A DEBUT goal from Leon Clarke wasn’t enough to inspire Wigan Athletic as Bournemouth left the DW Stadium with all three points.
But boss Malky Mackay will feel there were enough positives to be gleaned after a hugely-encouraging performance from his new-look side.
With Chris Herd, Kim Bo-Kyung and Clarke making their first appearances, Latics tore into the table-topping Cherries from the off.
They nearly took the lead when James McClean hit the bar with an inswinging free-kick that deceived goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
But Bournemouth recovered well and showed their clinical edge to lead 2-0 at the interval.
Callum Wilson looked to be miles offside when he took delivery of a flick from Yann Kermorgant to open the scoring on 36 minutes.
But Latics only had themselves to blame three minutes later when Chris McCann had his pocket picked on the edge of the area and Kermorgant fired past Ali Al Habsi from 20 yards.
Wilson wasted a golden opportunity to make it 3-0 shortly after the restart by firing high over the top from a great position.
The respite for Latics was only temporary, though, as Wilson added his second after rounding Al Habsi.
Credit Latics for the way they responded and, seconds after the introduction of Liverpoool loanee Sheyi Ojo off the bench, they pulled one back on the hour mark.
McClean’s cross from the left was a beauty, and Clarke nodded past Boruc to bring the crowd to their feet.
Unfortunately Latics couldn’t find another goal to make it a real barnstorming finish, and they remain deep in the relegation mire with 17 matches to go.