Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Rochdale 5.
Rochdale dominated from start to finish at the DW Stadium as they romped to victory against fellow League One strugglers Wigan.
The home side, boosted by back-to-back wins, had gone into the game looking to move out of the relegation zone for the first time in a couple of months.
But from the moment Kwadwo Baah smashed home an unstoppable opening goal inside four minutes, there was only going to be one winner.
Matthew Lund doubled the advantage after 19 minutes with a ridiculously easy free header from six yards.
The only surprise was it took until just before the hour mark for Rochdale to underline their superiority with a third goal, which arrived when substitute Stephen Dooley cut in from the right-hand side before beating Jamie Jones at his near post.
Alex Newby made it 4-0 after 64 minutes from the penalty spot after Darnell Johnson was rather harshly penalised for a foul on Stephen Humphrys.
Wigan had to wait until stoppage time for their first real opportunity, with defender Tom James having a header cleared off the line by skipper Eoghan O'Connell.
But there was still time for Rochdale to cap a five-star performance, Newby firing into the far corner of the Wigan net.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 4TiltBooked at 55mins
- 32LongBooked at 37mins
- 27JamesBooked at 61mins
- 15GardnerSubstituted forCrankshawat 86'minutes
- 24PerryBooked at 45mins
- 3PearceSubstituted forRobinsonat 64'minutes
- 10KeaneSubstituted forAasgaardat 61'minutes
- 15RobertsSubstituted forBolaat 73'minutes
- 20RyanSubstituted forDooleyat 41'minutesBooked at 52mins
- 22BaahSubstituted forDoneat 72'minutes
- 21LundBooked at 60minsSubstituted forBrierleyat 83'minutes
- 9HumphrysSubstituted forTavaresat 73'minutes
- Graham Salisbury
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Rochdale 5.
Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Rochdale 5. Alex Newby (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Fabio Tavares (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Newby.
Attempt blocked. Tom James (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thelo Aasgaard.
Attempt missed. Thelo Aasgaard (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kyle Joseph with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
Ethan Brierley (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Curtis Tilt (Wigan Athletic).
Foul by Aaron Morley (Rochdale).
Thelo Aasgaard (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Tom James (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thelo Aasgaard.
Attempt missed. Matt Done (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jimmy Keohane.
Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Oliver Crankshaw replaces Dan Gardner.
Substitution, Rochdale. Ethan Brierley replaces Matthew Lund.
Foul by Fabio Tavares (Rochdale).
Curtis Tilt (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt blocked. Matt Done (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jimmy Keohane.
Attempt missed. Alex Perry (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jimmy Keohane.
Substitution, Rochdale. Fabio Tavares replaces Stephen Humphrys.