Wigan registered their first win 10 games with a crucial 2-1 away victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this afternoon which lifts them off the bottom of the table.
The Latics raised themselves off the bottom of the league table at the expense of Blackburn who were hammered 3-1 today away to Stoke, thanks to a late goal from substitute Franco Di Santo.
It truly was a game of two halves as Sunderland got off to a scintillating start and took the lead after just 7 minutes when Sebastian Larsson scored from six yards out.
Indeed Steve Bruce’s men remained dominant throughout the half and could have had more goals were it not for stout Wigan defending.
Wigan struggled to make an impact on the game and the Latics had to rely on a penalty to draw them level just before half time.
Sebastian Larsson was the hero turned villain when he fouled Victor Moses in the box to concede the penalty, which was coolly dispatched by Jordi Gomez.
The second half was a very even affair, with both teams committing men forward. Sunderland however were very much frustrated, and O’Shea, Turner and Colback receiving bookings was symptomatic of this.
Wigan snatched the game in the dying moments of added time after James McArthur found substitute Franco di Santo, who scored from six yards out to send the away fans into raptures.
Sunderland: Westwood, Bardsley (Vaughan 66), Turner, Brown, Richardson, O’Shea (Ji Dong-Won 84), Cattermole (Gardner 66), Larsson, Colback, Sessegnon, Bendtner
Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Caldwell, Stam (McArthur 73), Figueroa, McCarthy, Moses, Gomez, Jones, Diame, Sammon (Di Santo 84)