Magical first half as Latics hit the Toon for four
WIGAN ATHLETIC 4
Moses 13, 15
Di Santo 45+2
NEWCASTLE UNITED 0
Report by Nick Taylor
The pressure at the bottom end of the table can cause some teams to freeze but for Latics it is a case of red hot goal scoring.
A Victor Moses
double, solo goal from Shaun Maloney
and a contender for goal of the season from Franco di Santo
provided a 4-0 victory to move three points clear of the drop zone.
The afore mentioned Di Santo was a doubt for today's game after he limped off against Fulham last weekend but he was declared fit and kept his place in the side.
Roberto Martinez made just one change to the team that travelled to London as Maloney won back his starting place from Jordi Gomez
Latics came firing out of the blocks with free-flowing football that Barcelona and Brazil would admire.
The first clear chance of the game fell to Moses inside the Newcastle box as Latics worked the ball from the back but his shot was scuffed and gathered easily by Tim Krul.
The Nigerian winger didn't let that get him down though and 13 minutes all of that patient and clever build-up play paid dividends.
With the ball starting out in defence, Maynor Figueroa
cut inside on the half way line to play the ball to Maloney, his clever turn gave him acres to pass into as he spotted a wide right run from Emmerson Boyce
The full-back sold Davide Santon a dummy and clipped the ball in left footed for a leaping Moses to head beyond the keeper, it was the definition of a team goal.
Just two minutes later Moses was at it again, and so were Latics.
Another sensational passing move as Figueroa and Maloney flicked their way up the pitch, before the latter played in Jean Beausejour down the left.
His cross was a whipped one and was blocked as it came towards the front post but there was Moses right on cue to hammer the ball in from close range.
Latics continued to take the game to Newcastle and even Ali Al Habsi
had his little moment of glory when he dummied his way passed Demba Ba to make a clearance.
The mood was soon elevated even higher when hard-battling and quick thinking from Di Santo played Maloney in on goal down the left wing.
The Scotsman cut inside and from a tight angle slipped the ball under Krul to make it 3-0.
It got even better for the home side and if anybody slipped out for a half time pie then they missed a world class goal from their number nine.
Di Santo battled once again to claim the ball in midfield and from 30 yards out he hit an audacious chip that floated over Krul's head and nestled into the inside netting.
That goal takes the Argentinian level as top goal scorer this season with Moses on six.
After half time the game was settled and controlled by Latics but, chances were carved out at both ends.
The first chance of the half fell to Latics in bizarre fashion.
Clever wing play by Di Santo and Figueroa earned a corner and from that the delivery almost made it five.
Maloney hit an inswinger and if not for the Dutchman Krul's tip over the bar it would have taken his tally to two.
Newcastle showed a slight attempt of fighting back when Papiss Cisse dribbled his way down the left wing before cutting inside to curl his right footed shot onto the top of the cross bar with Al Habsi beaten.
Latics breathed another sigh of relief on 71 minutes as the Senegalese striker cracked the woodwork for a second time.
On this occasion, Latics were undone as Hatem Ben Arfa whipped in a dangerous cross and Cisse thundered a header against the post.
As the time ticked down and the celebrations amongst the fans started, substitute Conor Sammon
almost made it five.
He was released from the midfield with a defence splitting pass by from James McCarthy
The Irishman lifted the ball over an on-rushing Krul but was denied his moment of glory by Fabricio Coloccini who cleared off the line.
It is safe to say that Latics returned home with a bang and after 16 days without seeing a match at the DW Stadium the fans were gifted to four top draw goals.
Al Habsi, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Caldwell (c), Maloney, Moses (Gomez 83), McArthur, Boyce, Beausejour, Di Santo (Sammon 68), Figueroa.
Pollitt, Crusat, Jones, Rodallega, Diame.
Krul, Coloccini (c), Santon, Cabaye (Ferguson 83), Simpson (Perch 81), Williamson, Cisse, Ben Arfa (R.Taylor 73), Gutierrez, Ba, Tiote.
Gosling, Best, Shola Ameobi, Elliot