The Latics’ unbeaten pre season run came to an abrupt end, on Sunday afternoon, as La Liga outfit Real Mallorca left the DW victorious.
In what was a largely dominant display from Roberto Martinez’s men, the Spanish Islanders found the net twice, with Victor Casadesus and Kevin Garcia striking in the second half.
Aside from Maynor Figueroa, who is expected back from his Olympic campaign with
this week, many of the first team were given a run out ahead of the start of
the new season in a fortnight’s time.
In what was a dominant display in terms of possession from the Latics, they were continually left frustrated as the visitors defence held firm.
A smart finish from Casadesus gave
the lead, after some poor defending allowed for him to be in, one on one with
Ali Al Habsi.
Shaun Maloney had the best chance of the half for the home side, as his effort from a tight angle was dealt with by the visiting keeper.
A defensive lapse allowed the Spaniards to double their lead, in the closing stages, as Garcia slotted home, after linking up with Segi Enric.
The game allowed for seven of the starting XI to complete 90 minutes, Mauro Boselli getting 45 minutes on his return to
Scottish starlet Fraser Fyvie got five minutes at the end of the game, his
first taste of football at the DW.
With the countdown for the new season well and truly on, next up is a trip to
next Sunday to take on Celta Vigo.
will be keen to see an end to the Moses transfer saga, potential targets have
been identified, including Everton’s Victor Anichibe, although a loan move for Arsenal’s
Japanese international Ryo Miyaichi looks most likely.