Sunderland increase Wigan woe

FOOTBALL: Sunderland climbed into the top half of the Premier League table after a 4-1 win at struggling Wigan last night. Craig Gardner struck Sunderland’s first with a 30-yard free-kick and James McClean nodded in a close-range second, his first goal for the club. Hugo Rodellega reduced the deficit but late goals from Stephane Sessegnon and David Vaughan secured a fourth win in six games since Martin O’Neill was appointed manager in place of Steve Bruce.