Delort and Waghorn on target as Watson and McCann complete 90 minutes.
- Watson and McCann complete 90 minutes.
- Delort opens scoring with fierce strike.
- Latics held to 3-3 draw against Tranmere.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 3
TRANMERE ROVERS 3
Wigan Athletic were pegged back to a 3-3 draw by Tranmere Rovers in the pouring rain at Christopher Park, as Andy Delort and Martyn Waghorn grabbed a goal each, with Ben Watson and Chris McCann completing 90 minutes during a step up in their recoveries from long term injury.
Delort gave Latics the lead with a thumping drive just nine minutes into the game, only for Lewis Moynes to level for the visitors. Waghorn and Jordan Flores scored either side of half time to give Latics a 3-1 lead, but a penalty from James Rowe and a fine finish from Elliot Richards earned Tranmere a point.
Delort, Waghorn, Watson and McCann were joined by Ali Al Habsi and Thomas Rogne in a strong Development Squad starting XI, with Tranmere fielding a number of first team names too, including Josh Thompson and Abdulai Baggie.
Latics looked dangerous from the off, and within nine minutes they opened the scoring when Delort peeled off down the right hand side, took the ball in his stride and lashed it across the goalkeeper into the bottom left corner.
Delort's strike was emphatic and particularly impressive considering the saves Tranmere 'keeper Sam Ramsbottom went on to pull off during the second half.
After a period of dominance which saw Waghorn as the bright spark, testing the keeper and having a low shot clip off the bottom of the left post, the visitors pulled back an equaliser when Baggie's cross found Moynes at the back post for a well timed finish.
Three minutes before half time the attacking threat paid off for Waghorn as he latched onto McCann's cross field pass, dipped inside the full back before cutting onto his right foot and whipping the ball into the bottom left corner, another fine finish in a game of well taken goals.
A minute after half time Latics pushed 3-1 in front, winger Flores (pictured) finding a gap in the middle of the defence to collect Delort's short pass, a calm left footed finish made it look easy for the 19-year-old.
Then came a string of excellent saves from Ramsbottom, denying Latics what could have been a comfortable score line.
Waghorn struck across Ramsbottom, only for the keeper to push the ball wide, with Delort's snap shot also tipped away.
Tranmere then grabbed their second of the game when a counter attack led to a penalty as Rowe was sent over by Reece McNally.
Row dusted himself off to convert the spot kick into the bottom left corner.
Three minutes later and Ramsbottom denied McNally some redemption. Flores delivered a pin-point corner and McNally's solid header looked destined for a Latics' fourth, only for the keeper to pull off another fine stop.
With six minutes remaining, and after another good save from Ramsbottom, Tranmere pulled themselves level as substitute Tomi Omotola teed up Elliot Richards, who struck across Al Habsi and into the top left corner.
Watson and McCann completed 90 minutes in the pouring rain at Christopher Park, providing pivotal roles in midfield, with Delort and Waghorn both sharp up top.
Latics: Al Habsi, Burke, Lambert, Watson, Rogne, McNally, Waghorn, McCann, Delort, Chow (Capt), Flores
Unused Subs: Keane, Jennings, Poole, Johnson, Hamilton, Wilson
Tranmere: Ramsbottom, Duggan, Hunter, Jago, Thompson, Gumbs, Moynes (Omotola 71), Rowe, Donnelly, Richards, Baggie
Unused Subs: Kubwalo, Pilling, Smith