TWO goals from Stevie May saw Wigan Athletic crash to a damaging 2-1 defeat at struggling Sheffield Wednesday.
The home side were without a win in 11 matches, and hadn’t even scored for 333 minutes.
But Latics were unable to take advantage of the situation and record a vital victory on the road.
The visitors had dodged a bullet in the opening skirmishes when Jose Semedo’s shot hit the post and Chris Maguire’s follow-up was snaffled by Scott Carson.
And Malky Mackay’s men took the lead on the 26-minute mark when Chris McCann headed home powerfully from James McClean’s corner.
However, the lead lasted barely a minute as May was afforded the time and space to slide the ball beyond Carson for the equaliser.
Callum McManaman, McClean and Adam Forshaw missed decent chances to have Latics in front by the break.
And Wigan paid the penalty in the second half when, after a goalbound effort by McCann hit Marc-Antoine Fortune, the home side scored the winner.
There was an element of fortune about it, as May’s shot hit both posts and was adjudged to have crossed the line before Andrew Taylor hacked it away.
But it was enough to seal all three points as Latics - despite Ben Watson making his first start in nine months - were unable to haul themselves level.
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