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:

Paul Lyon:

“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!!!”

Ben Cooper:


“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.”

Jamie Smith:

“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.”

Toon Bano:

“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.”

Nat Seaton:

“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.”

Jack Lacey-Hatton:

“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.”

Jamie Swan

“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

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)

  • Paul Patterson

    Three points- end of. The less said about the bit in the middle the better..

  • nufcslf

    Well said Toon Bano. Makes me shudder to think that you can be disappointed when top of the league. Still don’t think fatty will change even if promoted and this present team can finish 17th in the prem. Hope I am proved very wrong.

    • Damon Horner

      true to reputation that the fanbase is unhappy that they’re not winning the league in style, the league that has swallowed other big clubs in the past.

      • East Durham Mag

        Some people are never happy mate.

        • love toon despite

          love the look of the table also loving the look at the bottom of the premiership but hand on heart are we playing the type/style of football that you come away with a smile on your face…..not moaning glad to be top mebee just hoping that I can enjoy the football along the way?

          • Damon Horner

            No worries mate, we have to consider that this is Rafa’s style of football and we made a point of asking him to stay because of his quality and experience, I understand all viewpoints but we can’t ask for fish fingers for tea and complain when we get fish fingers, we wanted Rafa and got the package.

            personally I’d like to see this club thrive and we won’t do that in the second tier so as much as entertaining football is nice, it’s purely business as far as I am concerned this season.

          • Gary Mccarron

            i see what you’re saying Damon but to use your metaphor will you still be happy next season when all around us will be eating fillet steak and we’ll me munching on corned beef hash?

          • Damon Horner

            all around us won’t be playing entertaining football though, i’m not saying we should never want entertaining football, this is just a debate with better substance when we get back and established in the Premier League. Right now, this season and even next season, I wouldn’t risk promotion to feed the indulgence. I’d eat Corned Beef hash until I know I can afford fillet steak.

          • love toon despite

            my worry is Mike Ashley dines out on pies whilst his counterparts dine out on caviar!

          • Damon Horner

            true, He probably did feed his kids corned beef hash served up by a homeless man in exchange for a four pack of Fosters.

            Only a wad of cash or a bullet will move him away though so just got to hope he sticks to his word from two years ago, you’d be naive not to be sceptical.

  • Grahame Johnson

    Great picture showing what in means to fans and magic matt, pure passion

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    it`s a Funny old game,


    Did not think Ritchie was at his best today but was still MOM by a mile. If everybody had his work rate and desire we would already be promoted.

    • Scottpaige

      What a tool you are !!!

  • F Gonial

    Where is the link for voting?