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The side put out against Wigan had 2 changes from the 23's side that started in the defeat to Derby, Kelleher in for Jaros, and Sharif in for Bradley. There were a couple of lads from the 18s on the bench tonight, Balagizi and Quansah.

 

Kelleher playing tonight confirms to me that Adrian will be between the posts at Lincoln on Thursday.

 

Sharif is not long back from a long term injury, so needed the game time.

 

The absence of Rhys Williams in the game against Derby and tonight against Wigan is intriguing to me. I'm sure I heard Steve Hunter mention that Rhys was up training with the first team which is why he missed the game against Derby.

 

Rhys had a pretty successful loan spell at Kidderminster last season, and for me, would be a better option to play against Lincoln than Koumetio and/or Van Den Berg.

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Offal Report

 

Liverpool U21s suffered a 6-1 defeat away at Wigan Athletic in their EFL Trophy opener on Tuesday night.

 

Leighton Clarkson had given the young Reds a one-goal lead prior to half-time before their League One opposition went on to stage a second-half comeback. 

 

Goals from Kal Naismith, Joe Garner and braces from Charlie Jolley and Ollie Crankshaw ultimately secured the three points for the hosts. 

 

Liverpool will look to respond in their next Northern Group D fixture when they travel to Tranmere Rovers next Tuesday.  

 

Surviving an early scare as Wigan hit the post, Barry Lewtas' charges took control of the first-half proceedings. 

 

Jack Bearne and Liam Millar went close to opening the scoring during the first period before the deserved opener finally arrived in the 44th minute. 

 

Good play from Millar on the left saw him put the ball across the face of goal, with Clarkson arriving at the back post at the right moment to convert.

 

But Wigan returned from the interval rejuvenated and turned the contest around completely by the hour mark. 

 

It was level moments after the restart when substitute Naismith rose highest on a corner before he then turned provider by supplying the cross for Jolley's header.

 

They added a third six minutes later when Tom Clayton headed a lofted ball over the onrushing Kelleher, allowing Jolley to tap into an empty net.

 

And to complete the game's scoring, Crankshaw netted with a drilled finish and header, with a Garner penalty sandwiched in between.

 

Liverpool U21s: Kelleher, Sharif, Savage, Clayton, Beck, Cain (Balagizi, 84), Clarkson, Woodburn, Bearne (Dixon-Bonner, 64), Longstaff (O’Rourke, 84), Millar. 

 

Unused substitutes: Jaros, Quansah, Bradley.

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Right, moving on from that 45 minutes of embarrassment...

 

Under-23s vs. MUFC, 7 p.m., LFCTV & so on :-

Winterbottom; Bradley, Larouci, Clayton, Savage, Clarkson, Cain, Woodburn, Bearne, Millar, Longstaff.

Subs: Davies, Beck, Sharif, Dixon-Bonner, O’Rourke.

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2 minutes ago, John102 said:

How good was that Wigan team?

In the first half, they weren't very good at all, but we squandered enough chances to finish the game before we scored. Then in the second half we got tired and made mistakes and they took all their chances.

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Clarkson straight red for a bad tackle, also the MUFC player that felt the need to run 15 yards and push Clarkson over gets one too. Half an hour of ten-a-side to follow.

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