Latics taste defeat on the road at Vale Park.Latics taste defeat on the road at Vale Park.
PORT VALE 5
Campion 8, 29
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
Wigan Athletic’s Development Squad suffered defeat at Vale Park to an experienced Port Vale side on Wednesday afternoon.
Ryan Jennings gave Joe Parkinson’s side the lead and caught the eye throughout but a brace from Achille Campion and goals from Byron Moore, Jonathan Kapend and Omar Haughton sealed a comprehensive win for the hosts.
Latics started the game brightly, and took the lead in the opening three minutes through the impressive tenacity of Ryan Jennings.
The winger put Port Vale keeper Sam Johnson under pressure and his effort paid dividends, winning the ball and tucking it into an empty net to notch his third goal in as many games.
Port Vale were soon level however through French striker Campion, who headed home from 8 yards in the eighth minute from a free kick whipped in from the right hand side by Ryan Lloyd.
The game soon settled and was a very even contest in the opening twenty minutes, with Jennings and Liam Burke causing constant problems with some nice overlapping play down the right.
Port Vale took the lead on the half hour mark, when Campion latched on to a Michael Wilson back pass and broke clear to finish past Owen Evans and score his second of the game.
The hosts soon doubled their advantage through Omar Haughton after 53 minutes, as he broke into the area and tucked the ball past Evans.
Port Vale extended their lead further ten minutes later, through an solo goal from Moore. The midfielder won the ball on the left hand side and cut infield, passing several players before keeping his balance and finding the net.
The hosts rounded up the scoring five minutes from time through substitute Jonathan Kapend, who showed nice skill and finished past Evans.
Latics fought until the end, and almost had a late consolation through Flores, who shot wide after a mazy run in an afternoon to forget for the development squad.
Development Squad coach Joe Parkinson expressed his disappointment in the result after the game, but was able to find some positives in his team’s display against experienced opposition.
He said: “It’s a very disappointing result, especially coming on the back of our display at Nottingham Forest, but we were very young. Three of our back four today play in the youth team as first years, so there are some positives that way.
“I thought going forward we were very positive and could have scored three or four goals ourselves, but they were very clinical and much more experienced than us in many of the positions and the extra experience counted in the end.”
Latics: Evans, Burke, Lambert (Cosgrove 67), Poole, Wilson, McNally, Jennings, Chow, Hamilton, Johnson, Flores
Unused subs: Keane, Balogun, Cvetkovic, Robles