Wigan Athletic’s trip to the North East took on some added spice as Charles N’Zogbia made his first return to St. James’ Park to take on his former team and his two goals were nearly enough to take all the spoils.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE – St. James’ Park – Saturday October 16th 2010
Ameobi 72
Colocini 94
N’Zogbia 22, 24

Wigan, the only team in the football league not to concede a goal away from home took on a Newcastle team lacking consistency in the league.

A balanced start from both teams with each taking chances at either end. Di Santo was unlucky early on as he was adjudged to be offside in an early opening.

Every time N’Zogbia received the ball it was met with a barrage of boos from the Toon Army but, as the professional he is, N’Zogbia rose to the occasion.

Franco Di Santo played a cross in from the right hand side. Aided by a deflection the ball looped to N’Zogbia who met it with his head to fire past Krul in the Newcastle goal and give Wigan a deserved one nil lead.

Wigan were in the ascendancy and only took a minute to add to their one goal lead. N’Zogbia was once again fed by Franco Di Santo to fire home a scintillating strike at Krul’s near post to send Latics fans into ecstasy.

2-0 up within the space of a minute, Latics fans were now starting to think that the minus nine goal difference could be going down.

Ali Al Habsi proved to be a rock in the Wigan goal with stalwart Steven Caldwell providing cover for the injured Gohuri.

Al Habsi controlled his area from 0-90 and looked confident when receiving crosses all afternoon.

At half time boos rang out around St James Park but a small group of fans in level seven were in dream land. Newcastle 0-2 Wigan.

The second half started as the first did. Both teams exchanging shots and attempts and it took till the 72nd minute for Newcastle to get back into the game.

Shola Ameobi grabbed his first goal since 2009 to bring Newcastle back into the game after Wigan failed to clear with a cross from Jonas Gutierrez.

Newcastle were on the front foot and felt that they could get something from the game.

Wigan made a couple of breaks with N’Zogbia and Rodallega both proving to be a thorn in Newcastle’s side.

Deep in to stoppage time Newcastle drew level. Antolin Alcaraz put a ball out for a corner when anywhere else would of done.

The ball was sent in searching for Carroll’s head who flicked it on to Fabricio Coloccini and the Newcastle captain knocked the ball past Al Habsi and McCarthy to send St. James’ Park into overdrive.

Wigan were extremely unlucky not to have won the game, but with performances like that they will do alright this season.

Cockney Latic Man of the Match: Charles N’Zogbia
Referee: Mark Halsey (Bolton, Lancashire)
Attendance: 44,415
26 Tim Krul 26 Ali Al Habsi
2 Fabricio Coloccini 17 Emmerson Boyce
6 Mike Williamson 13 Steven Caldwell
3 Jose Enrique 3 Antolin Alcaraz
14 James Perch 31 Maynor Figueroa
7 Joey Barton 23 Ronnie Stam
18 Jonas Gutierrez 10 Charles N’Zogbia

Danny Guthrie

4 James McCarthy
24 Cheick Tiote 14 Jordi Gomez
9 Andy Carroll 6 Hendry Thomas
11 Peter Lovenkrands 7 Franco Di Santo
33 Ole Soderberg 1 Chris Kirkland
16 Ryan Taylor 15 Tom Cleverley
28 Tamas Kadar 8 Ben Watson
17 Alan Smith 21 Mohamed Diame
23 Shola Ameobi 11 Victor Moses
30 Nile Ranger 20 Hugo Rodallega
10 Wayne Routledge 9 Mauro Boselli
21′     Goal Charles N’Zogbia
22′     Goal Charles N’Zogbia
55′ Yellow Card Yellow Card    
60′ Player Off Peter Lovenkrands
Player On Shola Ameobi
65′     Player Off Franco Di Santo
Player On Hugo Rodallega
66′ Player Off Danny Guthrie
Player On Wayne Routledge
72′ Goal Shola Ameobi    
79′     Player Off Ronnie Stam
Player On Tom Cleverley
85′     Yellow Card Maynor Figuroa
88′ Yellow Card Andrew Carroll    
88 Player Off James Perch
Player On Nile Ranger
90′     Player Off Charles N’Zogbia
Player On Mohamed Diame
94′ Goal Fabricio Colocini    

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