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Newcastle v Wigan live

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

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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

Sammy Ameobi tipped for big things by Alan Pardew

Pardew backs Sammy for big things after Ameobi Jnr stars in Bruges

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UPDATED:

00:00 GMT, 9 November 2012

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew predicted big things for Sammy Ameobi after he combined with brother Shola to spark a Europa League fightback against Maribor.

The 20-year-old was a key figure as the Magpies cancelled out Club Brugge's early two-goal lead to claim at point at the Jan Breydel Stadion and ease closer to qualification for the knockout stage.

It was his 43rd-minute pass which 31-year-old Shola converted two minutes after Vurnon Anita had dragged the visitors back into the game on an eventful evening in Flanders, and Pardew was delighted with his contribution.

Impressive: Sammy Ameobi starred as Newcastle came back from 2-0 down to draw in Bruges

Impressive: Sammy Ameobi starred as Newcastle came back from 2-0 down to draw in Bruges

Impressive: Sammy Ameobi starred as Newcastle came back from 2-0 down to draw in Bruges

High hopes: Pardew wants Ameobi to contribute more defensively

High hopes: Pardew wants Ameobi to contribute more defensively

He said: 'I thought they were both good tonight. We had Ameobi to Ameobi – which is almost like a song – for the second goal, which was nice.

'It was a great little turn from Sammy. He has just got this way of getting out of corners that I have not seen many players being able to get out of. He wriggles out of situations.

'He still needs to tighten up a little bit on the tactical and intelligence sides of the game. He takes people on where perhaps he should pass.

'But he will learn that. He showed his talent tonight – and he marks at set-plays, which he needs to do. He's 6'5″.

'He's not very good at it, but he's learning.'

Newcastle got off to a catastrophic start as the hosts raced into a 2-0 lead, aided and abetted by some dreadful defending.

Ivan Trickovski took advantage of Fabricio Coloccini's indecision to control Ryan Donk's 14th-minute long ball and beat Tim Krul, and Jesper Jorgensen doubled to dose within five minutes after shooting home from 20 yards.

But it was the Magpies who finished the half with a flurry with Anita volleying home his first goal for the club four minutes before the break and Shola Ameobi levelling.

Both sides could have won it in the second half – substitute Yohan Cabaye hit the bar with a free-kick and Krul made a series of fine saves to deny Brugge – but a point kept the Magpies at the top of the group and edged them closer to qualification for the knockout stages.

Pardew said: 'I wasn't too concerned. I thought we would score goals tonight, it was just important not to let any more in.

Oh brother: Shola Ameobi scored Newcastle's equaliser

Oh brother: Shola Ameobi scored Newcastle's equaliser

Oh brother: Shola Ameobi scored Newcastle's equaliser

'We got a great goal from Anita after a good bit of pressure and then immediately got the second before half-time, which was a bonus, really.

'We came in at half-time in a strong position and really all we did second half was just to make sure defensively we were sound, and apart from a few break-aways and a couple of set-plays, I thought we were and it was just about whether we were going to score the winner.

'We hit the bar and had a couple of good situations, but overall, I am delighted. Two-nil down at Bruges, it's tough.

'They have got pace in their team, so they are always going to be a threat.'

Satisfied: Pardew (left) has his side on the brink of qualification for the knockout stages

Satisfied: Pardew (left) has his side on the brink of qualification for the knockout stages

The draw leaves Newcastle a point clear at the top of Group D and knowing victory over Maritimo at St James' Park – a game midfielder Cheick Tiote will miss through suspension after picking up his third booking in the competition tonight – on November 22 will ensure their progression.

Pardew said: 'We are going to have to kick ourselves if we don't beat Maritimo at home, with all due respect to them.

'We have got ourselves in a great position and are looking to just wrap the league up perhaps with that win there, which is our next game.'

Caretaker Brugge boss Philippe Clement was in philosophical mood after the game.

He said: 'I think as a team, we can be happy with the way we played. For the supporters of both sides, it was a very good European game with a lot of fight, mentality and chances.'

Barcelona eye Newcastle keeper Tim Krul as rival to Victor Valdes

Barcelona eye Newcastle keeper Krul as back-up for Valdes

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UPDATED:

06:17 GMT, 19 September 2012

Barcelona are ready to make a move for Newcastle keeper Tim Krul.

The 24-year-old Dutchman has caught the eye after establishing himself as the Toon's No 1.

Safe hands: Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul

Safe hands: Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul

And Barcelona want long-term competition for first-choice Victor
Valdes, reports the Daily Mirror.

Barca's current reserve keeper, Jose Pinto, is 36 years old and
is set to leave the Nou Camp when his deal expires next summer.

Coach Tito Vilanova has ordered his scouts to find him a top class
replacement

Yohan Cabaye committed to Newcastle despite Barcelona and Manchester Utd interest

Cabaye committed to Newcastle despite Barcelona and Man United interest

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 14 September 2012

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has dismissed claims he is unhappy on Tyneside.

The France international was linked with moves to Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal during the transfer window but Newcastle fought hard to keep him, Cheick Tiote and injured pair Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini.

Happy in Toon: Yohan Cabaye (C) playing for France in midweek

Happy in Toon: Yohan Cabaye (C) playing for France in midweek

Cabaye, who was sensational in his
first season, said his slow start to this campaign is down to his
fatigue after an outstanding Euro 2012 with France.

He said: 'I'm very happy here, I've
never thought any different, and I'm very happy to play for Newcastle.
It has been difficult for me so far this season, I don’t want to make
excuses, but I’m getting back to full fitness.'

Tim Krul suffers elbow injury

Injury scare for Newcastle as Dutch stopper Krul sent home with elbow problem

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UPDATED:

16:33 GMT, 9 September 2012

Holland goalkeeper Tim Krul has returned to club side Newcastle after suffering an elbow injury in training on Saturday.

Krul played in the 2-0 win over Turkey in Oranje's opening World Cup qualifier on Friday night as he seeks to claim the No 1 jersey from Maarten Stekelenburg.

But he now faces an anxious wait to discover the severity of the injury after being ruled out of the clash with Hungary on Tuesday night.

Spotlight: Tim Krul is sweating on his injury

Spotlight: Tim Krul is sweating on his injury

Holland boss Louis van Gaal moved quickly to plug the gap left by Krul's departure by calling up 21-year-old Jeroen Zoet from RKC Waalwijk.

Van Gaal placed his faith in youth for the Turkey clash with the likes of Daryl Janmaat, Bruno Martins Indi and Jordy Clasie all named in the starting XI.

And, although the new-boys looked occasionally nervous, Van Gaal was pleased with their contribution.

'With the victory against Turkey, we have moved two or three steps forward,' he told ANP.

Unknown: Krul does not know the severity of the problem

Unknown: Krul does not know the severity of the problem

'This was a game where some of the players had to step up a level. Playing at that level brings with it tension.'

Van Gaal is in his second spell in charge of the national team and is eager to avoid the mistakes of the first.

He added: 'In retrospect, I retained the old squad too long.

'And while it was maybe logical as I didn't see many great talents coming through, luckily I have them now.

'It is important, however, for the Oranje players to show the same (at international level) as they do for their clubs.'

Erik Pieters wants to join Newcastle

Pieters issues come and get me plea to Newcastle

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UPDATED:

12:46 GMT, 24 April 2012

Holland left-back Erik Pieters would be interested in joining Newcastle this summer, according to his agent.

The 23-year-old PSV Eindhoven
defender – currently sidelined with a foot injury – has been linked with
a summer switch to Tyneside and although it is understood there has
been no formal approach as yet, the idea is already interesting Pieters.

Target: Dutch defender Erik Pieters

Target: Dutch defender Erik Pieters

'He was interested last year,' agent Piet van der Pol told the Newcastle Journal. 'Newcastle United is a fantastic club and I know that Erik follows them because of his friendship with Tim Krul.

'If they come in for Erik of course he will be interested in talking to them, but right now the main thing that he is focused on is getting fit for Euro 2012. Newcastle have done tremendously this season and I know that there are a lot of players who would like to join them.'

Pieters was a target for Newcastle last season after the departure of Jose Enrique, but delays in the deal led to the Magpies signing Davide Santon instead.

However, Pieters' ability to play centre-half as well as left-back has meant the club kept their interest alive.
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Tim Krul out to crush Stoke and Wigan to reach Champions League

Be Krul! We won't deserve Champions League if we can't beat Stoke and Wigan, says Newcastle keeper

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Euro vision: Tim Krul and Newcastle are within sight of the Champions League

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However, while title-chasing Manchester City and FA Cup finalists Chelsea may yet stand between Alan Pardew's men and their dreams, Krul insists that victory over Stoke this Saturday and resurgent Wigan, who have beaten leaders Manchester United and Arsenal in their last two games, at the DW Stadium a week later will be equally important.

The 24-year-old Holland international told the Journal: 'What an opportunity we have got. Things are going great at the moment.

'I have been saying for years that I think Newcastle are a top-six side and maybe people didn't see it. But now we are there, and hopefully we can stay there.

'Liverpool's win was great news for us and it is huge for the club to be back in Europe.

Form team: Wigan have beaten Man United and Arsenal in their last two games

Form team: Wigan have beaten Man United and Arsenal in their last two games

'We are up there, but if you don't win against Stoke and Wigan, you don't deserve to be up there. We will look at the next two games and hope that we get the results that we need.

'Our attitude is that if we can't beat Stoke, we don't deserve to get into the Champions League.

'We just need to keep the pressure on the top teams. Stoke at home and Wigan away are massive games for us.'

Newcastle will head into the Stoke game on the back of five successive league victories and with a comprehensive 3-1 win at the Britannia Stadium in October, courtesy of a Demba Ba hat-trick, already under their belts.

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Chelsea chasing 15m keeper Krul to replace Cech next season

Chelsea chasing 15m keeper Krul to replace Cech next season

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UPDATED:

21:21 GMT, 14 April 2012

Chelsea are lining up a 15million move for Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul this summer to usher in a new era at Stamford Bridge.

Roman Abramovich has agreed to bankroll a big-money offer for the 24-year-old Dutchman after growing concerns at Chelsea over the form of Petr Cech.

Safe hands: Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul is wanted by Chelsea

Safe hands: Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul is wanted by Chelsea

Chelsea's determination to land Krul on 90,000-a-week wages has knocked Sunday's FA Cup semi-final opponents Tottenham out of the race for the highly rated keeper.

Spurs will now look abroad to find a No 1 to compete with veteran Brad Friedel next season.

Replacement: Chelsea are looking to bring in a replacement for Petr Cech

Replacement: Chelsea are looking to bring in a replacement for Petr Cech

Newcastle United, who are competing for a Champions League spot, tied up Krul to a long-term deal earlier this year but owner Mike Ashley prides himself on being an 'expensive seller' and will not stand in Krul's way at the right price for the club.

Sam Slocombe wanted by Tottenham

Spurs trail Scunthorpe's Slocombe as Redknapp looks to bolster keeper options

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 12 April 2012

Tottenham are monitoring Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe. The 23-year-old has kept nine clean sheets in 26 appearances this season.

Spurs remain keen on Newcastle’s Tim Krul as their main target with Carlo Cudicini and Heurelho Gomes expected to leave in the summer, while Brad Friedel will be 41 next season.

In the market: Redknapp is looking for goalkeepers

In the market: Redknapp is looking for goalkeepers

Tim Krul labelled Liverpool striker Andy Carroll a blatant diver.

Krul calls former Toon hero Carroll 'blatant diver' after Liverpool game

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12:55 GMT, 6 April 2012

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UPDATED:

12:55 GMT, 6 April 2012

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul labelled Liverpool striker and former Toon hero Andy Carroll a ‘blatant diver.’

The Dutchman goes looking for another clean sheet against Swansea on Friday as they look to thwart one of the Premier League’s surprise packages.

Going down: Andy Carroll goes down in the area and was booked for diving

Going down: Andy Carroll goes down in the area and was booked for diving

But while Carroll insisted he ‘didn’t dive’ on his return to St James’ Park in Newcastle’s 2-0 win, Krul hit back, telling the Newcastle Chronicle: 'I never touched him, and the referee was on a good angle.

'He booked him for it – it was a blatant dive.'

And while Liverpool were left fuming when Pepe Reina was red carded after swinging his head at James Perch, Krul admits that it could have been himself heading for an early bath had he not thought quickly.

Looking for another clean sheet: Krul has been one of the in form goalkeepers in the Premier League

Looking for another clean sheet: Krul has been one of the in form goalkeepers in the Premier League

Krul suggested that keepers have to up their game when it comes to simulation or be caught cold.

He said: 'Normally, keepers come rushing out, and if I’d put my hands there, I’d probably have been sent off.

'But I saw what he was up to, and luckily for us the referee saw it as well.'