Newcastle 2 Wigan 1 – Saturday 1 April 2017 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
“Dominated the first half without creating too many chances, pleased we managed to get the goal when we did.
“Fair play to Wigan, they made a game of it in the second half.
“Huddersfield dropping pints an added bonus to a welcome three points.
“Edging closer to promotion, howay me bonny lads!!!”
“I suppose it doesn’t matter how you get the points at this stage of the season, especially looking at Huddersfield losing in injury time, hoying everything at Burton’s goal to get the win.
“There was a time there that I thought we were going to lose this game though, so again, I’ll put the head-scratching to one side and have a few drinks and celebrate being a big step closer to the top league.
“One or two players showed themselves to be up to this today, fitting that Gayle and Ritchie scored.
“One or two others probably know now that they will be looking for a new club come June.
“A big thanks to Dan Burn as well. He said he would run round the pitch if he scored at SJP today. I wonder where he is going to run to now. Howay The Lads.”
“Big 3 points and a relief Huddersfield getting done in the dying seconds a massive plus today.
“Heads screwed on for Burton Wednesday night. And we won’t be far away.”
Leazes Park Ender:
“What a thoroughly obnoxious individual the Wigan manager Graham Barrow is. Kicking up a right old tussle in the technical areas. Get a hold of yourself man.
“That aside, today was a day I had been hoping for. Not just a Newcastle win but a win allied to a slip from Huddersfield Town. That day, finally, has arrived.
“We move one stride closer to our goal.
“Not a vintage game but Gayle has come back and shown his worth. The top scorer back just in the nick of time.
“It feels a bit like we’re grinding along but they all count.
“Any Newcastle fan who is unhappy tonight is frankly bonkers.”
“Awful game – but ultimately what we needed.
“Where would we be without Ritchie, who seems immune to sluggish team performances?
“Pure determination for his winner.
“Diame could improve his game by getting some football boots. as he seems to insist on playing in wellies.
“The Huddersfield result gives us breathing space, although it spurs worries about Burton coming full of confidence.
“It’s bad news to be worried about Burton Albion but table-wise they’re no worse than the opponent we narrowly edged today. Onwards.”
“I shall never understand why Rafa insists we fall over the line to promotion.
“Our home performances have been unacceptable this year.
“Far too cautious and negative.”
“I know its all about the points with only a few weeks to go but… what a really disappointing 90+ minutes of football.
“Here’s to a better performance (and another 3 points!) on Wednesday.”
“Colback poor, Shelvey and Anita very good.
“Could have been much easier but will take it.
“Let’s get out in front till the end now and go again Wednesday.”
“OK, let’s not beat around the bush.
“That wasn’t greatbut another 3 points and Huddersfield dropping more points means the mission is nearly complete.
“At home we need more proper footballers. I feel the team selected had far too many who aren’t truly comfortable moving the ball.
“Bairn enjoyed it and we won. That’s what matters at this point.
“Bring on Burton! Lol”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Wigan 1
Newcastle: Gayle 36, Ritchie 57
Wigan: Jacobs 50
Possession was Wigan 48% Newcastle 52%
Total shots were Wigan 6 Newcastle 18
Shots on target were Wigan 3 Newcastle 6
Corners were Wigan 4 Newcastle 6
Referee: David Coote
Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Colback, Gouffran (Hayden 70), Diame (Atsu 63), Gayle (Perez 80)
Elliot, Gamez, Mbemba, Mitrovic
Crowd: 51,849 (1,200 Wigan)