Newcastle 3 Wigan 0: We got a break with Figueroa dismissal – Pardew
Newcastle 3 Wigan 0: Alan Pardew admits the Magpies got a break with Maynor Figueroa's red card in the first half
Alan Pardew admitted Newcastle got “a break” after the Magpies comfortably beat 10-man Wigan Athletic at St James’ Park.
Demba Ba gave Newcastle a 12th-minute lead from the spot after Maynor Figueroa was sent off for a foul on Papiss Cisse in the penalty area.
The Senegal international then scored his second of the night shortly after, finishing from close range after Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi failed to parry Davide Santon’s shot to safety.
Wigan showed fighting spirit in the second half but were unable to beat Tim Krul, and Gael Bigirimana wrapped up the three points with a stunning long-range finish to help end Newcastle’s seven-game winless run.
“It’s been difficult for the players and the staff,” Pardew, whose side are 14th in the Premier League table, told Sky Sports.
“We’ve had so many hits in terms of injuries game after game and then two-day turnarounds.
“But it was nice to get a break tonight – because it was a break. I’m not a real lover of that rule: a penalty and a sending off, but it went for us today.”
Pardew also heaped praise on Vurnon Anita for an impressive display after the midfielder started his 10th Premier League game since joining from Ajax.
“I thought the outstanding player was Vurnon Anita,” Pardew added.
“I have to pay credit to him because he’s come into this club and hasn’t won that many games, bless his heart, but he’s a terrific player and he’s going to be important for us.
“So it was to see him play really well and us get a win because he wasn’t here last year.”