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22 July 2013

Latics make it four from four in pre-season with victory at Leigh Sports Village.

Gomez 6 (pen)
Fortune 34

Karamanos 76

Owen Coyle's Latics continued their 100% record this evening as a sixth minute Jordi Gomez penalty and a thunderbolt from Marc-Antoine Fortune were enough to see off Greek Super League side Atromitos despite their consolation goal from Anastasios Karamanos inside the final 15 minutes.

Latics got off to a flying start after initial Atromitos pressure and within six minutes the ball was in the back of the net.

As the Greek side passed the ball at the back, Fraser Fyvie and Fortune pressed hard with the Scottish midfielder stealing the ball and feeding Latics' number 32.

As Fortune entered the area down the right a clumsy sliding challenge from Stathis Tavlaridis upended the bullish forward, giving referee Darren Hanley no option but to award a penalty.

Up stepped the ever-calm Gomez who confidently gave Michael Sifakis the eyes and to fire in the opener.

With Latics looking a force going forward, Lee Nicholls proved a strength at the back in the first half in a personal duel with former Burnley striker Dimitrious Papadopoulos, with the 2004 European Championship winner forcing a low save at Nicholls' front post, before having a one-on-one saved by the young keeper's boot.

Latics regained control of the game as the half continued and on 34 minutes Fortune doubled their lead with an emphatic finish.

A short free kick inside the Atromitos half was played to Fraser Fyvie in the middle, he spotted the movement of Fortune in the area down the left and clipped the ball to the striker.

With strength and an eye for goal Fortune brought the ball down, played it between the defender's legs and fired an arrow of a shot into the opposite top corner of the goal.

Atromitos upped their pressure just before half time with Javier Umbides flashing wide but the Athens-based side couldn't break through.

The second half proved a different test as the humidity inside the stadium failed to disappear, allowing a much changed Atromitos side to step up their game with fresh legs.

It was 45 minutes of limited chances but the visitors managed to get themselves a goal back through substitute Anastasios Karamanos with under a quarter of the game remaining.

Owen Coyle introduced his full quota of five outfield substitutes as Latics fans got their first live glimpse of new signings Grant Holt and Stephen Crainey, with James McCarthy, James McArthur and Nouha Dicko also featuring.

The game became a lot more physical towards the end but before a flurry of three yellow cards Atromitos pulled themselves a goal back as Karamanos found space inside the area and whipped a shot into the top corner of Nicholls' goal, finally beating the keeper who put in an impressive performance.

Then came the rough stuff, as Theo Papoutsogiannopoulos, Elin Dimoutsis and Panagiatis Ballos all comitted reckless challenges and saw their names marked down in the book.

At the final whistle manager Owen Coyle looked pleased with his sides performance as they made it four wins from four.

Latics: Nicholls, Buxton (Crainey 54), Perch, McCann, Beausejour, Watson, Fyvie (McArthur 54), Espinoza (McCarthy 54), Gomez, McManaman (Dicko 60), Fortune (Holt 60)
Subs: Pollitt, Crainey, McCarthy, McArthur, Holt, Dicko, 

Atromitos: Sifakis (Cenamo 45), Tavlaridis, Fitanidis, Brito, Karagkounis, Papadopoulos, Nastos, Iglesias, Giannoulis, Umbides, Pitu
Subs: Papoutsogiannopoulos, Jamal, Georgiou, Napoleoni, Kallergis, Ballas, Karamanos, Dimoutsis, Lazaridis, Gromitsaris, Barkas, Fabio

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