Wigan 1 Rotherham 2
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Teenage substitute Will Hoskins was the star of the show for Rotherham as they picked up their sixth win in a remarkable eight-match unbeaten run.
Millers boss Ronnie Moore sent on the 17-year-old striker on the hourmark, and he transformed the match for the visitors who had been under the cosh throughout the first half.
Lee McCulloch and Gary Teale both went close for Wigan as they enjoyed much the better of the first half, and Rotherham keeper Mike Pollitt had to be at his best to keep out a powerful header from Jason de Vos after half an hour.
Rotherham came back into the game after the interval and Darren Byfield almost put them in front with a shot which hit the post after 54 minutes.
Seconds later Chris Swailes forced a save out of John Filan with a header, before Pollitt was again in the action, saving twice from McCulloch.
But the introduction of Hoskins proved to be a masterstroke by Moore, with the young striker being set up by John Mullin to open the scoring with a right-foot shot from 14 yards with just nine minutes remaining.
Moments later he made it two, slotting another shot beyond Filan, and although Nathan Ellington pulled one back with a header in injury time it was too late for Wigan.