Will Grigg helped Wigan to move out of the bottom three in the Championship with a late winner against Wolves. The prolific marksman had been left out of the starting line up by manager Gary Caldwell but he came off the bench to secure the three points in the 89th minute.
Loanee striker Adam Le Fondre had replaced Grigg in the starting eleven and he gave Latics a great start when he converted Max Power’s low cross in the sixth minute.
Wolves got back into the game on 34 minutes when Prince Oniangue equalised after a mistake by Jake Buxton had gifted possession.
But Grigg’s late finish deservedly gave Latics their first victory in eight matches and eased the pressure on manager Gary Caldwell. Latics are now in 21st place in the table after 1o matches played. Wolves drop down to 11th after the defeat.
Latics made two changes to the side which narrowly lost to Preston on Friday, with Adam Le Fondre and David Perkins replacing Will Grigg and Michael Jacobs.
Wigan got off to a perfect start and went ahead after only six minutes through Adam Le Fondre.
David Perkins and Max Power combined superbly down the right hand side before Power produced an excellent low cross which was slotted home by Le Fondre for his first goal for the club.
The visitors quickly responded and Adam Bogdan did well to hold onto a header by Danny Batth despite the close proximity of both Romain Saiss and Ivan Cavaliero.
Helder Costa fired over the crossbar after 22 minutes as Wolves went in search of the equaliser.
Despite the Wolves pressure Latics were defending well with Dan Burn, Jake Buxton and Stephen Warnock all making good interceptions.
But Buxton undid his previous good work by giving away possession on 34 minutes and Wolves capitalised on the mistake.
Buxton dallied on the ball in the corner and was dispossessed by Cavaliero who then played the ball to Prince Oniangue, who produced a neat finish from 18 yards out.
Despite Wolves drawing level Latics were still enjoying plenty of possession but failing to create many clear cut chances.
The teams were fairly evenly matched at the interval and the scores remained level.
Latics went close at the beginning of the second half when Jordi Gomez headed over the crossbar following a good cross by Warnock.
But the visitors always looked dangerous on the break and Danny Batth saw his header from a corner cleared off the line by Buxton.
Latics continued to dominate possession as the half progressed but they were still failing to create many chances.
Caldwell decided to make changes on 66 minutes and Nick Powell and Will Grigg replaced Le Fondre and Gomez.
Despite the positive changes they continued to struggle to make the breakthrough and Michael Jacobs was introduced with eight minutes remaining.
With 89 minutes on the clock Latics finally got their rewards for all their hard work.
Jake Buxton’s route one ball found Grigg alongside Batth but the striker was able to hold off the defender’s challenge before rounding Ikeme and finishing with aplomb from a tight angle.
Much relief for the home fans and ‘Will Grigg’s On Fire’ resounded from around the DW Stadium.
Latics had secured a much needed victory which will hopefully help to kickstart their season starting at Brentford on Saturday.