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Burnley Dev Squad 1 Wigan XI 2

13 March 2013

Two late goals cost Clarets'

Two late goals sunk Burnley’s Development Squad following a competitive friendly with a Wigan Athletic XI at Turf Moor.

The Clarets, watched by first team manager Sean Dyche, had led midway though the second half when a Premier League trialist fired home from Clarets’ keeper Jon Stewart’s ball upfield.

Stewart had been an impenetrable barrier at the back, thwarting Wigan with three top-class saves either side of the break.

But second half substitute Rakish Bingham struck twice in the final 10 minutes as Roberto Martinez watched his experienced side come from behind to win.

Jamaican wide man Dane Richards started alongside full backs Luke O’Neill and Joseph Mills in a Clarets side otherwise made up of younger players.

However, O’Neill soon switched to a central defensive role when Luke Conlan limed off to be replaced by Aryn Williams.

The former Mansfield defender then had Burnley’s first effort of note with a free kick charged down by the wall.

In a scrappy first half the Latics created their first opening just before the half hour when wide man Nouha Dicko cut in from the right, but screwed his shot horribly wide.

Eight minutes before the break the visitors thought they had broken the deadlock following more tricky wing play from Dicko, who picked out Ryan Watson for a curling long-range effort.

However, Stewart magnificently clawed away his shot as it arrowed towards the top corner.

The second half began with Wigan again in the ascendancy and after Miguel screwed an effort wide, Stewart again saved well turning aside a bobbling shot from Buxton.

The Clarets keeper was again in the right place just after the hour mark when substitute Bingham arrowed in a vicious drive from the corner of the area.

And having kept the scores level, Stewart then turned provider as the Clarets grabbed the lead in the 66th minute.

The former Alfreton keeper delivered a raking clearance that Burnley’s striking trialist took in his stride and smacked past Marosi in the Latics’ goal.

The Wigan keeper then saved brilliantly from Aryn Williams as the Clarets’ right back played a quick-one-two on the edge of the box and went for the bottom corner.

But Wigan were finally level in the 81st minute as Bingham took a low Miguel cross in his stride on the 18-yard line and spun to find the bottom corner.

And Bingham completed the dramatic turnaround two minutes later, glancing a header into the same corner from a right wing Lopez cross.

Burnley: Stewart, O’Neill, Coleman, Conlan (Williams 11), Mills, Gallagher (Daly 75), Lowe, Richards, Jackson, Evans (McCartan 64), Trialist.
Subs: Jakovlevs, Frost, 

Latics: Marosi, Buxton, Golobart, Lopez, R, Watson (Chow 56), Fyvie, Espinoza, Miguel, Trialist, Dicko, Redmond (Bingham 56).
Subs: Cottrill, Angoy, Morris, Campabadal

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