4th of December 2012 Author: Johnny Karp
Demba Ba scored twice as Newcastle ended a run of four straight defeats with a success over 10-man Wigan. Latics defender Maynor Figueroa was sent off in the 12th minute after he brought down Papiss Cisse in the box. Demba Ba converted the penalty kick and added a second just eight minutes later. Wigan tried to fight way back despite the numerical disadvantage but Gael Bigirimana scored a spectacular third goal for Newcastle in the 71st minute. Roberto Martinez's Wigan have now lost four of their last five games and are just two points above the relegation zone.
Wigan had a good start to the game and put the home side under pressure but they failed to test goalkeeper Tim Krul. Things changed in the 12th minute when Figueroa brought down Cisse inside the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot and produced the red card for the Wigan defender. Demba Ba confidently converted the penalty and Newcastle took advantage of the visitor's difficult moment by adding a second goal shortly after. Left back Davide Santon unleashed a powerful strike from 25 yards out, the goalie could only parry it and Ba was there to tuck in the loose ball.
At that point Roberto Martinez replaced Jordi Gomez with James McArthur and the visitors gained a bit of composure and even dominated large portions of the game. But Wigan failed to create clear chances and Newcastle came close to adding a third goal on 52 minutes when Marveaux was denied bu goalkeeper Al-Habsi. Bigirimana added that third goal eventually with a brilliant shot which earned him his first ever goal in professional football.
Demba Ba then had a chance to complete his hat-trick but he missed the target from close range. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said after the game: "It's been difficult for the players and staff and it was nice to get a break tonight, and it was a break - we got one tonight. I think it was a penalty. When the defender is coming across the striker and he's got a goal chance the referee has got a tough decision. I think it was a penalty and that gave us a great start to the game. Demba loves it here. It's a football city, we've tried to take the clause (£7.5m get-out in his contract) out but we haven't been successful with that and that is difficult for us and Demba."
Newcastle's next game is in the Europa League on Thursday, when they travel to meet French side Bordeaux. Here are the odds from Bet365 for that match:
Bordeaux win - 3/4
Draw - 13/5
Newcastle win - 15/4
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