Wigan Athletic clinched their first Championship win of the season at the expense of Lancashire rivals Blackpool.

Spanish striker Oriol Riera, a summer signing from Osasuna, opened his Latics account when he drilled low into the net before the break.

It proved to be the winner as the away side, who only had eight senior players last month, could not find a leveller.

Substitute Nile Ranger wasted their best chance as Blackpool remain in the bottom three after four defeats.

However, the Seasiders did manage to move off the bottom of the table as Fulham, who suffered a 5-1 defeat at Derby, replaced them on goal difference.

Blackpool fans protest at Wigan

A number of Blackpool fans continued to protest against club chairman Karl Oyston

That was scant consolation for the visitors, whose threadbare squad showed they still need time to gel after a summer of uncertainty at the Lancashire club.

Jose Riga's side were lucky to escape with only a single-goal defeat as Wigan pressed forward throughout and rarely allowed their visitors to break forward.

Rosler on Wigan v Blackpool

But the Latics could not take advantage of several carefully-crafted chances to seal their maiden win.

Last season's FA Cup semi-finalists are one of the promotion favourites but went into the match on the back of successive defeats against Charlton and Cardiff.

However, they kick-started their campaign thanks to Riera, who showed superb composure before burying the winner.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler said: "We're getting closer to where we want to be, and the first half was one of the most impressive since I've been at the club.

"We had a very strong performance at Cardiff in midweek and we carried on from there."

Blackpool boss Jose Riga added: "We had no friendly games, no preparation, no team, so sure [it is his biggest challenge].

"I try and do my job - even in this situation - and I am doing my job, as are the players. I don't want to complain, but it is just the reality."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Wigan Athletic

  • 01 Carson
  • 24 Perch
  • 04 Ramis
  • 17 Boyce
  • 03 Taylor
  • 30 Kiernan
  • 14 Huws Booked (Tavernier - 78' )
  • 16 McArthur Booked
  • 15 McManaman (Waghorn - 70' )
  • 19 Cowie
  • 09 Riera Magem (Fortuné - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Tavernier
  • 05 Caldwell
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 25 Barnett
  • 26 Al-Habsi
  • 32 Fortuné
  • 33 Waghorn

Blackpool

  • 01 Lewis
  • 06 Clarke Booked
  • 02 Daniels
  • 03 Oriol
  • 29 McMahon
  • 04 Perkins Booked
  • 28 Rentmeister (Miller - 45' )
  • 24 Lundstram
  • 20 Zenjov Booked (Ranger - 66' )
  • 14 Delfouneso
  • 13 Zoko (Cywka - 92' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Mackenzie
  • 07 Cywka
  • 16 Dielna
  • 17 Miller
  • 19 Ranger
  • 21 Parish
  • 23 Oriol
Ref: Carl Boyeson
Att: 12,113

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

2 1

Corners

6 3

Fouls

10 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Blackpool 0.

90:00 +4:55 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Blackpool 0.

90:00 +4:39

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Joan Oriol.

90:00 +2:42

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +2:42

Tomasz Cywka (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Tomasz Cywka replaces Francois Zoko.

90:00 +1:02

Attempt blocked. Tony McMahon (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:11

Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +0:11

Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:07

Attempt missed. Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) left footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Nile Ranger with a headed pass.

87:50

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

86:52

Delay in match Joe Lewis (Blackpool) because of an injury.

84:34

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.

83:22

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Joe Lewis.

81:38

Attempt missed. Rob Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Tavernier with a cross following a set piece situation.

81:04

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:04

Foul by Donervon Daniels (Blackpool).

79:04

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

79:04

Joe Lewis (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James Tavernier replaces Emyr Huws.

76:30 Booking

Booking Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

76:26

Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic) has gone down, but that's a dive.

74:03

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

74:03

Francois Zoko (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:18

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:18

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool).

70:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Oriol Riera.

69:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Martyn Waghorn replaces Callum McManaman.

68:33

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Scott Carson.

67:56

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Rob Kiernan.

66:59

Attempt missed. Nile Ranger (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ishmael Miller with a cross.

65:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Nile Ranger replaces Sergei Zenjov.

64:44

Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emyr Huws.

63:46

Offside, Blackpool. Joe Lewis tries a through ball, but Ishmael Miller is caught offside.

59:21

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by David Perkins.

57:34 Booking

Booking Sergei Zenjov (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:21

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:21

Foul by Sergei Zenjov (Blackpool).

55:12

Attempt blocked. Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

54:14

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:14

Foul by Sergei Zenjov (Blackpool).

53:27

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.

52:35

Attempt saved. Oriol Riera (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

51:35

Attempt missed. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Francois Zoko.

49:51

Foul by Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic).

49:51

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:07

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

48:17

Delay in match (Wigan Athletic).

45:24

Foul by Oriol Riera (Wigan Athletic).

45:24

Tony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Wigan Athletic 1, Blackpool 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Ishmael Miller replaces Jeffrey Rentmeister.

45:00 +3:27 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Blackpool 0.

45:00 +2:13

Attempt blocked. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Taylor with a headed pass.

45:00 +1:25

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:25

Foul by Jeffrey Rentmeister (Blackpool).

44:33

Attempt blocked. John Lundstram (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

43:26

Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oriol Riera.

42:08

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:08

Foul by Francois Zoko (Blackpool).

40:10

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:10

Foul by Francois Zoko (Blackpool).

39:03

Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McArthur.

37:40

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:40

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool).

36:19

Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:19

Foul by Francois Zoko (Blackpool).

34:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Blackpool 0. Oriol Riera (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Taylor.

31:59 Booking

Booking Peter Clarke (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

31:46

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:46

Foul by Peter Clarke (Blackpool).

31:17

Foul by Don Cowie (Wigan Athletic).

31:17

John Lundstram (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

25:32

Delay in match James Perch (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

24:05

Attempt missed. Don Cowie (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Callum McManaman with a cross.

22:43

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Rob Kiernan tries a through ball, but Oriol Riera is caught offside.

21:06

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

20:07

Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emyr Huws with a cross.

18:49

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

13:51

Attempt missed. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Emyr Huws with a cross following a set piece situation.

13:21

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:21

Foul by Joan Oriol (Blackpool).

12:21

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:21

Foul by Peter Clarke (Blackpool).

10:30

Rob Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:30

Foul by Sergei Zenjov (Blackpool).

8:14

Attempt missed. Oriol Riera (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Perch with a cross.

6:37

Foul by John Lundstram (Blackpool).

6:37

Don Cowie (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:43 Booking

Booking David Perkins (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

5:34

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:34

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

4:37

Foul by Francois Zoko (Blackpool).

4:37

Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:08 Booking

Booking James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

3:48

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:48

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

2:42

Foul by Jeffrey Rentmeister (Blackpool).

2:42

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:25

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Emyr Huws tries a through ball, but Andrew Taylor is caught offside.

1:00

Attempt missed. Donervon Daniels (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tony McMahon with a cross following a set piece situation.

0:28

Tony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:28

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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