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Shot from just outside the box by Sanchez Jose Enrique goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by James McArthur. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
Leon Best produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken by Ben Watson from the left by-line to the near post, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.
Joey Barton is given a yellow card. Joey Barton challenges James McArthur unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Watson restarts play with the free kick.
Alan Smith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kevin Nolan.
Leon Best is adjudged to have handled the ball. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
Leon Best concedes a free kick for a foul on Antolin Alcaraz. Free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.
Callum McManaman is brought on as a substitute for Ronnie Stam.
Kevin Nolan has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Shot from 12 yards by Kevin Nolan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Ben Watson. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
Mauro Boselli takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Taylor.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Hugo Rodallega. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
Wayne Routledge produces a cross.
Leon Best joins the action as a substitute, replacing Shola Ameobi. The offside flag is raised against Shola Ameobi. Indirect free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Wayne Routledge sends in a cross, clearance by Gary Caldwell.
Cheik Tiote fouled by Mohamed Diame, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
Peter Lovenkrands leaves the field to be replaced by Wayne Routledge. Danny Simpson concedes a free kick for a foul on James McArthur. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley by Joey Barton results in a free kick. Tom Cleverley takes the direct free kick.
Kevin Nolan fouled by Gary Caldwell, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is delivered by Joey Barton, Steven Taylor takes a shot.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shola Ameobi on Gary Caldwell. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
Hugo Rodallega sends in a cross.
The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance by Ben Watson.
Steve Gohouri challenges Shola Ameobi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
Mauro Boselli replaces Jordi Gomez.
Hugo Rodallega is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
Antolin Alcaraz delivers the ball.
Unfair challenge on Antolin Alcaraz by Shola Ameobi results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ronnie Stam.
Hugo Rodallega has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Hugo Rodallega has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Joey Barton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley. Ben Watson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Steve Gohouri, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Gary Caldwell is shown a yellow card. Gary Caldwell challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick.
James McArthur replaces Hendry Thomas.
Joey Barton produces a cross, Peter Lovenkrands has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Shola Ameobi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame. Direct free kick taken by Ronnie Stam.
Corner taken by Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini takes a shot.
Booking for Ben Watson. Ben Watson challenges Cheik Tiote unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Joey Barton for handball. Direct free kick taken by Ben Watson.
Outswinging corner taken by Ben Watson, Gary Caldwell takes a shot. Effort on goal by Hugo Rodallega from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Nolan.
Unfair challenge on Gary Caldwell by Shola Ameobi results in a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Hugo Rodallega results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Shot from long range by Cheik Tiote goes over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Hugo Rodallega makes a clearance.
Foul by Mohamed Diame on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
Peter Lovenkrands is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ali Al Habsi takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Peter Lovenkrands by Antolin Alcaraz results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Mohamed Diame concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheik Tiote. Direct free kick taken by Steven Taylor.
Peter Lovenkrands takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a comfortable save.
Steven Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Mohamed Diame. Free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.
Shola Ameobi gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wigan 0-1 Newcastle.Joey Barton takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi. The assist for the goal came from Peter Lovenkrands.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton played to the near post, Jordi Gomez makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Lovenkrands by Hendry Thomas. Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick, Antolin Alcaraz manages to make a clearance.
Peter Lovenkrands has an effort at goal. Ali Al Habsi makes a comfortable save.
Tom Cleverley produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Cheik Tiote results in a free kick. Ben Watson takes the free kick.
Danny Simpson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Jordi Gomez fouled by Danny Simpson, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Watson takes the direct free kick.
Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Hendry Thomas. Ben Watson takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Ben Watson from the right by-line, Antolin Alcaraz takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save.
Tom Cleverley produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save made by Steve Harper.
Foul by Joey Barton on Mohamed Diame, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Watson.
The ball is swung over by Danny Simpson, Shola Ameobi has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Mohamed Diame challenges Kevin Nolan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
The match has kicked off.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The match has reached half-time.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Zog to miss Magpies
Wigan will be without playmaker Charles N'Zogbia and have a doubt over defender Antolin Alcaraz for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against Newcastle.
N'Zogbia is beginning a three-match ban after his red card against Arsenal in midweek while Alcaraz is rated 50-50 with a thigh injury.
New signing Adrian Lopez, the former Spain Under-21 and Deportivo La Coruna defender, could come into consideration.
Emmerson Boyce (hamstring) and Franco di Santo (ankle) are not yet fit to return while Victor Moses and James McCarthy remain on the long-term casualty list.
Goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has returned to Wigan after a loan spell at Leicester but is not in contention due to a back complaint.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has warned his players Newcastle are a formidable side - with or without top scorer Andy Carroll.
The 11-goal striker Carroll has been ruled out with a thigh injury.
His absence should ease Wigan's task as they look to maintain a four-game unbeaten run and pull away from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone but Martinez remains wary of the Magpies.
The Spaniard said: "If they play with 10 men it would be fantastic news but if Carroll is not playing there is Shola Ameobi or (Nile) Ranger, there are many replacements in that squad.
"Sometimes I think players that have got a point to prove and want an opportunity become an even more important player for the team.
"So, I am sure Newcastle will start with 11 determined players.
"They are a really strong side, I have seen them play a few times.
"They know how to play in the Barclays Premier League and they are going to be a real threat on Sunday.
"Obviously Carroll has made the biggest impact in the Premier League from the Newcastle squad but they have got a perfect combination of experience and talented young players.
"It is a game we are really looking forward to.
"I am sure they will come here with a clear mentality of winning the game.
"We always play in the same manner and that should make for an open and entertaining game to watch."
Newcastle are looking for only their second win since Alan Pardew succeeded the controversially sacked Chris Hughton early last month.
Pardew oversaw an impressive victory over Liverpool in his first game in charge but his side have since been beaten by Manchester City and Tottenham.
Martinez said: "I am sure he is enjoying his challenge. It is a football club with a great tradition.
"He has got a very experienced dressing room and I am sure he is going to stamp his way to play very quickly.
"We know Newcastle are going to be a very competitive team.
"We saw that earlier in the campaign and I am sure with Alan Pardew it is going to be exactly the same."
Ameobi is expected to be fit to deputise for Newcastle after shaking off the hamstring injury which has kept him out of the last two games, while skipper Kevin Nolan returns from suspension and Jose Enrique (also hamstring) and Sol Campbell (illness) should be available.
Midfielder Dan Gosling, who is yet to play for the club, is making rapid progress in his fight to return from a long-term knee injury, but Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) and Ryan Taylor (ankle ligaments) are still out.
Pardew has told his players to strap themselves in for a white-knuckle ride as they attempt to secure their Premier League status.
The Magpies face Wigan having reached the halfway point of their season on 22 points, which meant they began the weekend in 13th place.
They would happily settle for that position come the end of the season with their continued presence at the top table the only requirement in the immediate aftermath of promotion.
However, with the gap to the bottom three having been reduced to just three points in the wake of successive defeats by Manchester City and Tottenham while the likes of West Ham, Wigan and Wolves picked up precious points over Christmas, Pardew knows he can take nothing for granted.
Asked if the second half of the campaign was shaping up to be a white-knuckle ride, Pardew said: "I think it will be - at both ends of the table. It is so tight through that division.
"You look at the teams and there is not a lot to choose between them all, and it is going to be that fighting spirit, that determination to get over the line and to get yourselves into a good position in the league which is going to be important."
Ameobi steps up for Magpies to fill Carroll void
Newcastle moved back into the top half of the Barclays Premier League as Shola Ameobi's close-range finish clinched a 1-0 win at Wigan.
Ameobi, in the Magpies side as a replacement for injured top-scorer Andy Carroll, pounced in the 19th minute when Ali Al Habsi blocked Joey Barton's shot and Peter Lovenkrands's follow-up hit the post.
Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor also both struck the woodwork for the visitors, while Gary Caldwell saw his header come back off the bar for the Latics.
It was a welcome start to 2011 for Alan Pardew as his side bounced back from two straight defeats and moved up to 10th place.
For Wigan, who are just a point and a place above the relegation, the situation is more concerning.
Newcastle created the first goalscoring opportunity after just two minutes as Danny Simpson swung a cross into the box from the right.
Ameobi was allowed the space to meet it but the striker was unable to find the target, heading the ball back across the face of goal.
Three minutes later Wigan went close themselves as a failed clearance from Ben Watson's free-kick fell to Tom Cleverley, whose curling shot drew a smart save out of Steve Harper. Antolin Alcaraz headed the resulting corner straight at the Magpies goalkeeper.
Cleverley was presented with another chance on the quarter-hour mark after receiving a neat pass from Mohamed Diame, but the on-loan Manchester United youngster volleyed over the bar.
It was encouraging stuff from the hosts, but within moments, they were behind after a defensive error by Steven Gohouri.
Having dispossessed the Ivorian, Barton struck an effort which Al Habsi managed to parry, but Lovenkrands hit the loose ball against a post and Ameobi was on hand to tuck away the rebound.
An unmarked Lovenkrands should have doubled his side's advantage in the 31st minute after Barton squared to him right in front of goal, but the Dane got the ball stuck under his feet and Watson rushed in to avert the danger.
At the other end Cleverley's deflected shot from the edge of the box earned Wigan a corner which was met by Caldwell. The Latics skipper saw his header bounce back off the bar and the ball came to Hugo Rodallega, who lifted his attempt over.
Newcastle were next to hit the woodwork soon after as Coloccini looped a header onto the top of the goalframe and then Al Habsi had to be alert in rushing out to halt Jonas Gutierrez's progress.
Lovenkrands nodded a good chance over from a cross by Barton, and the former Manchester City man sent a free-kick off-target just before the break.
Martinez substituted Hendry Thomas for James McArthur at half-time and Wigan made the early running after the re-start, Jordi Gomez advancing down the right side but sending his delivery into Harper's arms.
Rodallega tried his luck twice in quick succession only to shoot wide of the mark each time.
Mauro Boselli was then introduced in place of Gomez to give Rodallega fresh support in attack, but it was Newcastle who nearly scored 10 minutes later as yet another header hit the crossbar.
This time it was Taylor denied after he got on the end of Barton's free-kick.
Lovenkrands and Ameobi came off for Wayne Routledge and Leon Best as the visitors looked to close out the game.
Boselli claimed his shot had been blocked by Taylor's hand in the box, but referee Howard Webb waved play on.
The Yorkshire official, who had been made an MBE in the Queen's New Years Honours List, then booked Barton for a rash challenge on McArthur.
Newcastle might have added a second goal towards the end as first Best poked wide after finding himself through one-on-one and then Jose Enrique blasted over, but come the final whistle, they had done enough.
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