Latics win a FIVE-star derby thriller

Joe Garner set the ball rolling with his 4th minute header

Wigan Athletic put their relegation fears to one side with a dominant 5-2 win against local rivals Bolton at the DW Stadium.

Facing criticism after their awful performance at Blackburn midweek, Paul Cook's men got off to the perfect start when Joe Garner rose highest to head home a 4th minute Reece James free-kick.

Callum Connolly gave the home side a fright 10 minutes later heading over from close range when he should have done better, while at the other end, Antonee Robinson had a great chance to double the lead after being set free by Nick Powell.

Into the second half, and Powell's inch-perfect passing did finally come off, as Gavin Massey made it 2-0 and within the blink of an eye, Michael Jacobs had stolen the ball off Bolton keeper Remi Matthews to tee up Powell to make it 3-0.

Gary O Neil gave Cook's side something to think about, slotting home on the hour mark, but minutes later, Michael Jacobs turned from provider to goal-scorer thrashing home a superb 20 yarder to turn 3-1 into 4-1.

And that wasn't the end of the scoring action, when, after Sammy Ameobi bundled home a second goal for the visitors (4-2), it was Leon Clarke who had the final say in a thrilling game, heading a fifth from Nathan Byrne.

Here's manager Paul Cook. 

Goal scorer Gavin Massey with his thoughts. 

Michael Jacobs delighted with 3 massive points. 

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