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A cross is delivered by Ronnie Stam, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
Ronnie Stam produces a cross, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Elliot Grandin from the left by-line, Jason Euell takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a save. Jason Euell produces a left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Corner from left by-line taken by Ben Watson.
Ronnie Stam produces a cross, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hendry Thomas by Charlie Adam. Direct free kick taken by Hendry Thomas.
The referee blows for offside against Hugo Rodallega. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
Shot by Mauro Boselli from outside the box goes high over the target.
Jason Euell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
Alex Baptiste scores a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 0-4 Blackpool.
A goal is scored by Alex Baptiste from 30 yards to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 0-4 Blackpool.Assist on the goal came from Charlie Adam.
James McArthur replaces Victor Moses.
The ball is crossed by Ronnie Stam.
Maynor Figueroa produces a cross.
Ronnie Stam sends in a cross, Mauro Boselli takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
The ball is crossed by Ronnie Stam, Mauro Boselli takes a shot.
Short corner taken by Ben Watson from the right by-line.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
The offside flag is raised against Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Maynor Figueroa takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is swung over by Ronnie Stam, save made by Matthew Gilks.
The ball is sent over by Ronnie Stam, clearance by Stephen Crainey.
The official flags Marlon Harewood offside. Chris Basham joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marlon Harewood. Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
(Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Ludovic Sylvestre coming on for Brett Ormerod.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the left by-line.
Charlie Adam delivers the ball, Antolin Alcaraz makes a clearance.
Craig Cathcart fouled by Hugo Rodallega, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
Mauro Boselli takes a shot. Charlie Adam gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Hugo Rodallega, save made by Matthew Gilks.
The ball is crossed by Ronnie Stam, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
Ian Evatt concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugo Rodallega. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ben Watson. The assistant referee signals for offside against Steve Gohouri. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson, Marlon Harewood manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Victor Moses, Stephen Crainey gets a block in.
Hendry Thomas on for Mohamed Diame. Ronnie Stam comes on in place of Emmerson Boyce.
Unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega by Gary Taylor-Fletcher results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ben Watson, clearance made by Matthew Gilks.
Elliot Grandin takes a shot. Save by Chris Kirkland. Marlon Harewood finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 0-3 Blackpool.The assist for the goal came from Elliot Grandin.
Emmerson Boyce concedes a free kick for a foul on Brett Ormerod. Direct free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marlon Harewood by Ben Watson. Free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.
A cross is delivered by Marlon Harewood, save by Chris Kirkland.
Victor Moses is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Marlon Harewood fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 0-2 Blackpool.
Antolin Alcaraz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Evatt. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
Marlon Harewood challenges Mohamed Diame unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Watson.
Foul by Mohamed Diame on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Craig Cathcart.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher sends in a cross, save made by Chris Kirkland.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Baptiste on Hugo Rodallega. Hugo Rodallega fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Ian Evatt.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Elliot Grandin on Mohamed Diame. Antolin Alcaraz restarts play with the free kick.
Long distance shot from Victor Moses misses to the left of the goal.
Ben Watson delivers a pass corner to short, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.
The ball is delivered by Victor Moses, Gary Taylor-Fletcher manages to make a clearance.
Marlon Harewood takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a save.
Stephen Crainey concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Moses. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ben Watson from right wing, Gary Taylor-Fletcher makes a clearance.
Ian Evatt concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Moses. Ian Evatt goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Ben Watson, clearance made by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
Charlie Adam challenges James McCarthy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
Ben Watson takes the outswinging corner, Header from close range by Steve Gohouri clears the bar.
The official flags Gary Taylor-Fletcher offside. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.
Marlon Harewood sends in a cross, Gary Taylor-Fletcher fires in a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Wigan 0-1 Blackpool.Assist by Marlon Harewood.
A cross is delivered by Marlon Harewood.
Steve Gohouri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Booking for Steve Gohouri. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Charlie Adam from left channel.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Maynor Figueroa on Charlie Adam. Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam, Chris Kirkland makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Victor Moses by Brett Ormerod results in a free kick. Ben Watson crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Matthew Gilks.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Hugo Rodallega on Alex Baptiste. Matthew Gilks takes the direct free kick.
Ben Watson takes the outswinging corner, Victor Moses takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
Emmerson Boyce crosses the ball, Stephen Crainey gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Hugo Rodallega.
Inswinging corner taken by David Vaughan from the right by-line.
Effort from inside the area by Gary Taylor-Fletcher misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Elliot Grandin from the left by-line to the near post, Emmerson Boyce makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Elliot Grandin.
The referee gets the game underway.
The referee blows for half time.
The second half has started.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Martinez: Trip to the seaside was painful lesson
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez comes up against Barclays Premier League newcomers Blackpool for the first time since they opened his eyes to the task he faced restructuring the Latics.
Martinez sent a largely reserve team to Bloomfield Road in August last year for a Carling Cup second-round tie and saw them humiliated 4-1 by the then Championship club.
The Spaniard was less than a month into his debut season as a top-flight manager after taking over from Steve Bruce but that result showed him what changes he needed to make to his squad to make them more competitive.
Fast-forward almost 12 months and Ian Holloway brings the Seasiders to the DW Stadium as a genuine Premier League team.
Despite them being relegation favourites Martinez does not intend to take the visitors lightly, having slipped up once already.
"We achieved our aims last season because of the certain moments we had to suffer and in the Carling Cup certain players showed they couldn't carry on playing for Wigan," said the Latics boss.
"Those lessons are painful but they give you a lot and it is how you react to that and produce performances like we did further down the line.
"You don't like to get 'favours' in that manner because they are very painful but I was pleased with the lessons we learned that night and how that pushed us to be the team we were at the end of the season.
"It is a clear message of what Blackpool are capable of doing, they are very attacking and very brave.
"I don't expect them to change at all in the way they have been playing so it should be an open encounter."
Defender Gary Caldwell is the only absentee as he is still six weeks away from a return after undergoing two hip operations in the summer.
Meanwhile, Blackpool boss Holloway has been inspired by the playing style of teams managed by Martinez - and hopes to see his side demonstrate that at the DW Stadium.
Martinez has tried to introduce the sort of flowing football over the last year that yielded so much success for him while manager of Swansea.
It is an attacking philosophy which Holloway admires greatly, and something the Bristolian is aiming to use against his Spanish counterpart when their teams go head to head.
"I will be going there fully respectful of what Roberto does - the way he does it was an inspiration for me anyway when he was at Swansea," Holloway said.
"I've got the utmost admiration for him and probably I'm a little bit jealous of the way he was brought up playing his way. He was a much more graceful footballer than I was.
"But when we go there tomorrow I can assure you that I'm going to make it as tough for them as I can and I'm going to try to attack them, because that is what I believe in."
New signings Craig Cathcart and Marlon Harewood could be set for their Blackpool debuts.
Cathcart and Harewood were among a host of players to arrive at Bloomfield Road this week, with fellow new recruits Ludovic Sylvestre and Elliot Grandin also in contention to make their bow for the club should international clearance arrive in time.
Keith Southern misses out after picking up a knee injury in pre-season, as does Louis Almond with a shoulder problem and Billy Clarke, who is expected to be sidelined for most of the campaign having sustained cruciate ligament damage in his knee.
Tangerines triumph to illuminate new season
Blackpool towered over the Premier League after a sensational return to top flight life as they destroyed hapless Wigan 4-0.
The team Ian Holloway has constructed on a shoe-string proved to be too well organised, too determined and frankly, too good for a Wigan outfit bereft of any quality.
In their first appearance at the highest level since 1971, Blackpool struck three times before the break to effectively wrap up the points in quite staggering fashion.
New-boy Marlon Harewood scored twice after Gary Taylor-Fletcher had put the visitors in front. Alex Baptiste profited from some wretched goalkeeping by Chris Kirkland to ensure Wigan were well and truly squashed by this group of Tangerines and draw ironic chants of "Bring on the Arsenal" from the visiting supporters, who head for the Emirates next week.
If Blackpool had taken any notice of the words that were said and written about them this week, they would not even have bothered to make the short journey south from their seaside base.
The Premier League has a relatively short history but since the competition was formed in 1992, no side has been written off quite so mercilessly.
Nothing can be read into a single performance. Last season's results include a Burnley triumph over Manchester United from August 2009.
But days like this will never be forgotten. It might not be in the class of the 1953 "Matthews" final. But those who were there will never forget the massacre at the DW Stadium.
Blackpool's performance was made all the more remarkable by the knowledge Harewood, along with Elliot Grandin and the sturdy Craig Cathcart, were not even at Bloomfield Road at the start of the week.
Once the champagne corks have stopped popping and a breath can be taken, Holloway will be pointing out that in Blackpool's remaining 37 games, they will probably not be meeting a team quite as woeful as Wigan.
Unrest behind the scenes is obvious given Charles N'Zogbia's non-appearance and after those horrendous maulings at Tottenham and Chelsea, it appears Roberto Martinez has not managed to instil any defensive discipline into his team.
Gaping holes were evident from the second minute, when Brett Ormerod twice failed to turn home relatively simple chances from the centre of the six-yard box.
Harewood also put a header wide and the sense of foreboding among the home support began to grow.
Those worries turned out to be completely justified.
When the excellent Charlie Adam found Harewood, Ormerod made his way across the box, dragging a couple of defenders with him before allowing the ball to run on to Taylor-Fletcher at the far-post.
For a play-off scorer at Wembley, tapping home unmarked was easy.
A second should have followed when Harewood was sent clean through, only for Kirkland to make an excellent save.
It was a brief reprieve.
The next time Harewood got hold of the ball, he tried his luck from the edge of the area. Kirkland appeared to have the effort covered but somehow allowed the ball to slip through his gasp.
Audible boos from the home support turned into full-scale dissension two minutes before the break when Kirkland failed to hold a Grandin effort and Harewood tapped home the rebound.
Yet the cat-calls were drowned out by the celebrations amongst the visiting fans, who could not have imagined in their wildest dreams that their top flight return would turn out quite like this.
That Wigan improved after the break was not saying much.
Steve Gohouri had a goal incorrectly disallowed at the start of the second period that might have made a difference and Mauro Boselli saw his angled header clip the bar.
None of this erased the truth of a truly horrendous performance that must place major question marks over Martinez, even at this early stage, and the knowledge Chelsea are to be faced next week will not bring any consolation.
For Blackpool, that is an irrelevance. They will have their own bad days this season, maybe even worse ones than Wigan endured if Burnley are any guide.
But that sea of orange will gorge on this incredible day for a long time and when Baptiste caught Kirkland out with a shot from the touchline that crept in at the near-post, it left them looking down on Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and the rest.
Those big boys had not played of course. But no-one really cared about that.
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