Last Updated: 07/05/13 10:29pm
So, Wigan remain three points behind Sunderland, Norwich and Newcastle with just two games to go. It isn't all over for them but there is no doubt that that was a huge opportunity to catch up. All credit to Swansea though who came out in the second half a much better team.
It's all over and Wigan are unable to take advantage of their game in hand on their rivals, despite taking the lead twice.
De Guzman is booked for a foul. Joel joins the attack for the free-kick and ends up delivering a cross but Kone's close range header is straight at Tremmel.
It has been all WIgan, but Swansea almost seal it as Dyer is found in the middle, but Joel closes him down well.
Kone holds off the challenge of Monk to have a go from outside the box, but Tremmel makes a comfortable enough save.
Maloney asks too much of Caldwell with the through ball, and Swansea have a goal kick which Tremmel will be in no rush to take.
Scharner meets Maloney's cross with a header, but it is more of a flick on which finds its way into the hands of Tremmel.
Nine minutes to be added. Will Wigan put them to good use? Stam is unlikely to be coming back on so they will have to do it with 10 men.
Some good build up play leads to Kone driving an effort at goal. He connects well but finds the wrong side of the right post. Wigan still with 10 men currently with Stam continuing to struggle on the sidelines.
Not long left now for Wigan to get themselves back into this, although there is bound to be a significant amount of stoppage time.
Back to the action and Swansea have a corner, which they play short before losing the ball due to a Routledge slip.
So, Tremmel on for Vorm and Wigan make a double chance with Stam and Gomez on for Watson and Boyce. Stam has suffered a knock almost instantly.
Davies should be okay to continue but Tremmel is readying himself to replace Vorm, who is seriously hurt.
Kevin Friend stops play as Vorm and Davies remain on the floor in pain after clashing with each other.
Wigan's defence again lets them down as they just can't get the ball clear and Swansea eventually profit with Tiendalli, who takes a touch before lashing home.
McCarthy's pass almost sells Scharner short with Dyer lurking but the Austrian recovers to keep the ball with Wigan.
Another hoping for a Swansea result as @LukeeeHU4L tweets: "As a toon fan, need Swansea to hold Wigan back. COYS" Where are the Wigan fans tonight?
Maloney keeps hold of the ball well before setting up Espinoza for the cross. The ball comes in with pace but Vorm is first to it and holds at the second attempt.
Great save! Would be 3-2 if not for a great save from Vorm to tip over Caldwell's powered header at goal from the corner.
Clem writes: "As a Saints fan I cannot take much more of this! Can't imagine what it must be like being a Wigan fan. C'mon you Swans!!"
Espinoza crosses from the left and there are muted appeals for a penalty as the ball appears to strike Rangel in the arm.
Wigan's defence switches off and Shechter takes full advantage as his deflected strike beats Joel to give him his first goal for the club.
McCarthur misses a chance to make it 3-1 as he fails to connect to Kone's cross. Any decent touch there and we would have had another goal.
It is an immediate response from WIgan and McCarthy, who finishes expertly past Vorm after being put through on goal.
It has been a good start to the second half for Swansea and WIgan will have to be careful not to let the momentum see them go behind.
Routledge picks out a lovely lofted pass for Rangel, who volleys the ball across goal, which clips the inside of the left post before hitting the net.
Boyce is forced a nervously clear behind after a clever pass from Hernandez allowed Davies to threaten inside the box.
Wigan have shortened to 2/9 to seal a vital victory, while a Swansea comeback is priced at 12/1 with the draw available at 4s. Half time priceboosts include Wigan to win 2-0 (7/2) and Itay Shechter to score next (9/1).
Some of you hoping for a Swansea turnaround there. Dyer and Moore are the most likely to have an impact from the bench, with Swansea's front-line very quiet so far. For Wigan fans - "more of the same please" is the sentiment I am sure.
@M1ghtyWall tweets: "need a swansea win for spurs' sake so wigan have more to fight for when they come up against Arsenal just in case chelsea beat us"
WIgan's dominance of possession and territory justifies that late first half goal. They have been much the more promising side than Swansea who, understandably, don't appear to have the same appetite as their opponents.
Wigan tease in and around the Swansea box and eventually get their reward as Espinoza volleys in at the bottom left corner. Perfect timing for the hosts as it is the last action of the first half.
Shechter's shot at goal is blocked and in his attempts to win the ball back he slides in recklessly on Espinoza, earning himself a yellow card.
@Nufc_Charnock tweets: "as a newcastle united fan I'm PRAYING Swansea can do us a favour! Really don't wanna relive 2009/10 again COME ON THE SWANS!!"
A free-kick is awarded on the right edge of the box for Wigan, as Maloney is tripped by Rangel. A good chance for the Scot to have a go from here.
At the other end, McManaman threatens on the right and crosses low, but Williams is well placed to hack clear.
Espinoza's cross from the left is overhit, but Wigan have control of possession once more as the ball is cleared out for a throw.
Wigan forward again, but a free-kick is given in Swansea's favour after a foul from Maloney, although the Scot feels he was fouled beforehand.
Nice skill from McManaman to skip past Davies, but his cross from an inviting position on the right is poor and goes straight out of play.
The ball stays in Swansea's defensive third for a prolonged period from the corner, but nothing substantial is created by the hosts.
Wigan have had over 60% of possession so far, but have only two efforts on goal in comparison to Swansea's three.
On cue, Swansea pounce and come close to creating a very good opportunity but WIgan defenders outnumber Swansea attackers when Tiendalli's squared pass comes into the box.
An example of officials giving goalkeepers too much protection - didn't seem to be anything wrong with the challenge.
Vorm takes a half-second too long to clear his lines and Maloney gets there to knock the ball from the 'keeper's control, but is subsequently penalised by the referee.
McManaman involved again as he keeps hold of the ball inside the Swansea box, but is unable to find a team mate with a weak pull-back.
McManaman shifts in and out on the right byline, but can't get past his man as he eventually takes a heavy touch for the ball to go out for a goal kick.
Wigan move the ball about nicely in midfield, but the move comes to an end thanks to a careless pass by Boyce. The hosts are able to regain possession though.
Swansea's corner should have resulted in another as the ball went behind with a Wigan player getting the last touch, but a goal kick is given.
Routledge is released on the right, but can only knock the ball towards a Wigan defender in his attempt to keep the ball from running out of play.
@pressuredtojoin tweets: "Luke Moore to come on and score the winner! Make sure #AVFC stay up for definite! 2-1 to #Swans"
Colin has got in touch from Johannesburg, writing: "Hi All. Let Henriquez show his talent tonight ! 1 nil to Wigan my guess."
@NinjaDrummer_ tweets: "Mike Politt should be Wigans #1 Keeper!. Can see Wigan snatching it tonight though. Swansea are nothing without Michu!"
As for Swansea, they have not scored in three Premier League games and are without leading scorer Michu for tonight's clash.
So, three changes from Wigan boss Roberto Martinez as Roger Espinoza replaces the injured Jean Beausejour, while Gary Caldwell and James McCarthur come in for Ronnie Stam and Jordi Gomez.
"Despite a first FA Cup final appearance just around the corner, Wigan must focus on adding to their four-point haul from the past two games against Tottenham and West Brom and are 4/5 favourites in the match betting. With Swansea missing key players such as Michu and Chico Flores, they have drifted out to 100/30 for the win. Arouna Kone has been enhanced to 6/1 to open the scoring for the home side and possibly move them out of the drop zone." Visit http://www.skybet.com/go/event/15185408 to place your bets on this one.
Chris Howells is rooting for an away win, writing: "Come on the mighty Swans! Do it for little Bubi!"
Chris Green agrees, writing: "This game will be tough for Wigan as playing Swansea is a difficult challenge for any team, but seeing that Wigan are the home team, I think they'll nick it 2-0."
Matt is first in touch this evening, and he fancies a home win: "Without the Mighty Michu and Wigan beginning to prosper late on in the season,you have to fancy the latter. 3-1 with a Kone double is my prediction"
Wigan starting XI: Robles, Kone, McCarthy, Caldwell (c), Watson, Maloney, McManaman, McArthur, Boyce, Espinoza, Scharner.
Swansea starting XI: Vorm, Williams, Britton, Hernandez, Routledge, Monk (c), Shechter, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Davies.
As mentioned, Wigan can move out of the relegation places on goal difference if they win tonight. Given their recent form (3-2 win v West Brom & 2-2 v Tottenham), they will fancy themselves to do just that against a Swansea side whose own form reflects the fact that they have little left to play for this season.
Team news should be with us soon - in the meantime send me your thoughts and predictions on the game ahead to email@example.com or tweet me @obell1990 and I will publish as many as I can throughout the evening.