Changed side goes down to Crystal Palace in Carling Cup
CRYSTAL PALACE 2
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
Latics crashed out of the Carling Cup at the first hurdle after a disappointing night at Selhurst Park.
Two first half goals did the damage as Roberto Martinez made seven changes to his side, and despite a good rally in the second half, Latics only found the breakthrough they needed in injury time as Palace old boy Ben Watson's 30 yard daisy cutter found its way through to the net.
There were debuts for Shaun Maloney, David Jones, Patrick van Aanholt and late substitute Nouha Dicko, and a first start for Albert Crusat. But there will be no Carling Cup run this season. Jones and James McCarthy came closest in the second half.
A disastrous first half saw Latics start well but Palace scored two goals in five minutes and could have added more had it not been for two superb saves from Ali Al Habsi. Darren Ambrose with a sharp volley and Jonathan Williams with a shot that seemed to take a deflection did the damage.
At the other end, Latics came closest from a David Jones free-kick, but they were easily second best after their initial burst.
Latics: Al Habsi, McArthur (Dicko, 86) Lopez, Figueroa, van Aanholt, Thomas (Watson 65), McCarthy, Maloney, Crusat (McManaman 65), Jones, Sammon
Unused Subs: Pollitt, Moses, Gomez, Diame
Crystal Palace: Price, Wright, McCarthy (c), Ambrose (Dorman, 84), Zaha, Murray, Williams (Jedinak 75), Moxey, O'Keefe, Tunchev, Ramage (Marrow 71).
Unused Subs: Speroni, Iversen, Easter, Andrew.