STRIKER Mario Balotelli poached his first Premier League goal of the season as Manchester City kept the heat on leaders Manchester United with a 2-0 win at Wigan.
City foundered against a tireless Wigan side until Balotelli pounced on a spill by Ali Al Habsi in the 69th minute and finished at the second attempt. Moments later James Milner made the points safe with a rising drive.
Swansea ended high-flying West Brom’s run of four straight wins, Wayne Routledge scoring twice in a 3-1 home win. Michu had given the Swans the lead with his ninth goal of the season before Routledge’s brace, and fourth-placed West Brom failed to mount the comeback threatened by Romelu Lukaku’s effort.
A howler from goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga cost Southampton three points in a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich, although they still moved to within one of safety. Rickie Lambert put Saints ahead before Gazzaniga allowed a Robert Snodgrass free-kick to squirm in.
Stoke struck twice in the last 10 minutes through Jonathan Walters and Cameron Jerome to condemn flailing Newcastle to a fourth successive top-flight defeat for the first time since 2006.