Bournemouth heaped pressure on Wigan manager Uwe Rösler as they condemned his team to a second defeat in six days with a goal in each half from Yann Kermorgant and Simon Francis.
Kermorgant gave the Cherries the lead from Matt Ritchie’s cross eight minutes before half-time.
With 20 minutes of the game remaining Francis sealed the victory when he started and finished a flowing move pushing Bournemouth into mid table and leaving Latics struggling in 18th place.
Wigan offered little throughout and the result rarely looked in doubt as the Cherries comfortably overcame a lacklustre Latics line up.
The omens did not look good before the kick off as Rösler once again changed his starting eleven with Andrew Taylor brought in as a wing back in the move to 3-5-2, with Emyr Huws replacing William Kvist in midfield. Surprisingly Rosler decided to start with Marc-Antoine Fortune and Martyn Waghorn as the two forwards.
As early as the third minute Callum Wilson nearly gave the home team the lead but his shot went narrowly wide.
The home team were the more progressive and in the 36th minute Ritchie’s pinpoint cross found Kermorgant, and the big french striker headed home.
Wilson might have doubled the Cherries lead early in the second half but some good defensive play by Ivan Ramis denied him the opportunity.
But on 70 minutes Bournemouth sealed the victory when Wilson dummied Francis’ pass, letting it run into the feet of Kermorgant, who returned the ball to Francis and the defender tucked the ball underneath Scott Carson.
A late Andy Delort free-kick drew a save from Artur Boric but in truth Wigan hadn’t deserved anything from the game.
Rösler was visibly shaken by the result and in his post match interviews he acknowledged the poor performance.
“Overall it is not good enough, I feel embarrassed for my chairman and my supporters for not delivering better results than we do at the moment.
I think we all want to do well, all my players want to do well, but in the moment we lack in confidence. When you play for Wigan Athletic that comes responsibilities, expectations, pressure and in the moment we can’t perform under those circumstances.”
Wigan have won only two league games out of nine and lie only three points above the relegation zone. Many fans are understandably disgruntled and are already calling for a change in manager on social media.
However, despite the poor results I think it is too early to call an end to Rosler’s reign. The squad is strong and capable of much better. The manager proved last season that he is capable of turning Latics results around and getting the team back in the promotion race.
Rösler knows that if results do not improve his job will be on the line. But now is the time for the supporters to get behind the team and back the manager starting on Tuesday night at home to Nottingham Forest.