Arouna Kone scored the winning goal in the 90th minute for Wigan to give them a vital 2-1 win over Newcastle as they continue their annual fight against relegation.
Jean Beausejour had given the home side the lead in the 18th minute after he connected with youngster Callum McMananman’s cross to send the ball home.
Prior to the goal, the Toon’s injury problems continued as Mathieu Debuchy was replaced by Massadio Haidara. And it didn’t get any better for Alan Pardew when he had to substitute the substitute, after McManaman’s unfortunate tackle saw the player leave the pitch on a stretcher.
The Latics midfielder stretched for the ball which Haidera had nicked away, but as he followed through he stamped on the Frenchman’s knee.
It was an unfortunate event for all involved, and Wigan’s teenager may receive a ban after the referee failed to punish him at the time. And unfortunately it got worse as a member of each club’s coaching team was sent to the stands after a half-time melee.
The visitors got back into the game in the 70th minute, when defender David Santon got his first goal for the club following a cross from Papiss Cisse.
It looked to be heading for a draw, before Kone was in the right place to poke the ball home just minutes before the final whistle. Jordi Gomez’ corner wasn’t dealt with by Newcastle and it bounced around the box, before the forward managed to direct it on goal.