Wigan Athletic preseason preparations have been going along really well since they returned from their trip Stateside, having only got back to the UK on Friday, by Wednesday evening the Latics had played two more warm up matches and, in the process maintained their 100% win record of the close season
First up was Greek side Atromitos, the match was played at the Leigh Sports Village and attracted a sizeable crowd
The line up was: Nicholls, Buxton, Perch, McCann, Beausejour, Watson, Fyvie, Espinoza, Gomez, McManaman, Fortune
Latics subs: Pollitt, Crainey, McCarthy, McArthur, Holt, Dicko
Atromitos are a decent team and finished 4th in the league last season, Vital Latics member Taff57 reported from the game –
Good performance in very hot conditions. We controlled first half, let them in more in second half.
We passed the ball about well, with no silly balls. Nicholls controlled his area well, Perch looks a brilliant signing, he never put a foot wrong all game.
McManaman had a quiet game. The young lad Buxton at right back did OK improving as the game progressed. Crainey came on in second half.
Fortune played well and led the line well. Holt worked hard in second half but didn’t receive as much of the ball. Dicko did OK when he came on but still looks inexperienced. Watson was captain on the night and did his job well, Espinoza was excellent.
Considering they only just came back from a hard training regime in America two days ago I was very happy tonight
Latics won the game with two first half goals, Gomez with a penalty after Fortune had been tripped, Fortune then hit a screamer to put the Latics 2-0 up. Atromitos hit a consolation goal late in the game
On to Wednesday and the Latics were at the Globe Arena to face League 2 side Morecambe
Starting line up – Carson, Crainey, McCarthy, McCann, Holt, Maloney, McManaman, McArthur, Boyce, Espinoza, Perch
Latics subs – Nicholls, Fyvie, Beausejour, Redmond, Mustoe, Fortune, Bingham, Buxton
Again another good following from the Latics fans saw new striker Marc-Antoine Fortune smash home another stunning strike, he is already becoming a fans favourite with his fourth goal in five games, Fortunes goal gave the Latics a 1-0 win. Vital Latics member Tilts reports from the Globe Arena:
First time I’ve watched them live under Coyle and I thought we played well in spells.
I was a bit surprised to see it was still pretty similar to under Martinez, but slightly more direct. Main difference I could see was that we chose when to play rather than for the sake of passing. Clearing the ball and working channels when under pressure in our own box was a good sign for me.
Holt and Fortune looked great as well. What does Coyle think he’s playing at signing two strikers with a genuine goal threat?! Only used to one half decent striker! Both hold the ball up superbly, bring others into play. As for Fortune’s goal, out of the top drawer.
Thanks to both Taff and Tilts for their comment. Now it’s on to Saturday and Dundee United will be at the DW Stadium to provide some stiff opposition with just a week to go to the seasons opener at Barnsley
Preseason is all about fitness and match sharpness, nothing else, but it is still good to get wins under the belt, winning is a habit well worth forming and at the moment we certainly have the habit
Fortune in smashing form
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
Community Shield Travel
Vital Latics family coaches are once again heading down to Wembley for the third time in five months, having played and won the FA Cup semi-final, then of course winning the Cup final at England’s national stadium, it is time to make the trip again as Wigan Athletic take part in this seasons Community Shield game against Manchester United
With some hard bargaining the cost as been brought down and the price of a return ticket on the Family Coach is just £27:50. We will be using the same pick-up points as we used for our two previous trips and we will also be stopping off at Bicester once again
As with the last two trips we will also be supporting Josephs Goal by means of a raffle and quiz
There is a breakfast buffet (£6:50) available at our stop off for those who wish to have a spot of breakie, for more details and how to book please click here
Vital Latics Coach Wembley Bound