Sunday 12 May: Wigan sealed a top six finish in the Premier League with a comfortable 3-1 home win over Newcastle United who look likely to finish below neighbours Sunderland this season. Di Santo’s late second and a goal from substitute Arouna Koné saw the Latics keep all three points after Cisse had fired an equaliser for the Magpies. With Liverpool being held by Spurs in their game in hand, the Wigan win means they’ll finish sixth this season and face a two-leg playoff to take their place in the Europa League group stages next season.
Preview: Newcastle travel to the DW Stadium as short favourites over their hosts Wigan Athletic, according to SkyBet. Wigan’s disappointing recent home form (3 draws in 5), despite their league position, lets them down in the bookies’ eyes. For the Latics, the race is on for 5th spot and a place in next season’s Europa League group stages and need a positive result to keep the pressure up on Chelsea, and capitalise on their game in hand over Liverpool. Newcastle have had a disappointing season and go in to the game safe from relegation, but knowing they can’t finish any higher than 14th. Newcastle will give a late fitness test to Vurnon Anita, while Wigan’s only definite absentee will be Ivan Ramis who’ll miss the rest of the season.
Wigan Athletic 3 – 1 Newcastle United
Sunday 12th May 2013, DW Stadium
Barclays Premier League (6th v. 16th)
Ref: Peter Freeman | Weather: Drizzle 16°C
Odds and Form:
- SkyBet: Wigan 13-8, Draw: 2-1, Newcastle 6-4F
- Wigan: Home Form DDWOWL, Overall WDLWWD
- Newcastle: Away Form LWLOLW, Overall WLWWLL
- Previous: Newcastle 3 – 0 Wigan (PL), 22.12.12.
First half livetweets from @realtimeFM:
Guardian: “I fancy Newcastle to win this one. People will argue that Newcastle have a poor recent away record, but Wigan have really been struggling of late. Ivan Ramis will be a big miss for Wigan.”
0′ Peter Freeman gets us underway at the DW Stadium. Wigan looking to seal European football, Newcastle safe but can catch Sunderland.
2′ Di Santo rattles the woodwork inside ninety seconds after great work from Mariga and McArthur. Krul beaten, but not his right hand post.
8′ Di Santo has had a trio of shots that have all beaten Tim Krul so far, but not hit the back of the net. Wigan starting well as ever.
16′ Newcastle win the first corner. McArthur gives ball away and a long ball is hoofed to Ba on the counter. Evatt gets back to challenge.
20′ Twenty played, Wigan 3 shots to Newcastle’s 0, 59% of possession. Di Santo closest after 75 seconds when he hit the post.
23′ Chaos in the Toon box. Reginaldo’s FK lands at Mariga who can’t adjust his feet, Zavala pushes Di Santo off the ball. Cleared eventually.
35′ 1-0 WIGAN! Gutiérrez plays an awful back pass to Krul which is pounced on by Franco DI SANTO who slots home from 25 yards.
38′ McDonald Mariga was caught late by Danny Simpson and is receiving treatment on the sidelines.
41′ Wigan close as Di Santo muscles his way past his man to get a touch to McArthur’s cross. Krul gets touch, Collocini hacks off the line.
44′ Ba jumps highest to connect with Pennant’s freekick but hits the bar. Gutierrez is penalised for a foul in the aftermath.
HT: Wigan 1-0 Newcastle. Others: Che 1-0 Rea, MU 2-1 Ful, Nor 0-0 QPR, Sto 0-3 MC, Sun 1-2 Sou, Swa 1-0 WH, WBA 2-0 AV.
Second half livetweets from @realtimeFM:
46′ Second half gets underway, Wigan leading Newcastle through Di Santo’s 35th minute goal.
49′ Evatt and Ba collide in the centre circle and Newcastle’s top scorer is struggling. Both sides look like making a sub soon.
52′ Three changes. Ba and Pennant withdrawn for NUFC, replaced by Vuckic and Biglia. Ben Watson replaces Mariga for the Latics.
56′ Di Santo strikes one first time from 30 yards and Krul pulls off a full-stitch save to deny the Argentine. Corner.
61′ Di Santo heads a foot wide from Caldwell’s freekick.
61′ EQUALISER! Newcastle go straight up the other end and score. Watson deflects Vuckic’s ball straight to CISSE who slots past Al-Habsi.
66′ Double change for Wigan: Florian Klein and Arouna Koné come on for Reginaldo and John Guidetti.
69′ James McArthur shown the first yellow from ref Freeman. He’s given away a few free kicks in the middle of the park so far today.
70′ Caldwell has a go from a freekick 25 yards out and clips the top of the bar.
72′ 2-1 WIGAN! Beausejour passes to Arouna KONÉ on the edge of the area and the Ivorian drills home his 100th career goal to restore lead.
76′ Di Santo has the ball in the back of the net from a towering header, but he’s been penalised for a foul on Collocini.
83′ Gutierrez is flagged for offside after an absolute cannonball of a shot from Vuckic stings Al-Habsi’s palms. Tight call saves Wigan.
86′ 3-1 WIGAN! Boyce intercepts, Watson launches counter and feeds DI SANTO with long ball. Krul saves his volley, but FDS taps in rebound.
86′ A fantastic counter attack gives Di Santo a deserved second, and a result that will see Wigan seal sixth place.
FULL TIME: Wigan Athletic 3-1 Newcastle United. Di Santo and Koné strike for Latics who seal sixth place.
- Chelsea 3 – 0 Reading
- Manchester United 4 – 1 Fulham
- Norwich City 0 – 0 Queens Park Rangers
- Stoke City 2 – 3 Manchester City
- Sunderland 2 – 2 Southampton
- Swansea City 1 – 0 West Ham United
- West Bromwich Albion 2 – 1 Aston Villa
- Wigan Athletic 3 – 1 Newcastle United
Norwich City and QPR are relegated from the Premier League after their 0-0 draw, despite Chelsea beating Reading 3-0 (which in turn sealed at least a fifth-placed finish). They’ll join Southampton in the Championship next season. The title race will go down to the fire with Tottenham and Man United being separated by one goal at the summit of the table. Elsewhere, Wigan have sealed sixth place with a 3-1 win over Newcastle, and West Brom took local bragging rights with their 2-1 win over Villa to seal a top half finish. Next Sunday, Spurs host West Brom while man United travel to Swansea.
Next Fixture: a v. Queens Park Rangers (Premier League), 19.05.13