Wigan claimed a vital victory to boost their survival hopes after a late goal from Arouna Kone defeated Newcastle in a game marred by a horror tackle from Callum McManaman on Massadio Haidara.
With the game finely poised, Ivorian Kone scored the decisive goal with only minutes left to give Wigan all three points
However, Newcastle will feel extremely hard done by after Callum McManaman’s challenge on Massadio Haidara left the defender with a potentially serious injury.
Wigan went ahead through Jean Beausejour after good work from McManaman before Newcastle drew level later in the second half.
Davide Santon capitalised on a Wigan error before more controversy left Newcastle manager Alan Pardew furious after a handball seemed to be missed in the build up to the winning goal.
Newcastle started the game brightly, aiming to keep momentum high after their Europa League victory over Anzhi Makhachkala in midweek.
Sylvain Marveaux won an early corner and his cross found the head of Steven Taylor who could only head straight at Spanish goalkeeper Joel from six yards.
But against the run of play Wigan went ahead.
McManaman beat Haidara and crossed for Beausejour who fired in after Newcastle failed to clear the ball.
Newcastle’s afternoon soon got worse. Following Debuchy’s injury, Haidara replaced him but was soon having to be taken off himself.
Callum McManaman’s horror tackle went unpunished as Haidara was left in a heap on the ground, with a potentially serious injury. Newcastle first team coach, John Carver was sent to the stands at half time as he attempted to confront McManaman.
As the game restarted, Beausejour again found space and slipped it through to James McCarthy, but a last ditch challenge from Jonas Gutierrez prevented Wigan doubling their advantage.
Newcastle again started the better of the sides after the interval. Wigan failed to clear a Papiss Cisse cross, but Mousa Sissoko could only curl his effort just wide.
Newcastle soon drew level as Cisse dispossessed McCarthy in the middle of the pitch and set free Davide Santon. He fired across Joel to score his first goal for the Magpies to set up a tense finish.
Both sides struggled to create further chances until the 90th minute when Wigan found a vital winner to ease their relegation fears.
Jordi Gomez swung in the corner, before several ricochets fell to the feet of Kone to smash the ball into the roof of the net.
However, replays show Maynor Figueroa used his arm to control the ball in the build up.
It was a frustrating day for Alan Pardew, who’s Newcastle side rued costly refereeing errors as they attempt to distance themselves from the relegation zone.
Wigan had the worst home record in all four English divisions coming into the game, but victory may have kick started another Wigan survival.