Wigan 4-0 Newcastle
Wigan made it five wins out of seven as they moved three points clear of the relegation zone and dented Newcastle's hopes of finishing in the top four.
Victor Moses headed home to open the scoring and fired a second past Tim Krul less than two minutes later.
Shaun Maloney slotted in to extend the lead and Franco di Santo curled a brilliant fourth just before half-time.
Papiss Cisse struck the bar and post but Newcastle were soundly beaten as Wigan secured three vital points.
The Latics looked destined to go down for much of the season but incredibly they have taken 15 points from a possible 21, with two games remaining.
Roberto Martinez's men have lost just three of 13 fixtures since the start of February and will be confident of extending their Premier League stay to eight years.
Their feat was all the more remarkable given that Newcastle arrived at the DW Stadium following a run of six consecutive wins.
They remain in fourth place but know if Tottenham beat Blackburn at White Hart Lane they will drop to fifth on goal difference.
Fourth spot could ensure qualification for the Champions League - but only if Chelsea lose this year's final against Bayern Munich on 19 May.
Wigan passed and moved with pace and intent from the very first minute, utilising their wide players to pin their opponents back.
Their reward came when Emmerson Boyce crossed from the right and Moses held off Mike Williamson to nod the opener.
It was the first goal Newcastle had conceded in four games and they looked shell-shocked.
Yet that was no excuse for the space they afforded Wigan on their next attack as Maloney and Moses combined to feed Jean Beausejour.
The Chilean's cross was only partially cleared by Fabricio Coloccini and an on-rushing Moses slotted first-time into the bottom corner.
Newcastle tried to respond - Hatem ben Arfa curling a set-piece narrowly off target - but the visitors were horribly out of sorts.
Further punishment arrived when Di Santo threaded a pass behind Davide Santon for Maloney to race clear and finish across Krul.
Newcastle complained that James McCarthy was only cautioned for a challenge on Yohan Cabaye and then went close as Demba Ba drilled wide.
However, that was their only period of in the ascendancy all half and two minutes into stoppage time Wigan struck again.
Maloney shifted possession to Di Santo and with Cheik Tiote standing off, the Argentine unleashed a sensational curling chip.
Newcastle memorably came from 4-0 down at half-time to draw 4-4 with Arsenal last season and boss Alan Pardew would have sought a similar response on this occasion.
Yet it was Wigan who started the second half with greater urgency and Moses sliced wide before drawing a one-handed save from Krul.
Newcastle eventually generated some momentum and Cisse's curling effort came back off the bar, Ben Arfa shot just wide and Cisse inexplicably headed Ben Arfa's cross against the post from five yards.
It took a goal-line clearance from Coloccini to deny Wigan substitute Conon Sammon, but the result was never in doubt.
- 26 Al Habsi
- 03 Alcaraz Booked
- 05 Caldwell
- 17 Boyce
- 31 Figueroa
- 04 McCarthy Booked
- 10 Maloney
- 11 Moses (Gomez - 83' )
- 16 McArthur
- 22 Beausejour
- 09 Di Santo (Sammon - 68' )
- 12 Pollitt
- 07 Crusat
- 14 Gomez
- 19 Jones
- 21 Diame
- 18 Sammon
- 20 Rodallega
- 26 Krul
- 02 Coloccini
- 03 Santon
- 05 Simpson Booked (Perch - 81' )
- 06 Williamson
- 04 Cabaye (Ferguson - 83' )
- 10 Ben Arfa (R Taylor - 73' )
- 18 Gutierrez
- 24 Tiote
- 09 Cisse
- 19 Ba
- 35 Elliot
- 14 Perch
- 16 R Taylor
- 31 Ferguson
- 15 Gosling
- 20 Best
- 23 Sh Ameobi
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.90:00 +1:07
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cheick Tiote by Jordi Gomez. Jonas Gutierrez restarts play with the free kick.89:53
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by James Perch. Direct free kick taken by Jean Beausejour.87:21
Corner from left by-line taken by Shaun Maloney.83:28
Ryan Taylor fouled by James McArthur, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Taylor takes the direct free kick.82:34 Substitution
Substitution Shane Ferguson replaces Yohan Cabaye.82:10 Substitution
Substitution Jordi Gomez is brought on as a substitute for Victor Moses.80:11 Substitution
Substitution James Perch on for Danny Simpson.80:11
Yohan Cabaye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney. Antolin Alcaraz takes the direct free kick.76:53
Danny Simpson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa. Direct free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.75:47
Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.72:18 Substitution
Substitution Ryan Taylor comes on in place of Hatem Ben Arfa.71:46
Hatem Ben Arfa fouled by Jean Beausejour, the ref awards a free kick. Yohan Cabaye takes the direct free kick.70:47
The ball is swung over by Hatem Ben Arfa, Header from close range by Papiss Cisse hits the post.70:06
The referee penalises Antolin Alcaraz for handball. Yohan Cabaye takes the free kick.68:42
Shaun Maloney takes a shot.68:11
Foul by Mike Williamson on Shaun Maloney, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jean Beausejour.67:28 Substitution
Substitution Conor Sammon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Franco Di Santo.67:13
Shot by Hatem Ben Arfa from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.66:24
Corner from left by-line taken by Yohan Cabaye.
Demba Ba fouled by Gary Caldwell, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Yohan Cabaye.63:52
Papiss Cisse takes a shot.62:44
The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.62:31
Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.61:54
The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez, Antolin Alcaraz manages to make a clearance.59:57
James McCarthy takes a shot. Blocked by Yohan Cabaye.59:46
Victor Moses takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.58:46
The referee blows for offside against Papiss Cisse. Direct free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.56:50
Effort from inside the area by Victor Moses misses to the right of the goal.55:48
James McArthur fouled by Demba Ba, the ref awards a free kick. Antolin Alcaraz restarts play with the free kick.55:35
The ball is swung over by Franco Di Santo, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.52:55
Victor Moses is caught offside. Tim Krul takes the free kick.51:47
Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney, save by Tim Krul.49:33
The referee blows for offside against Jonas Gutierrez. Direct free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.48:53
Free kick awarded for a foul by James McArthur on Papiss Cisse. Direct free kick taken by Hatem Ben Arfa.48:16
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba by James McArthur. Yohan Cabaye takes the direct free kick.46:39
Fabricio Coloccini fouled by Victor Moses, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.45:01
The match restarts for the second half.45:00 +4:42 Half time
Half Time The referee blows for half time.45:00 +3:28
Foul by Cheick Tiote on James McArthur, free kick awarded. Shaun Maloney takes the free kick.45:00 +3:17
Foul by Yohan Cabaye on Victor Moses, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Maloney.45:00 +2:50
Papiss Cisse is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.45:00 +1:56
Assist by Shaun Maloney.45:00 +1:56 Goal scored
Goal! - Franco Di Santo - Wigan 4 - 0 Newcastle Franco Di Santo scores from 35 yards. Wigan 4-0 Newcastle.45:00 +0:31
Victor Moses is ruled offside. Yohan Cabaye takes the direct free kick.44:46
Cheick Tiote takes a shot.41:17
Foul by James McArthur on Davide Santon, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Yohan Cabaye from the free kick.40:03
Shot from just outside the box by Demba Ba misses to the right of the target.38:58
Corner taken by Shaun Maloney, Cheick Tiote manages to make a clearance.38:22 Booking
Booking Danny Simpson is given a yellow card.37:03 Booking
Booking James McCarthy is given a yellow card.36:55
Foul by James McCarthy on Yohan Cabaye, free kick awarded. Hatem Ben Arfa restarts play with the free kick.35:17
Franco Di Santo provided the assist for the goal.35:17 Goal scored
Goal! - Shaun Maloney - Wigan 3 - 0 Newcastle Shaun Maloney fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 3-0 Newcastle.34:50
Papiss Cisse is ruled offside. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.32:50
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Papiss Cisse by Gary Caldwell. Direct free kick taken by Hatem Ben Arfa.31:41
The ball is sent over by Victor Moses.30:36
Papiss Cisse sends in a cross, comfortable save by Ali Al Habsi.28:17
Free kick awarded for a foul by Hatem Ben Arfa on Gary Caldwell. Ali Al Habsi takes the direct free kick.24:03
Demba Ba challenges Emmerson Boyce unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ali Al Habsi takes the direct free kick.23:00
Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.20:22
Yohan Cabaye concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Moses. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.18:38
Hatem Ben Arfa shoots direct from the free kick.18:38 Booking
Booking Antolin Alcaraz booked.18:21
Foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Davide Santon, free kick awarded.16:29
Foul by Cheick Tiote on Shaun Maloney, free kick awarded. Shaun Maloney takes the free kick.15:43
Free kick awarded for a foul by James McArthur on Demba Ba. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.14:27
Assist on the goal came from Jean Beausejour.14:27 Goal scored
Goal! - Victor Moses - Wigan 2 - 0 Newcastle Victor Moses scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 2-0 Newcastle.13:41
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.12:31
Assist by Emmerson Boyce.12:31 Goal scored
Goal! - Victor Moses - Wigan 1 - 0 Newcastle Victor Moses grabs a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Wigan 1-0 Newcastle.6:40
Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmerson Boyce on Cheick Tiote. Yohan Cabaye delivers the ball, Papiss Cisse produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.5:53
Victor Moses takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.5:27
The official flags Demba Ba offside. Antolin Alcaraz takes the free kick.4:54
Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.3:26
Hatem Ben Arfa fouled by James McArthur, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Krul takes the free kick.2:48
Corner from right by-line taken by Shaun Maloney.2:09
The offside flag is raised against Gary Caldwell. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.1:10
Cheick Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo. Shaun Maloney crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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