Nottingham Forest's unbeaten start to the season came to an end as Wigan scored three first-half goals in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
Mauro Boselli connected with Ronnie Stam's cross before Maynor Figueroa's spectacular curling finish.
Wigan scored a third when Jordi Gomez lashed home from 20 yards before Simon Cox netted for Forest.
Antolin Alcaraz was sent off for Wigan but the Latics still added a fourth through substitute Callum McManaman.
Sean O'Driscoll's Forest side have started the season well in the Championship, but they were unable to produce an upset against a Premier League club which has been knocked out of the cup by lower league clubs five times in the last eight years.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez made seven changes to the side which beat Southampton 2-0 at the weekend.
And it was Argentine striker Boselli, making a rare appearance in a Latics shirt, who opened the scoring with a close range header after meeting Stam's 25th minute cross.
Full-back Figueroa added a second goal 10 minutes later with a stunning effort from 30 yards before Gomez raced on to the end of Albert Crusat's ball and lashed home a blistering strike to make it 3-0.
Forest were largely lacklustre but hit back two minutes into the second half when Cox scored from long range.
Wigan were reduced to 10 men for the last 12 minutes when Alcaraz made a rash challenge on Guy Moussi to earn his second yellow card.
But the visitors still added a fourth, substitute Ryo Miyaichi setting up McManaman, who sealed an easy win with a simple finish in the 90th minute.
Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll: "Wigan have got quality. Whether they play with nine men, ten men, 11 men, they're not going to change the way they play.
"I've just said to the boys afterwards that's where we want to be, that's the type of football we want to play.
"But it will take some time - we understand that - but we've got to work on it day in and day out."
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "I was very pleased with the whole game.
"I thought the first half when you get the clinical finish it is very pleasing but it was a game full of good football, great goals from both teams.
"For a team that has made seven changes and hasn't played very much together, to be able to cope with going down to 10 men I was very pleased."
- 01 Camp
- 03 Harding
- 05 Collins
- 15 Halford (Lascelles - 78' )
- 26 Ayala (Moloney - 62' )
- 04 Gillett
- 06 Moussi
- 08 Cohen (Majewski - 66' )
- 11 Reid
- 17 McGoldrick
- 19 Cox
- 31 Evtimov
- 16 Lascelles
- 18 Moloney
- 07 Guedioura
- 14 Greening
- 28 Majewski
- 23 Blackstock
- 26 Al Habsi
- 03 Alcaraz Dismissed after an earlier booking
- 21 Ramis
- 23 Stam
- 31 Figueroa
- 06 Jones
- 07 Crusat (Miyaichi - 80' )
- 08 Watson
- 14 Gomez (McManaman - 72' )
- 22 Beausejour
- 19 Boselli (Fyvie - 83' )
- 12 Pollitt
- 24 Lopez
- 20 Fyvie
- 02 Kone
- 09 Di Santo
- 15 McManaman
- 32 Miyaichi
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.90:00 +4:34
Maynor Figueroa has an effort at goal from long distance that misses to the right of the goal.90:00 +2:49
A cross is delivered by Danny Collins, save by Ali Al Habsi.90:00 +0:42
Simon Cox is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.89:17
Ryo Miyaichi provided the assist for the goal.89:17 Goal scored
Goal! - Callum McManaman - Nott'm For 1 - 4 Wigan Callum McManaman finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 1-4 Wigan.86:26
Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Gillett on Ben Watson. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.84:58
The ball is crossed by Andy Reid.83:48
The ball is swung over by Andy Reid.82:15 Substitution
Substitution Fraser Fyvie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mauro Boselli.81:16
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brendan Moloney by Ivan Ramis. Andy Reid restarts play with the free kick.80:30
Short corner taken by Andy Reid.79:31 Substitution
Substitution Ryo Miyaichi comes on in place of Albert Crusat.78:56
David McGoldrick takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi. Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid to the near post, Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance.77:28
Free kick taken by Andy Reid.77:28 Substitution
Substitution Jamaal Lascelles replaces Greg Halford.77:28 Dismissal
Dismissal Antolin Alcaraz is sent off by the referee for second bookable offence.75:47
Free kick awarded for a foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Guy Moussi.74:47
The ball is swung over by Ronnie Stam, Dan Harding gets a block in. Short corner worked by David Jones.74:31
The ball is sent over by Jean Beausejour.
The ball is swung over by Brendan Moloney, save by Ali Al Habsi.71:43
Centre by Andy Reid, Maynor Figueroa makes a clearance.71:02 Substitution
Substitution Callum McManaman on for Jordi Gomez.68:38
Corner from the left by-line taken by Andy Reid, save by Ali Al Habsi.68:38 Booking
Booking Booking for Antolin Alcaraz.65:23 Substitution
Substitution Radoslaw Majewski comes on in place of Chris Cohen.65:04
Guy Moussi takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.62:24
The ball is delivered by Dan Harding, save by Ali Al Habsi.60:57
Free kick taken by Ivan Ramis.60:57 Substitution
Substitution Brendan Moloney comes on in place of Daniel Ayala.60:57
Simon Cox handles the ball and concedes a free kick.59:51
Foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Simon Cox, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Greg Halford.58:30
Unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Jean Beausejour results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Chris Cohen from right channel, Jean Beausejour makes a clearance.57:17
A cross is delivered by Chris Cohen.52:27
Unfair challenge on Simon Cox by Ben Watson results in a free kick. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.52:00
Maynor Figueroa delivers the ball.51:42
The ball is crossed by Ronnie Stam, clearance made by Danny Collins.51:01
The ball is sent over by Andy Reid, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.47:53
The offside flag is raised against Chris Cohen. Maynor Figueroa takes the indirect free kick.46:40
Assist by Lee Camp.46:40 Goal scored
Goal! - Simon Cox - Nott'm For 1 - 3 Wigan Simon Cox scores a goal from 35 yards. Nottm Forest 1-3 Wigan.45:01
The second half has started.45:00 +1:46 Half time
Half Time The match has reached half-time.45:00 +1:21
Andy Reid delivers the ball, save made by Ali Al Habsi.45:00 +1:03
Centre by Greg Halford.43:40
Assist on the goal came from Albert Crusat.43:40 Goal scored
Goal! - Jordi Gomez - Nott'm For 0 - 3 Wigan Jordi Gomez scores a goal from just outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 0-3 Wigan.42:42
Andy Reid has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.42:27
David Jones challenges Guy Moussi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Greg Halford.41:38
The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Cohen. Direct free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.40:41
Albert Crusat sends in a cross.39:35
The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour, Jordi Gomez produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.39:03
Ronnie Stam delivers the ball.37:44
Albert Crusat delivers the ball, Daniel Ayala gets a block in.37:11
Guy Moussi fouled by Ben Watson, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Cohen takes the free kick.37:01
A cross is delivered by Albert Crusat, clearance by Danny Collins.34:45
Ben Watson provided the assist for the goal.34:45 Goal scored
Goal! - Maynor Figueroa - Nott'm For 0 - 2 Wigan Maynor Figueroa gets on the score sheet with a goal from long distance to the top right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 0-2 Wigan.34:01
Ivan Ramis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Cox. Free kick taken by Simon Cox.32:06
Antolin Alcaraz delivers the ball.28:19
The ball is delivered by Mauro Boselli.26:27
Daniel Ayala concedes a free kick for a foul on Mauro Boselli. Direct free kick taken by Ivan Ramis.26:02
David Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Guy Moussi. Greg Halford takes the direct free kick.24:40
Assist by Ronnie Stam.24:40 Goal scored
Goal! - Mauro Boselli - Nott'm For 0 - 1 Wigan Mauro Boselli finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Nottm Forest 0-1 Wigan.23:19
The assistant referee signals for offside against Simon Cox. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.22:54
David McGoldrick crosses the ball, Maynor Figueroa makes a clearance.21:17
David McGoldrick is caught offside. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.19:12
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Cohen on Jean Beausejour. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.17:58
Centre by Greg Halford, clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.17:40
Maynor Figueroa concedes a free kick for a foul on David McGoldrick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Reid.17:02
Effort from outside the penalty box by Andy Reid goes wide right of the goal.14:40
Ben Watson takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a comfortable save.14:09
Chris Cohen delivers the ball.13:11
The ball is sent over by Ivan Ramis, Dan Harding gets a block in. Shot from just outside the penalty box by Jordi Gomez misses to the left of the target.10:44
Foul by Guy Moussi on Jordi Gomez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ben Watson.9:42
The assistant referee flags for offside against Albert Crusat. Daniel Ayala takes the free kick.4:53
The official flags Jean Beausejour offside. Daniel Ayala restarts play with the free kick.4:00
Centre by Andy Reid, Simon Gillett has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.3:20
Ben Watson challenges Andy Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Reid restarts play with the free kick.0:00
The referee gets the game underway.
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