Holt hits two in Latics rout

Grant Holt in the USA
Grant Holt in the USA

OWEN Coyle made it two wins from two as Wigan Athletic manager this morning when his side beat Dayton Dutch Lions 6-1 in the USA.

New signing Grant Holt grabbed his first goals as a Latics player, netting a second half brace.

The visitors, who are in the middle of their US pre-season tour, led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Marc Antoine Fortune and James McCarthy – the same two players who scored during Wigan’s 2-1 victory over Columbus Crew on Saturday.

Dayton hit back straight after the break with a goal from Brandon Swartzendruber.

After that though it was all Latics and just a couple of minutes later, Holt tapped in Shaun Maloney’s cross to restore the Championship side’s two-goal advantage.

Nouha Dicko added Latics fourth when he chipped the goalkeeper after a smart ball from Roger Espinoza before youngster Rakish Bingham scored the fifth with a great finish from inside the box.

There was an odd turn of events next when Lee Nicholls, who had played the first half in goal before being replaced by Mike Pollitt, played the remainder of the game in the opposition goal when their keeper was forced to come off.

The young goalkeeper couldn’t prevent Latics’ sixth though, which was a fierce penalty from Grant Holt after Dicko had been brought down in the area.

After the game, Coyle was more than satisfied with the performance.

“I have to be delighted with that,” he said. “We scored six and could have had six more on a pitch which made passing the ball tough and in a heat and humidity which saps muscles.

“But no complaints about the conditions, that’s why we’re here, to build up fitness on the way to August 3, and all in all it was another great exercise for the boys.”

Latics line-up: Nicholls (Pollitt 46), Buxton (Crainey 59), Perch (Boyce 59), McCann, Espinoza, Watson (McArthur 46), Fyvie (Gomez 46), McCarthy (Beausejour 59), McManaman (Dicko 40), Fortune (Holt, 46), Maloney (Bingham 59)