Jacob impressed coachReserve-team manager Paul Murray praised goalkeeper Liam Jacob's dazzling display in the 2-0 defeat inflicted by Tranmere Rovers at Chapel Road.
Latics would have lost by a heavier margin but for the heroics of the teenage Aussie.
"Liam was outstanding and he has improved greatly and grown into a man," explained Murray.
Murray was pleased how his side battled against a far more experienced Tranmere team.
He said: "The last time we played them we turned over and died, but we kept battling this time and at 1-0 down were always still in the game.
"It was difficult trying to integrate four trialists into the team and also have such a young side.
"May be we lacked quality, but I certainly couldn't fault their effort.
"I also commend the attitude of the players in the side who were recently told they were being released."
Murray was disappointed with the opening goal conceded which he described as stemming from a corner which was "cheaply" conceded.
He added his side created scoring opportunities on the counter attack, notably one from trialist Victor Zapata-Caicedo when they were 1-0 down.