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DEVELOPMENT REPORT: BURTON ALBION 3 WIGAN ATHLETIC 1

23 February 2016

Dinanga double downs Latics.

  • Latics fall to 3-1 away defeat at Burton.
  • Charles own goal gave Latics the lead before Harness equaliser.
  • Dinanga scored twice in the second half to claim the points.

BURTON ALBION 3
Harness 37
Dinanga 46, 88

WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
Charles o.g. 14

Latics fell to a 3-1 defeat at Burton Albion in the Final Third Development League on a difficult surface at Mickleover Sports, despite taking the lead in the first half through a Darius Charles own goal.  Marcus Harness equalised eight minutes before the break, with Marcus Dinanga immediately giving Burton the lead after the second half restarted, before grabbing his second with two minutes remaining.

After a tough start, Latics took the lead inside the opening 15 minutes when Alex Lingard swung in a left footed free kick from the right touchline, with Charles rising highest before heading beyond Stephen Bywater and into his own goal.

Moments later Latics were claiming for a penalty when Sam Cosgrove was sent tumbling down the right side of the area, but claims were waved away.

Pressure followed.  First Louis Robles and Adam Anson combined to block efforts at the left post on the line, before Owen Evans expertly tipped Dinanga's low effort around the foot of his right post.

Latics couldn't hold Burton out though, when Callum Reilly was released down the left side, before crossing for Harness who thumped his first time effort into the bottom left corner from 12 yards.

Burton reacted quickest after the second half restarted, with Dinanga pouncing on Ben Fox's pass down the right side to finish into the bottom right corner for 2-1.

Matty Hamilton and Cosgrove came closest to pulling Latics level, but Burton looked likely to extend their lead, with Dinanga twice dragging opportunities wide.

The forward eventually grabbed his second goal two minutes from time, when Harness' back post header rebounded off the cross bar for Dinanga to nod in for 3-1.

Burton: Bywater, Gatter, O'Brien, Flanagan, Charles (Hallahan 61), O'Connor, Fox, Ferguson, Dinanga, Harness, Reilly (Garnett 61)
Unused Subs: Hornby, S'Barra, Hunt

Latics: Evans, Burke (Beaumont 62), Lingard (Taylor 85), Purzycki, Anson, Stubbs, Lang (Sang 53), Hamilton, Cosgrove, Robles, Barrigan (Rimmer 85)
Unused Subs: Absalom


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