Tag Archives: figueroa

Mor Diouf scores 70-yard winner two minutes from time for Supersport United against Mamelodi Sundowns

Bury it like Beckham! Senegalese defender scores 70-yard winner two minutes from time

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

17:41 GMT, 13 March 2013

|

UPDATED:

17:41 GMT, 13 March 2013

Only the greats of the game including David Beckham, Xabi Alonso and…well, Maynor Figueroa score from their own half, but it looks like the trio have been trumped by a Senegalese defender.

While the above were all just inside their own half when they famously scored from distance, Mor Diouf ended up beating the opposition goalkeeper in a South African Premier League match from an incredible 70 yards!

Mor Diouf's 70-yard wonder goal

Loading video…

DM.has('rcpv2223800618001','BC',
'renderConfig' :

'css' : “videoplayer-large”,
'autoplay' : false,
'muted' : false,
'title' : “Mor Diouf's 70-yard wonder goal”,
'videoId' : 1002217,
'adsEnabled' : true,
'playerId' : “1989148206001”,
'playerKey' : “AQ~~,AAAAAFSL1bg~,CmS1EFtcMWELN_eSE9A7gpcGWF5XAVmI”,
'objId' : “rcpv2223800618001”,
'videoPlayer' : “2223800618001”,
'width' : 636,
'height' : 358,
'linkBaseURL' : “http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2292817/Mor-Diouf-scores-70-yard-winner-minutes-time-Supersport-United-Mamelodi-Sundowns.html”

});

Even more impressive was the fact the goal came two minutes from time, with the defender helping his Supersport United side defeat Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in a home clash last weekend.

Judging by the celebrations after, it was Supersport boss Gavin Hunt that was more impressed with the goal following his excited run down the touchline like Jose Mourinho, while Diouf just stood there and folded his arms like it was something he did every week.

Hunt said of the strike: ‘It's something that wins games as tight as this. Once he hit it, I knew it was a goal because I saw where the goalkeeper was and he hit it sweetly.’

The result moved Supersport up into a mid-table seventh spot and left the Sundowns in 11th, just five points off the bottom two.

How does Diouf's effort compare to Beckham, Alonso and Figueroa's strikes

FA Cup semi-final draw 2013: Manchester City v Manchester United/Chelsea, Wigan v Millwall/Blackburn

FA Cup semi-final draw: City await winners of Chelsea and United replay in last four

PUBLISHED:

18:45 GMT, 10 March 2013

|

UPDATED:

19:34 GMT, 10 March 2013

FA CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW

Millwall/Blackburn v Wigan

Manchester United/Chelsea v Manchester City

Ties to be played April 13/14

Manchester City will play either rivals Manchester United or fellow Barclays Premier League giants Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals.

The draw, conducted at Wembley immediately after United's 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford, pitched the eventual winners of the replay against City.

Millwall and Blackburn also drew earlier in the day and will replay on Wednesday, with the winner to face Wigan.

The semi-finals will be played at Wembley over the weekend of April 13 and 14.

Comeback: Chelsea came from 2-0 down against Manchester United at Old Trafford to force a replay

Comeback: Chelsea came from 2-0 down against Manchester United at Old Trafford to force a replay

Crushing: Manchester City thrashed Barnsley 5-0 on Saturday evening to secure their spot in the semis

Crushing: Manchester City thrashed Barnsley 5-0 on Saturday evening to secure their spot in the semis

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez was given
the first chance to respond to the eye-catching draw, but was unwilling
to look any further ahead than his side's replay against United.

'We have to think about the first game
and, afterwards, think about City,' he told ITV. 'It will be tough,
will be difficult, United are a great side.'

Javier Hernandez and Wayne
Rooney gave United a 2-0 lead inside 11 minutes at Old Trafford this
afternoon, but well-taken second-half goals from Eden Hazard and Ramires
earned Chelsea a replay.

City, in contrast, brushed off npower
Championship side Barnsley 5-0 yesterday as Carlos Tevez shrugged off
his latest off-field controversy to score a hat-trick and set up his
side's other two goals.

Wembley bound: Wigan will face either Millwall or Blackburn in the semis after beating Everton 3-0

Wembley bound: Wigan will face either Millwall or Blackburn in the semis after beating Everton 3-0

Wigan produced arguably the
performance of quarter-final weekend to beat Everton 3-0 yesterday with
goals from Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez in less
than four minutes in the first half.

Millwall and Blackburn played out a
goalless draw at The Den, Andy Keogh hitting the post and Danny Shittu
stretching keeper Jake Kean with a 40-yard bolt from the blue as the
hosts created the better chances.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan described a
potential Wembley date with Blackburn as a 'dream' – and revealed he may
lead the team out himself.

Stalemate: Millwall and Blackburn will need a replay after a goalless draw at The Den on Sunday

Stalemate: Millwall and Blackburn will need a replay after a goalless draw at The Den on Sunday

As a player, Whelan played in the 1960
final for Rovers but saw his Wembley dream turn sour as a broken leg
forced him off before half-time.

'The dream is there,' he told Sky
Sports News. 'All Blackburn have got to do now is get through the replay
and my dream is on, I can go to Wembley and (we can) play against
Blackburn Rovers.

'When you've been to Wembley and got
what I got, a broken leg and Rovers went on to lose 3-0, it's very
upsetting. I feel I've got unfinished business at Wembley.

'Roberto's asked me to lead them out at Wembley and if we get Blackburn, I may just say yes.'

Holders: Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup final last year and are on course for another trip to Wembley

Holders: Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup final last year and are on course for another trip to Wembley

Glory: Manchester City won the FA Cup in 2011 when they beat Stoke 1-0 in the final

Glory: Manchester City won the FA Cup in 2011 when they beat Stoke 1-0 in the final

McManaman is one of a host of fringe
players to have excelled in the Latics' cup run and Whelan said: 'Roberto's played his young boys – one of them, McManaman, scored a
great goal yesterday – so it's done us good all round.

'The performance they put on at
Everton was stunning, in the first half we played Everton off the park
and should've been four up.'

The run to the last four contrasts
with Wigan's seemingly annual struggle for Premier League survival,
which the pragmatic Whelan admits has to remain their priority.

'We have to stay in the top flight,
that's number one,' he said. 'But the FA Cup is still a fantastic trophy
and we've never been to a final.

'To win the cup and stay in the
league, that's the dream isn't it And to get to the Europa League,
that's unthinkable for Wigan Athletic. It would be wonderful.'

Everton 2 Wigan 1: Match report

Everton 2 Wigan 1: Osman and Jagielka keep Toffees on track as captain Neville reaches 500 not out

|

UPDATED:

17:17 GMT, 26 December 2012

Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka made sure Everton captain Phil Neville enjoyed his 500th Premier League game.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes, Osman fired home, with the help of a deflection, early in the second half and Jagielka looked to have put the result beyond doubt with a header after being set up by Neville.

Arouna Kone set up a frantic finish when he cut the deficit in half but the hosts held on to stay in fourth place in the table – for a few hours at least.

Breakthrough: Leon Osman punches the air in celebration after scoring for Everton against Wigan (below)

Breakthrough: Leon Osman punches the air in celebration after scoring for Everton against Wigan (below)

It's there: Osman's opener for the Toffees at Goodison Park
MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin (Heitinga 70), Baines, Osman, Hitzlsperger, Gibson (Naismith) 46), Pienaar, Jelavic, Anichebe (Oviedo 70).

Subs not used: Mucha, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.

Goals: Osman 52, Jagielka 77

Booked: Jelavic

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Stam (Gomez 79), McCarthy, Jones (Di Santo 72), McArthur, Beausejour, Maloney, Kone.

Subs not used: Pollitt, McManaman, Boselli, Ramis, Golobart.

Goal: Kone 82

Booked: Beausejour, Figueroa, Caldwell

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Latest Premier League table and results

A large group of Wigan fans came in banana costume, in keeping with their town's Boxing Day tradition of fancy dress.

But the party will be limited to town centre revellers after a sixth game for the Latics passed without a win.

The visitors thought they should have had a penalty when Shaun Maloney went down in a challenge from Osman but referee Lee Mason was not convinced.

Everton, who will now hope to push on and mount a strong top-four challenge, also had some good chances, not least when Thomas Hitzlsperger hit the bar. Everton almost made the perfect start as Nikica Jelavic laid off a Darron Gibson cross and Victor Anichebe flashed a shot wide with just 13 seconds on the clock.

Wigan also wanted to attack and a good Jean Beausejour cross aimed at Kone was clutched by Tim Howard at the second attempt.

The influential James McCarthy also had a powerful effort from outside the area blocked.

Leighton Baines created a chance for Everton when he skipped over a challenge from Ronnie Stam to supply Steven Pienaar and Ali Al Habsi did well to turn his shot around the post.

Heads up: Phil Jagielka (right) is congratulated after scoring Everton's second

Heads up: Phil Jagielka (right) is congratulated after scoring Everton's second

Stretch too far: Wigan keeper Al Habsi fails to stop Jagielka's header as Steven Naismith watches the ball go in

Stretch too far: Wigan keeper Al Habsi fails to stop Jagielka's header as Steven Naismith watches the ball go in

Anichebe headed wide from a Hitzlsperger cross but Wigan began to assert themselves in the game more as McCarthy and James McArthur drove forward.

Kone and Maloney linked up well outside the area but attempted one pass too many and a promising attack broke down.

Maloney tried his luck from a free-kick after McCarthy was tripped by Gibson – who was free to play after appealing against his red card at West Ham last weekend – but Howard parried and then gathered.

Howard was in action again as Stam struck a low shot from 20 yards but saved comfortably.

500 not out: Everton captain Phil Neville (right) in action against Wigan on Boxing Day

500 not out: Everton captain Phil Neville (right) in action against Wigan on Boxing Day

Everton applied some pressure by winning a series of corners in quick succession and felt they should have had penalties at two of them.

Anichebe first claimed he was being held back by Beausejour and then there was an appeal for handball against Maloney but referee Mason gave nothing.

The first half came to a tame end but Everton returned with renewed vigour after the break and were soon rewarded.

Lifeline: Arouna Kone (right) scored late on as Wigan pressed

Lifeline: Arouna Kone (right) scored late on as Wigan pressed

Wigan were given a warning when Hitzlsperger struck a thunderous long-range effort against the bar and then Osman dribbled his way through the area only to fail to test Al Habsi.

Osman got lucky when he next aimed for goal after 52 minutes, his shot from just outside the area striking Caldwell's arm and wrong-footing the unfortunate Al Habsi.

There was controversy as Wigan tried to respond as Maloney went to ground in the area in a challenge from Osman.

Too little, too late: Kone was keen to get on with things after his goal but Wigan couldn't find a second

Too little, too late: Kone was keen to get on with things after his goal but Wigan couldn't find a second

Latics were incensed not to be awarded a penalty and Beausejour was booked for his protest but replays suggested Maloney may have already been going down before the contact.

Kone had a good opportunity from six yards after Maloney whipped in a good ball from the right but Neville made a vital block at point-blank range.

It was a miss the visitors were to rue as Everton grabbed a decisive second 13 minutes from time.

Ground force: Ronnie Stam slides in to challenge Everton full-back Leighton Baines

Ground force: Ronnie Stam slides in to challenge Everton full-back Leighton Baines

Neville was on hand to receive a short corner from substitute Bryan Oviedo and marked his landmark appearance by sending in an inch-perfect cross for Jagielka, who powered in a header off the bar.

But Wigan, as ever, fought on and gave themselves late hope when Kone bundled the ball in at close range after Jagielka and Baines failed to clear from a Maloney shot.

The visitors applied more pressure as time ran out but were unable to find a way through stubborn Everton defending.

Getting to grips: Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar tries to get away from Emmerson Boyce

Getting to grips: Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar tries to get away from Emmerson Boyce

Tussle: Everton's Victor Anichebe (left) and Wigan star Maynor Figueroa battle for the ball

Tussle: Everton's Victor Anichebe (left) and Wigan star Maynor Figueroa battle for the ball

Wigan v Arsenal live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Wigan v Arsenal – as it happens from the DW Stadium

|

UPDATED:

14:17 GMT, 22 December 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Wigan host Arsenal at the DW Stadium to start the weekend's action. The Gunners will aim for a third straight league victory when they travel north to an injury hit Latics side that have taken just one point from their last four games.

Wigan 0 Arsenal 1

Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Figueroa, Boyce, Beausejour, Maloney, McArthur, McCarthy, Jones, Di Santo, Kone.

Subs: Pollitt, Caldwell, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Fyvie, Golobart.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott.

Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Coquelin, Ramsey, Arshavin, Gervinho.

Booked: Wilshere

Goal: Arteta 60 (pen)

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

73mins: Another chance for the home side as David Jones hits a rasping first-time left-foot shot inches wide of the goal. Szczesny was stranded.

70mins: Figueroa tries his luck from range but his effort takes a deflection and Szczesny makes the save.

Kone then has a chance as he cuts in from the left but again the Polish keeper is up to the task. Better from Wigan.

68mins: It turns out Di Santo was asked to remove an earring, hence his brief stay on the touchline. It certainly appeared as if it was news to him.

66mins: Di Santo is still on the touchline despite the fact there seems to be nothing wrong with him. He looks bemused before finally being allowed on. It was as if he decided to send him to the sin bin rather than book him!

64mins: Arsenal win a free kick after Di Santo's late challenge on Kieran Gibbs. Bafflement ensues as the WIgan player is told to leave the field for an unknown reason. He stands on the touchline while the fourth official tries to explain the situation.

In front: Mikel Arteta scores from the penalty spot for Arsenal (above) before celebrating

In front: Mikel Arteta scores from the penalty spot for Arsenal (above) before celebrating

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta

60mins: GOAL!

Theo Walcott is bundled over by Jean Beausejour inside the area and the referee points to the spot. Arteta steps up and sends AL Habsi the wrong way.

58 mins: PENALTY TO ARSENAL!

53mins: Arsenal have certainly been much better so far in this half. Wigan can barely get the ball out of their own half.

51mins: Arsenal win a free kick in a promising position 25 yards from goal but Podolski crashes the ball into the wall with his left foot.

49mins: Chance! It's Oxlade-Chamberlain again who receives the ball on the right from Cazorla and this time he picks out Walcott who is in space but Al Habsi makes a fine one-handed save. Walcott may well feel that he should have done better though.

48mins: Maloney also does well at the other end but opts to hit the byline rather then cross and Per Mertesacker is on hand to force the Scot to run the ball out of play.

47mins: Oxlade-Chamberlain makes a determined start to the half with a delightful dummy to reach the byline but he couldn't quite pick out a team-mate in the box.

46mins: Here we go again…

1.35pm: Wigan had the edge in the first half but there was little to get excited about to be honest. Arsenal need to improve to get the win that would take them up to third.

HALF TIME: WIGAN 0 ARSENAL 0

46mins: Two minutes added on

45mins: Maloney gets his revenge on Wilshere, chopping him down in the Arsenal half. No booking for him though.

43mins: Oxlade-Chamberlain races up the right wing but Maynor Figueroa does very well to stop the England international at the byline.

Flying in: Santi Cazorla challenges Ronnie Stam as Arsenal take on Wigan

Flying in: Santi Cazorla challenges Ronnie Stam as Arsenal take on Wigan

40mins: Wilshere is the first player to go in the book for a challenge on Maloney. The fans want a red and the Wigan players surround the referee but to be honest, in my eyes, it was a good challenge. Wilshere won the ball and didn't lead with both feet. It was a robust but fair challenge for me.

39mins: Arsenal win a corner and Walcott's ball is headed back across goal by Arteta but none of the visiting players can get it under control and Wigan clear.

37mins: The home fans are not happy after Kone is flagged offside on the left touchline. Maloney does well to find the Ivorian who looks to be inches offside but few would have complained had the advantage been given to the forward.

33mins: Cazorla looks the only danger for Arsenal at the moment and he produces more trickery to find Walcott on the edge of the box but he is closed down before he can get the shot away.

31mins: Ronnie Stam gets into a good position on the right wing but his final ball lets home down. That's quickly becoming the story of Wigan's half.

28mins: And indeed, Wigan remain on top at the DW Stadium while Arsenal look devoid of ideas. Martinez's side could do with adding a cutting edge however and indeed, getting their noses in front before Wenger delivers his team talk at the interval.

25mins: It's an obvious and rather pointless saying but Wigan really do need to make the most of such opportunities against Arsenal. The Gunners don't look to be in great shape and could well be there for the taking.

23mins: Chance! Aruna Kone bursts clear on the left and drags his shot across goal when he looked set to put Wigan in front.

19mins: Wilshere is limping after a late challenge, hopefully the midfielder will run it off soon.

Tussle: Arsenal's Theo Walcott (right) turns away from Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy

Tussle: Arsenal's Theo Walcott (right) turns away from Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy

17mins: Visiting fans are in good voice, something that can't always be said about the Emirates. Maloney has received treatment for a cut on his head after an accidental collision with Sagna.

15mins: Arsenal haven't looked particularly fluent so far, Cazorla's skill aside, and Jack Wilshere fails to win a free kick on the edge of his box.

13mins: The game has settled down again after that flurry of activity. Shaun Maloney is looking bright as he looks to help create openings for the home side.

11mins: Al Habsi is called into action again, this time after Lukas Podolksi charges through before letting fly from the edge of the area but the Oman international is on hand to save.

9mins: Brilliant from Cazorla. He flicks the ball through McCarthy's legs to Mikel Arteta who feeds Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but his shot from just inside the box is beaten behind by Ali Al Habsi.

8mins: Arsenal have been sloppy so far and Wigan look to be in no mood to let them off the hook.

7mins: Di Santo does well to latch onto a lofted ball, again on the right wing, but his cross is poor and floats over the waiting players in the box.

5mins: James McArthur feeds Franco Di Santo on the right but his cross is easily cut out by Thomas Vermaelen.

Eyes on the ball: Wigan's Jean Beausejour keeps close watch on Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Eyes on the ball: Wigan's Jean Beausejour keeps close watch on Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

3mins: Wigan aren't afraid to get at Arsenal from the start and remember, they went 2-0 up early on at the Emirates last season before holding on for a 2-1 win.

2mins: Bacary Sagna wins the first corner of the game which is flighted in by Walcott only to be comfortably clear.

1min: We're off and Arsenal are straight on the attack through Walcott but he loses possession in the Wigan half.

12.40pm: Just minutes away from kick off in Wigan.

12.35pm: Arsenal could do with some reinforcements too and we revealed today that Wenger has his eye on Barcelona's David Villa. Read the full story here.

It's one of those signings that would be brilliant if it comes off but I can't help feel that Villa will opt to remain in Spain. It would however represent something of a shift in policy from Wenger, paying a decent fee, at least for the loan, for an experienced player.

12.30pm: Martinez also wants to bring Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez in on loan. The highly-rated Mexican has been unable to force his way into the first team at Old Trafford.

Meeting of minds: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez greets Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (left)

Meeting of minds: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez greets Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (left)

12.20pm: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has already been busy in the transfer market. Honduras international midfielder Roger Espinoza has joined him at the DW Stadium.

'He is a player we have been following closely since June 2010, when he made his debut in the World Cup versus Chile,' said Martinez.

'In that game, he showed tremendous potential and slowly, he has been developing into an exciting footballer over the last three seasons in the MLS and has enjoyed terrific experiences at international level – specifically his role with Honduras in the Olympic games.

'The games versus Spain and Brazil in that tournament showed the winning and strong mentality that he possesses, which will be an important asset to our squad.'

12.15pm: Arsenal will fancy scoring a few this afternoon then and Santi Cazorla will be looking to add to his hat-trick from Monday night. The Spaniard has been a revelation a the Emirates since joining from Malaga for just 12million in the summer.

Cazorla has seven strikes to his name so far, just two behind his biggest total for a season.

12.10pm: Wigan are not exactly in great form themselves, winning one of the their last seven in the Premier League and have kept just two clean sheets this season.

12.05pm: So, Theo Walcott leads the line for Arsenal again today but still hasn't put pen to paper on a new deal. Five of his English team-mates did just that this week but Walcott remains hesitant it seems.

12pm: Here, as promised, is the Wigan line-up:

Al-Habsi, Stam, Figueroa, Boyce, Beausejour, Jones, McArthur, McCarthy, Maloney, Di Santo, Kone.

Wigan are in the midst of an injury crisis and of eight likely absentees only James McCarthy makes the starting line-up after recovering from an ankle problem, although captain Gary Caldwell (hamstring) is on the bench.

11.50am: I will have the Wigan team news for you shortly but in the meantime, how do you see this one going

Every game is must win for the Gunners at the moment, and this is no different.

Email me your thoughts at [email protected] or tweet me @martin_domin

11.45am: Arsenal are unchanged from the side who beat Reading 5-2 on Monday night.

Full team: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski

11.40am: Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of the opening chapter of this weekend's Premier League action. The DW Stadium plays host to Wigan against Arsenal at 12.45pm.

Saturday opener: Wigan host Arsenal at the DW Stadium to start the weekend's action

Saturday opener: Wigan host Arsenal at the DW Stadium to start the weekend's action

Newcastle v Wigan live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Newcastle v Wigan – as it happens from St James' Park

|

UPDATED:

20:02 GMT, 3 December 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Newcastle host Wigan at St James' Park to conclude the weekend's fixtures. Alan Pardew will hope to arrest a slide which has seen his team slip to four successive defeats, while the Latics will aim for three points to move above the Toon in the table.

Newcastle 0 Wigan 0

Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Gutierrez, Tiote, Anita, Marveaux; Ba, Cisse.

Subs: Harper, Tavernier, Ferguson, Bigirimana, Ranger, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.

Wigan: Al Habsi; Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa; Stam, McCarthy, Gomez, Jones, Beausejour; Di Santo, Kone.

Subs: Pollitt, McManaman, McArthur, Boselli, Fyvie, Lopez, Golobart.

1 min: Close! Tiote unleashes a drive from 25 yards and the ball flies just wide of Al-Habsi's right-hand post with only 20 seconds on the clock.

1 min: We're under way…

7.58pm: The players are out and Wigan are wearing red for the first-time since their promotion season way back in 2004-05…

7.55pm: Not long now until kick-off and I'm looking forward to seeing how these two sides will line up. We'll see a back four from Newcastle and a back three from Wigan but in front of that both managers have room to manouevre… Pardew could opt to play a traditional 4-4-2 or he could operate with Cisse on one flank and Marveaux alongside Anita and Tiote in the middle to try and match up with Wigan's engine room. The Latics will probably have Gomez playing slightly ahead of Jones and McCarthy but Jones can also operate a left wing back, which would free up Beausejour to operate in a more attacking role in support of the big man Di Santo. We shall see…

WEEKEND PREVIEW SPLIT: Newcastle v Wigan

7.45pm: We should be guaranteed a game full of attacking intent tonight. Wigan are never a team to sit back and Newcastle's fans demand will demand they attack at home.

7.35pm: This has to be one of the worst runs Newcastle have been on since Alan Pardew took over. Last season's manager of the year sees his side sitting 12 points off the fifth place that they finished in last season, but they surely couldn't ask for a much kinder fixture to get their season back on track. Wigan have never won at St James' in seven attempts and have lost three of their last four games.

7.25pm: Wigan have injury problems of their own, especially at the back where both Ivan Ramis and Antolin Alcaraz are missing. Midfielders Albert Crusat and Ben Watson are both out too but we can still expect the usual 3-5-2 from Roberto Martinez's side with Stam and Beausejour as the wing backs.

7.20pm: The teams are in and it looks like 4-4-2 for Newcastle, who have Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor and Hatem Ben Arfa all missing through injury.

7.15pm: The home side are languishing in the bottom half of the table after a run of five games without a win and will be desperate for a victory to kickstart a stuttering season.

7.10pm: Good evening everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of Newcastle v Wigan from St James' Park.

Ecstasy before agony: Newcastle lost at Stoke last Wednesday despite Papiss Cisse handing them the lead

Ecstasy before agony: Newcastle lost at Stoke last Wednesday despite Papiss Cisse handing them the lead

Tottenham 0 Wigan 1 – match report

Tottenham 0 Wigan 1: Boos at White Hart Lane as Spurs slump at home again

|

UPDATED:

19:11 GMT, 3 November 2012

Tottenham fans vented their anger at Andre Villas-Boas as their side slumped to a shock defeat against strugglers Wigan at White Hart Lane.

Spurs had come in to today's game having won five of their last six Barclays Premier League matches, but they were desperately poor.

Not so hot Spurs: Ben Watson helped Wigan to a famous and well-earned win over Tottenham

Not so hot Spurs: Ben Watson helped Wigan to a famous and well-earned win over Tottenham

Not so hot Spurs: Ben Watson helped Wigan to a famous and well-earned win over Tottenham
MATCH FACTS

TOTTENHAM: Friedel, Vertonghen, Gallas, Walker (Carroll 79), Caulker, Dempsey, Huddlestone, Lennon, Bale, Sandro (Sigurdsson 23), Defoe (Adebayor 57) Subs not used: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Falque

Booked: Dempsey

WIGAN: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa, McCarthy, Watson, Maloney, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo (Gomez 69) Subs not used: Pollitt, Stam, Lopez, Jones, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli

Booked: Figueroa

Goals: Watson 56

Referee: Atkinson

Attendance: 35,534

Latest Premier League table and results

The Londoners were lucky that Ben
Watson's strike was the only one they conceded after they put in a dire
display that caused an outcry of fury among the home support.

The home fans knew that with games
against Manchester City and Arsenal coming up, this was a perfect
opportunity to register three more valuable points after last weekend's
morale-boosting win over Southampton.

It was not surprising, therefore,
that they vented their anger at their team by booing them off at
half-time and at the final whistle.

The home support also turned against
Villas-Boas 10 minutes into the second half when he substituted Jermain
Defoe for Emmanuel Adebayor.

Loud boos rang out at White Hart Lane
and the home fans chanted the name of the England striker, who
sauntered off the pitch before going down the tunnel.

The Latics had gone six Barclays
Premier League games without a victory before their 2-1 win against the
Hammers last weekend, but they performed superbly.

While Tottenham struggled with the
basics, Roberto Martinez's men passed with finesse and purpose while
Arouna Kone was a constant menace for the away side.

It could have all been so different had Clint Dempsey taken an early chance after a mistake by Watson.

The former Crystal Palace midfielder
misplaced a simple pass, and Dempsey sneaked in behind the Wigan defence
only to shoot into the side netting.

The American then hit a crisp shot just wide of Ali Al-Habsi's goal, but Wigan soon began to take a grip on the game.

Shame no-one saw it: Wigan, who once lost 9-1 at White Hart Lane, bought a handful of fans

Shame no-one saw it: Wigan, who once lost 9-1 at White Hart Lane, bought a handful of fans

Al-Habsi was only called into action
once in the first half when Jan Vertonghen acrobatically volleyed
towards goal, but the Oman goalkeeper dived to his left to save.

The home supporters bellowed at their side, urging them forward, but it had little effect.

Shaun Maloney and Kone combined well
on the edge of the box, giving the Ivory Coast man some space on the
edge of the box but Friedel saved well to deny Wigan an opener.

Villas-Boas was then forced into an
early change when Sandro hobbled off with a muscle injury. Gylfi
Sigurdsson came on in his place.

Wigan continued to dominate against a Spurs side now devoid of their combative midfielder.

Kone slipped Maloney into the box to leave the Scot through on goal, but he fired straight at Friedel.

Yard short: The scoreline wasn't flattering to Wigan, who more than matched Spurs everywhere

Yard short: The scoreline wasn't flattering to Wigan, who more than matched Spurs everywhere

Yard short: The scoreline wasn't flattering to Wigan, who more than matched Spurs everywhere

The home fans' angst grew as their
team failed to produce any chances. Indeed their only reason to cheer
came just before the end of the first period when news of Arsenal's 2-1
defeat at Manchester United flickered across the big screen at White
Hart Lane.

Boos rang out at the half-time whistle, but Villas-Boas did not make any changes at the break.

Dempsey was booked for childishly blocking a Wigan free-kick from one yard.

The home side's afternoon went from
bad to worse in the 56th minute when Friedel could only parry Maloney's
corner at the feet of Watson, who drove at goal from close range.

Friedel blocked the shot, but the ball had already crossed the line and the referee's assistant rightly awarded the goal.

Chances: Jan Vertongen and Gareth Bale worked well on the left, but failed to make a breakthrough

Chances: Jan Vertongen and Gareth Bale worked well on the left, but failed to make a breakthrough

Chances: Jan Vertongen and Gareth Bale worked well on the left, but failed to make a breakthrough

The atmosphere then turned hostile a minute later when Villas-Boas withdrew Defoe and brought on Adebayor.

The home fans booed loudly when the
fourth official held his board aloft and chanted Defoe's name as he
sauntered off the pitch before disappearing down the tunnel, clearly
unhappy at being taken off.

The goal briefly brought Spurs to life, but they still lacked the cutting edge to test Al-Habsi.

Bale whipped a curling shot at the
Wigan stopper which he held well, and the Welshman then shouted for a
penalty but it was not given.

Villas-Boas brought on Tom Carroll
and shifted to a back three, which gave Tottenham more impetus going
forward but also left them open at the back.

Wing men: On the opposite flank, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker got little change from Wigan

Wing men: On the opposite flank, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker got little change from Wigan

Wing men: On the opposite flank, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker got little change from Wigan

James McCarthy blocked Dempsey's flick on the line as Spurs started to kick into gear, but Wigan held strong and hit back on dangerous counter-attacks.

Kone broke through the Spurs back line and squared the ball but no one was there to tap in.

A crucial block from William Gallas only prevented Jordi Gomez from making it 2-0 after some good work by Kone as Wigan threatened to kill the game off.

Maynor Figueroa then blasted a free-kick inches wide with six minutes to go as Tottenham watched the game slip away before their eyes.

Five minutes of injury time came and went without incident and Wigan held on comfortably to claim a shock win that was met with a cacophony of boos from the angry home support.

Wigan close to signing Roger Espinoza

Martinez nears deal for Espinoza as Wigan's Ecuadorian connection continues

|

UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 15 October 2012

Wigan are close to signing Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza.

The 25-year-old Sporting Kansas City star has agreed to sign for Wigan once the MLS season ends next month and he becomes a free agent.

Espinoza will follow in the footsteps of Antonio Valencia and Maynor Figueroa.

Incoming: Roger Espinoza is on the brink of moving to Wigan from the MLS

Incoming: Roger Espinoza is on the brink of moving to Wigan from the MLS

David Moyes hails Leighton Baines

Moyes hails 'fantastic' Baines after defender steals point against former club Wigan

|

UPDATED:

17:12 GMT, 6 October 2012

Everton manager David Moyes singled out left-back Leighton Baines for special praise after his nerveless 88th-minute penalty handed the Toffees a share of the points in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Wigan.

Moyes' men had been frustrated in their bid to force their way back into the match after first-half goals from Arouna Kone and Franco Di Santo sandwiched a Nikica Jelavic effort to give the Latics the lead at the break.

But Baines slammed the late spot-kick high past Ali Al Habsi, following Maynor Figueroa's foul on Kevin Mirallas, to give the visitors a point that boss Moyes insisted was the least they deserved for their efforts.

No mistake: Nerveless Leighton Baines scored another penalty from the spot

No mistake: Nerveless Leighton Baines scored another penalty from the spot

Moyes said: 'Leighton's penalty was fantastic and his performance was up there as good as anything.

'We needed it and he drove us on, and we showed great character because we weren't getting a lot of decisions going for us.'

Moyes was particularly critical of Kone's early opener, which he claimed was offside, and said Jelavic should also have had a late penalty when he scuffed his shot under a stretching challenge from Figueroa.

Moyes said: 'Their first goal was definitely half a yard offside and the linesman was nowhere in line with the ball.

'And Jelavic is definitely a penalty so I think we've had a really rough day and what we got today we earned.

'We thoroughly deserved the point, no doubt about that. We played really well in the second half and kept having a go at them, and Kevin Mirallas had a great chance.

'They did what I asked in the second half to make sure we got something out of the game.'

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez admitted the manner of Everton's late leveller was 'hard to take', but said he had no complaints with either the penalty decision or the earlier booking of Marouane Fellaini for an apparent elbow on Figueroa.

Martinez said: 'These calls are difficult for referees and from where I was it looked like he came across with his arm.

Honours even: Everton and Wigan could not be separated at the DW Stadium

Honours even: Everton and Wigan could not be separated at the DW Stadium

Scrappy: Baines tussles with Arouna Kone (left)

Scrappy: Baines tussles with Arouna Kone (left)

'If the referee was not certain then I think a yellow card was the right call because you can't gamble on a red card.'

Martinez paid tribute to both sides for an absorbing encounter, but admitted defensive sloppiness had cost his side the victory as Everton continued to push forward in search of a second-half equaliser.

Martinez added: 'We started better in the first half and Everton came back and had a strong second half as you would expect.

Nearly: Franco Di Santo's goal look like the winner until Baines struck at the death

Nearly: Franco Di Santo's goal look like the winner until Baines struck at the death

'They played with real tempo and intensity and they are a group of players with very good momentum.

'But we're the home side and I'd say we should have defended better to get the three points.

'My only disappointment is that the first goal is too soft. We need to learn to defend better in terms of concentration and intensity. But I'm pleased with the performance.

'The link-up play between the front three was a joy to watch and we scored two goals with great pieces of football. But we needed that two-goal cushion – and we needed to do other things better to take the points.'

West Ham 1 Wigan 4

West Ham 1 Wigan 4: Boselli at the double to cancel out Maiga's first goal for Hammers

|

UPDATED:

22:10 GMT, 25 September 2012

Wigan striker Mauro Boselli answered his critics by bagging a well-taken brace to knock West Ham out of the Capital One Cup at Upton Park.

Boselli has been regarded as something of a flop since he signed for the Latics for 6million, scoring twice in a two-year spell that has seen him make just 14 Barclays Premier League appearances.

The former Estudiantes man showed flashes of brilliance though, with his second goal – a lovely chip from inside the area – the pick of Wigan's four goals on what was otherwise a match very short on quality, particularly from the home side.

At the double: Mauro Boselli scored twice to fire Wigan through at Upton Park

At the double: Mauro Boselli scored twice to fire Wigan through at Upton Park

Match facts

West Ham: Henderson, Spence, Tomkins, McCartney, Potts, Vaz Te (Fanimo 62), Noble (Taylor 72), O'Neil (Tombides 84), Hall, Maiga, Jarvis.

Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Collins, Driver, McCallum.

Goal: Maiga 7

Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Lopez, Caldwell, Stam, Jones, McArthur (Fyvie 85), Figueroa, Boselli (Orsula 90), Miyaichi, McManaman (Gomez 74).

Subs Not Used: Pollitt,Kone,Watson,Boyce.

Booked: Caldwell.

Goals: Boselli 14,Ramis 38,Boselli 41,Gomez 84 pen.

Att: 25,934

Ref: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

Wigan striker Mauro Boselli answered his critics by bagging a well-taken brace to knock West Ham out of the Capital One Cup at Upton Park.

Boselli has been regarded as something of a flop since he signed for the Latics for 6million, scoring twice in a two-year spell that has seen him make just 14 Barclays Premier League appearances.

The former Estudiantes man showed flashes of brilliance tonight, though, with his second goal – a lovely chip from inside the area – the pick of Wigan's four goals on what was otherwise a match very short on quality, particularly from the home side.

James Tomkins and Mark Noble, who
earlier signed a new three-year contract, threatened the Wigan defence
with two early attacks and the Hammers took the lead with just six
minutes gone.

Maiga pinched the ball off McArthur
while the midfielder dallied on the ball and surged towards goal before
unleashing a 20-yard drive that slotted neatly into Ali Al-Habsi's
bottom right-hand corner.

In front: West Ham's Modibo Maiga scored after just seven minutes

In front: West Ham's Modibo Maiga scored after just seven minutes

Al-Habsi had to be at his sharpest to deny James Tomkins at the near post as West Ham pushed for a second, but Wigan suddenly sprung in to life and started to take a grip on the game that never loosened.

David Jones stung the palms of Henderson with a free-kick from an acute angle and Boselli headed just wide.

Short lived: West Ham celebrate opening the scoring against Wigan

Short lived: West Ham celebrate opening the scoring against Wigan

The Argentinian made amends for his
miss when he pulled Wigan level after 14 minutes thanks to some slack
defending from the hosts.

Maynor Figueroa was given far too much
time on the left flank and he swung in a deep cross that Boselli tapped
in from close range after giving Jordan Spence the slip.

Leveller: Boselli scores under pressure from West Ham's Dan Potts

Leveller: Boselli scores under pressure from West Ham's Dan Potts

Debutant Robert Hall was the only
bright spark for the hosts. The 18-year-old dazzled the Wigan defence
with his trickery and drove just wide with a 25-yard effort.

West Ham were all over the place in
midfield and, had it not been for some dithering by Callum McManaman,
Ryo Miyaichi would have had a chance to make it 2-1 after he raced
through.

Bullet: Wigan's Ivan Ramis scores the second goal against West Ham at Upton Park

Bullet: Wigan's Ivan Ramis scores the second goal against West Ham at Upton Park

In the end it mattered little as moments later Ramis put the Latics ahead. Two West Ham players backed made pitiful efforts to dispossess the Spaniard as he charged towards the box before unleashing a 25-yard drive that beat Henderson with ease.

Three minutes later Wigan were 3-1 up. The Hammers defence allowed Jones too much time on the ball and he slipped a delightful pass through to Boselli, who beat the offside trap and lifted the ball over Henderson from 12 yards with a cheeky chip.

Heading through: Wigan celebrate Ramis' goal as they take the lead against West Ham

Heading through: Wigan celebrate Ramis' goal as they take the lead against West Ham

Hall ploughed a free-kick almost in to the second tier to sum up West Ham's futility and the home fans booed their team off at the break.

James Tomkins headed a free-kick back across the box and Maiga just missed the tap in, but otherwise West Ham continued to disappoint.

Wigan were not content to sit back and kept pushing for a fourth.

Over and out: Jordi Gomez (right) scores his sides fourth goal from the penalty spot

Over and out: Jordi Gomez (right) scores his sides fourth goal from the penalty spot

Boselli slipped Miyaichi in to the box and he pulled the ball back across the six-yard box but no-one was there to finish.

Sam Allardyce looked to Matt Taylor for inspiration, the former Bolton man coming on for Noble with 20 minutes left.

The change had little effect, though. Henderson denied Boselli a hat-trick by saving low to his right, but West Ham then went up the other end and almost pulled one back when Hall's deflected shot clipped the bar.

Outplayed: Sam Allardyce watched as his West Ham side was taken to pieces

Outplayed: Sam Allardyce watched as his West Ham side was taken to pieces

Worryingly for West Ham, Gary O'Neil then hobbled off with an injury.

The game was then put beyond doubt when Henderson's clumsy challenge on McArthur caused referee Craig Pawson to point to the spot.

Substitute Gomez denied Boselli the opportunity to finish off with a hat-trick, but the former Swansea loanee made no mistake himself from 12 yards, slotting the ball confidently to Henderson's right.
A mass exodus followed and those who remained booed their team off the pitch at full-time.

Wigan want Wilfried Zaha – Roberto Martinez

Wigan will not be held to ransom over Zaha, boss Martinez warns Palace

|

UPDATED:

05:49 GMT, 21 September 2012

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is desperate to land Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha but will not bow to the Championship club's demands.

The Latics offered 3million for the highly-rated youngster in the summer transfer window but Palace want twice as much.

And Martinez admits he is unlikely to get his man unless the Eagles reduce their asking price.

In demand: Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha is wanted by Wigan

In demand: Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha is wanted by Wigan

'I think Wilfried has tremendous potential. He has grown massively over the last 12 months,' he said .

'The first time we saw him was against us in the Carling Cup a year ago, but he has come on a lot since then.

'Crystal Palace have high thoughts of him. I don’t think it is going to be a realistic player for us. In these situations it has to be value for money.'

Martinez also confirmed his interest in Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza, whose contract at Major League Soccer side Kansas City expires this year.

One to watch: Roger Espinoza (left) is also wanted by Wigan

One to watch: Roger Espinoza (left) is also wanted by Wigan

Espinoza shone for his country at the London Olympics but Wigan may struggle to get a work permit.

'We will keep a close eye on him,' Martinez added.

'We have got really strong links with Honduras and been very successful there with Wilson Palacios, Hendry Thomas and Maynor Figueroa.'