Classic action from the 2003/04 season, including Jason Roberts' debut goal.
- Latics triumph at Deepdale with a 4-2 win against Preston in 2004.
- Jason Roberts announces his arrival with debut goal inside 35 seconds.
- Nathan Ellington on the double alongside Gary Teale's stunning low drive.
Preston North End 2 Wigan Athletic 4
Saturday 17 January 2004
If you ever dreamed of a debut for Wigan Athletic, Jason Roberts was the man who lived it! He kicked off Latics' 4-2 victory over Preston North End in January 2004 within 35 seconds of his first appearance in a blue and white shirt, rounding off a sweeping move to flick Gary Teale's cross elegantly past Jonathan Gould, sending thousands of supporters into a frenzy behind the goal.
Dickson Etuhu attempted to spoil the party on the half an hour mark with his equaliser, but Latics quickly swept the hosts aside re-taking the lead through Nathan Ellington on the stroke of half time, before Gary Teale rifled in a third, with the Duke making it four minutes later.
Graham Alexander's late penalty was a mere consolation on a day to remember for Roberts and his team mates who made it six straight unbeaten matches at Deepdale, a run which was to be extended to seven the following season.
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