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5 July 2014

Wigan Athletic kick off pre-season campaign with 3-1 victory against TSV Havelse.

Goals from Ryan Jennings, Marc-Antoine Fortune and James McClean saw Wigan Athletic seal a 3-1 win in their first pre-season game against German side TSV Havelse.

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El-Helwe 3

Jennings 14'
Fortune 32'
McClean 72'

An exciting attacking performance with goals from Ryan Jennings, Marc-Antoine Fortune and James McClean saw Latics prevail in their first pre-season friendly of the summer, despite falling behind in the opening three minutes when Hilal El-Helwe rifled in a free kick from 30 yards.

All four of Uwe Rosler's summer signings made appearances, with Andrew Taylor in the starting XI, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and James Tavernier introduced at half time and Spanish striker Oriol Riera brought on during the second half.

Equalising goal scorer Jennings was one of three young professionals making an appearance, alongside midfielder Tim Chow and defender Michael Wilson.

In the low-key surroundings of Garbsen, Lower-Saxony at the Wilhelm-Langrehr-Stadion a thunderstorm coincided with Latics falling behind, when El-Helwe made pre-season preparations uncomfortable as he thumped in a 30 yard free kick.

Not hindered by the hosts' quick-fire goal, Latics came out fighting and moments later Wilson headed narrowly over the cross bar from a Martyn Waghorn corner.

Pressure continued with Waghorn himself firing wide from distance, with a flowing move to follow that would see Jennings level proceedings on his maiden appearance in the first team.

A combination of passing between Fraser Fyvie and Tim Chow saw Latics advance on their opponents, with Fyvie playing the killer pass through to Jennings who slotted home expertly from the edge of the area.

With a goal to their name Latics took no time to gain control of the game, composing themselves in defence and in their passing, but continuing to produce chances up front.

Fortune side-footed narrowly wide from a pin-point Chow cross just after the half an hour mark, but minutes later the French striker would find the net, tapping in Rob Kiernan's header from a Waghorn corner.

Chow's continued involvement during the first half was key to note, covering plenty of ground and linking up play well.

Latics made seven changes at half time, introducing Lee Nicholls, Emmerson Boyce, Ivan Ramis, Leon Barnett, James Tavernier, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Callum McManaman.

Retaining their places were Fyvie, Chow, Waghorn and Jennings.

Taylor-Sinclair made an adventurous start to his life with Latics and within 17 minutes of the restart he'd struck the woodwork twice.

Linking up with fellow debutant Tavernier's corner, the former Partick Thistle full back headed against the left post on 53 minutes, before arriving late in the box on 62 minutes, again to be denied by the same post.

An exciting start to the second half continued when McClean and new signing Oriol Riera were introduced on 65 minutes, giving Havelse yet another headache to deal with.

Both made almost instant impacts, with the Spanish striker heading a McManaman cross narrowly wide, before McClean extended Latics' lead.

By all accounts it was a rocket from the Republic of Ireland international, who struck his shot from the right angle of the penalty area, arrowing into the bottom left corner, leaving Halvelse goalkeeper Alexander Meyer stranded.

Gary Caldwell became Latics' final substitution when he replaced Fyvie, pushing Ramis into midfield.

McClean excellent efforts continued as he used his pace and power to torment the Havelse defence, but 3-1 was enough for Latics with a big thanks to Leon Barnett who blocked a late chance from Tim Scheffler.

Latics' week in Germany ended productively with an early pre-season victory.  The team will return to England for their next game, when Walsall visit Leigh Sports Village next Friday 11 July at 7.00pm. For full details on how to buy tickets and attend the game against the Saddlers please [click here].

TSV Havelse starting XI: Meyer, El Helwe, Hintzke, Kalinowksi, Wolf, Yilmaz, Strunkey, Kina, Gos, Scheffler, Zakrzewski

Latics: Carson (Nicholls 46), Perch (Boyce 46), Rogne (Ramis 46), Wilson (Barnett 46), Taylor (Tavernier 46), Chow, Kiernan (Taylor-Sinclair 46), Fyvie (Caldwell 75), Waghorn (McClean 65), Fortune (McManaman 46), Jennings (Riera 65)

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