Wigan fans who made the short trip to the sun kissed Lancashire coastal town of Morecambe were rewarded with a fine performance from Owen Coyles charges as the new manager seeks to identify his best starting eleven prior to the advent of the new season in less than two weeks time.
Owen Coyle once again adopted a 4-51 formation this time with Grant Holt operating in the lone forward role ably supported by McCarthy with Chris McCann partnering James Perch at centre half.
The game started in an open free flowing manner with lively Morecambe winger Mwasile causing a fair few problems for Steven Crainey at left back.
For Wigan Boyce relishing in his captain’s role looked sharp , attacking with gusto and he was ably supported by McCarthy and McManaman. Wigan’s best chance of the first half fell to Holt but he snatched his shot wide, trying a placed lob when power might have been the better option
Scott Carson in the Wigan goal didn’t have a quiet night and had to make a couple of smart saves from Williams and Ellison. Both teams trooped in for a well earned half time break no doubt satisfied with their efforts.
The second half continued in much the same vein and not until both sides opted to make changes did the game look like it would generate a winner.
For Wigan two substitutions provided the catalyst, Beausejour and Fortune. Wigan’s play immediately had more drive and purpose with Fortune looking to use his pace to beat the offside trap. The goal when it came showed the burgeoning reputation of Fortune with the Wigan fans as Beausejour broke down the left crossed into the centre to Fortune who beat his man and fired a superb shot from the edge of the area into the goal past the despairing dive of Roche.
Wigan made more changes and the pattern of play slipped somewhat although there was a welcome cameo from Redmond one of the bright hopes for the future
Boyce (c), Crainey, McCann, Perch
McCarthy, Maloney, McManaman , McArthur, , Espinoza ,
Fortune for Holt 60 mins
Beausejour for Maloney 60 mins
Redmond for McManaman 72 mins
Fyvie for McArthur 63 mins
Watson for Espinoza 60 mins
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