Latics draw with experienced Wolves team in behind closed doors friendly yesterday.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS U21s 2
WIGAN ATHLETIC U21s 2
Watson missed pen 42
Goals from Callum Morris and second half substitute Guillermo Andres pulled Latics back from 2-0 behind to claim a draw against a Wolverhampton Wanderers side that included Premier League experience in the form of Jamie O’Hara, Richard Stearman and Jermaine Pennant.
It was far from an easy start for Graham Barrow and Dennis Lawrence’s team as Wolves came quickly out of the traps.
O’Hara, who was returning from long term injury provided the bright spark and after 14 minutes he was tripped in the box by Josh Langley, with the referee pointing straight to the spot.
The midfielder dispatched the penalty with venom to open the scoring.
It wasn’t long until Wolves made it 2-0 when a low cross from Anthony Forde proved too much for Latics’ defence and former West Ham forward Frank Nouble finished from close range.
The young Latics side grew into the first half as it progressed and tried to force the issue down the wings, with the likes of Jesjua Angoy and his fellow Spaniard Edu Campabadal trying to utilise their pace.
As half time approached it was the power of Campabadal that gave Latics their best chance to score, as the referee awarded a second penalty of the match with Wolves’ Georg Margreitter the offender.
Ryan Watson stepped up to take but was thwarted by the experience of Dorus De Vries who dove to his right to make a smart save.
Latics made changes during the second half as Jack Phillips and Andres were introduced.
The second half was a once again a strong contest as both sides looked to control possession but, it wasn’t until the final ten minutes that things began to spice up.
With just eight minutes remaining Latics pulled a goal back when Morris found himself in an advanced position to score with a low, drilled shot that edged past De Vries.
It was Morris’ second goal so far this season, with him netting in the Professional Development League from a similar wide position against Derby County in October.
Soon after and the score were levelled as Spanish forward Andres scored his first goal in Latics blue with a spectacular effort from 25 yards as his shot deceived De Vries and looped in over the keeper’s head.
It could have been more for Latics had they converted from the spot in the first half but, all round it was a good showing considering the strength of the Wolves line-up.
Wolves: De Vries, Stearman (Kostrna 45), Davis (Price 45), Margreitter, Batth, Zubar, Pennant (Jakobson 45), Jonsson, Nouble, O’Hara (McAlinden 45) (Gorman 60), Forde
Latics: Hare, Langley, Buxton, Lynch, Campabadal, Angoy (Phillips), Chow, Morris, Watson, Bingham (Andres) Orsula