Maloney hails ‘massive’ win
The Latics left it late, with Arouna Kone’s injury time effort securing all three points.
Jean Beasejour opened the scoring, before Davide Santon levelled the tie with just 18 minutes left to play.
The win was vital for third-bottom Wigan, who saw 16th and 17th placed Southampton and Aston Villa claim victories on Saturday.
Maloney revealed his delight at the result after the final whistle, hailing it as ‘massive’ in their quest for survival:
“It was just a huge effort from us to try and go and get the winner and we were a bit unfortunate in the end, but that’s a massive three points for us,” he told Sky Sports.
One sour note in the game was Callum McManaman’s challenge on Massadio Haidara, which saw the defender carried from the field on a stretcher.
However, Maloney played down the severity of the incident, claiming his team-mate’s actions were not that reckless:
“At that split second I didn’t think it was that bad. Obviously coming off at half-time they (Newcastle) were very angry, so you can imagine it obviously wasn’t great but actually on the pitch at the time, it didn’t seem anything ridiculous.”
The Scot went on to suggest that the win could be the start of another late relegation-avoiding run for Wigan:
“We hope so. It’s disappointing that we’re in this position again, but we found ourselves in it and it’s up to us to get ourselves out of it.”