Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Slip-Ups at the DW This Time as Toon Put on a Top Show; MATCH ANALYSIS: WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 DIAME AND SUPER SUB ATSU SEAL VICTORY FOR RESOLUTE MAGPIES

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Slip-Ups at the DW This Time as Toon Put on a Top Show; MATCH ANALYSIS: WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 DIAME AND SUPER SUB ATSU SEAL VICTORY FOR RESOLUTE MAGPIES

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@ncjmedia.com @lee_ryder

IT may not have been pretty at times but Newcastle United's trip to Wigan in the end proved to be comfortable.

Compared to some of the Toon Army's experiences at the DW Stadium this was almost tranquil.

Remember, Newcastle had lost seven of their eight visits to this venue - yet this time there was a happy ending as United returned to the top of the table.

Newcastle controlled the game for large parts but when they needed to show their resilient side they did so with aplomb.

Just like the clash with Birmingham City on Saturday, the Magpies had to wait for the game to settle before creating chances.

However, on nine minutes Jonjo Shelvey slipped in former Wigan star Mo Diame down the right and the Senegal international's effort was clawed away by veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. Six minutes later Yoan Gouffran found space on the left-hand side but scooped his shot high over the bar.

A rare lapse in concentration from the United back four then allowed Will Grigg an opening but, almost overawed by the moment, he fluffed his lines and Newcastle cleared up the danger.

Wigan were then offered another good chance to open the scores when Yanic Wildschut skipped down the right and dinked in a fine cross to the back post, but none of his team-mates could connect.

With 26 minutes gone, the Latics were punished as Newcastle grabbed the lead through Wigan old boy Diame.

The African ace played a lovely one-two with Hayden before gliding into the box and calmly placing it to the right of the goalkeeper.

It was Diame's fourth goal of the season in all competitions and just like his return to Hull City playing against his former employers seemed to bring out the best in him.

Diame was causing Wigan all kinds of problems in the first half. …

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