Newcastle moved back into the top half of the Barclays Premier League thanks to Shola Ameobi's close-range finish in a 1-0 victory at Wigan.

Ameobi, in the Magpies side as a replacement for injured top-scorer Andy Carroll, pounced in the 19th minute when Ali Al Habsi blocked Joey Barton's shot and Peter Lovenkrands' follow-up hit the post.

Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor also both struck the woodwork for the visitors, while Gary Caldwell saw his header come back off the bar for the Latics.

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Topics:
#Joey Barton
#Steven Taylor
#Gary Caldwell
#Premier League
#Fabricio Coloccini
#Newcastle United
#Wigan Athletic
#Ali Al Habsi
#Peter Lovenkrands
#Shola Ameobi
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