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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BLACKPOOL

7 August 2017

Latics take on The Seasiders at the DW Stadium in the Carabao Cup

  • Latics v Blackpool, Carabao Cup 1st Round, Tuesday 8 August
  • Paul Cook’s first competitive game as manager at the DW Stadium
  • Adults tickets £10, Under 18s £5, Under 5s £2.

WIGAN ATHLETIC v BLACKPOOL
CARABAO CUP FIRST ROUND
DW STADIUM
TUESDAY 8 AUGUST 2017
KICK-OFF 7.45pm

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP
Wigan Athletic welcome Blackpool on Tuesday 8 August in the Carabao Cup 1st Round for Paul Cook’s first competitive match in charge of Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Following last Saturday’s Sky Bet League One opening day victory at Milton Keynes, Cook looks set to rotate the squad, with the likes of Jordan Flores, Alex Gilbey, Ryan Colclough, Will Grigg and Terell Thomas likely to feature from the start having either not played at Stadium MK or come off the bench.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Cook also suggested that long-term absentee – and former Blackpool player - Donervon Daniels would feature, along with debuts at some stage for Noel Hunt and young striker Callum Lang, who has impressed in pre-season.

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer is also likely to make a few changes following his side’s opening day defeat at Bradford City. He will be looking for the side to consolidate having achieved promotion back from Sky Bet League Two last season although a cup run – especially at this stage of the season – is a great way for managers to be able to test the strengths of their squad.

Gary Bowyer
Gary Bowyer – great first season at Bloomfield Road

OUR RECENT RECORD IN THE LEAGUE CUP
The club’s record in the competition has been poor in recent years, with first round exits in the last three seasons at Oldham in 2016, at home to Bury in 2015 and away to Burton Albion in 2014. In 2013, Latics went out at the first attempt, losing at Manchester City, albeit it was a 3rd Round game as Europa League involvement gave the side a bye.

The last time Latics had a League Cup run was in 2012, when emphatic wins at Nottingham Forest and West Ham United set up a 4th Round tie at home to Bradford City, which was lost on penalties after Roberto Martinez’s men somehow couldn’t find a way past the Bantams back four despite complete domination.
Maoro Boselli scores versus West Ham United
Our last win in the competition was as far back as September 2012, Maoro Boselli scoring twice in a 4-1 win at West Ham United

Looking back in time, It’s a competition that, since its introduction to English football in 1960, that neither of tonight’s sides has enjoyed much success in - with the obvious excepetion of reaching the final in 2006 and decent runs in 2002, 2008 and 2012. Our visitors, who were semi-finalists in 1962, arrive on a run of eight defeats in their last nine matches in the competition since they beat Latics 4-1 at Bloomfield Road in 2009.

Tonight will be the third meeting between the two sides in this competition, with the aforementioned 4-1 hammering on the Seaside coming eight years after Brett Ormerod – later a Latics loanee – scored a hat-trick in a 3-2 win for Steve McMahon’s side.

MAJOR CONNECTIONS
Jordan Flores for Blackpool
Jordan Flores was of course part of Blackpool’s promotion-winning campaign last season, while Michael Jacobs, Donervon Daniels and David Perkins are all former Tangerines. Going back in time there are numerous connections to link the club, including some real club stalwarts. Emmerson Boyce who finished his career at Bloomfield Road, Colin Greenall began his career at Blackpool and ended it with Latics, while Colin Methven is another to have been a real favourite at both.
Emmerson Boyce for Blackpool
Emmerson Boyce received a great welcome back to the DW Stadium when he returned in Blackpool colours in 2015.

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REPORT: LATICS 2-1 BLACKPOOL

8 August 2017

Goals from Laurent and Flores secure tight win in Carabao Cup.

• Wigan Athletic beat Blackpool in Carabao Cup 1st Round
• Cook makes eleven changes
• Debuts for former academy players Evans, Merrie, Stubbs, Lang and Burgess.
• First starts for Laurent and Thomas and for Grigg since early March.
• Josh Laurent scored 16th minute opener in first start for the club
• Jordan Flores with 25 yard strike on stroke of half time
• Return to action after 12 and 18 months for Daniels and James respectively
• Peter Hartley with the Blackpool goal.

LATICS 2
Laurent 16
Flores 45
BLACKPOOL 1
Hartley 59

Attendance 3,391

Superb goals from Josh Laurent and Jordan Flores against the team he was loaned out to last season earned Latics a place in the Carabao Cup 2nd Round after Paul Cook made eleven changes to the side and handed five debuts to Wigan academy players.

In a dramatic game at the DW, Welsh international Owen Evans was superb as he kept Blackpool at bay with a string of fine saves after they pulled a goal back from Armand Gnandouillet in the second half and Latics held on.

There was further good news as Will Grigg made his first start in a Latics shirt since early march and played 75 minutes.

Paul Cook handed first team competitive debuts to Evans and Chris Merrie plus first starts for Laurent and Terell Thomas. There was a first piece of competitive action for Donervon Daniels for a full year, since the corresponding game in the league cup last season. Reece James, for his part, made his competitive return following 18 months out, since January 2016. 

Latics went in two goals to the good at the break with two clinical finishes but the visitors were left ruing missed opportunities.

Blackpool started the brighter forcing Evans into a neat save from Bright Osayi-Samuel with barely two minutes on the clock, the visitors immediately forcing four corners.

Latics almost found an opening after 12 minutes, Alex Gilbey drawing a great save from Ben Williams, who had to claw away his drive from the edge of the box after great interplay in the build-up from Jordan Flores and Ryan Colclough.

Latics did find the opening four minutes later, however and it was Laurent, in his first start for the club, who scored a fine solo effort, driving in from the right side into the box and Williams couldn’t prevent his shot from beating him at the far post, despite getting a hand to the ball.

Armand Gnadouillet forced Evans into a neat near post save on 18 minutes before Max Clayton twice went close, in the 25th and 26th minute. Evans saved the first, a low drive from ten yards, before the former Crewe and Bolton man blazed over from a corner.

The Seasiders went close again on 38 minutes, a superb free-kick from the left by Sean Longstaff met by Peter Hartley at the far post, who wasn’t able to control his effort from point blank range and the ball went over the bar.

Then, with virtually the last kick of the half, Flores produced a sublime low drive from the edge of the box that nestled into the bottom corner to double Latics’ advantage.

Gilbey saw his free-kick from the edge of the box cannon back off the wall after Grigg was fouled after 53 minutes as Latics began the half on top. Grigg was then inches away from connecting with Luke Burke’s long ball, before forcing Williams into a fingertip save after he broke down the left wing in the 57th minute.

A whisker away from 3-0 but a minute later, after Evans was called upon a to parry a drive from Osayi-Samuel, the visitors were level when the resultant corner, floated in by Andy Taylor, was forced home by Hartley.

Cook handed two further club debuts after 64 minutes, to Callum Lang and Sam Stubbs, who replaced Merrie and Thomas respectively.

Evans immediately pulled off another superb save to deny Viv Salomon-Otabor after he found himself free inside the box and drove powerfully at goal.

The debuts kept on coming, with Luke Burgess replacing Grigg on 72 minutes but it was the visitors who were forcing most of the play in search of an equaliser.

More drama in the 78th minute as Luke Burke went down with cramp and Latics having made the three changes, he had to stay on the field, Gilbey slotting in at right back as the young defender was having difficulty walking.

The visitors were inches away from equalising after 81 minutes when substitute Jamille Matt headed onto the crossbar from Longstaff’s free-kick from the left. Owen was then calmness personified when clutching onto another Matt header in the box before his angled volley flew over.

We entered four minutes of additional with the game still on a knife-edge but Latics held on to a roar of approval at the final whistle.


Latics: O Evans, Burke, Thomas (Stubbs, 64), Daniels, James, Merrie (Lang, 64), Laurent, Colclough, Gilbey, Flores, Grigg
Subs not used: Lavercombe, Perkins, Burgess, Gregory, Hunt.

Blackpool: Williams, Taylor, Aimson, Hartley, Anderton, Longstaff, Delfouneso, Clayton (Philliskirk 63), Solomon-Otabor (Richards, 85), Osayi-Samuel (Matt, 69), Gnanduillet.
Subs not used: Mafouombi, Des Pres, 

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PAY ON THE NIGHT FOR CARABAO CUP TIE WITH BLACKPOOL

7 August 2017

Cash turnstiles open in the West Stand only for visit of Blackpool on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

  • Ticket News: Wigan Athletic v Blackpool in the Carabao Cup First Round.
  • Home supporters can pay at the cash turnstiles in the West Stand only.
  • Adults tickets £10, Under 18s £5, Under 5s £2.

WIGAN ATHLETIC V BLACKPOOL
CARABAO CUP ROUND 1
DW STADIUM
TUESDAY 8 AUGUST 2017, 7.45PM

Wigan Athletic supporters can purchase tickets at cash turnstiles in the West Stand only for Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup tie with Blackpool at the DW Stadium.

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