Wigan Athletic travelled to Victoria Park on the back of two straight Premier League defeats and conceding 10 goals. It was a potential banana skin for Latics but they comfortably recorded their first win of the season.

CARLING CUP SECOND ROUND – Victoria Park – Tuesday August 24th 2010
Collins o.g. 3
Gomez 76
Moses 86

In a way this game was a must win but it was also a time for Wigan to start scoring. A strong Latics line up included Figueroa, Boseli, Rodallega and McCarthur and a bench to be proud of. The likes of Moses, N’Zogbia and McCarthy occupied the bench and would be called upon if needed.

Wigan got off to the brighter start. Jordi Gomez was providing an attacking threat down the right hand side of the midfield and was linking up well with Rodallega and Boseli. It only took the Latics 3 minutes to get on the score sheet.

Jordi Gomez whipped in a free kick destined for Steven Caldwells head was put in to the Hartlepool goal by Sam Collins to give the away side the lead. Latics fans and players were still waiting for the first goal of the season.

Hartlepool pushed after the opener, feeling that they could provide a cup-set. James Brown proved to be a thorn in the Latics side and Ali Al Habsi pulled off some decent saves to keep the Latics one nil up.

Scott Flinders in the ‘pool goal was doing his best to keep the Latics at bay and deserved to get something going into half time. Joe Gamble had Hartlepools best chance to take them in level at half time.

The second half saw Wigan come out looking to put the game to bed. Gomez and the Latics took the game to Hartlepool and the Latics were left frustrated in front of goal. James McCarthur was replaced by James McCarthy and Victor Moses replaced Hugo Rodallega after an hour.

Wigan’s mentality changed and soon paid off. Jordi Gomez scored his first of the season with an accurate free kick into the top right hand corner of Flinders goal.

Gomez’s effort was pinpoint in precision. Ten minutes later and with only four minutes remaining Victor Moses secured Wigan’s progress with the 3rd and a low shot down to Flinders right.

Altogether it was a solid performance from the Latics and a real confidence boost ahead of the trip to White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Report by Simon Gregory

Cockney Latic Man of the Match: Jordi Gomez
Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands)
Attendance: 3,196
1 Scott Flinders 26 Ali Al Habsi
5 Sam Collins 17 Emmerson Boyce
6 Evan Horwood 13 Steven Caldwell
16 Steve Haslam 3 Antolin Alcaraz
4 Gary Liddle 31 Maynor Figueroa
8 Joe Gamble 16 James McArthur
20 Paul Murray 14 Jordi Gomez

Antony Sweeney

6 Hendry Thomas
10 Adam Boyd 20 Hugo Rodallega
14 James Brown 8 Ben Watson
11 Andy Monkhouse 9 Mauro Boselli
21 Andy Rafferty 12 Mike Pollitt
3 Ritchie Humphreys 39 Jordan Mustoe
29 Peter Hartley 23 Ronnie Stam
7 Leon McSweeney 21 Mohamed Diame
19 Jon Andre Fredriksen 4 James McCarthy
23 Colin Larkin 11 Victor Moses
9 Denis Behan 10 Charles N’Zogbia
3′     Goal Sam Collins o.g.
19′     Yellow Card James McArthur
57′ Player Off James Brown
Player On Colin Larkin
65′     Player Off Hugo Rodallega
Player On Victor Moses
65′     Player Off James McArthur
Player On James McCarthy
67′ Player Off Adam Boyd
Player On Denis Behan
70′     Yellow Card Ali Al Habsi
76′     Goal Jordi Gomez
77′ Player Off Paul Murray
Player On Leon McSweeney
79′     Player Off Mauro Boselli
Player On Charles N’Zogbia
86′     Goal Victor Moses
90′ Yellow Card Gary Liddle