With only Rotherham below them, Wigan fans look hot favourites to be watching League One football next season.

Before the trip to Tyneside, many of their supporters were forecasting a hammering for their team.

However, after the game the Wigan fans are the latest to leave St James Park thinking they maybe deserved to get at least a draw.

A poor game saw few chances at either end and while Newcastle were the better side it wasn’t by much.

The game hinged on taking some of the few opportunities that presented themselves and Wigan’s big moment was when one of their players failed to take advantage of a free header only around 10 yards out just after equalising.

Whereas minutes later, Matt Ritchie reacted brilliantly to head home from a similar distance after his shot had hit the post.

Neither set of fans were treated to the sight of Gabfriel Obertan on the pitch, the former Newcastle player left on the bench throughout.

Comments from Wigan fans via their top message board Vital Latics:

‘I went and enjoyed the match despite the loss …. the polar opposite of the majority of the ex United (Warren Joyce) coach’s matches.

I remained awake, alert, positively vocal and the others around me were not in a comatose state.

I quite enjoyed the Sam Morsy tussles with Jonjo ‘ I cry a lot to the ref’ Shelvey.

Tactically different as well. The team has miraculously learned how to string three passes together without hoofing it forward.

I have to ask …… what was the point of signing Gabriel Obertan?’

‘We seemed to be standing off as they brought the ball forward and giving their players far too much time and space rather than closing them down and pressing.’

‘Highlights clearly show their player stood right in front of Gilks for their second goal, why the hell wan’t that offside?’

‘The first goal was one of those where some players ‘switched off’ and Newcastle’s pinpoint passing led to the goal ….

The second came about after the ball was given away further up the field. Newcastle had almost as many players in an around the area as we had defenders and got ‘lucky’.

There was a moment of deja vu (the Blackburn goal at Ewood Park) where ball ends up in Karl Darlow’s hands, some of our players start jogging back but not facing up to the ball. They were almost caught napping as the ball came straight back out to one of the Newcastle players who was off on his way into the final third.

Both Newcastle’s goals sum up our issues over the whole season ….. switching off momentarily and allowing the other team to pounce. Not being able to score because of a lack of bodies in and around the area.’

‘After the initial worry of how many we were going to concede, I came away from St James Park quite pleased with the way we’d adapted ourselves,

First half (after the confusion of seating in the away section due to unclear signage and stewards just stood there doing nothing. (Unreserved seating next time?) I thought was a bit of a scrappy affair with Newcastle just about scraping it and getting that all important goal.

When Colclough and Gilbey came on in the second half I thought we started to look a lot better and started to get behind their full backs quite often (only to have no one busting a gut to get in the penalty area). Once we equalised and silenced the 50,000 Geordies I thought there was our cue to start getting at them as they looked a tad vulnerable. Alas they scored what would be the winner and left us wondering what might have been.

Overall left St James happy enough with our performance but just thought we could have taken a point out of the game with a bit more belief in going forward.

On a footnote. How did Shelvey and Ritchie not receive yellow cards for blatant dives? Granted on TV replays it looks like Buxton gets a slight touch on Ritchie, but from our view (3 steps from heaven) looks a blatant dive.’

‘Another defeat,no shame in losing by the odd goal to Newcastle.

But we seem to have lost by the odd goal to everyone this season.

Division 3 here we come.’

‘Up against best team in the league, away from home, and we were unlucky to lose.

Plenty of attacking intent and a goal from open play, we would’ve stayed up happily if we set up and played like that. Colclough and Gilbey made big impact.

Coming away from it proud of the team.’

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Wigan 1

Goals:

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

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Colback, Gouffran (Hayden 70), Diame (Atsu 63), Gayle (Perez 80)

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Gamez, Mbemba, Mitrovic

Crowd: 51,849 (1,200 Wigan)

(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the win HERE)

(Wigan boss ‘Football Gods were against us..Read HERE)