie

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #21

    thats all i heard from the commentators “great run from wellshit”
    yeah anita had a shocker but tbf he ran gouff and dummett plus ritchie ragged too

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  • Belfast

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #22

    I’d be very surprised if the third place team catches us now. I’m usually quite cautions like, but it would take a really piss poor run for it to happen. Think Derby have won seven games on the spin now though. So i’ll still be looking over my shoulder at them lol

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  • lesh

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Young magpie

    What’s your whiskey? Can we trust it’s a good single malt.

    Mind you, as you’re sipping your tipple, Jib’ll have stocked up with near empty Diamond White cans, decanted the contents into one and be enjoying a relaxing drink after a busy day.

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  • lesh

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #24

    46 points and probably safe from relegation already so soon. 🙂

    What a star wor Rafa is.

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  • lesh

    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #25

    Belfast

    McLaren’s doing a fine job at Derby and he would be a good call for West Ham if they’re looking for a new manager in the summer.

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