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PRE-SEASON REPORT: WIGAN ATHLETIC 2 BESIKTAS 1

15 July 2014

Uwe Rosler’s Latics edge past Champions League qualifiers Besiktas at the DW.

Uwe Rosler’s Latics edge past Champions League qualifiers Besiktas at the DW Stadium.

WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
Waghorn 30, 51 (pen)

BESIKTAS 1
Ismail 32

Martyn Waghorn was the double hero for Latics as they notched an impressive win against an excellent Besiktas side, last season’s young player of the season providing the sort of clinical finishing that will serve the side well in the weeks and months to come.

Champions League qualifiers Besiktas showed fantastic movement at times and Latics were forced to rely on Ali Al Habsi’s instincts in a good second half, but a makeshift Latics side produced great moments of their own and could well have scored further goals, especially in the second half when Oriol Riera showed glimpses of real promise.

Playing for the first time in the new 2014-15 kit, branded with the logo of the club’s new principal official partner Intersport, Uwe Rosler had his hand forced a little due to the players unable to feature, James McClean being added to a list which includes James McArthur, Shaun Maloney and long-term absentees Chris McCann and Ben Watson.

Roger Espinoza is still not back after the World Cup and new signing Don Cowie was not risked yet after only starting back full training this week.

So, as against Walsall on Friday, Rosler had to call upon young St Helens-born midfielder Tim Chow and Fraser Fyvie to anchor his midfield, playing three at the back with Emmerson Boyce, Ivan Ramis and Rob Kiernan, and wingbacks James Perch and Andrew Taylor as wingbacks, James Tavernier showing his versatility by shifting over into midfield. Callum McManaman, who, whisper it quietly, is starting to show some moments of trademark brilliance, and Marc Antoine Fortune started as a pair up front, although Fortune was quickly replaced by Waghorn.

Tavernier almost scored within a minute of his DW Stadium debut, thundering a curling free-kick over the wall from the edge of the box and forcing Cenk Gonen into a good fingertip save. And it was Tavernier involved again for the opening goal, a beautiful cross from the right on the half an hour mark which was powerfully headed back across Gonen by Martyn Waghorn from eight yards.

The lead lasted barely a couple of minutes, left back Koybasi Ismail curling a great freekick into the corner of the net. Scott Carson, even at full stretch, had no chance.

Thomas Rogne replaced Ramis at the break, while Ali Al Habsi came on for Carson and was immediately forced into saving well from Olcay Sahan, with the striker also putting a golden chance wide.

Canadian midfielder half Atiba Hutchinson then tripped McManaman after the winger stole the bole from him in the box, and Waghorn converted from the spot, firing high to the keeper’s right.

Al Habsi made two smart saves from Mustafa Pektemek, before Rosler rang the changes, bringing on Oriol Riera, Aaron Taylor Sinclair, Leon Barnett and Gary Caldwell for McManaman, Kiernan, Taylor and Boyce.

Ryan Jennings replaced James Perch shortly afterwards.

Besiktas showed their Champions League calibre at times with some tremendous movement and swift counter-attacking, almost scoring when Kerim Frei pounced on a moment’s hesitation between Barnett and Fyvie to fire wide.

Latics replaced Tim Chow with a trialist, and the new man almost set up a goal immediately, Waghorn forcing Gonen into a save frpom just inside the box, Riera narrowly failing to pounce on the rebound.

Riera gave us a tantalising taste of what is hopefully to come in the months ahead, running virtually the full length of the pitch on the break before being unceremoniously being brought down on the edge of the box, Tavernier putting the freekick inches wide.

In a high tempo finish, Riera was flagged narrowly offside before a swift break from the Turks saw Al Habsi once again deny them brilliantly, this time diving low to parry Omer Sismanoglu’s drive.

A great workout, as the pre-season saying goes, and a victory to boot.

Latics: Carson (Al Habsi 46), Tavernier, Taylor (Taylor-Sinclair 61), Ramis (Rogne 46), McManaman (Riera 61), Boyce (Barnett 61), Fyvie, Perch (Jennings 66), Kiernan (Caldwell 61), Fortune (Waghorn 7), Chow (Trialist 76)
Unused Subs: Wilson

Besiktas: Gonen, Ismail (Sivok 46), Kavlak (c), Sahan (Tosun 62), Pektemek (Sismanoglu 62), Hutchinson (Ozyakup 74), Franco, Frei, Gulum (Uysal 46), Kurtulus (Motta 46), Holosko (Boral 46)
Unused Subs: Sapan, Kaya, Karaal, Nukan

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