Goal fest for Latics in dominant 7-1 win at Morecambe.
- Sam Cosgrove takes the match ball in 7-1 win at Morecambe.
- Sanmi Odelusi grabbed a brace, alongside goals from Andy Kellett and Alex Lingard.
- Latics impressive in commanding display at the Globe Arena.
Oliver 46 (pen)
WIGAN ATHLETIC 7
Cosgrove 22, 51, 64
Odelusi 18, 62
Latics turned in a superb performance in their penultimate fixture of the 2015-16 season, as they brushed aside Morecambe 7-1 at the Globe Arena on Tuesday afternoon, thanks to a hat-trick from Sam Cosgrove, a brace from Sanmi Odelusi and superb strikes from Andy Kellett and Alex Lingard.
Odelusi, Cosgrove and Kellett had Latics 3-0 up at half time and cruising, until Connor Oliver won and scored from the penalty spot in the first minute of the second half. Not phased by the quick fire goal, two more from Cosgrove either side of another fine Odelusi finish helped to push the game well beyond Morecambe's reach, before Lingard smashed in a seventh with 20 minutes remaining.
The dominant victory pushed Latics to within a point of third place Shrewsbury Town and two behind second place Walsall, but victory for Bradford City over Shrewsbury cancelled out any chances of Peter Atherton's side capturing the league title, as they sit five behind the Bantams with one game to play.
Latics were impressive and forceful right the way through, starting inside the opening 15 minutes with Danny O'Brien darting down the right wing on multiple occasions, dragging a left footed effort narrowly wide, before laying on an assist for Cosgrove, only for the flag to be raised as O'Brien's cross was judged to have been delivered from behind the by-line.
Soon enough Latics were ahead though, this time Kellett taking charge of possession and advancing on goal, before threading the ball down the outside of Odelusi's run into the right side of the penalty area, with the striker taking his finish expertly to find the bottom left corner across Morecambe keeper Niall Maher.
Four minutes later and it was 2-0 and the start of Cosgrove's hat-trick. James Barrigan battled away down the left before finding Cosgrove with his back to goal, but using his strength he turned and out-muscled his marker to drive a low right footed shot into the bottom left corner from over 20 yards out.
Despite dominance throughout, Latics' keeper Owen Evans still had to be on his toes just after the half an hour mark, reacted well to get down low to his left as he tipped a rare effort from Nathan Bondswell around the post.
Latics regained control within minutes, and again it was O'Brien directness and pace causing the problems. Beating the left full back once more, O'Brien tried to pick out Cosgrove at the near post, only for Morecambe to half clear, a half clearance which fell to completely the wrong player, as Kellett took a touch out of his feet and whipped a shot from the right edge in off the left post for 3-0.
Odelusi almost added a fourth before half time, but he could only turn the ball over first time after clever work by Barrigan along the right by-line.
Morecambe had Latics stunned a minute after the break though, when Oliver raced into the left side of the area and went down under a challenge from Adam Anson.
Oliver, on loan at the Globe Arena from Blackpool, dusted himself down and fired his penalty into the bottom left corner, giving the Shrimps a glimmer of hope.
It wasn't to be though for the hosts, and five minutes later Latics made it 4-1. Lingard worked space down the left side to cross, picking out Cosgrove at close range who stood strong to head home his second of the match.
Moments before being replaced by Louis Robles, Odelusi added his second of the match to make it 5-1, racing onto the end of Cosgrove's pass down the middle, before lashing the ball across the keeper and into the bottom left corner.
Cosgrove's hat-trick was completed inside 64 minutes from a similar phase of play, with Kellett this time the provider of a through ball down the middle, with the striker finding the bottom right corner for 6-1.
Latics pushed and pushed for a seventh, and at the third time of asking from a short corner, they worked the ball free for Lingard right of centre with the full back making no mistake as he powered his left footed effort beyond Maher and into the top right corner.
It could have been even more for Latics who created a multitude of chances in the final 20 minutes, but it's safe to say they'll be happy with their seven goal haul, surprisingly only their second biggest victory of the season after an 8-1 against Burton Albion just a few weeks ago.
Morecambe: Maher, Cowley (Tomlinson 57), Livingstone, Dugdale (Webb 46), Doyle, McKnight, Jordan, Bailey, Mullin, Oliver (Hedley 66), Bondswell (Townsend 71)
Unused Sub: Povey
Latics: Evans, O'Brien (Baxendale 72), Lingard, Burke, Stubbs, Anson, Barrigan (Donaghey 81), Hamilton (Lang 81), Odelusi (Robles 62), Cosgrove, Kellett (Burgess 77)