Latics glide into the 4th round of the FA cup following this three-nil drubbing of Sunderland away at the Stadium of Light in front of just over 20,000 spectators.
Full of confidence from their morale boosting draw at Anfield on Wednesday Latics went into the game making seven changes but surprisingly Heskey retained his place hoping to get some match fitness
Sunderland made five changes from their last game so the two Premiership teams started the game with less than their strongest teams on display.
Latics lost three players due to injury, Ryan Taylor after 15 minutes, Antoine Sibierski after 42 minutes and Emile Heskey after 72 minutes.
Latics first goal came with their first real attack of the game Paul Scharner heading home a Josip Skoko free kick on 19 minutes.
The next goal came on 56 minutes when Julius Aghahowa, who had replaced Sibierski, cut inside Jonny Evans and Sunderland defender Paul McShane desperately trying to dispossess Aghahowa ended up blasting in an own goal from 18 yards out.
The last goal for Latics was a cracker, David Cotterill, on for the injured Ryan Taylor, smashed home a well struck effort from just outside the box on 76 minutes.
Although Sunderland had a string of corners they never looked like scoring and the Latics faithful, around 300 made the trip up the A1, could have seen their side score at least another 3 times in what was a comfortable victory for Steve Bruces men
Good to see polly back and he was very commanding
Good game from Mr Reliable
started the ball rolling with the first goal and was comfortable all afternoon with a classy display
Never really troubled throughout
Steady game as usual
Played his part without being spectacular
Good game easing back from injury
Impressive display from the Aussie
Injured after 15 minutes, no news on how serious yet
Easing back to fitness, taken off as a precaution
Went off injured on 42 minutes
Came on for Taylor and scored a cracking goal, some penetrating runs
Looked livelier than of late and the Sunderland defenders didnt like him being around, massive part in second goal
Cameo performance for last twenty minutes, nearly scored
got the better of his old mucker
lost out to his old skipper