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DEVELOPMENT REPORT: AFC WIMBLEDON 5 WIGAN ATHLETIC 0

23 August 2016

Young Latics team brushed aside by strong AFC Wimbledon.

  • AFC Wimbledon progress in Premier League Cup with 5-0 thrashing of Latics.
  • Young Latics side easily beaten by experienced Dons.
  • Poleon and Fitzpatrick grab doubles, with substitute Antwi adding to tally.

AFC WIMBLEDON 5
Poleon 17, 45+2
Fitzpatrick 22, 65
Antwi 80

WIGAN ATHLETIC 0

Latics' Development Squad were well beaten when they exited the Premier League Cup in the qualifying round on Tuesday evening after a 5-0 defeat away at AFC Wimbledon, with doubles from Dominic Poleon and David Fitzpatrick followed by a late addition from Jayden Antwi.

The Dons' strong side had plenty of first team experience against a young Latics outfit, but mistakes in defence cost Latics dear as they slumped to a heavy defeat.

Latics were three down by half time with preventable goals conceded, before having their spell midway through the second half, only for Fitzpatrick and substitute Antwi to increase AFC Wimbledon's advantage, sending them through to the group stage.

Dons featured eight players with first team experience from the off, including George Francomb and Jon Meades who played their part in the first team's promotion to Sky Bet League One, whilst former Leeds United and Oldham Athletic man Poleon continued his affinity with scoring against Latics sides, having netted against the Under 21s at Elland Road in 2012/13 and against the first team for the Latics in last season's 1-1 draw at SportsDirect.com Park.

Poleon looked a threat from the off, but it was his fellow forward George Oakley who almost opened the scoring in the opening 10 minutes, racing through on goal, but getting minimal contact on his shot under good pressure from covering defender Arnie Baxendale.

Latics hadn't learned the early lesson though, allowing Poleon to race onto a direct pass in behind for a composed finish in the 17th minute.

Five minutes later and Latics were 2-0 down.  Nolan's under hit back pass was chased down by Poleon and after a ricochet between the forward and Latics keeper Dan Lavercombe, the former Oldham man teed up Fitzpatrick from the left by-line for a simple close range finish into the bottom right corner.

Just after the half an hour mark Oakley came close again, flicking a dangerous delivery onto the cross bar.

Latics' main threat in the first half came down the right hand side with the pace of Danny O'Brien and Baxendale, but it was O'Brien's movement into the area that almost paid dividends, when the former Aston Villa youngster's header was parried by Dons' stopper James Shea.

Shea chased the loose ball at O'Brien's feet and seemingly tripped him in the area, but Latics' calls for a penalty were waved away.

Two minutes into first half added time things got worse for Peter Atherton's side, when Poleon was again allowed too much space on the edge of the penalty area, dodging two challenges before smashing his effort across Lavercombe and in for 3-0.

Latics had their best spell in Wimbledon's third at the start of the second period, but despite a number of deliveries from out wide, Shea was equal to each attempt.

Catches and parries from the keeper became common place for a short while, but with 65 minutes on the clock the hosts added to their tally through Fitzpatrick, cutting a left footed effort across Lavercombe from the edge of the area for 4-0.

O'Brien's last act of the game almost brought about a consolation for Latics, but he saw his cross flicked on by Sam Cosgrove and tipped over by Shea.

Defender Nolan also tested Shea heading into the final 10 minutes, striding into the final third and lashing a right footed shot across the keeper, again a tipped save denying a Latics goal.

A minute later and the Dons completed their rout when Tom Beere's effort was parried straight to the feet of substitute Antwi for a simple tap in. 5-0.

AFC Wimbledon: Shea, Sibbick, Meades, Egan (McKillop 78), Nightingale, Kalambayi, Francomb, Beere, Oakley (Antwi 67), Poleon, Fitzpatrick
Unused Subs: Owens, Bursik, Bellikli

Latics: Lavercombe, Baxendale, Lingard, Gregory (Capt), Anson, Nolan (Stubbs 46), O'Brien (Randell 73), Boyd, Cosgrove, Lang, Barrigan
Unused Subs: Roberts, Taylor, Sang


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