LATICS bowed out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of Manchester City - 136 days after winning the one that mattered.
Only three Wiganers - Emmerson Boyce, Roger Espinoza and Jordi Gomez - remained from the FA Cup final, with Ben Watson nowhere to be seen.
Not that the Latics fans let that bother them - predictably the Wembley hero’s name was chanted right from the off at the Etihad.
On the pitch it didn’t go to plan, with City easing home thanks to goals from Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic (2), Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas.
City’s line-up featured only one survivor from the cup final, in full-back Gael Clichy.
But from start to finish they had too much for their opponents, who have much bigger fish to fry this term.
Owen Coyle had made nine changes to the side that beat Ipswich at the weekend, with only centre-backs Thomas Rogne and Leon Barnett keeping their places
He handed full debuts to Juan Carlos Garcia and Lee Nicholls, and the young goalkeeper was called into the action right from the start.
The England Under-20 international pulled off two fine saves to deny Dedryck Boyata and Micah Richards in quick succession, with Barnett showing great speed to twice come across twice to deny the latter.
Dzeko headed over from a James Milner cross, before Latics had their first sight of goal midway through the first half.
Fernandinho went in illegally on Gomez, allowing the Spaniard to line up a free-kick from 25 yards.
However, the set-piece was always too high and floated harmlessly over the top.
City went close when Richards got to the byline and pulled it back, only for Jovetic to fall over own his feet.
The ball rolled through to Marcos Lopes, who drove powerfully against the bar.
Nicholls then did well to block a dangerous Dzeko cross, before they took the lead on the half-hour mark.
Fernandinho created the opening with a lovely through ball, and Dzeko volleyed in from inside the area.
Jovetic almost made it 2-0 shortly after, only to fire into the side-netting, as Latics held on to the break.
City showed their strength in depth by sending on Toure for Fernandinho.
And the Ivorian almost marked his introduction in style, heading straight at Nicholls after Lopes’ shot had been half-blocked.
Boyata nearly got Richards through only for the flag to rightly go up, before City almost doubled their lead again.
This time Dzeko’s shot was well saved by Nicholls, with the follow-up from Milner deflecting off Stephen Crainey and flicking the outside of the post.
There was another escape from the corner as Lopes’ set-piece was flicked away from Nicholls by Rogne, with Toure somehow heading wide from three yards.
City did eventually score their second goal on the hour mark, when Richards’ cross found Jovetic eight yards out.
The first shot was saved by Nicholls, but the ball rebounded back into the City man, and trickled past the goalkeeper and into the net.
Danny Redmond took over from Crainey for the final quarter, but he didn’t have much time to shine as it was all City by this point.
Dzeko fired straight at Nicholls when he might have done better, before Fraser Fyvie clattered Jovetic on the edge of the area.
The Scot picked up a blatant booking, and Wigan were doubly punished when Toure curled the free-kick into the top corner with a magnificent effort.
It didn’t get any better for Latics in the final 10 minutes, as substitute Ryan Shotton could only half-clear in to the path of Jovetic, who stabbed home from close range.
And Navas completed the rout in the dying seconds with a low drive into the far corner with Nicholls exposed.
Latics: Nicholls; Boyce, Rogne, Barnett, Crainey; Gomez, Fyvie, Espinoza, McCann, Garcia; Dicko.
Subs: Carson, Buxton, Shotton (for Barnett, 59), Redmond (for Crainey, 68), McClean, McArthur, Powell (for Dicko, 80).
Man City: Pantilimon; Richards, Boyata, Lescott, Clichy; Milner, Garcia, Fernandinho, Lopes; Jovetic, Dzeko.
Subs: Wright, Nastasic, Kolarov, Toure (for Fernandinho, 46, Navas (for Lopes, 70), Nasri, Negredo (for Milner, 79).
Referee: Kevin Friend