A fixture that belongs firmly in the lower echelons of the Premier League, the so called mini-league for the minnows near the bottom, yielded only for misery for Wolverhampton Wanderers as the visitors climbed above them with this convincing victory.
Related ArticlesPremier League tablePremier League actionPremier League fixturesTelegraph player raterTransfer TalkSport on televisionWolves were the first to lose a player when Richard Stearman needlessly tugged on James McCarthy in the 18-yard box to receive a second yellow card and sending-off while conceding a penalty in first half stoppage time.
Hugo Rodallega stepped up to take it but his spot kick was saved by Marcus Hahnemann although only Paul Scharner can explain how he managed to miss the target from the rebound and maintain the status quo.
That parity did not last too long after the interval when Rodallega, teed up by the impressive Charles N'Zogbia, was once again denied by Hahnemann but with Scharner nowhere in sight, McCarthy pounced on the rebound and finished neatly on the hour.
Wolves, whose only opening had been spurned by the hapless Sylvan Ebanks-Blake in the first half, seldom seemed capable of restoring the balance but were given a sporting chance when Hendry Thomas foolishly lunged in late on Stephen Ward to earn himself a second booking and red card in the 68th minute.
From there, however, Wigan visibly grew in confidence and it was no surprise when N'Zogbia displayed control and pace to speed beyond a bedraggled home defence and score the second with a low left foot shot to conclude his own good work.
It could have been worse for Wolves whose threat never materialised but Wigan were profligate on the counter attack, Rodallega thwarted by his nemesis Hahnemann in the finale with only the American goalkeeper in his path.
One had the feeling the Colombian forward, who was also errant with his previous penalty against Stoke City last month, might have been ploughing a lone furrow until midnight without managing to trouble the scorers.