Wigan 4 Newcastle 0: Victor Moses scores twice

Wigan 4 Newcastle 0: Moses leading Latics to promised land with double

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16:25 GMT, 28 April 2012

Victor Moses' early double set Wigan on their way to yet another big-time conquest as Roberto Martinez's men gave their survival hopes a mighty boost by brushing aside Champions League hopefuls Newcastle.

Moses' quick-fire brace in the 13th and 15th minutes left Alan Pardew's Magpies reeling and further first-half strikes from Shaun Maloney and Franco Di Santo ensured the buoyant Latics had effectively sealed the points before the break.

Survivors: Wigan celebrate Franco di Santo's goal

Survivors: Wigan celebrate Franco di Santo's goal

MATCH FACTS

WIGAN: Al Hansi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McArthur, McCarthy, Beausejour, Maloney, Di Sando (Sammon 68), Moses (Gomez 83). Unused subs: Pollitt, Crusat, Jones, Rodallega, Diame.

Goals: Moses 13, 15, Maloney 36, Di Santo 45.

Booked: Alcaraz, McCarthy

NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson (Perch 81), Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye (Fergison 83), Tiote, Guitierrez, Ben Arfa (Taylor 73), Cisse, Ba. Unused subs: Elliot, Gosling, Best, Ameobi.

Booked: Simpson

Referee: Mike Dean

Papiss Cisse twice hit the woodwork
as the visitors rallied in the second half, but their hopes of holding
down at least a top-four place in the Barclays Premier League had long
since suffered a serious blow.

Having already beaten Liverpool,
Manchester United and Arsenal on their extraordinary late-season run,
Wigan were expected to start with confidence but not even the most
optimistic of Latics could have foreseen their whirlwind opening.

The recalled Maloney spread panic
with a free-kick in the second minute and Moses had already brought a
save out of Tim Krul before the striker opened the scoring by rising
above a static Danny Simpson to nod home an Emmerson Boyce cross.

And less than two minutes later the
Latics extended their lead when Fabricio Coloccini made a mess of an
attempted clearance from a Jean Beausejour cross, and Moses pounced
again to drill a low shot past Krul.

Net profit: Newcastle's keeper Tim Krul looks on as Victor Moses's header sails past him

Net profit: Newcastle's keeper Tim Krul looks on as Victor Moses's header sails past him

In response, Hatem Ben Arfa drilled a
dangerous-looking free-kick just over the Wigan bar and Cisse poked a
poor effort at Ali Al Habsi from the edge of the box in what was the
home keeper's first sight of the ball in the opening 23 minutes.

But Newcastle's uncharacteristic
defensive clumsiness almost cost them again in the 34th minute when
Simpson and Davide Santon hesitated over a harmless-looking cross from
Moses, and Beausejour almost took advantage from close range.

Promised land: Moses fires home his second

Promised land: Moses fires home his second

Incredibly, Wigan extended their
lead in the 36th minute when Di Santo fed Maloney on the left and the
recalled midfielder fended off Simpson as he cut into the box to slide a
low shot across Krul and into the bottom corner.

Ba bobbled Newcastle's best chance
wide four minutes from the break then in first-half injury-time Wigan
made it 4-0 when Di Santo directed a magnificent lob over Krul and into
the top corner from 25 yards.

It's in our hands: Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi knows the score

It's in our hands: Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi knows the score

Wigan continued to press early in the
second half, and when Figueroa sent in a low cross from the left in the
52nd minute only Coloccini's excellent interception denied Moses the
chance to complete his hat-trick.

Moses screwed a rising shot just wide
of Krul's left-hand and with the home side continuing to hunt for more
goals, only a brilliant fingertip save from Krul denied the striker in a
mighty penalty box melee on the hour.

Shoot to thrill: Di Santo dances with delight after scoring for Wigan

Shoot to thrill: Di Santo dances with delight after scoring for Wigan

Belatedly the visitors began to
press, with Al Habsi producing a brilliant save to deny Cisse from 10
yards in the 63rd minute, and moments the later the same player firing a
shot from the left side of the box which hit the bar.

Ben Arfa drilled a low shot just
wide before Martinez made clear his intention to keep pushing for more
goals, replacing the tiring Di Santo with another out-and-out striker in
Conor Sammon in the 69th minute.

That ruffled feeling: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew given plenty to think about

That ruffled feeling: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew given plenty to think about

Cisse hit the woodwork for the second
time in the 72nd minute when he slammed Al Habsi's left post with a
header from a Ben Arfa cross, but with time running down the massed
ranks of visiting fans behind Al Habsi's goal became resigned to a heavy
defeat.

Sammon almost rewarded Martinez's
bravery with a fifth for Wigan three minutes from time, with the striker
beating the advancing Krul but seeing his dribble towards goal ended by
a last-ditch interception from Coloccini.

Krul fooled: Conor Sammon fires past the Newcastle keeper

Krul fooled: Conor Sammon fires past the Newcastle keeper