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Demba Ba scored twice to ease the pressure on manager Alan Pardew as Newcastle beat 10-man Wigan 3-0 on Monday night.
The Magpies came into the game on the back of four consecutive Premier League defeats but this never looked like being a fifth from the moment Maynor Figueroa shoved over Papiss Cisse in the box.
Referee Mike Jones pointed to the spot and sent off the Latics defender before Ba converted the spot-kick to relax the mood at St James' Park after just 13 minutes.
The contest was effectively over just after the 20-minute mark when Davide Santon went on a driving run before firing off a long-range shot that Ali Al Habsi could only parry into Ba's path.
The Senegal forward, who is currently negotiating a new contract on Tyneside, nonchalantly tucked away the rebound for his 10th goal of the Premier League season.
Things could have got worse for the visitors before the interval when Gary Caldwell hauled down Ba having already been booked but he got away with a final warning and was promptly substituted at half-time.
After the break, Roberto Martinez's men produced a spirited performance and were perhaps the better side as they retained the ball well and probed in search of an unlikely comeback.
But a Newcastle break with 20 minutes remaining saw substitute Gael Bigirimana cut in onto his left foot and curl an effort into the far corner of the goal to put the result beyond any doubt.
The only sour note for Newcastle was that Santon and Ba both went off injured in the second half as the injury list at the club continues to grow.
But the three points were the all important thing and, although Newcastle remain 14th in the Premier League table, the victory lifts them five points clear of the relegation zone.
And the relief around St James' Park was in stark contrast to the concern etched on the face of Martinez as his Wigan team now host bottom club QPR in a relegation six-pointer on Saturday.
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The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is still trying to solve the strike partnership dilemma that exists at Newcastle – and while both Senegal strikers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba are good strikers, they hardly complement each other, because their styles are so similar. Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba together last season In all honesty we [...]
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Alan Pardew talked after the game last night, in which Demba Ba got a brace and goes to joint top of the Premier league goal scoring charts, and said the club has been frustrated in its attempts to get Ba signed up to a new contract on Tyneside. Demba Ba last night – yet another [...]
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Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul admitted their 3-0 win over Wigan was a "massive" three points.
United had not won a game since 28th October and Alan Pardew's men had lost their last four Premier League matches.
But the result was not in doubt from the 13th minute when Maynor Figueroa was sent off for a debatable shove in the box and Demba Ba slotted home the...
Newcastle recorded its first Premier League win in six matches by beating 10-man Wigan 3-0 on Monday with two goals by Demba Ba and another from Gael Bigirimana.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had been under pressure with his injury-hit team winning only one league match since he signed an eight-year contract extension in late September to sit just two points above the relegation...
Maynor Figueroa will serve a one-match ban in Wigan's Premier League clash with QPR on Saturday after the club's appeal was rejected.
The Latics had hoped to overturn the red card shown to the defender during the first half of their 3-0 defeat by Newcastle at St James' Park on Monday.
Figueroa was sent off after he was deemed to have denied Toon striker Papiss Cisse...
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Newcastle’s best player last night was Sylvain Marveaux, and he was given a surprise start by manager Alan Pardew, but the lad must have been impressing in training, because he was Newcastle’s star man last night in his best game ever for Newcastle and he leads in our poll for Man of the Match with 37%, just edging [...]
Youngsters Conor Newton and Yven Moyo are among a 20-man Newcastle squad which belatedly left Tyneside for Bordeaux on Wednesday afternoon.
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It’s a fair bet that if Newcastle can rekindle the spirit, energy and determination our lads showed at Stoke last week, then we have an excellent chance of winning the game tonight against Wigan, and that will be a massive relief for everybody connected with the Newcastle United football club. Alan Pardew showing the stress [...]