Wigan hammer relegation rivals Hull 8-0 in record league win

Wigan claimed the biggest league win in their history as they responded to their looming 12-point penalty in spectacular fashion with an 8-0 rout of Championship relegation rivals Hull.

The Latics struck seven in an extraordinary first half as they made sure of a win which moves them out of the bottom three on goal difference at Hull’s expense, once the expected sanction for falling into administration is applied.

Wigan’s win surpassed their previous best league triumph, a 7-0 win at Oxford in 2017, while it also matched Hull’s previous worst league result against Wolves in 1911.

Kal Naismith put his side in front after a minute then Kieffer Moore and Kieran Dowell struck twice apiece and Jamal Lowe and Joe Williams also netted before the interval.

Dowell completed his hat-trick with a stunning effort after the break before the hosts eased down, while Hull boss Grant McCann’s job is in serious jeopardy after the Tigers’ fourth defeat in a row.

West Brom’s hopes of securing automatic promotion remain in the balance after they were held to a goalless draw by Fulham at The Hawthorns.

Wigan Athletic v Hull City – Sky Bet Championship – DW Stadium
Kieran Dowell scored a hat-trick as Wigan thumped Hull (Martin Rickett/PA)

The result leaves the Baggies four points clear of third-placed Brentford having played a game more, while the point effectively ends Fulham’s slim hopes of automatic promotion.

Grady Diangana was denied by Fulham keeper Marek Rodak in the second half before Anthony Knockaert fired a 25-yard effort against the bar for the visitors.

Patrick Roberts struck an 82nd-minute winner as Middlesbrough hit back from behind to win 2-1 at Reading and give a huge boost to their survival prospects.

Liam Moore put Reading in front just past the half-hour mark but a header from Ashley Fletcher on the stroke of half-time hauled Neil Warnock’s side level and they went on to snatch the points late on.

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