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WIGAN Athletic came out on top in their sole home pre-season friendly.

Two goals from Martyn Waghorn were enough to see off Turkish outfit Besiktas in a close encounter at the DW Stadium.

A number of new faces, including striker Oriel Riera, were introduced to the Latics fans as Uwe Rosler made 10 substitutions during the match.

Wigan opened the scoring after half an hour when Waghorn headed home James Tavernier’s superb cross.

That lead didn’t last long when Koybasi Ismail curled home a beauty of a free-kick into the top corner.

Latics had a penalty shout just before the break when Callum McManaman went down in the area but the referee was unconvinced.

Besiktas started the second half brighter with Olcay Sahan having two good chances to give them the lead.

After Ugur Boral raced down the left handside and crossed a great ball into the box, the midfielder somehow blazed his shot wide of the post from close range.

Sahan’s next effort was much better though. After barging his way through the Latics defence, Ali Al Habsi was forced into a great save.

Just as it looked like the Turkish outfit were getting the better of the hosts though, McManaman went down in the box for a second time, this time under Canadian Atiba Hutchinson, and the referee pointed to the spot.

Up stepped Waghorn to restore the lead and double his tally.

Besiktas continued to up the tempo though and could have had a penalty for handball but the referee waved away the appeals.

Rosler, who had started with new boys Tavernier and Andrew Taylor, brought on a couple of other signings in Riera and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair as well as youngster Ryan Jennings.

Striker Riera looked impressive and went on a fantastic run from his own half in the 79th minute, out-pacing a number of Besiktas defenders and was only stopped by a cynical trip as he approached the penalty area.

The resulting free-kick was hit deliciously by Tavernier, lashing the side netting and tricking the 2,500 Wigan fans into thinking it had gone in, much to the amusement of the 229 Turkish supporters in the away end.

As the clock ticked down, Al Habsi was forced into another fine save by Cenk Tosun before Fraser Fyvie did well to clear as Wigan went on to win the game.

Latics: Carson (Al Habsi 46), Tavernier, Taylor (Taylor-Sinclair 61), Ramis (Rogne 46), McManaman (Riera 61), Boyce (Barnett 61), Fyvie, Perch (Jennings 66), Kiernan (Caldwell 61), Fortune (Waghorn 7), Chow (Trialist 76)

Unused sub: Wilson