Roberto Martinez put this result down to two lapses in concentration but whatever was to blame for this defeat the performance from the Spaniard’s charges was very much in stark contrast to the one from the previous weekend which had seen them brush aside league leaders Chelsea at the DW Stadium.
This results was compounded by the fact that he started the game at the KC Stadium with the identical eleven players that had impressed against Carlo Ancelloti’s men.
Jason Scotland once again started up front with the only changes to Martinez’s squad coming on the bench with Antonio Amaya making way for the returning Olivier Kapo.
The first half of this encounter produced very little in the way of action at either end of the park in comparison to the corresponding fixture last season which had seen Wigan two goals to the good inside the first fifteen minutes.
The restart saw the visitors on top but former Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (you would like to pay for that name on the back of your shirt would you?) gave Hull the advantage on the hour mark when he headed home Dean Marney’s corner for Phil Brown’s side since his arrival on deadline day.
Minutes later and Wigan found themselves with an uphill struggle after Geovanni grabbed his third league goal of the campaign – the Brazilian frontman slotted home a Kamil Zayatte cross.
Wigan hadn’t come from behind to win in almost a year and have never achieved this feat from two goals down since joining the top flight so the task in hand wasn’t exactly an easy one, especially with little over 20 minutes of normal time remaining.
However substitute Scott Sinclair gave the travelling fans some glimmer of hope a couple of minutes after taking the field of play as replacement for Charles N’Zogbia.
The on loan Chelsea winger nodded home in a crowded penalty area after keeper Boaz Myhill has failed to deal with an inswinger from Jordi Gomez as Hull soaked up a great deal of pressure from their opponents.
Gomez then found himself in referee Mark Clattenburg’s book for simulation after the Spaniard flung himself unchallenged to the floor in the Hull penalty area as Wigan pushed to get something to take back down the M62 but it wasn’t to be as Phil Brown’s side hung on for their second win of the season.
After the game Martinez commented: “”We took the sting out of the game and imposed ourselves with our possession.
“We weren’t creating as much as we’d like but we were growing into the game then had two lapses in concentration and we let ourselves down in that respect.
“We couldn’t get anything out of the game through our own mistakes and that is very disappointing.”
Internationals give Wigan a weekend off, well those not on duty for their respective countries, which gives Martinez a chance to reflect on this defeat and hopefully put right whatever was lacking in Humberside.