Premier League round-up: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez admitted his side are running out of excuses after enduring their sixth straight league loss with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle.
Victor Moses and Hugo Rodallega both had fine chances in a superb opening period for the visitors, but they were made to pay for their failure to nudge ahead when Yohan Cabaye hit the winner for Alan Pardew’s high-flying Magpies 10 minutes from time.
However, Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi will be out of action for four to six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury.
”They (the fans) can react all they like,” said McCarthy. “It was a great point and I am delighted.
”We needed a bit of luck or a bit of magic and if this proves to be a turning point I will be delighted.”
SUNDERLAND manager Steve Bruce was pleased with the mentality of his players after they posted a 2-0 win on the road at Bolton.
Stephane Sessegnon grabbed his first goal of the season eight minutes from time, with Nicklas Bendtner adding the second in injury time.
The hosts had Chris Herd sent off for a clash with Jonas Olsson, while Baggies boss Roy Hodgson was left fuming over a challenge by Alan Hutton that saw striker Shane Long forced off with a knee injury.
Darren Bent opened the scoring from the penalty spot for Villa, but Albion – having missed a penalty of their own – equalised through Olsson before Paul Scharner hit their winner.