Last Updated: 28/04/12 5:03pm
Wigan take a huge step towards Premier League survival after a blistering first-half performance secures a remarkable 4-0 win over Newcastle at the DW Stadium. Stay with us for all the post-match reaction.
The only plus point for Newcastle today is that Arsenal have dropped points in a 1-1 draw with Stoke.
Newcastle have long since given up on this one and are allowing Wigan to pass the ball around in midfield.
It will be interesting to see how Pardew explains this result. Do not forget to stay with us after the game for all the post-match reaction.
Sammon gets through on goal after beating Williamson. He rather bundles his way past Krul, but Coloccini is back to slide and clear the ball before it rolled into the back of the net for what would have been Wigan's fifth goal.
Alcaraz attempts to switch play towards the left, but slices the effort and the ball bounces through to Krul.
Perch crosses into the Wigan box. But there is no Newcastle team-mate anywhere near the ball. Not the best of introductions to the game.
Wigan's first-half performance was blistering and was the key to this game. It is incredible that they are set to have beaten Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle in their run-in.
Pardew is out on the edge of his technical area, urging his players to keep calm. He will not want any silly red cards. Wigan are showboating and winding up Newcastle.
Wigan are now keeping the ball. Newcastle seem to have run out of a bit of steam. Wigan fans chant, 'ole' at every pass.
Referee Dean again remains calm and does not show a yellow card after a bit of a late slide from Simpson on Figueroa.
Wigan, again, are hitting form at an ideal time of the season. But, as mentioned earlier, Martinez must wish his players could find this sort of confidence in the first half of the campaign to avoid these perennial scrambles.
Newcastle cannot be accused of throwing in the towel. They have still been giving everything to try and pull at least a goal back for their large travelling contingent. But they were beaten in the first half.
The midfield combination of McCarthy and McArthur really has been impressive today. It has been key to what is seemingly going to be a Wigan win. They have kept it simple, but very effective.
Pardew appears to accept there is no way back in this game. Ben Arfa is off to be replaced by former Wigan man Ryan Taylor.
Cabaye sends a free-kick into the Wigan box. But there is too much on the delivery and it drifts out at the far post.
The post is still shaking after Cisse again rattles the woodwork from an excellent Ben Arfa cross. Ben Arfa has come alive in the second half.
Di Santo had a fine game for Wigan, despite seemingly carrying a bit of a calf injury. He scored an excellent goal and was happy to keep running the channels.
From the corner, brilliant feet from Ben Arfa as he dances around the area to create room for a shot. Unfortunately for Newcastle, he drags just wide.
Newcastle are beginning to find their passing, but it is surely too little too late. Corner to the visitors.
Ba rolls Caldwell with a clever turn and wins a free-kick inside the Wigan half. Cabaye sends the ball into the box, but McArthur eventually clears.
Cisse hits the crossbar after cutting in from the left from a Santon pass. That is the closest Newcastle have come to a goal. They have had a good few minutes.
Good save from Al Habsi. Cisse breaks the offside trap and sends a half-volley towards goal. Al Habsi palms away the effort to his left.
As impressive as Wigan have been, Newcastle have been guilty of gifting their hosts far too much room in the centre of midfield.
Newcastle are all over the place at the back. Beausejour is too strong for Simpson before teeing up Moses. Krul saves. Newcastle just manage to get back and scramble the ball away. That was almost five.
Martinez must wonder why, on the back of wins over Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, his Wigan team cannot find consistency or produces performances like these earlier in the season. They really are survival specialists.
Moses breaks onto a ball inside the Newcastle box. On a hat-trick, he snatches a little bit at the ball and slices wide.
It is very impressive how Wigan have stuck to their pass-and-move principles. Newcastle are struggling to get a touch. McCarthy has been at the heart of everything.
Di Santo is back on the pitch and in fine form as he races onto a long ball from Boyce. He crosses and Williamson is uncertain with a slightly panicky header clear.
Wigan break forward through Moses. He plays the ball to fellow goalscorer Di Santo, who is then chopped down and needs to receive attention from the Wigan physio.
Newcastle have the ball in the Wigan half, but they have really struggled to test Al Habsi this afternoon.
Krul flaps somewhat at the corner and is fortunate there is no Wigan player at the back post to head the ball into the back of the net.
Wigan must beware losing their composure. They just need to keep doing what they were producing in the first half.
McArthur is the next player to receive a lecture from referee Dean after a nasty challenge on Cisse. Again, there is no booking.
Newcastle and Wigan need to avoid being pulled into any off-the ball scuffles and losing their composure.
There is a coming together between Moses and Coloccini inside the Newcastle penalty area. Moses intentionally trips the Newcastle captain. Both players are given a ticking off, but there are no bookings.
It looks like Newcastle have gone back to a four-man defence after their tactical reshuffle in the middle of the first half.
WE'RE BACK: Newcastle get the second half under way, hoping to recreate their four-goal come back against Arsenal.
Well... that was quite stunning. Newcastle's Champions League hopes are looking in tatters. Wigan, with their pass-and-move play, were swaggering, ruthless and impressively skilful. Two goals from Moses, one from Maloney and one from Di Santo has Martinez's men absolutely cruising. It is an incredible game and Newcastle have been completely outplayed.
What a remarkable first half! Wigan surely cannot believe this as even Di Santo is on the score sheet. It is a long-range effort that curls and loops away from Krul and into the top left corner. Incredible.
Would there be any way back into this for Newcastle in the second half in a similar fashion to their recovery against Arsenal last season? You will be able to get in touch at half-time at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @SkySportsPeteF.
There is still a feeling at the DW Stadium that one goal would get Newcastle right back into the game. It would be an interesting test of Wigan's character.
Cabaye attempts to fool Al Habsi by going for the reverse far post from the free-kick. But the ball flies wide of the target.
Chance for Ba, who pulls a left-foot shot wide after Gutierrez had regained possession when Wigan were again a little guilty of overplaying at the back.
Difficult to think of a better first-half performance that I have seen this season. Newcastle are being pulled all over the pitch and Wigan look like scoring every time they go forward. I did not expect this. I do not think anyone did.
McCarthy is perhaps a little lucky to only be shown a yellow card for a launching challenge on Cabaye. Simpson is then also booked for protesting that it was not a red card.
Newcastle simply have not been able to cope with the passing of Wigan. A lovely lay-off from Beausejour sends in Maloney down the inside left. He has too much pace for Simpson and then calmly slots a finish past Krul. Wigan are in dreamland. Chairman Dave Whelan is punching the air in the stands.
Beausejour is guilty of committing a foul throw. Martinez shrugs his shoulders on the touchline. He knows his side cannot allow Newcastle back into the game with even the slightest of mistakes.
Newcastle look a shadow of the side who have been in such excellent form over recent weeks. Their confidence has clearly been rattled by the early goals.
Hesitation between Simpson and Krul almost gifts the ball to Beausejour inside the six-yard box. Newcastle just about sort themselves out and clear.
Cisse sends a rather aimless cross towards Ba in the Wigan box. It is well off target and an easy catch for Al Habsi.
Newcastle are really struggling to get Gutierrez into the game. Despite switching to a left wing-back role, he has almost been a spectator.
McCarthy and McArthur are dominant in the centre of midfield and are keeping the ball ticking over without trying to be too clever.
It is a clear tactic from Wigan to get the ball to Figueroa on the left before he launches a long, diagonal pass to the right when attacking. That was key in the build-up to the opening goal.
Figueroa is down receiving treatment after a challenge from Tiote. Replays are not kind on Tiote, who lunged in and put his studs down on the ankle of Figueroa.
Worse news for Newcastle since falling behind is that, amid the melee of goals at the DW Stadium, Arsenal equalised against Stoke.
Ironic cheers from the Wigan fans, with Cisse sending a tame effort into the hands of Al Habsi. Wigan had been guilty of overplaying at the back and need to be careful they do not become arrogant.
Wigan, though, are still calling the tune. Their passing in midfield has been confident, pacy and full of purpose. Newcastle are struggling to cope.
Newcastle have made a tactical change to go like-for-like with Wigan. Pardew is now playing three at the back - Simpson, Williamson and Coloccini. Santon is at right wing-back and Gutierrez is on the left.
Ben Arfa takes the free-kick and whips it towards goal. It is just wide and hits the stanchion behind the goal.
Santon, who has been switched to right wing-back, is clearly tripped by Alcaraz and the Wigan defender goes in the book. Free-kick to Newcastle 30 yards from goal.
Wigan are now pouring forward at every opportunity. Tiote brings down Maloney to give the home side a free-kick in the Newcastle half.
Newcastle are stunned. Wigan are flying. It is Moses again as he jumps onto a loose ball inside the penalty area to side-foot past Krul, who was motionless. Martinez is calling for composure. Pardew looks furious.
Not exactly a classic header from Moses, but they all count. The ball almost seems to strike the forward from a Boyce cross on the right and bounce off his head past Krul.
Risky from Alcaraz, who leaves a long ball from Krul. He lets the ball drop over his head, but Cisse almost pounces. The ball almost did not have enough pace to go through to Al Habsi.
We have a break in play, as Ba is down receiving treatment after a strong challenge. The striker is back on his feet.
Tiote wins a free-kick on the left of Wigan's box. Cabaye drives the ball into the six-yard box, but there is too much pace on the delivery for Cisse to direct his header on target it and it goes over the bar.
Wigan respond with an attack down their left. The ball then drops for Moses inside the Newcastle box. But he cannot get a decent connection and it is a bit of a toe-poke straight at Krul.
This has been a very scrappy start to the game. A lot of free-kicks, set-pieces and throw-ins are disrupting any sort of development of rhythm.
Wigan are on the front foot in the very early stages. The home side win a corner, but then give away a free-kick inside the Newcastle penalty area.
Maloney swings in the free-kick and Caldwell tries to get a touch on the ball. But the centre-back is offside amid a mild scramble.
Di Santo goes down easily to win a free-kick for Wigan wide on the left after a challenge from Tiote.
Not the best of starts. Three throw-ins on the near touchline to the dugouts in the opening 30 seconds.
Here come the teams. Wigan and Newcastle - who are wearing orange, emerge from the tunnel ahead of kick-off at the DW Stadium.
Cisse has equalled Mick Quinn's record of most goals in his opening 10 PL appearances (11). Cabaye has either scored or assisted six of Newcastle's last seven goals (two goals, four assists).
Nik Rai says: "Reckon it will be 3-1 to Newcastle, purely on the fact that Cisse is on fire at the moment and Ben Arfa is so skilful."
Barry Taylor says: "It is going to come down to who wants it more. Think the Toon have this in the bag. Double for Cisse and Cabaye with one!!"
In case you joined us late, shame on you, here is a round-up of the team news. Newcastle boss Pardew names an unchanged side. With Wigan hovering just one point above the drop zone, boss Martinez makes one change, handing Shaun Maloney his first start since his famous winner against Manchester United earlier this month, with Jordi Gomez dropping to the bench.
Sky Bet have been in touch, if you fancy a flutter. The bookies say: "Wigan are 13/8 to claim a big win in their bid to avoid the drop. Newcastle 6/4 are just as desperate for the points while the draw is 5/2. Goal machine Papiss Cisse is 4/1 to score the first goal while Hugo Rodallega and Franco di Santo are 8/1 shots for the home side."
How would Newcastle fans feel if you finished in the top four and Chelsea won the Champions League? It would be incredibly cruel, in my opinion. Newcastle have been excellent to watch and deserve a reward for a remarkable transformation. Pardew has comfortably been manager of the season.
Any Wigan fans out there? All the feedback I am receiving so far has been for a Newcastle win. You can get in touch at email@example.com or via Twitter @SkySportsPeteF.
Pete Hack says: "Going to be a tough game today, I reckon. I'll take 2-1 to the Toon with goals from Cisse and Ba."
Wise words, Phil. Indeed, with six wins in a row, Newcastle are just one short of their Premier League record of seven consecutive victories. No side have won fewer home games than Wigan (three) in the Premier League this season.
Phil Hodgson says: "Realistically, you've got to back the Toon, nearly the best form in the league and we've conceded very few in the last six. Wigan can't score at home, with less than a goal a game average. 2-1 Newcastle (that's being kind too) AND I fancy Ba to end the drought!"
Michael Ewart says: "Might as well be a home game for the Toon today with Wigan's attendances, tricky game however Newcastle just to edge it 1-0 Demba Ba!"
Adam Etherington says: "Because both teams are pushing for something important, it'll be a close game. However, I think Newcastle will be the stronger side all game. 2-0 Newcastle!"
Wigan team: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Caldwell, Maloney, Moses, McArthur, Boyce, Beausejour, Di Santo, Figueroa. Subs: Pollitt, Crusat, Gomez, Sammon, Jones, Rodallega, Diame.
Wigan, meanwhile, are in their perennial fight against relegation. Martinez's team are one point outside the drop zone and historic wins over Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal had built confidence. But the defeat to Fulham last time out means it is going to be a nervy finish.
This game is of course of vital importance at both ends of the table. Fourth-placed Newcastle are currently three points clear of Tottenham, who sit fifth. But for a spot in the Champions League and with Chelsea in with a chance of winning the competition, Pardew wants third. Arsenal are only three points ahead, but have played a game more.
Newcastle team: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Ba, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Perch, Ferguson, R.Taylor, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Best.
This is also a contest between two of my favourite managers in the Premier League. Wigan's Roberto Martinez and Newcastle's Alan Pardew always remind me of local politicians. You can get in touch with all thoughts today, although maybe not on your constituency's politics, and I will publish a selection of the best comments, rants, predictions and observations. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @SkySportsPeteF.