Dowie was seconds away from only his second win as Hull manager
By Chris Bevan
Steve Gohouri scored an injury-time equaliser for Wigan to confirm Hull's relegation from the Premier League.
Victor Moses fired the Latics ahead after cutting in from the left flank.
Will Atkinson levelled on his Hull debut, heading in Kevin Kilbane's cross after the Wigan defence hesitated when the linesman flagged for offside.
Mark Cullen nodded in George Boateng's cross to put the Tigers ahead but Gohouri smashed in an overhead kick from close range to make it 2-2.
Gohouri's acrobatic goal meant that instead of celebrating a first away Premier League victory since March 2009, the travelling Hull fans were left to mourn the end of their two-year top-flight adventure - not that many would have arrived at the DW Stadium expecting their team to get the sort of heavy-scoring win that would have given them hope of an unlikely survival.
The draw means the Tigers can no longer match West Ham's points tally, but they were effectively down in any case because their goal difference is vastly inferior to that of the Hammers, who lie one place above them in 17th.
Things could soon get a lot worse for Hull, who have estimated debts of about £35m ahead of their return to the Championship, with the club forced to deny rumours sweeping around the ground at half-time that they have gone into administration.
Iain Dowie's long-term future as Tigers manager is also uncertain and his hopes of keeping the job will not have been helped by his side's failure to close out what would have been only their second win under his command.
Not that Hull particularly deserved the three points. Wigan, who only secured their own safety last week, out-passed them for most of the game and had enough chances to run out easy winners.
The Latics were on top for the opening half-hour but were let down by that lack of cutting edge until Moses broke the deadlock in style for his first goal since joining from Crystal Palace in January.
A Hull counter-attack broke down and, after the ball was fed out to Moses out on the left flank, he cut inside before beating Matt Duke with a superb low drive which went in off the far post.
Moses could have had a second minutes later when he mis-kicked with the goal gaping after Maynor Figueroa knocked Ben Watson's cross into his path, but instead Hull were quickly level.
The Latics defence played to the linesman's flag, not referee Phil Dowd's whistle, when Vladimir Stojkovic failed to deal with a hopeful ball into the area and Atkinson, who has spent most of this season on loan at League Two side Rochdale, ran from an onside position to head home Kilbane's cross.
Wigan's players were clearly frustrated by the decision to let the goal stand but responded well and peppered Duke's goal with shots at the start of the second half.
The Latics travel to Stamford Bridge next week with Manchester United needing them to get at least a draw against Chelsea to keep Sir Alex Ferguson's title hopes alive.
United boss Ferguson will have been encouraged by the spirit they showed here, but not by the defending that allowed Cullen to put Hull ahead after 64 minutes.
Gohouri inexplicably allowed Boateng's cross to fly over his head and Cullen, who turned 18 last month, was on hand at the back post to turn in the bouncing ball.
Wigan continued to press forward but their search for an equaliser in their final home game of the season became more and more desperate.
Hull looked capable of soaking up everything the home side could throw at them until substitute Scharner knocked down a deep cross into the area in the third minute of stoppage time, and Gohouri turned the ball in.
The Tigers' Premier League exit was confirmed in chaotic fashion, with a pitch invasion needing to be cleared before the last minute of the match could be played, but their fate is now officially sealed.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "It's a performance which leaves me with mixed feelings.
"They were well-organised and working hard and I thought for spells, we showed very good moments.
"I felt we would kick on after scoring first but we conceded two soft goals and that is a clear area that we have to improve for next season.
"But what we don't lack is character and the desire to carry on doing the right things until the end. The second goal was the reward we deserved."
90:00+6:39 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
90:00+5:46 Hugo Rodallega has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.
90:00+2:31 The assist for the goal came from Paul Scharner.
90:00+2:31 GOAL - Steve Gohouri:Wigan 2 - 2 Hull Steve Gohouri fires in a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Wigan 2-2 Hull.
90:00+1:49 Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson from the left by-line to the near post,
88:33 The ball is crossed by Ben Watson.
87:44 Outswinging corner taken by Ben Watson from the right by-line played to the near post, Andy Dawson manages to make a clearance.
86:18 The ball is crossed by Ben Watson, comfortable save by Matt Duke.
85:44 Ben Watson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by George Boateng.
82:31 The ball is delivered by Victor Moses.
81:35 Substitution Paul Scharner is brought on as a substitute for Mohamed Diame.
80:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Kilbane on Mario Melchiot. Mario Melchiot restarts play with the free kick.
79:22 Shot from just outside the box by Mark Cullen goes over the crossbar.
78:51 The referee blows for offside. Steve Gohouri takes the indirect free kick.
77:24 Substitution Jordi Gomez goes off and Jason Scotland comes on.
77:24 Jordi Gomez takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
76:23 Free kick taken by Andy Dawson.
76:23 Booking The referee books Mario Melchiot for unsporting behaviour.
76:06 Foul by Mario Melchiot on Kevin Kilbane, free kick awarded.
74:56 The ball is delivered by George Boateng, save made by Vladimir Stojkovic.
73:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Will Atkinson. Ben Watson restarts play with the free kick.
73:34 Ben Watson produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Tom Cairney gets a block in.
71:43 Foul by Bernard Mendy on Victor Moses, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Watson.
70:41 Will Atkinson challenges Hugo Rodallega unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Watson.
69:05 Substitution Caleb Folan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.
67:06 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink concedes a free kick for a foul on Mohamed Diame. Steve Gohouri takes the direct free kick.
64:24 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Scott Sinclair coming on for James McCarthy.
63:30 Assist by George Boateng.
63:30 GOAL - Mark Cullen:Wigan 1 - 2 Hull Mark Cullen scores a headed goal from close range. Wigan 1-2 Hull.
62:48 Tom Cairney takes the free kick.
62:48 Booking Steve Gohouri goes into the referee's book.
62:22 Steve Gohouri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bernard Mendy.
59:55 Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Cairney. Tom Cairney crosses the ball in from the free
kick. The offside flag is raised against Steven Mouyokolo. Vladimir Stojkovic takes the free kick.
58:51 Jordi Gomez has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
57:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame by Tom Cairney. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell. Shot on
goal by Hugo Rodallega from just inside the area goes over the target.
56:18 Hugo Rodallega produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
55:25 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Anthony Gardner gets a block in.
54:19 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
52:27 Mark Cullen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
51:05 Unfair challenge on Mark Cullen by Gary Caldwell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Dawson.
48:55 Corner taken by Ben Watson played to the near post, clearance by George Boateng.
47:16 Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Save made by Matt Duke.
46:43 Tom Cairney takes the inswinging corner, comfortable save by Vladimir Stojkovic.
45:41 Jordi Gomez concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Kilbane. Andy Dawson takes the direct free kick.
45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
45:00+3:20 The ref blows to signal half-time.
45:00+1:52 Hugo Rodallega is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.
44:58 Mark Cullen concedes a free kick for a foul on Vladimir Stojkovic. Vladimir Stojkovic takes the direct free kick.
41:04 Assist by Kevin Kilbane.
41:04 GOAL - Will Atkinson:Wigan 1 - 1 Hull Will Atkinson grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Wigan 1-1 Hull.
41:01 The ball is sent over by Kevin Kilbane,
39:02 Andy Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordi Gomez. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
36:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mario Melchiot on Will Atkinson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Tom Cairney.
36:03 Inswinging corner taken by Ben Watson.
35:35 The offside flag is raised against Mark Cullen. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
35:04 Andy Dawson fouled by Mario Melchiot, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.
31:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Atkinson by Maynor Figueroa. George Boateng restarts play with the free
29:58 Assist on the goal came from Mohamed Diame.
29:58 GOAL - Victor Moses:Wigan 1 - 0 Hull Victor Moses grabs a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 1-0 Hull.
29:38 Short corner taken by Jordi Gomez.
29:22 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Steven Mouyokolo gets a block in.
25:30 Mohamed Diame concedes a free kick for a foul on George Boateng. Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.
22:55 Bernard Mendy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses. Direct free kick taken by Mohamed Diame.
21:39 Shot from just outside the box by Kevin Kilbane misses to the left of the goal.
19:29 Gary Caldwell fouled by Mark Cullen, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
17:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by George Boateng on Jordi Gomez. Free kick taken by Mohamed Diame. George Boateng challenges
Maynor Figueroa unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ben Watson.
16:20 Mark Cullen is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
14:26 Kevin Kilbane fouled by James McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Dawson takes the direct free kick. Will Atkinson
takes a shot. Vladimir Stojkovic makes a save.
8:15 Mark Cullen produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink misses to the left of the target.
6:57 Tom Cairney fouled by Mohamed Diame, the ref awards a free kick. Bernard Mendy restarts play with the free kick.
5:26 Corner taken by Ben Watson, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Gary Caldwell misses to the right of the goal.
5:05 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Blocked by Bernard Mendy.
3:23 Jordi Gomez produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
1:26 George Boateng challenges Victor Moses unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hugo Rodallega takes the direct free kick.
0:00 The referee starts the match.
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