Luis Suarez hit his 12th goal of the campaign to equalise a Shaun Maloney penalty, but Gary Caldwell was the match-winner with a cool finish at the Kop end.
The team news had been as notable for those named on the bench as those chosen to start, with 17-year-old Raheem Sterling joining Nathan Eccleston and Jonjo Shelvey in the dugout.
Jose Manuel Reina – 6
The Spaniard is having a difficult time dealing with his defence who just can’t seem to be able to keep their cool. He had little to do until Wigan’s winner, when Caldwell zinged past Carroll and finished well to secure the points for the Latics.
Jose Enrique – 6