Strike duo combine as Latics continue unbeaten run.
- Latics breeze past Fleetwood with 3-0 away win.
- Robles and Cosgrove combine as Latics make it 18 unbeaten in the league.
- Latics record fifth clean sheet in seven games to stay second.
FLEETWOOD TOWN 0
WIGAN ATHLETIC 3
Robles (pen) 33
Cosgrove 45, 57
Latics impressively extended their unbeaten run in the Football League Youth Alliance to 18 games with a comfortable 3-0 victory away to Fleetwood Town on Saturday morning.
Louis Robles netted a first half penalty, with Sam Cosgrove scoring either side of half time for a brace, in which coach Peter Atherton admitted could have seen Latics win the contest by more goals.
Victory sends Latics just four points and a game in hand behind league leaders Bury who drew 1-1 at home to Carlisle United.
On a tough pitch, which made it difficult for Latics to play their usual flowing football, Robles put his side ahead on 33 minutes after Cosgrove was tumbled in the box for a penalty.
Direct work from Alex Cvetkovic down the right side and a low cross to Cosgrove's feet drew the foul, with the big striker pushed in the back as he looked to shoot.
Robles stepped up and with ease tucked the ball into the bottom right corner.
There were further chances for Cosgrove, Alex Lingard and finally Chris Merrie, before Cosgrove got his first of the game, firing in from the edge of the area on the stroke of half time.
Latics continued to create chances throughout the second half, but they could find the net one more time with the pick of the bunch.
A solid pass into Cosgrove on the half way line saw the striker use an improvised flick with the outside of his boot to take the ball into Fleetwood's half, he continued by playing a one-two with Robles, reaching the penalty area down the right hand side and thumping high into the goal, leaving the young Cod Army's goalkeeper without a prayer.
Next up for Latics is a trip to Carlisle United on Tuesday afternoon in the Football League Youth Alliance Cup Fourth Round as they look to continue a fine run in the competition.
Speaking at the club's Christopher Park Training Ground on Monday morning, coach Peter Atherton was full of praise for his team.
"It was a tough pitch, but I can only praise the lads for their application and attitude, although I feel we could have scored more goals.
"Sam's scored two excellent goals which really pushed us on in the game and allowed us to dominate the second half."
Latics: Evans, Baxendale, Lingard, Merrie, Anson, Langford, Cvetkovic, Purzycki (Gregory 76), Cosgrove (Barrigan 65), Robles, (Harrison 71), Trialist
Unused subs: Absalom, McNally