Ali Al Habsi
The 'keeper only had a few shots to deal with in the first-half as his defence kept things very tight, but when he was called into action he saved well from Sessegnon. He was unable to do anything with Gardner’s opening goal, and as the home side kept being caught on the counter attack he was left stranded for McClean, Sessegnon and Vaughan’s second half strikes.
He has limitless amounts of energy which enables him to play in the wing back position very easily and he had another good game for the Latics. Defensively he was able to use his pace to deal with the danger of McClean, and going forward he looked to test Colback whenever he could with a small degree of success. Replaced by Sammon just before the hour.
Replaced the suspended Caldwell at the back and performed well against lone striker Bendtner, although some of his passing lacked a little power. Had an early chance to open the scoring from the edge of the penalty area, but his shot was cleared by the Sunderland defence.
He may be a left-back, but the way he has adapted to life as part of a central three is very impressive. He reads the game well, supports his fellow defenders and when he gets on the ball he can deliver some quality with his left foot. However, his decision to stop when challenged by Bendtner led to the third goal and ended any chance of a Wigan revival.
He looked a little clumsy on the ball at times but generally he was calm and able to find either Watson or McCarthy with a short pass. He stuck very close to Bendtner when the striker drifted to his side of the pitch and he won the aerial battles against the Dane.
The Spaniard had a quiet first half. There were lots of nice touches but nothing of real note that caused Sunderland any danger. He was able to work a good position late in the half but his 25 yard strike was straight at Mignolet who saved easily.
The diminutive Spaniard was back in the starting line-up and he caused Gardner all kinds of problems down the left with his direct running and endless pace. However his night ended prematurely when he was replaced by Moses in the 38th minute after getting a knee in the back.
The midfielder was recalled to the starting line-up in place of Diame and he had a solid game dictating play from in front of the back three. Was unlucky not to open the scoring after he was set up by Stam following a Jones effort but his chance struck the upright.
Has slowly become used to playing almost as a wing-back on the left side, although his reliance on his left foot could certainly be seen as a weakness. He was involved in some neat build up with Crusat and saw an early toe-poked effort hit the post and a second chance saved by Mignolet.
Playing as a lone striker can be difficult and the Colombian did lack support at times, but his movement kept the Sunderland defenders on their toes and allowed him to link up with the midfield. He got his first goal of the season in the 62nd minute with a little help from a deflection off Kilgallon. He combined neatly with McCarthy, spun his man and fired low past Mignolet.
He was the busier of the two ;keepers in the first-half. Got a bit of luck when Jones and Watson both hit the post within a matter of seconds. Made a great save low to his right in the final minute of the half, showing a strong arm to deny Jones from 12 yards. He was finally beaten in the second half when a Rodallega effort deflected off Kilgallon and into the bottom of the net, leaving him with absolutely no chance.
He made his first start for Sunderland since May 2010 but you wouldn’t have been able to tell as he turned in a solid performance. He was strong in the air and neat with the ball at his feet, but it was a deflection off him that gave Wigan their way back into this game when Rodallega scored.
The experienced defender had a good game at the heart of the defence alongside Kilgallon. They worked well to cope with the movement of Rodallega and picked up the runs of Gomez when required. The introduction of Sammon provided much more of a challenge and the striker came off on top in their battles.
Sitting in the centre of Sunderland’s midfield five he played well without ever really threatening Wigan. His passing was accurate but he tired as the game went on and had less of an impact in the second period. He was replaced by Meyler in the 66th minute.
The midfielder returned to the Sunderland starting line-up and slotted neatly into the middle of the pitch alongside Cattermole. He spent a lot of the game chasing the short, neat passes of McCarthy and Watson and should have been closer to Jones for two efforts the Wigan man had on goal. He sealed the points with a thunderous volley from the edge of the area with 10 minutes to go, the midfielder latching onto a loose ball and firing into the top corner.
Martin O’Neill’s decision to bring the youngster into the first team looks to be a stroke of genius. The winger gave Stam a tough time when he ran at him and his delivery was inches away from Bedntner. He got his first goal for Sunderland in the 55th minute when he met Vaughan’s cross and headed home at the second attempt. He nearly got his second with 15 minutes to go but his cheeky lob from the edge of the area was tipped over the crossbar by Al Habsi.
The midfielder looked comfortable at left full back, he was able to stick to his defensive duties well whilst also providing Sunderland with extra options going forward and composure coming out of defence.
The former Wigan man received some stick from the fans but he didn’t let it affect him and he carried on with his game well. Like Vaughan, he spent a lot of time chasing the ball but he was strong in the tackle when he needed to be to break up any Wigan attacks.
He was very lively playing predominantly down the right hand side, but it was when he drifted inside closer to Bendtner that he caused the real problems. He danced through the Wigan defence a couple of times but was unable to beat Al Habsi. He grabbed the decisive goal for the visitors in the 72nd minute as he slid in to tap home a low Bendtner cross, the Frenchman showing great athleticism to reach the ball and send the Sunderland fans home happy.
Had a busy evening against the lively Crusat and then Moses, but in general he coped well with their pace and skill. He grabbed the opening goal of the game in the final minute of the first half as he struck a wonderful free kick from 30 yards, the ball swerving into the top corner in added time at the end of the first half.
He led the line very well on his own but struggled to really contribute too much as the visitors gave possession away in the first half. He should have opened the scoring midway through the opening period but he was unable to reach a McClean cross. His second half performance was better and although he didn’t get on the scoresheet he created the third goal for Sessegnon. He held off Figueroa and delivered the ball on a plate for the Benin international to tap home.
- 12 M. Pollitt
- 17 E. Boyce
- 16 J. McArthur
Came on for Crusat in the 39th minute and continued to attack Gardner, but he had less success than the man he replaced. He improved in the second half when he switched to the right and he gave Colback a tough time.
Replaced Watson in the closing minutes of the game.
Replaced Stam in the 58th minute and gave the home side an added threat that Sunderland struggled to cope with. He partnered Rodallega up front and his running behind the defence was a real danger.
- 9 F. Di Santo
- 24 T. Carson
- 40 L. Laing
Replaced Richardson in the 66th minute and was able to support Cattermole and Vaughan in breaking up Wigan attacks as the home side pushed for a way back into the game.
Ahmed El Mohamady
Came on for Gardner in the 83rd minute but had little impact.
Replaced McClean in the final minutes to give the youngster a well earned standing ovation.
- 38 C. Lynch
- 31 R. Noble