Few people gave Wigan a cat in hell’s chance of coming away with three points from Championship leaders Derby whose unbeaten run had extended since August 19th when they lost away at Charlton Athletic.
But closer observers of the game and particularly those of us who have followed Wigan with Uwe Rösler at the helm weren’t at all surprised. This is exactly what Wigan do – losing games you’d expect them to win and vice-versa. Wigan have long enjoyed a reputation for trying to play free-flowing football and hat hasn’t changed one iota since Rösler took over as manager last December.
In last year’s Championship race, after a poor start, Wigan made relentless progress up the division under Rösler, eventually reaching the play-offs where only extra time at Loftus Road
Performance of the Week goes to Wigan Athletic for their emphatic 4-0 win against Champions League hopefuls Newcastle United.
Wigan Athletic win this week's performance of the week for their victory against Arsenal at the Emirates.
Going two up in the opening minutes, Wigan managed to absorb all the Gunners could throw at them and hang on for a famous and historic 2-1 victory.
Man of the match, Victor Moses proved to be the best performer on the pitch and his decision to play for the country of his birth is clearly England's loss as well as Nigeria's gain.
This week's performance of the week belongs to Wigan Athletic for their deserved win against Manchester United.
As the impressive Wigan manager Roberto Martinez pointed out, this is an historic victory for Wigan who have never previously taken a point off Manchester United. It also takes Wigan out of the bottom three for the first time since September.
As Alex Ferguson admitted after the match, Wigan were the better side and are in a false position - with the standard of their play certainly meriting a higher position in the League.
Winner of this week's Premier League goal is Ben Watson’s penalty for Wigan Athletic at Stoke City
- It’s unusual to select a penalty for a Goal of the Week award but this one came in unusual, maybe unique, circumstances.
- Struggling ten-man Wigan appeared to be heading to a 2-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium until they were awarded a spot-kick in the 86th minute.
- However, with regular penalty-taker Jordi Gomez off the pitch, Ben Watson was called off the bench in the style of an American football goalkicker.
- So it was with his first kick of the game that the former Crystal Palace held his nerve and comfortably beat Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen to earn the Latics a valuable point.
- Although it’s not unknown for a substitute to come on in the closing
Wigan Athletic win this week's performance of the week:
- Understandably low on confidence, the win at Sunderland took the Latics off the bottom of the Premier League table.
- It came after suffering the disappointment of only drawing last week’s home game against Blackburn Rovers in controversial circumstances.
- The team with the worst record in this season’s Premier League went behind after only seven minutes at the Stadium of Light.
- Buoyed by a penalty equaliser at the end of the first half, Wigan fought back after the break to grab a last-gasp winner by Franco Di Santo in the third minute of added time.
- It was only their second win of the season. The other was against newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers