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.
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)