The striker Dean Windass has forged a career from dealing with adversity but to be deemed not good enough for a Hull side this inept must have felt like a new low.
These two clubs have long laboured under the shadow of rugby league and Wigan, once dominant in the 13-man code, continued the theme at the KC Stadium on Saturday by threatening to win by a scoreline more suited to the oval-ball game. Hull were left not so much chasing eggs, as shadows.
Which must have been all the more galling for Windass, who had to make do with a cameo appearance, by which time the visitors were cruising to a first Premier League win this season.
Fraizer Campbell's impending £7m arrival from Manchester United will provide a further barrier to the first-team aspirations of Windass, 39, who could barely conceal his anger at his continued omission from a starting line-up, already depleted by injury and ineligibility, which even its manager, Phil Brown, admitted had the look of the Championship about it.
The man whose historic goal against Bristol City at Wembley in May secured his home-town club's promotion to this level for the first time in their 104-year history is not about to give up without a fight. Talks to clear the air are planned with his manager, who on Saturday opted for the greater pace of Caleb Folan, who like the rest of the team was subsequently conspicuous by his inability to influence the game.
Windass said: "People piss me off, talking about me being 39. I'm maybe not as quick as some, but what's the point of having blistering pace if you're missing chances?
"I'm gutted I didn't play. It took me 10 years to get back here so I don't want to leave. I want a chance to help keep the club I love in this division and I'll fight tooth and nail to do that. Whether I'm 39 or 59 makes no difference – I don't give a shit about my age."
Hull were generous hosts as they succumbed to a first Premier League defeat with ridiculous ease. Sam Ricketts sliced Kevin Kilbane's corner into his own net and Antonio Valencia was allowed the freedom of the field to double Wigan's advantage inside 15 minutes. Amr Zaki embellished the victory after the break with clinical finishes either side of Emile Heskey pouncing on more comical Hull defending to score his 99th top-flight goal.
Zaki already has four goals for Wigan and the Egypt international's impressive start has proved ample reward for Steve Bruce's decision to brave Cairo's notorious traffic on scouting trips, in order to secure the double African Nations Cup winner on a season's loan.
"Cairo's a hell of a place," said the Wigan manager, who will be without Kilbane for six weeks thanks to a fractured cheekbone. "They're lovely people but just don't ever drive there. They steer at you and shunt each other, it's like the dodgems but it was worth it because we've unearthed a diamond."
Goals: Ricketts og (5) 0-1; Valencia (13) 0-2; Zaki (63) 0-3; Heskey (68) 0-4; Zaki (81) 0-5.
Hull City (4-4-1-1): Myhill; Ricketts, Turner, Brown, Dawson (Mendy, 71); Garcia (Barmby, 61), Marney, Ashbee, Fagan; Geovanni (Windass, 57); Folan. Substitutes not used: Duke (gk), Hughes, Halmosi, Cooper.
Wigan Athletic (4-4-2): Kirkland; Melchiot, Boyce , Bramble, Figueroa; Valencia, Palacios, Cattermole (Kapo, 79), Kilbane (Brown, 57); Heskey (Camara, 85), Zaki. Substitutes not used: Pollitt (gk), Koumas, De Ridder, Kupisz.
Referee: M Jones (Cheshire).
Booked: Hull Ashbee.
Man of the match: Valencia.
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