Latics win on penalties after game ends all square in normal time at Bloomfield Road
- Wigan Athletic beat Blackpool 5-4 on penalties in Checkatrade Trophy 2nd Round
- Latics win extra point after penalty victory
- Alex Gilbey scores first of the season on 63 minutes
- 16 year old Victor Maffeo given club debut as second half substitute and scores a penalty
- Successful kicks from Power, Gilbey, Hunt, Maffeo and Laurent
- Young Latics squad features nine academy players
- Blackpool levelled late through Fin Sinclair-Smith
LATICS WIN THE TIE 5-4 ON PENALTIES
Attendance 1,532 (Away 622)
Latics’ first ever taste of the new ABBA penalty system ended in victory at Bloomfield Road after the game ended all square in the Checkatrade Trophy at Bloomfield Road.
Alex Gilbey’s fine second half strike looked to have given Latics the victory only for Blackpool youth team player Fin Sinclair-Smith to level late on barely 20 minutes into his debut. Unfortunately for the teenager, it was his saved penalty which ultimately handed Latics victory after Max Power, Gilbey, Noel Hunt, Victor Maffeo and Josh Laurent converted from the spot.
Cook largely reverted back to the squad who played versus Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup, with Luke Burgess and Callum Lang making their first starts for the club, alongside fellow academy products Luke Burke and Chris Merrie.
Blackpool had the first chance of the night, after eight minutes, Scott Quigley picking up the ball half way inside his own half, dropping his shoulder to shoot powerfully in the box, Jamie Jones having to palm away. Jones was tested again in the 15th minute when collecting a shot by Nathan Delfuneso from a similar position.
Gilbey had Latics’ first effort of the night after 17 minutes, when he broke into the box, his effort deflected into the side netting by Kelvin Mellor. Power then blasted over the bar with an ambitious volley after good work from Lang.
Chris Merrie had to be brave to block a real pile driver on the turn from Quigley after half an hour but Latics began threatening again in the lead up to half-time.
First, Power drove from 25 yards on 39 minutes, the ball whistling just over Ben Williams’ crossbar, before Burgess found himself free at the far post two minutes later only to blast over with an angled effort.
Latics left their best of the half until last, Lang’s dipping free-kick after Sessi D’Almedia had fouled Burgess on the edge of the box saved onto the bar by a back-pedalling Williams.
Quigley was denied by a fine save by Jones in the 57th minute after the striker had broken free on the right and drove at goal and at the other end, Gilbey tried his luck from distance after an hour. Jones had to be alert to swallow up an effort from Delfuneso from the edge of the box a minute later.
Latics’ goal when it came was a real beauty from Gilbey, who picked up the ball 40 yards out, drove at goal and drilled a low shot beyond the out-stretched fingers of Williams and into the keeper’s bottom left hand corner.
Latics gave a debut for 16 year-old academy winger Maffeo, who came on alongside Hunt in place of Lang and Burgess in the 67th minute, followed by James Barrigan in the 76th minutem, replacing Merrie. Power stung Williams’ hands in the 79th minutes and from the resultant corner, it was Maffeo who blasted inches wide with a great effort.
But Blackpool were level in the 87th minute when they broke free down the left and Pool debutant Sinclair-Smith slotted the ball past Jones to level the scores and send the tie to penalties.
Blackpool took the first kick through Andy Taylor, who sent Jones the wrong way. 1-0. Power then stepped up and smashed home high to Williams’ right. 1-1. Gilbey was next, his kick judged to have crossed the line after hitting the crossbar. 1-2. Max Clayton then blasted wide for pool. Still 1-2. Mellor made it 2-2 then Hunt blasted down the middle, 2-3. Maffeo then stepped up and coolly sent Williams the wrong way, 2-4. Delfuneso made it 3-4 before Rowan Roach calmly slotted home in the corner to make it 4-4. Then Barrigan put it agonisingly wide to keep the scores level at 4-4 when he could have won it. Laurent sent Williams the wrong way for 4-5 and Sinclair-Smith saw his effort saved by Jones diving to his right to send Latics through.
Latics: Jones, Burke, Thomas, Daniels, Perkins, Power, Merrie (Barrigan, 76), Gilbey, Burgess (Hunt 67), Laurent, Lang (Maffeo 67).
Subs not used: Perrin, Plant, Gregory, Whitehead,
Blackpool: Williams, Mellor, Hartley (Gnanduillet, 46), Taylor, Anderton, Delfouneso, Des Pres, D’Almeida (Sinclai-Smith, 70), Philliskirk Clayton, Quigley (Roach 70)
Subs not used: Boney