A cruel late winner from Hugo Rodallega put paid to any lingering survival hopes for Brian Laws’s Burnley.

His side had battled manfully and could have stolen the points when Martin Paterson struck the bar, but Rodallega’s late header secured the win and helped Wigan to virtually ensure they will be playing Premier League football next season.

It had been a forgettable match, with neither side able to dominate the other. Gary Caldwell headed against the bar from a corner in the first half in one of the only clear cut chances of the entire game.

The drama was saved for the end. Burnley looked nervous and Wigan smelled blood – forcing a pair of excellent stops from Brian Jensen.

But when substitute Victor Moses beat Jordan and whipped in a cross from the Wigan right, Rodallega wriggled away from Michael Duff and threw himself at it to put Wigan in front.

Burnley could barely believe their bad luck and the final whistle blew moments after the restart, sealing the Clarets’ fate.

Wigan will breathe a sigh of relief after finding a couple of wins to pull away for the danger zone, but it all looks over for Burnley unless they can beat Blackburn in the East Lancashire derby next time out.