Sensational Latics hammer Stoke City 3-0 at the Bet365 Stadium as impressive start to the season continues thanks to Will Grigg double and Gavin Massey strike.
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Attendance: 23,158 (1,079 away)
STOKE CITY 0
WIGAN ATHLETIC 3
GRIGG (PEN) 56
Paul Cook’s Wigan Athletic were at their sensational best as a clinical evening down in Staffordshire returned a 3-0 win against Stoke City on Wednesday night.
A Will Grigg double – the second from the penalty spot – came either side of a Gavin Massey strike as Latics were ruthless against the Potters and fully deserving of their three points.
Ashley Williams was sent off for the hosts, who put early pressure on Latics but couldn’t manage Cook’s side’s attacking force, spear-headed by the sublime Nick Powell, who was at the centre of everything good about his team’s wonderful performance.
Powell had an early free-kick saved by Jack Butland but from then Stoke had the majority of possession in the early stages and peppered Latics’ area with crosses.
Tom Ince fired over from 25 yards on two occasions, either side of the Potters having a goal disallowed for offside against Benik Afobe, who had provided the finish.
Saido Berahino then missed a chance at the front post after a cross from former Latic James McClean, a miss that proved costly as Latics turned the heat up and went on a ruthless attacking spree.
The first goal came after a brave challenge from Powell got Massey in on the right and the winger provided the perfect cross for Grigg to get in front of his man and fire past Butland.
Powell fired over after linking up with Massey soon after but it was two when the duo connected again; this time Massey being played in by Powell before firing home a superb finish.
On the stroke of half-time, Latics almost made it 3-0 as Reece James crossed for Antonee Robinson, though the Everton loanee couldn’t quite provide the finish.
As the hour mark approached, Latics gave themselves comfort as a counter-attacking move saw Powell played in at the back post only to be hauled down by Allen, giving referee John Brooks no choice but to point to the spot. Grigg, as he did on Saturday against Nottingham Forest, fired home and grabbed his third goal in two games.
Powell had a further chance to extend the lead as the second-half wore on as he fired over from a James cross.
And it was the midfielder who was central to the sending off of Williams, who was first booked for an off the ball incident with Powell, before a late challenge on substitute Josh Windass saw the Wales international head for an early bath.
Windass had a late chance for a first Latics goal too but, in the end, it was simply 3-0, a first clean sheet of the season and an away performance that over 1,000 travelling supporters will remember for some time.
Stoke City: Butland; Pieters, Williams, Shawcross (Capt), Edwards; McClean, Allen, Fletcher (Etebo 71), Ince (Bojan 45); Afobe, Berahino (Crouch 63)
Subs: Federici, Adam, Martina, Souttar.
Wigan Athletic: Walton; James, Kipre, Dunkley, Robinson; Morsy (Capt), Evans; Massey, Powell (McManaman 80), Jacobs (Windass 76); Grigg (Connolly 64).
Subs: Jones, Byrne, Vaughan, Bruce.