Date:Tuesday February 26 2008
Wigan Athletic Reserves 2-0 Newcastle United Reserves
Latics fielded an experienced side against a young Newcastle side who put up a spirited performance but were ultimately overwhelmed by the far more experienced Latics.
Prior to the game the sparse crowd were greeted by the unusual sight of Latics being led out by the officials ,but no Newcastle who were warming up on the pitch.
Latics lined up for the kick off and the Newcastle captain completed the formalities whilst his team mates were changing in the dug out.
Latics started off brightly playing the ball around the pitch on a green and level surface which is somewhat of a novelty these days.
Agahahowa looked sharp when in possession and beat three men in the third minute but was crowded out by the left hand post
Newcastle immediately broke through but young Saunders who has the makings of a very good keeper comfortably dealt with the shot.
Latics dominated the first half and the star of the show was Tomas Cwyka playing on the right wing.
Time and again he either put in a good cross or a pin point pass to his team mates.
It seemed only a matter of time before Latics scored and when the goal came it had a touch of class about it.
Agahahowa received the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the penalty area, he turned the two defenders and blasted the ball past the helpless Newcastle keeper.
Latics continued to dominate the play with their five man midfield excellently marshalled by Skoko giving Newcastle very little possession.
When Newcastle did break it was a slip by Hagen which allowed them a shot on target but once again the excellent Saunders was perfectly positioned.
Latics nearly doubled their lead in the 40th minute when Cwyka received the ball by the corner flag, he beat two defenders and got a superb cross in which Agahowa met with a powerful header which hit the cross bar.
The second half started in much the same vein with the exception of far more involvement of Figueroa who was anonymous in the first half bout superb in the second half revealing a turn of pace which left the Newcastle players for dead.
In the 55 th minute Figueroa broke from centre midfield played a lovely one two with Cwyka and rifled an unstoppable shot past the keeper to double Latics lead.
From then on the game was never in doubt, Latics played with a confidence and flowing football which could have only pleased the watching Steve Bruce.
Agahahowa could have had another when Skoko put him thorough one on one with the keeper who did well to save.
Latics went off at full time to a deserved round of applause for a committed team performance from all the participants
Tomas Cwyka 8/10
Much was made of him when he signed and he is now showing signs of being able to live up to the hype
A good young keeper with a bright future
Tackled well and fearlessly. Benefited from playing alongside an experienced back four.
A good workout , will benefit from the 90 minutes
Again will benefit from the 90 minutes under his belt.
Quick, skilful and a cracking shot
Should be dominating midfield more than he does. Hasn`t fulfilled the promise of his youth team days yet.
Worked hard, very professional performance
Showed nice touches of skill but too often his last pass let him down
Very skilful but easily pushed off the ball
Looked sharp on the ball, but gave up too easily when challenged
A good team performance playing good football which was a pleasure to watch
Date:Tuesday February 26 2008
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