Djabi on the double for Fleetwood as 10-man Latics consecutive defeats.
- Latics v Fleetwood Town match report.
- Mamadou Djabi brace settles contest for the visitors.
- Luke Burgess sent off in first half for the hosts.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 0
Burgess (red card) 43
FLEETWOOD TOWN 2
Djabi 29, 75
A young Latics side tasted their second consecutive defeat in the Football League Youth Alliance this weekend, as visitors Fleetwood Town ran out 2-0 winners at Robin Park Arena, with Will Ryder's side down to 10 men for the whole of the second half, after Luke Burgess was given his marching orders for a reckless challenge.
Fleetwood hot-shot Mamadou Djabi grabbed a goal in each half for the visitors, in a game which Head of Academy Gregor Rioch believed Latics were close on a number of occasions to finding the magic formula.
By Rioch's own admission Latics could have upped their game in the opening stages, but despite that they came closest to opening the scoring when Chris Merrie was denied by Fleetwood goalkeeper Elliott Wynne.
Just before the half an hour mark, Djabi gave the visitors the lead, prodding the ball into the bottom corner from Jordan Hancox's assist.
The second half was set up for a battle just minutes before the break, when midfielder Luke Burgess went into a challenge with his studs showing and was immediately shown a red card.
Latics made two changes at half time, with Alex Lingard and Arnie Baxendale introduced to add width. The substitutions made their desired impact too, as Latics became a threat, but couldn't find a break through before Djabi scored his second of the afternoon, a well taken finish one-on-one.
After the game, we caught up with Gregor Rioch for his thoughts:
"We didn't start as well as we'd hoped and we need to get better in that respect, as well as being more robust in defence, but there are a lot of positives for us to take.
"We had a young side out with three players making their debuts, so it's a positive that we were able to give them much needed and deserved time on the pitch.
"The game overall was a good challenge for the lads, we're disappointed to lose as anybody would be, but we improved a lot in the second half and started to look like winners. We ran out of steam a bit towards the end which led to Fleetwood's second goal, but all-in-all it's a good learning experience for the team."
Latics: Absalom, Stubbs, Taylor (Lingard 46), Merrie, Forecast, Beaumont, Burgess, Randell, Sang, Powell (Baxendale 46), Rimmer (Cotter 80)
Unused subs: Roberts, Golden