Couldn’t make it to this game, unfortunately — something about trains being unreliable — but thanks to the wonders of technology I was able to listen to a (rather biased, but what else would you expect?) Wigan Athletic World broadcast via the official website.
I do wish I could have been there, as all accounts seem to report a Latics side performing more like Manchester United than the Colchester United we’ve been used to of late. Well, maybe that was a bit uncalled for, but things are definitely clicking into place for Roberto Martinez’s side now.
Coupled with a below-par Preston performance, it turned out to be something of a rout as Rodders, Browny and N’Zogbia all found their way onto the scoresheet. There was also a goal for new boy Jason Scotland, which was met with cheers from the 2000-strong Latics travelling support.
Maybe Preston never recovered from the startling they receieved when they first laid eyes upon our new away kit, or the ‘Tangerine Dream’, as I like to call it. Let’s hope Tango-related headlines are the order of the forthcoming season, as it’ll mean the Latics are doing something right away from home.
In all, a useful away day for Wigan as Martinez got the chance to further experiment with formations and combinations of five-man midfields supporting lone strikers. The scoreline is promising, but it’s important to remember that we’re still in the pre-season stage – many more competitive performances like this, and things will certainly be looking rosy.