Latics exit the Carabao Cup at First Round stage after suffering defeat at Rotherham United on Tuesday night.
- Carabao Cup First Round Match Report: Rotherham United 3 – 1 Wigan Athletic
- Latics exit the Carabao Cup at First Round stage as much-changed side goes down to fellow Sky Bet Championship side
- Goals from Jamie Proctor (2) and Semi Ajayi secure progress for Paul Warne’s side, James Vaughan on the mark for Latics
ATTENDANCE: 3,017 (222 away)
ROTHERHAM UNITED 3
PROCTOR 37, 64
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
A much-changed Latics side exited the Carabao Cup at the First Round stage as Paul Cook’s side suffered a 3-1 defeat at Rotherham United.
With only Callum Connolly, Callum McManaman and Cedric Kipre remaining from the side that narrowly lost to Aston Villa on Saturday, Latics still turned out a dominant performance with more efforts on goal and possession than their hosts, before the Millers proved more clinical at the right times.
Jamie Proctor got two of the goals for the hosts, either side of a Semi Ajayi header, whilst James Vaughan got a late consolation for Latics. Kal Naismith, Leo Da Silva Lopes and academy forward Joe Gelhardt were all handed first team debuts, the latter from the bench.
Latics started the brighter of the two sides with Naismith having a dangerous early cross cleared as the visitors took control of possession. McManaman had Latics’ first meaningful effort, though, as he shot wide of Lewis Price’s left-hand post after a long free-kick had been headed down by Vaughan.
The conventional wasn’t working for Latics so Gary Roberts tried something out of the ordinary, shooting from 45 yards and seeing his effort go just over Price’s goal.
Two minutes later, Latics found themselves behind as Proctor fired home his first from close range following Latics’ inability to clear a set-piece.
McManaman twice went close to getting an immediate leveller before Paul Cook’s side got hit by a sucker punch with Ajayi heading home from an Anthony Forde corner on 41 minutes.
That said, Latics nearly got one back on the stroke of half-time as Roberts curled an effort from range onto the crossbar.
Cook’s side started the second-half brightly in reaction, with Roberts playing in Jamie Walker, who cut in from the right before forcing Price into a good low save.
Alex Bruce and Shaun MacDonald both then had efforts off target with a header and 25-yard shot respectively before the hosts got their third on the hour mark through Proctor again, who headed in a Billy Jones cross.
Latics kept going and Connolly saw a shot from range well-saved by Price before Latics did get one back through Vaughan, who headed in a Roberts delivery.
Late on, Cook introduced academy youngsters Gelhardt and Jensen Weir, the former making his first team debut.
Rotherham United: Price, Vyner, Ajayi (Capt), Forde, Proctor (Vassell 81), Ball, Robertson, Williams (Taylor 74), Wiles, Raggett, Jones.
Subs: Bilboe, Palmer, Newell, Hinds, McGinley.
Latics: Jones; Da Silva Lopes, Bruce (Capt), Kipre, Naismith; MacDonald, Connolly (Weir 89); Walker (Gelhardt 78), Roberts, McManaman (Cole 62); Vaughan.
Subs: Evans, Merrie, Golden, Long.