Premier League — 18 March 2013

Arouna Kone scored the winner in Wigan's 2-1 victory over NewcastleOn Sunday there were four games in the Premier League. Wigan secured a vital 2-1 victory over Newcastle with a late winner from Arouna Kone.

The Latics took the lead on 18 minutes. Davide Santon failed to clear Callum McManaman’s cross and Jean Beausejour scored at the far post.

Wigan were then lucky to keep ten-men, as McManaman produced an awful challenge on Newcastle substitute Massido Haidara. The young full-back was stretchered off and could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Newcastle looked to have claimed a point with a 72nd minute equaliser. Full-back Santon latched onto a Papiss Cisse pass and drilled the ball low past Joel in the Wigan goal. Wigan desperately needed a winning goal and it arrived in the last minute.

A massive scramble in the Newcastle penalty area, ended up with Kone prodding home past Rob Elliot. The victory took Wigan within three points of safety. Newcastle are just six points ahead of the Latics as the race to avoid relegation gets nervy.

Elsewhere, Chelsea moved above Tottenham into third with a 2-0 victory over London rivals West Ham. Frank Lampard opened the scoring in the 19th minute with a header from an Eden Hazard chipped cross.

Hazard added the second five minutes into the second half. The Belgium international took on Winston Reid and James Collins on the edge of the penalty box, before firing a low shot into the corner of Jussi Jaaskelainen’s net.

The victory put Chelsea a point above Tottenham and the Blues also have a game in-hand. West Ham meanwhile are just six points away from the dreaded relegation zone.

Chelsea moved above Tottenham due to Spurs losing 1-0 at home to London rivals Fulham. The only goal of the game came on 52 minutes, former-Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov scoring from close-range from a Sven Riether cross.

Other Premier League result:

Sunderland 1-1 Norwich

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