Four of the five football league teams in our region find themselves sitting in the relegation places after a poor weekend of games.
Bolton are rock bottom of the Championship after a second-half strike double from Ipswich Town frontman David McGoldrick at Portman Road.
“I feel for the lads as I do for the rest of the staff and the supporters because the players have given everything today.” said Manager Phil Parkinson after the game.
Goalls from Nick Powell, Will Grigg and Gavin Massey on the mark as Latics won 3-0 for the second consecutive game, this time against Bristol Rovers who lost Ryan Sweeney sent off in 30th minute.
Wigan finish the weekend fifth in League One.
Oldham remain bottom of that league despite an encouraging performance hosting league leaders Shrewsbury Town.
Stefan Payne gave the Shrews the lead on 20 minutes but Latics were level on 35 through Craig Davies’ fourth goal in as many games but the visitors got the winner courtesy of Jon Nolan’s strike.
Oldham were reduced to ten men in injury time Doyle was given his marching orders after picking up his second yellow card of the game.
Rochdale and Bury are also in the bottom four, Dale succumbing to a 3-2 defeat at MK Dons after a late goal by Ryan Seager sealed the points for the home side.
Plymouth Argyle keeper Luke McCormick was the hero after a string of fine saves deep into injury time saw his side hold on for a goalless draw the Energy Check Stadium.