Leading up to this game Newcastle were on a four game losing streak, but after a brace from Demba Ba and a moment of class from Gael Bigirimana, we were back to winning ways.
Newcastle lined up in a 4-3-3 formation in which Ba and Cisse interchanged between winger and striker. Newcastle looked a different side, they were playing the ball crisply with Vurnon Anita a standing out as the controller of the pace of the game.
It came from a nice passing move that newcastle got their first goal, with Ba and Cisse interlinking well to put Cisse in, he was shoulder barged to the ground by Maynor Figueroa, it looked like a fair challenge but a penalty and Figueroa was sent off. Once Demba Ba stroked the ball past the keeper’s right, Newcastle looked to have the game in the palm of their hand.
The second goal came after switching the play from right to left and Davide Santon getting a shot from 25 yards to swerve and hit the hads of Ali Al-Habsi and fall for Ba who tapped home.
Newcastle then dominated possession without creating much more. Cheick Tiote went off at half time due to what looked like a niggle. Gael Bigirimana came on and looked comfortable next to Anita and the also impressive Marveaux.
Newcastle again restricted Wigan and had few chances themselves. However they held the ball well and made it stick up top, something we have failed to do for much of the season. But they got their third when ,Burundi born, Bigirimana picked up the ball on the edge of the box and curled in a fabulous strike to claim his first for Newcastle and al but seal three points for Newcastle.
Hopefully this win will give Newcastle the confidence boost they will need with our next six Premier league games being; Fulham(a), Man city(h), QPR(h), Man United(a), Arsenal(a) and Everton(h).