Wigan Athletic 1 Blackpool 0

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ORIOL Riera scored the winning goal as Latics finally got their season up and running at the fifth attempt.

After a draw and three defeats, Latics deservedly recorded their first win of 2014/15 against a poor Blackpool side.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler

In truth, the winning margin could and should have been far more, but the home side were unable to convert their superiority into goals.

The only goal came just after the half-hour mark when Andrew Taylor teed up Riera, who controlled before finding the bottom corner with his left foot.

Callum McManaman - who was again excellent - should have already scored only to fire wide from close range.

And the young forward was a constant threat, with most of Wigan’s moves going through him down the right-hand side.

In fairness Blackpool could have been ahead inside two minutes only for Donervon Daniels to head wide.

After that it was all Wigan as Riera, McManaman, Emmerson Boyce, Emyr Huws and Rob Kiernan failed to take decent opportunities for number two.

It almost came back to haunt Latics at the death when Blackpool substitute Nile Ranger missed from inside the six-yard box with Scott Carson struggling to get there.

But anything other than a home win would have been an utter travesty as Latics recorded a priceless three points.

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