Shaun MacDonald returns as Latics take on Mansfield Town in the Central League Cup final.
- Match report: Wigan Athletic 0 Mansfield Town 3.
- Experienced Mansfield side wins the Central League Cup.
- Shaun MacDonald makes his return after 11 months out injured.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 0
MANSFIELD TOWN 3
Every cloud has a silver lining, as they say, and despite a 3-0 defeat to Mansfield Town in the Central League Cup final at Christopher Park, Latics welcomed back Wales international midfielder Shaun MacDonald, 11 months after he broke his leg against Reading in the Sky Bet Championship.
The 29-year-old featured for the full 90 minutes under the watchful eye of manager Paul Cook and his coaching staff, but unfortunately tasted defeat on his return to action, with Jimmy Spencer, Lee Angol and Ricky Miller all on target against a highly experienced Mansfield side.
Latics started the cup final on the front foot and carved out the first opportunity of the game when Luke Burgess stung the gloves of Sam Wilson inside the opening 10 minutes.
The Stags' experience began to show through, however, and before the break they found themselves 2-0 up.
Spencer's deflected effort wrong-footed Dan Lavercombe to give the visitors the lead, before Angol turned in Miller's low cross for 2-0 on the stroke of half time.
The forward, on loan from Peterborough United, grabbed himself a goal in the second half to kill the tie off, tapping in at close range.
Latics battled throughout but couldn't find a way through, despite the best efforts of Mwiya Malumo and substitute Charlie Jolley.
Latics: Lavercombe, Golden, Maffeo, Downey (Capt), Plant, McGuffie, Cotter, MacDonald, Malumo, Burgess, Baningime
Unused sub: Perrin
Mansfield: Wilson, White (Gooden 75), Thomas, Hunt, Penney (Gibbens 69), Digby, Byrom (Smith 71), Sterling-James (Ward 65), Miller, Angol, Spencer
Unused Sub: Sundby