Pre-season preparations hit bump in the road
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS.......... 3
McAlinden 6, 14
WIGAN ATHLETIC UNDER 21s................ 1
Ebanks-Landell o.g. 50
It was a tough afternoon in the sunshine and heat of the Midlands as Latics were hit by three first half goals before turning out an improved second half performance, in the behind closed doors friendly at Wolverhampton Wanderers' training ground
Wolves hit Latics by surprise for all three goals as two long range efforts and a mix-up from a free kick cost them dear.
Latics started the game with their natural possession of the ball and tried to bide their time on the ball.
After just six minutes though they were caught by surprise when Sam Winnall hit a long side-footed pass over the top of the defence and put Liam McAlinden
through on goal to lob Latics ‘keeper Calvin Hare.
Six minutes later and Latics carved out their first chance of the game with some slick, one touch passing down the right hand side being eventually crossed by Josh Sumner.
The midfielder’s cross was cleared back out towards him and a clever pass across the edge of the box gave Callum Morris the chance to shoot but, it was clipped just over the bar and onto the roof of the net.
With Latics looking to get back on top of possession, Wolves caught them napping when a Matt Jarvis free kick was nodded down by an unmarked Widdall and it was McAlinden again who capitalised as he slotted it in at the back post.
Latics fought to get a goal back in the first half and Guillermo Andres almost did it with style.
Jesjua Angoy received the ball out wide on the left from Jonathan Lynch whose clever overlap left space for the Spanish winger to run into.
Angoy then played a clever through ball to fellow countryman Andres who proceeded to knock the ball through the defender’s legs before curling his shot just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.
Despite looking to have regained control, Latics were hit with another sucker punch on the 36th minute when Wolves midfielder Jack Price was allowed space to run into.
He took his opportunity with both hands and his well hit strike sailed into the top corner for 3-0.
The second half was a changed tune for Graham Barrow’s side as Steven Boothman, Rakish Bingham and Jack Phillips were introduced.
It was Boothman who had the major impact as his pace caught the Wolves’ right back napping time and time again.
Just five minutes into the second half it was Boothman who helped to pull a goal back as his solid cross from the left whistled across the box and cannoned off Wolves defender Michael Ihiekwe into his own goal.
Both teams found it difficult to impose themselves on the game as the second half went on due to the heat and any small water break was much welcomed.
As the half drew to an end Latics had two chances to peg Wolves back.
It was Boothman again with the dangerous cross and to his credit, Josh Langley was on hand to turn a header towards goal which went narrowly wide.
On 89 minutes it was Boothman who also scored when he reached the end of a Sumner cross from the opposite flank but his attempt back across goal was off target.
The improvement in the second half showed flair in the way Latics played but Wolves early lead left them with a very difficult task.
Wolves: Trialist, Kostrud, Whittall, Ihiekwe, Ebanks-Landell, Ismail, Price, Winnall, McAlinden, Jarvis
Latics: Hare, McCormack, Kiernan, Langley, Lynch (Boothman 45), Aylmer (Phillips 45), Chow, Morris, Sumner, Andres (Sheego 85), Jesjua (Bingham 45)