Latics beaten late by two goals in final ten minutes.
LEICESTER CITY U21s 2
WIGAN ATHLETIC U21s 1
With 10 minutes to go, Latics’ Under 21s looked like they were going to secure their first victory on the road this season but, Leicester’s aerial threat undid 80 minutes of hard work as they pushed to edge a win for themselves.
Latics took the lead on 65 minutes when Josh Sumner scored but, a ten minute period that saw Rob Kiernan and Roman Golobart sent off turned the game on its head.
It was a solid game in general for Latics as they continued to impress with their passing talents and ability to control the tempo of a game.
After patience for the opening hour or so, Latics finally got their reward when Danny Redmond’s ball from the left found Sumner on the edge of the area.
The forward took the ball beyond inside the Leicester full back and lashed in the opening goal and his first of the season.
Five minutes later and the game could have been over when Adam Buxton, Edu Campabadal and Sumner played the ball neatly down the right with a cross finding Filip Orsula who forced the goalkeeper into an impressive stop.
The returning Lee Nicholls was also faced into a fine stop when a Leicester shot deflected off Kiernan, only for Nicholls to tip the ball over the bar.
Just as Latics looked to be seeing the game out, Leicester won a free kick out on the right.
The home side’s size and physicality paid dividends when the ball deflected down from the set piece and into the path of the striker to equalise.
Then came the controversy as Buxton was scythed down in his own half, only for the referee to play a good advantage as Latics broke.
With the move coming to nothing, the offending Leicester player Jide Maduako was not booked for the foul and had his part to play just moments later.
Golobart was sent off during the incident after remonstrating with the referee, leaving Latics with 10 men for the final few minutes.
Another free kick was won by Leicester, this time out on the right.
Inside the box was a melee of players but, the linesman spotted Kiernan and Maduako tangling from which Kiernan was given his marching orders and Maduako booked.
Arguably lucky to be on the pitch, Maduako headed home from the free kick, leaving Latics defeated after what had been a very credible performance.
Latics: Nicholls, Campabadal (Watson 80), Lynch, Buxton, Golobart, Kiernan, Sumner, Morris, Orsula, Chow, Redmond
Unused subs: Cruyff, Bingham, McCormack, Andres