Sunderland inflicted upon Wigan Athletic their biggest Barclays Premier League win for over three years as their upturn in form since the appointment of Martin O’Neill continued at the DW Stadium.
Following the shock win over league leaders Manchester City, the onus was on The Black Cats to produce the goods when expected and after soaking up ample Wigan pressure, they opened the scoring at the end of the first half.
Craig Gardner, who was said to have struggled to settle in the north-east since his summer move from Birmingham City, netted a stunning free-kick past Ali Al-Habsi.
Omanian goalkeeper was just as helpless to stop Sunderland doubling their lead before the hour mark, when Jams McClean’s initial header was palmed away, before the 22-year-old nodded home the loose ball.
Hugo Rodallega did his chances of earning a new deal the world of good as his deflected shot gave the hosts hope before Sessegnon’s tap in was preceeed by David Vaughan’s stunning strike from range.
The win propels Sunderland into the top half of the Premier League, having lost just once since O’Neill took over from Steve Bruce, while The Latics are still in the bottom three after going five games without a win.