Bad luck has never and will never be a good excuse for poor results in the Premier League.
But in the case of Newcastle today, it certainly played a part.
Two injuries in 10 minutes to full-backs (one of which was on a horrendous challenge from Wigan's Callum McManaman) and a blatant handball on a stoppage-time winner contributed to the Magpies' downfall.
Newcastle remains in 13th position, but a 2-1 loss against a team like Wigan has to be a blow to the confidence of a team riding a wave of Europa League-induced confidence.
After a week off, Alan Pardew and co. head to the Etihad to take on a reeling Manchester City side that will surely be tougher to handle.
Despite playing without team leader Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle shouldn't be happy with their performance.