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Fabricio Coloccini finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Newcastle 2-2 Wigan.Corner taken right-footed by Jonas Gutierrez from the right by-line, assist on the goal came from Andrew Carroll.
Mohamed Diame challenges Joey Barton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
Cheik Tiote fouled by Hugo Rodallega, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Mohamed Diame is brought on as a substitute for Charles N'Zogbia. Effort on goal by Andrew Carroll from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Andrew Carroll is shown a yellow card. Nile Ranger is brought on as a substitute for James Perch. Andrew Carroll is penalised for a handball. Ali Al Habsi takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Antolin Alcaraz manages to make a clearance.
Hugo Rodallega is caught offside. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hendry Thomas by Andrew Carroll. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
The referee shows Maynor Figueroa a yellow card for dissent.
Joey Barton crosses the ball, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
Emmerson Boyce challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
Hugo Rodallega produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Tom Cleverley on for Ronnie Stam. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Cheik Tiote. Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antolin Alcaraz by Andrew Carroll. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
James McCarthy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote. Direct free kick taken by Cheik Tiote.
The referee blows for offside against Hugo Rodallega. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
Steven Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
Joey Barton takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Andrew Carroll produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Shola Ameobi scores a headed goal from close range. Newcastle 1-2 Wigan.Assist on the goal came from Jonas Gutierrez.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega by Joey Barton. Shot comes in from Jordi Gomez from the free kick.
Wayne Routledge is brought on as a substitute for Danny Guthrie.
(Wigan) makes a substitution, with Hugo Rodallega coming on for Franco Di Santo.
Hendry Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie. Danny Guthrie fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabricio Coloccini. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Peter Lovenkrands leaves the field to be replaced by Shola Ameobi. James McCarthy fouled by Cheik Tiote, the ref awards a free kick. Jordi Gomez takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Charles N'Zogbia. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Effort from deep inside the area by Andrew Carroll clears the bar.
Centre by Jonas Gutierrez.
Cheik Tiote is cautioned. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by James McCarthy. Free kick taken by Mike Williamson.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Franco Di Santo. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Cheik Tiote results in a free kick. Antolin Alcaraz takes the direct free kick.
Corner from right by-line taken by Danny Guthrie.
Handball decision goes against Ronnie Stam. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Danny Guthrie from left wing, blocked by Steven Caldwell.
The official flags Franco Di Santo offside. Cheik Tiote takes the free kick.
Cheik Tiote produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
Foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Cheik Tiote, free kick awarded. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
Charles N'Zogbia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from the left by-line.
Corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from the left by-line to the near post, Andrew Carroll makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Charles N'Zogbia, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
Foul by Cheik Tiote on Charles N'Zogbia, free kick awarded. Jordi Gomez takes the free kick.
Jordi Gomez has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line, Mike Williamson takes a shot. Emmerson Boyce manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line, Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Clearance made by Emmerson Boyce.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Steven Caldwell results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Danny Guthrie, Antolin Alcaraz makes a clearance.
James McCarthy takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Perch on Charles N'Zogbia. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez crosses the ball.
Jonas Gutierrez is ruled offside. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
Foul by Cheik Tiote on Jordi Gomez, free kick awarded. Emmerson Boyce restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Charles N'Zogbia.
Jonas Gutierrez takes a inswinging corner.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Franco Di Santo. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
The referee blows for offside against Franco Di Santo. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
Charles N'Zogbia fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Newcastle 0-2 Wigan.The assist for the goal came from Franco Di Santo.
Charles N'Zogbia grabs a headed goal from close in. Newcastle 0-1 Wigan.Assist on the goal came from Franco Di Santo.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Danny Guthrie, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Jordi Gomez takes the inswinging corner, Cheik Tiote makes a clearance.
Jordi Gomez has a shot and missed to the right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, save made by Ali Al Habsi.
Steven Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Franco Di Santo on Joey Barton. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Cheik Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordi Gomez. Ronnie Stam takes the free kick.
James Perch delivers the ball.
Charles N'Zogbia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia. Antolin Alcaraz takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Antolin Alcaraz by Joey Barton results in a free kick. Antolin Alcaraz takes the direct free kick.
Foul by James McCarthy on Cheik Tiote, free kick awarded. Cheik Tiote takes the direct free kick.
Franco Di Santo is ruled offside. Fabricio Coloccini takes the indirect free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordi Gomez. Free kick taken by Ronnie Stam.
The game kicks-off.
It is the end of the first-half.
The referee gets the second half started.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Hughton hoping Magpies can push on
Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is strapping himself in for a white-knuckle ride as he attempts to guide the club to Barclays Premier League safety.
The Magpies have made a creditable start to life back in the top flight, but have only seven points to show for their efforts from as many games after losing their last two.
They were unfortunate to go down 2-1 at Manchester City last time out when they conceded a questionable penalty and were then denied a spot-kick of their own.
But having lost to both Blackpool and Stoke at St James' Park after routing Aston Villa 6-0 in their opening home fixture, they entertain Wigan desperately needing to stop the rot if they are to renew confidence that they can make a fist of life among the big boys.
Hughton said: "When we came back into this division, we knew it wasn't going to be easy, but we are where we are.
"We are a team that was relegated over a year ago which had a very good season last season - but we know there are going to be ups and downs when you look at the quality in this division.
"The most important thing for us is coping with the defeats. We are a side which went through a season last season where we didn't have too many defeats.
"We knew we would have defeats this season and it is how you respond and bounce back from those defeats which is going to be a really important aspect of our game."
The game will see Charles N'Zogbia return to St James' Park and he is certain to receive a less than hospitable welcome after persistently agitating to leave the club before his wish was granted.
A diplomatic Hughton said: "He is certainly an exciting player and the most important thing is we would like to keep him reasonably quiet on the football pitch."
Meanwhile, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez wants referees to become increasingly vigilant so that skilful players can perform without fear.
Martinez's side face a Newcastle team who are without the services of Hatem Ben Arfa.
The 23-year-old midfielder, who is on loan from Marseille, suffered a double fracture of his leg following a challenge from Manchester City's Nigel de Jong that was widely criticised.
While Martinez does not wish to see tackling outlawed, he is keen for players to act with care.
He said: "The Premier League has a competitive edge. Tackling is an art and needs to be in the game.
"You need to be accurate, not reckless, as you risk a red card, letting your team down and letting yourself down.
"It is a thin line between a player getting injured or winning a challenge. It is important the referees get these decisions right so we can protect the creative players. Those are the types of players the fans want to see.
"Maybe 15-20 years ago you had footballers playing football. Now you have athletes playing football.
"That means the speed and the power of every challenge is different. You don't want to see players missing months of a season because of a bad tackle."
Martinez welcomes back midfielder Tom Cleverley, who is on loan from Manchester United, after he proved his fitness following a knee injury by playing for England Under-21s.
Goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi is set to retain his place in the team after recovering from a stomach virus, but Antolin Alcaraz is doubtful with an ankle problem.
Captain Coloccini rescues Magpies
Skipper Fabricio Coloccini struck deep into injury time to deny Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia the headlines as Newcastle only just avoided a third successive Barclays Premier League defeat.
The Argentinian headed home in the fourth minute of stoppage time to snatch a 2-2 draw after Magpies old boy N'Zogbia had silenced the St James' Park boo boys.
The 24-year-old Frenchman put the visitors in front with a 22nd-minute header and then added a second with a superb left-foot rocket to answer the cat-calls from fans still bristling at the manner of his departure from the club.
N'Zogbia, who was once mistakenly referred to as "Charles Insomnia" by former Magpies boss Joe Kinnear, tormented right-back James Perch throughout, and with a little more composure, he could have killed the game off long before the final whistle.
But substitute Shola Ameobi's 72nd-minute header gave the Magpies hope as a crowd of 44,415 finally had something to shout about, and Coloccini completed the job in the nick of time.
The game started with boos for owner Mike Ashley over his decision to sell the naming rights to the stadium, and N'Zogbia as a result of his extended campaign of agitation for a move away from the club, which finally paid off in February last year.
But the boos on the half-time whistle were all for the club the Frenchman had left behind as the Magpies capitulated all too easily in the face of a not particularly special performance by the visitors.
Newcastle were simply awful for all but a few minutes of the opening period.
They lacked ideas in midfield, where Wigan boss Roberto Martinez had ordered his players to close down space, and toothless in attack on the rare occasions when striker Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands, preferred to Ameobi and Kevin Nolan, saw anything of the ball.
But more alarmingly, they were horribly porous at the back as right-back Perch's education in top-flight football took an ugly turn up an ever steeper hill.
His main job was to try to keep N'Zogbia quiet with a helping hand from Danny Guthrie, making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a knee injury.
But the former Magpie gave him a torrid time throughout and capped his afternoon with a quick-fire double which put the Latics in the driving seat with barely a quarter of the game gone.
There was an element of good fortune about N'Zogbia's first goal when Franco di Santo's cross looped up off Jose Enrique and dropped invitingly for the winger to head across goalkeeper Tim Krul and into the bottom corner.
However, his second less a minute later oozed class as he brought down Di Santo's cross on his chest before smashing a shot past Krul from a tight angle.
Newcastle were laboured in their attempts to get back into the game, although they came close twice within seconds as clock ticked past the 40-minute mark.
First Maynor Figueroa had to head over his own crossbar after Carroll had turned Guthrie's free-kick across goal towards Lovenkrands, and then Emmerson Boyce cleared the striker's header off the line from the resulting corner.
It could have been even worse for the Magpies had N'Zogbia opted to cross early to the unmarked Di Santo in injury time, and the home manager headed for the dressing room with chants of "Hughton, sort it out" ringing in his ears with his side starring down the barrel of a third successive home defeat.
What Hughton needed was a swift response, but there was little sign of it in the opening minutes of the second half as his side continued to squander possession and make little of it when they had it.
The Magpies pinned the visitors back inside their own half, but were unable to find anything like the quality of final ball they needed to break Wigan down, although Carroll headed wide from Enrique's looping 56th-minute ball in.
Lovenkrands found himself in a promising position on the hour as Perch prepared to cross, but although the Dane controlled well, Newcastle old boy Steve Caldwell intervened before he could shoot.
Guthrie drilled a 65th-minute free-kick harmlessly over the bar with little sign of the fightback the Magpies so desperately required.
However, Ameobi, a 60th-minute replacement for Lovenkrands, gave his side hope with 18 minutes left when he powered home a header from Jonas Gutierrez's cross to spark a belated onslaught.
Carroll headed just wide seconds later, but substitute Hugo Rodallega perhaps should have made sure five minutes from time after being played in by N'Zogbia.
His side were made to pay at the death when Carroll flicked on Gutierrez's cross and Coloccini headed home from close range to cap a spirited comeback.
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