Sporting their brand new orange away kit for the very first time Wigan Athletic gave Lancashire rivals Preston North End a footballing lesson at a rain soaked Deepdale with Hugo Rodallega, Charles N’Zogbia, Michael Brown and Jason Scotland all on target for Roberto Martinez’s side. Former Wigan striker Neil Mellor netted a late goal for the hosts but it was mere consolation in a game totally dominated by the visitors.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY – DEEPDALE – Tuesday 28th July 2009
Mellor 86
Rodallega 36
N’Zogbia 39
Brown 48
Scotland 78

Whatever Roberto Martinez instilled in his new side over in Austria most definitely had the desired effect because back on home soil they handed out a footballing lesson Preston North End at a wet Deepdale.

The Championship side had gone into the game on the back of an unbeaten run in their pre-season campaign and took on a Wigan side still looking for a first victory the Lillywhites found themselves outclassed all over the park.

Two goals in each half settled this friendly with Preston grabbing a late consolation goal through Neil Mellor, once on loan at Wigan.

Hugo Rodallega grabbed Wigan’s first with 10 minutes of the opening period remaining and Charles N’Zogbia doubled the lead 3 minutes later to give the Premier League side a comfortable cushion going into the break.

Both goalscorers were replaced during the interval, Martinez making a total of six changes to his starting line up, and it was three of his substitutions that quickly combined to add a third goal.

Rachid Bouaouzan and debutant Jason Scotland teamed up to set up Michael Brown for a rare goal a couple of minutes after the restart and Brown was then instrumental in Jason Scotland’s first goal in a Wigan shirt with little over 10 minutes remaining when the Trinidad and Tobago international pounced on a loose ball after Preston keeper Andy Lonergan had spilled a low drive from Brown.

Neil Mellor’s 86th goal for the hosts did little to dampen the travelling Wigan fans’ spirits as they’d already seen enough of the reassembled side to give them plenty to be pleased about ahead of the new season which kicks off in earnest at Villa Park in less than three weeks time.

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Preston)
Attendance: 3,645
22 Wayne Henderson 1 Chris Kirkland
2 Michael Hart 2 Mario Melchiot
21 Neal Trotman 3 Maynor Figueora
14 Liam Chilvers 4 Lee Cattermole
27 Eddie Nolan 5 Emmerson Boyce
10 Barry Nicholson 6 Titus Bramble
11 Darren Carter 7 Daniel de Ridder
19 Billy Jones 8 Hendry Thomas
25 Ross Wallace 9 Hugo Rodallega
9 Chris Brown 10 Jordi Gomez
29 Stephen Elliott 11 Charles N’Zogbia
1 Andy Lonergan 13 Mike Pollitt
3 Callum Davidson 12 Erik Edman
7 Chris Sedgwick 14 Paul Scharner
26 Jon Parkin 15 Michael Brown
33 Neil Mellor 16 Won-Hee Cho
4 Richard Chaplow 17 Rachid Bouaouzan
8 Karl Hawley 18 Jason Scotland
19 Jonathan Routledge
20 Joe Holt
21 Tomasz Cwyka
22 Tomasz Kupisz
36′ Goal Hugo Rodallega
39′ Goal Charles N’Zogbia
46′ Player Off Ross Wallace
Player On Chris Sedgwick
46′ Player Off Wayne Henderson
Player On Andy Lonergan
46′ Player Off Titus Bramble
Player On Paul Scharner
46′ Player Off Maynor Figueora
Player On Erik Edman
46′ Player Off Hendry Thomas
Player On Won-Hee Cho
46′ Player Off Daniel de Ridder
Player On Michael Brown
46′ Player Off Hugo Rodallega
Player On Jason Scotland
46′ Player Off Charles N’Zogbia
Player On Rachid Bouaouzan
48′ Goal Michael Brown
62′ Player Off Eddie Nolan
Player On Callum Davidson
62′ Player Off Stephen Elliott
Player On Neil Mellor
62′ Player Off Chris Brown
Player On Jon Parkin
70′ Player Off Lee Cattermole
Player On Ben Watson
75′ Player Off Jordi Gomez
Player On Daniel de Ridder
78′ Goal Jason Scotland
86′ Goal Neil Mellor