Hamilton, Delort, Poole and Flores on target in FTDL Cup win against Tranmere.
- Latics win 4-0 in FTDL Cup group stage.
- Hamilton, Delort, Poole and Flores on target.
- Clean sheet is second of the competition. Latics on four points.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 4
TRANMERE ROVERS 0
Latics were comfortable winners at home to Tranmere Rovers in the Final Third Development League Cup, notching up a 4-0 victory at Robin Park Arena, with goals from Matty Hamilton, Andy Delort, Declan Poole and second half substitute Jordan Flores.
Hamilton gave Latics the lead thanks to a Delort assist, with the French striker doubling the lead two minutes later. Poole made it 3-0 with a well timed finish, with Flores arriving from the bench to slot home with his second touch of the game.
Delort was joined by William Kvist and Thomas Rogne in the starting XI, with Under 18s' defenders Luke Burke and Mayowa Balogun continuing their progress.
Latics controlled the opening half an hour at Robin Park, building up their chances against a seemingly well organised Tranmere defence, but when Hamilton found the break through on 34 minutes, Latics pounced.
Delort ran the ball down the left channel, reaching the by-line and cutting the ball back into the area as Hamilton arrived to simply tap home the opening goal.
Just less than two minutes later and the Frenchman had one of his own. Alone up front against two Tranmere defenders, Delort muscled his way through before firing low into the bottom left corner.
Latics were impressive as a unit throughout the first half and into the second, but before the break they were denied a third, and deserved goal, when Delort's powerful free kick was parried into the path of Michael Wilson, unfortunately for the defender he was flagged offside.
It was only 11 minutes into the second half that Latics had to wait to make it 3-0 though, with Joey Johnson dribbling down the left side to cut the ball across the area for Poole, a calm finish under pressure.
Tranmere worked the defence harder in the second half, but the combination of Burke, Wilson, Rogne and Balogun remained strong to hold firm, despite an open goal miss from Sam Ilesanmi almost taking away the clean sheet.
Flores was introduced as Latics' first change on 70 minutes, and three minutes later he had his name on the score sheet with Latics' fourth of the afternoon. Hamilton's cross from the right finding Jennings in the area, he turned the ball on for Flores down the left, and the winger coolly drove the ball into the bottom left corner first time.
Before full time, Delort had a powerful effort beaten away by Patrick Ruiter, with Rogne also seeing his effort from a corner cleared off the line.
Latics are now six games unbeaten over 90 minutes, pulling themselves into second in Northern Group D on four points with a game in hand over leaders Fleetwood Town.
Latics: Keane, Burke, Balogun, Kvist, Rogne, Wilson, Hamilton (Purzycki 82), Poole, Delort, Johnson (Flores 70), Jennings (Robles 75)
Subs: Evans, Chow
Tranmere: Ruiter, Hulley, Hunter, Kubwalo, Gumbs, Williams, Duggan, Jago, Akpan, Ilesanmi, Nugent (Moynes 61)
Subs: Pilling, Smith: Omotola, Galloway