Training camp success ends with victory

James McClean in action against TSV Havelse

James McClean in action against TSV Havelse

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WIGAN Athletic’s players will today continue their preparations for the new season back on familiar soil at Christopher Park after a ‘hugely successful’ training camp in Germany.

The Latics delegation yesterday flew home after the week-long stay in the German hills.

After being put through their paces by boss Uwe Rosler and head of performance Chris Haslam, Latics rounded off the week with a comfortable 3-1 friendly victory over TSV Havelse on Saturday. Rosler had admitted in the lead-up he was not treating the game as anything approaching a serious test, but instead an opportunity to give all of his players a run-out under match conditions.

Indeed, some 21 players were used in the hit-out, but Rosler would surely have been pleased with several aspects of the afternoon’s work.

Latics had to come from behind after being rocked by Hilal El-Helwe’s stunning early free-kick after only three minutes that beat Scott Carson from distance.

Youngster Ryan Jennings levelled the scores within 11 minutes after good work from Fraser Fyvie.

Marc-Antoine Fortune edged Latics in front shortly after the half-hour mark after Rob Kiernan had headed Martyn Waghorn’s corner into his path.

And a cracker from James McClean secured the victory inside the final quarter, with debutante Aaron Taylor-Sinclair hitting the woodwork twice after coming on as a half-time substitute.

Also making their first appearances for Latics were fellow summer signings Andrew Taylor, James Tavernier and Oriol Riera.