Training camp success ends with victory

James McClean in action against TSV Havelse
James McClean in action against TSV Havelse

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.