Championship: Kolo Toure's Wigan slip to the bottom of the table

Wigan 1-4 Sunderland: Kolo Toure’s side slip to the bottom of the Championship after home mauling by the Black Cats… as boss Tony Mowbray’s inspired subs help move his side up to fourth

  • Kolo Toure’s struggles as Wigan boss continued as they were thrashed 4-1
  • Will Keane cancelled out Everton loanee Ellis Simms’ opener for the visitors 
  • Pat Roberts and Ross Stewart swung the match Sunderland’s way after the break
  • Man United loanee Amad Diallo also got in on the act for the Black Cats 

Tony Mowbray’s inspired substitutions helped Sunderland into the play-off places and leave Kolo Toure bottom of the Championship with Wigan and still looking for his first win as manager.

Mowbray sent on big guns Ross Stewart and Patrick Roberts after an hour with the game delicately poised at 1-1 – and they swung it in the visitor’s favour.

Roberts won the penalty that Stewart converted after 66 minutes before he added a third goal himself.

Ellis Sims gave Sunderland the lead in the first-half with a goal from close range at Wigan

By the time Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo completed the scoring, Wigan were totally drained of confidence and their miserable night was capped by last place Huddersfield winning to overtake them.

Though Sunderland are up to fourth, they are still as close to the bottom as top in terms of points.

‘That’s the madness of the Championship,’ said winning boss Tony Mowbray. On his changes, he added: ‘I’ve got a lot of attacking riches but it’s not always easy to manage. They all have egos and want to play. I tell the players I love them all but can’t pick eight strikers. You need balance.’

Wigan suffered an early blow when teenage defender Charlie Hughes limped off 17 minutes into his home debut after a heavy challenge by Abdoullah Ba.

Ross Stewart scored from the spot in the second half shortly after being brought off the bench

Wigan goalkeeper Jamie Jones could only watch on as Sunderland scored three after the break


Wigan: Jones 7: Darikwa 5.5, Hughes 6 (Nyambe 17 6), Tilt 6, McClean 7; Power 7, Naylor 5.5; Lang 6, Keane 7, Aasgaard 7 (Shinnie 62 6); Fletcher 6

Subs unused: Amos (Gk), Cousins, Scully, Broadhead, Bennett

Goal: Keane 42

Booked: McClean, Tilt

Sunderland: Patterson 6: Ballard 6, Wright 6, O’Nien 7; Hume 7.5, Michut 6 (Pritchard 62 (Matete 68), Neil 6.5, Clarke 6 (Roberts 62 7); Diallo 8, Simms 7 (Stewart 62 7), Ba 7 (Dajaku 71 6)

Subs unused: Bass (Gk), Bennette

Goals: Simms 19, Stewart 66 pen, Roberts 85, Diallo 89

Referee: Michael Salisbury 7

Attendance: 14,615

Sunderland then made the formbook count by taking the lead after 19 minutes.

Ba had just been denied by a brilliant reflex save from Jamie Jones when Trai Hume dinked the ball from the right and Ellis Simms only had to bow his head to nod in.

It was Simms’ seventh goal of the season on loan from Everton and Frank Lampard may regret it as none of his players still at Goodison Park has scored more than three.

Sunderland were close to making it 2-0 when Manchester United loanee Diallo struck the underside of the crossbar and Wigan showed commendable spirit to haul themselves level shortly before the interval.

Goalkeeper Anthony Patterson parried a shot by Thelo Aasgaard and Will Keane was fox in the box to tap home the rebound for his ninth of the season.

Mowbray had seen enough and made his decisive triple change after 63 minutes, though the third change Alex Pritchard lasted only five minutes because of a calf injury.

The other pair were hugely influential. Roberts was tripped by Tom Naylor and Stewart converted the penalty clinically just inside the bottom left-hand corner.

Roberts wrapped up the points in front of four thousand noisy Sunderland fans with a deflected shot from just inside the area after 85 minutes. Diallo deserved to score the fourth because of his individual performance in the final minute.

‘The final scoreline was harsh,’ said Toure, who has been in charge for four games. ‘When you play against quality players like Diallo, they can hurt you.’

Amad Diallo, on loan from Manchester United, completed the rout in the closing stages

Defeat leaves Kolo Toure still searching for his first win after four games as manager of Wigan

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