Barnsley 0 Wigan Athletic 4

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WIGAN Athletic stormed to the top of the Championship with an embarrassingly easy victory at Oakwell.

Ben Watson’s goal gave the visitors an interval lead, which they were good value for.

Wigan Athletic's Grant Holt celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at Oakwell, Barnsley

Wigan Athletic's Grant Holt celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at Oakwell, Barnsley

Grant Holt turned in Emmerson Boyce’s shot to make it 2-0 shortly after the restart.

And Barnsley’s hopes of getting back into it were dashed when substitute Dale Jennings was given a straight red for a poor lunge on James McArthur.

It was one-way traffic by that point anyway, and the last half-hour was pure exhibition stuff as Leon Barnett made it three and Shaun Maloney completed the scoring late on.

Watson had a shot cleared off the line in stoppage-time as Latics sent out an emphatic message to their promotion rivals.