Latics record their biggest-ever league win as they smash seven past Oxford United on rampant December afternoon.
- Match Report: Oxford United 0 – 7 Wigan Athletic
- Will Grigg hat-trick, Max Power double and Nick Powell and Gavin Massey goals see Latics win big
- Wigan Athletic record biggest-ever league victory
OXFORD UNITED 0
WIGAN ATHLETIC 7
Grigg 11, 52, 54
Power 62, 67
Latics produced one of the great displays of the club’s history to register a record-breaking 7-0 win at Oxford United on Saturday afternoon – the perfect Christmas present for Latics fans.
A Will Grigg hat-trick, brace from substitute Max Power and goals for Nick Powell and Gavin Massey secured Latics’ biggest-ever league victory, surpassing the 7-1 victory at Scarborough in March 1997 – over 20 years ago.
40 years a league side, Latics won’t have produced many better displays – neutrals amongst the press after the game debating whether it was the best performance they had seen in their careers. It would take some beating.
Paul Cook called upon an unchanged side from last weekend’s 4-0 win at AFC Wimbledon, with Ryan Colclough returning to the bench after illness.
Latics were at their attacking best from the off and went close after just six minutes as Powell fired narrowly over from a 22-yard free-kick after Michael Jacobs had been fouled on the edge of the area.
The ball did hit the back of the net five minutes later, though, as an initial challenge and pass from Powell played in Jacobs down the left of the area and he pulled back for Grigg who finished exquisitely past Simon Eastwood in the Oxford goal.
Jacobs, who caused Tiendalli no end of problems on Oxford’s right, broke down Latics’ left minutes later and should have made it 2-0, but for a heavy touch which allowed Eastwood to come out and claim.
Naturally, Powell had to get in on the act and it wasn’t long before he headed home a second from a Lee Evans corner, the forward’s 10th goal of the season.
Chey Dunkley had a couple of headers go narrowly off target on his return to the Kassam Stadium as Latics went in search of a third, with Lee Evans also hitting the bar after a great run down the right by Nathan Byrne and pull back for Will Grigg.
Massey did make it three on the stroke of half-time, though, finishing calmly after being played in by Grigg in the right channel.
It took just seven second-half minutes for Latics to make it 4-0 as Powell provided the pass for Grigg to battle his way past John Mousinho to fire past Eastwood for his second.
Latics’ fifth and Grigg’s hat-trick came just a further two minutes later as the excellent Massey broke down the right and cut back for the Northern Ireland international to top home between two Oxford defenders.
Cook’s side were far from done there, though, as Massey was again the provider from the right for Power, on the pitch just six minutes, to drive home from ten yards.
The midfielder’s second and Latics’ SEVENTH, came on 77 minutes as he cut in from the left and unleashed a ruthless right-footed drive beyond the hapless Eastwood.
It’s bizarre to say it, but Latics could have had more.
A special, special record-breaking day and a perfect Christmas present for the 462 travelling supporters.
Latics unbelievable. Second place Shrewsbury Town the visitors to the DW Stadium on Boxing Day – set to be a cracker!
Oxford United: Eastwood; Tiendalli, Williamson, Thomas, Payne (Obika 45), Ruffels (Ledson 62), Henry, Fernandez (Rothwell 45), Ricardinho, Mowatt, Mousinho (Capt).
Subs: Shearer, Martin, Carroll, van Kessel
Wigan Athletic: Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James; Morsy (Capt), Evans; Jacobs (Roberts 79), Powell (Power 56), Massey; Grigg (Toney 65).
Subs: Sarkic, Elder, Bruce, Colclough