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Sam Morsy subbed off at halftime as Wigan drop crucial points at Newcastle

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Posted on April 1, 2017

Wigan suffered a defeat away at Newcastle despite equalising in the second half, as Dwight Gayle, Michael Jacobs and Matt Ritchie scored in a 2-1 win for the league leaders.

Newcastle XI: Darlow; Anita; Hanley; Lascelles; Dummett; Colback; Shelvey; Gouffran; Ritchie; Diame; Gayle.

Wigan Athletic XI: Gilks; Buxton; Burn; Connolly; MacDonald; Power; Warnock; Hanson; Bogle; Morsy; Jacobs.

Newcastle are flying high in the Championship this season, and their leading goalscorer Dwight Gayle ended his three match goal drought with a composed finish in the area.

English born Egypt international was putting in a typical enforcer performance, but after one too many forceful tackles he was eventually shown a yellow card. Possibly as a result of this, he was brought off at half time for Alex Gilbey.

The decision paid off early in the second half, as Gilbey created a surprise Wigan equaliser for Michael Jacobs who clipped the ball over Darlow and into the back of the net.

However, Wigan’s spell being level lasted just 7 minutes as Matt Ritchie scored an unlikely header from close range.

The Latics had the onus to score however due to the gulf in quality they struggled to dominate the chances, although Gilbey would almost provide another assist if it wasn’t for a poor finish from Colclough.

Despite Wigan’s best efforts and what was all-in-all a decent performance, they lost 2-1.

This result, combined with other results around them, means that Morsy’s men are now 7 points adrift at the bottom of the table with 7 games remaining, and will require a minor miracle to stay in the division. Newcastle retain their place at the top of the table, and have a 10 point cushion in the automatic promotion places.

 

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