Belfast Telegraph

Cabaye goal sinks Wigan

Yohan Cabaye fired home an 80th-minute winner as Newcastle stretched their unbeaten Barclays Premier League start to nine matches with a 1-0 victory over Wigan.

The summer signing from Lille curved home a knock back by substitute Sylvain Marveaux to finally end the resistance of the visitors, who have now lost six games in a row.

Meanwhile, Newcastle continue to ride high after stretching their unbeaten Premier League start to nine games.

Wigan should have gone ahead in the fifth minute when Hugo Rodallega headed down for Victor Moses to volley, which was tipped away by Tim Krul.

The Latics had another chance in the 15th minute when David Jones sent Rodallega clear but the striker screwed his shot wide.

Newcastle had their first clear chance in the 33rd minute when Leon Best met a Jonas Gutierrez cross with a bouncing shot in front of goal which was parried by Ali Al Habsi.

The home side made a brighter start to the second half and almost went ahead after 50 minutes when Demba Ba's header was well save by Al Habsi.

Playing much deeper, the visitors were clearly intent on safeguarding a point, with Rodallega given scant support up front. The frustration was beginning to tell for the home side as Wigan got back in the match, and Albert Crusat was not far from finding the head of Rodallega in the box in the 78th minute.

A run down the left by Hatem Ben Arfa moments later ended in a shot which was blocked well by Al Habsi as the Magpies made a bid to wrest back the momentum.

And they seized it in the 80th minute when Marveaux played the ball back to Cabaye who curled a right foot shot past Al Habsi from the edge of the box.


From Belfast Telegraph