First half goals from James McCarthy, Victor Moses and Emmerson Boyce ensured that Wigan came away from Deepdale with the bragging rights over League One side Preston North End.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY – DEEPDALE – Sunday July 31st 2011
Linganzi 26
McCarthy 1
Moses 8
Boyce 30

Man of the Match – Victor Moses

Wigan travelled the short distance to Deepdale to take on League One Preston North End for their penultimate friendly before the season’s opener against newly promoted Norwich City at the DW Stadium.

Roberto Martinez was unable to call upon the services of the likes Hugo Rodallega and Antolin Alcaraz due to their recent involvement in the Copa America tournament but still boasted a strong line up for the journey up the M6.

Martinez made considerable changes during the interval but his charges had already built up a sizeable lead before the break and the second half allowed him to experiment with his side and cast his eye over a couple of trialists with former Wolves player David Jones impressing in midfield.

The 26-year-old has been training with Wigan since becoming a free agent after declining to accept a new contract at Molineux and Martinez could do far worse than to bring the former Manchester United trainee a deal.

Wigan got off to a flying start, finding the back of the net with only a matter of seconds on the clock.

Victor Moses raced down the left and sent over a cross that was intercepted by Preston defender Clarke Carlisle but James McCarthy threw himself in the way of the clearance and directed the ball home with his head.

The travelling Wigan fans didn’t have long to wait for the second goal to arrive and it was that man Moses again with a charge down the left flank but this time he cut inside and slotted the ball into the far corner and past the outstretched Iain Turner in the Preston goal.

Preston were now firmly on the back foot and it wasn’t until close to the 20 minute mark that Phil Brown’s side made any real impression on the game and came close to narrowing the deficit on a couple of occasions.

The home side did pull a goal back however with 21-year-old Amini Linganzi picked out by a Barry Nicholson corner and then the on loan Blackburn Rovers midfilder struck a neat volley past Mike Pollitt with 25 minutes on the clock.

Wigan restored their two goal cushion within minutes courtesy of a well taken Emmerson Boyce header – the Wigan defender latching onto another Victor Moses center.

The second half saw multiple changes for both sides with Martinez making five during the interval and a further three during the course of the second half.

Moses went close to adding to his tally shortly after the restart and Jordi Gomez saw his effort come back off the woodwork but the second half couldn’t quite live up to the the opening exchanges but Martinez has certainly been given a few things to think about ahead of the season’s opener in less than two weeks time.

However, before then there is the matter of the visit of Spanish side Villareal to the DW Stadium for a friendly game next Sunday.

Referee: Michael Naylor (South Yorkshire)
Attendance: 4,547
Iain Turner Mike Pollitt
Craig Morgan Emmerson Boyce
Stephen Jordan Gary Caldwell
Clarke Carlise Steve Gohouri
Daniel Devine Maynor Figueroa
Paul Coutts Hendry Thomas
Barry Nicholson James McCarthy
Amin Linganzi Mohamed Diame
Darel Russell Jordi Gomez
Iain Hume Victor Moses
Neil Mellor Conor Sammon
Dominic Comrie Al Al Habsi
Jamie Proctor Roman Golabart
Keammar Daley James McArthur
Danny Mayor Ben Watson
Doyle Middleton Franco Di Santo
Paul Parry Daniel Redmond
Scott Leather Steven Boothman
Bailey Wright Adrian Lopez
George Miller David Jones
N Dzeko
1′ GoalJames McCarthy
8′ GoalVictor Moses
26′ GoalLinganzi 26
30′ GoalEmmerson Boyce
46′ Player OffAmin Linganzi
Player OnKeammar Daley
46′ Player OffSteve Gohouri
Player OnRoman Golabart
46′ Player OffHendry Thomas
Player OnBen Watson
46′ Player OffJames McCarthy
Player OnJames McArthur
46′ Player OffMohamed Diame
Player OnDavid Jones
46′ Player OffConor Sammon
Player OnFranco Di Santo
51′ Player OffDarel Russell
Player OnPaul Parry
69′ Player OffGary Caldwell
Player OnAdrian Lopez
69′ Player OffVictor Moses
Player OnN Dzeko
71′ Player OffDaniel Devine
Player OnScott Leather
79′ Player OffPaul Coutts
Player OnDoyle Middleton
80′ Player OffIain Hume
Player OnJamie Proctor
80′ Player OffJordi Gomez
Player OnDaniel Redmond
83′ Player OffBarry Nicholson
Player OnGeorge Miller
86′ Player OffCraig Morgan
Player OnBailey Wright
89′ Player OffStephen Jordan
Player OnDanny Mayor