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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BURY

11 August 2017

Latics take on The Skahers at the DW Stadium in Sky Bet League One

  • Latics v Bury, Sky Bet League One.
  • Paul Cook’s first home league game as Latics manager.
  • 'It's be a test but we have to make sure we're at our best.' Paul Cook.

WIGAN ATHLETIC v BURY
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE 
DW STADIUM
SUNDAY 13 AUGUST 2017
KICK-OFF 3.00pm

TICKET NEWS: Adult tickets rise by £2 to £22 on the day, details here.
VIDEO: Paul Cook’s thoughts prior to the game, click here.

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP
Latics welcome Bury in Sky Bet League One in Paul Cook’s first home league match in charge of Wigan Athletic

Latics are looking to make it a second league win in succession and a third in total, following last Saturday’s opening day victory at Milton Keynes and the midweek defeat of Blackpool in the Carabao Cup.

Cook will rotate his squad back to something approaching the side who played at Stadium MK, with the obvious exception of Callum Elder, who is suspended after his red card. Will Grigg may come into his thoughts after playing 75 minutes in midweek.

It has been a positive start for Cook and his men but Bury will provide a stern test having completely rebuilt their team over the summer and got off to a winning start in their opening match at home to Walsall.

Lee Clark
Lee Clarke – sweeping changes

A BUSY SUMMER
Twenty players departed Gigg Lane last summer, with 18 arriving, including two with a Latics connection, albeit neither Phil Edwards and Chris Sang never progressed through to the first team at the DW Stadium.

Jermaine Beckford
Jermaine Beckford – off to a scoring start in the league

It was a case of having to rebuild quickly and Clark has brought in great experience. Edwards came from Burton Albion, Stephen Dawson (who is a doubt) joined from Scunthorpe United for his second spell at the club, along with Jermaine Beckford from Preston North End, Nicky Ajose on loan from Charlton Athletic, Chris Maguire and Joe Skarz from Oxford United, Tom Aldred from Blackpool, Jay O’Shea from Chesterfield, Chris Humphrey from Hibernian and Joe Murphy from Huddersfield, who had been on loan last season.

Clark has mixed his older heads with younger players too, however, such as Harry Bunn from Huddersfield Town, Callum Reilly from Burton and Adam Thompson from Southend United – all 24 or below but with good EFL experience.

OUR RECENT HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
it's a real mixed bag, although since the two sides last met in League One in February 2016, only a handful of players are still at either team.

Ryan Colclough scored his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win at the DW that day, but that broke a poor run with Bury having won in the League Cup and FA Cup that season, the league game at Gigg Lane ending  2-2 after a late equaliser from Craig Morgan.  Previous to 2015-16, the teams hadn’t met for almost 15 years.

Ryan Colclough
Ryan Colclough scores in the club’s previous meeting.

MAJOR CONNECTIONS
Of the current squads, Christian Walton was at Bury on loan in 2015, while Phil Edwards began his career at Wigan as we have mentioned.

In recent times, Leon Barnett, Leon Clark and Jermain Pennant played for both, while looking back in time, Jason Jarrett, Colin Greenall and David Lee are two big connections. Graham Barrow has managed at both too.

Jason Jarrett
One of the big connections, Jason Jarrett

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REPORT: WIGAN ATHLETIC 4 - 1 BURY

13 August 2017

Sensational Latics smash in four goals to keep up 100% start

  • Wigan Athletic beat Bury 4-1 in Sky Bet League One.
  • Latics maintain 100% record to make it three from three in 2017-18.
  • Michael Jacobs with his first of the season after 13 minutes.
  • Lee Evans with superb long range first goal for the club in injury time.
  • Nick Powell with two goals in the second half.
  • Fit-again Reece James makes first league appearance for 20 months.
  • Former Latics man Alex Bruce with equaliser in first half.

LATICS 4
Jacobs 13
Powell, 52, 64 (pen)
L Evans, 90+2


BURY 1
Bruce 15


Attendance 9,159

A double from Nick Powell, one from Michael Jacobs and a superb long-range strike from Lee Evans on his home debut in injury time maintained Latics’ 100% start to the season in great style in a thoroughly deserved win over North-West rivals Bury.

Former Latics man Alex Bruce equalised shortly after Jacobs’ early opener, and for a time they threatened to add to their tally, but Paul Cook’s men soon regained control, Powell’s brace after the break put them in the driving seat and Evans’ late goal was simply sensational.  

This was a great team performance and will give Latics real confidence after victory in their opening fixture at MK Dons last weekend and again in the Carabao Cup against Blackpool in midweek made it.

Cook brought in Reece James at left back in place of the suspended Callum Elder – his first league game since January 2016 following an injury nightmare for the former Manchester United man.

The sides went in level at the break but it was an entertaining half where both teams had clear chances.

Powell was the first to have an attempt, firing wide after two minutes after the referee played advantage following a shirt-pull on the edge of the box.

A delicious move after nine moves involving Powell and Michael Jacobs saw James tease in a cross which Joe Murphy smothered well at the near post and it was Powell and Jacobs who combined for the opener after 13 minutes.

Ivan Toney flicked a ball on to Powell on the left, his perfect pass set up the chance for Jacobs who slotted past Murphy from eight yards.

The visitors were level two minutes later, following a Zeli Ismail corner, Bruce diving in a crowded box to head home.

Bury threatened again shortly afterwards, twice through Harry Bunn, then Tom Aldred wasn’t able to control Chris Maguire’s corner from close range.

Dangerous moments, but Latics soon found their rhythm again, James rampaging down the left after 23 minutes, his deep cross found Powell at the far post but he just wasn’t able to control the header, which was a foot over.

James was involved again on 31 minutes, receiving the ball from Toney in the box, he checked onto his right foot to shoot, but wasn’t able to curl it in at the far post. Jacobs then forced a desperate clearance from Aldred in the box to give away a corner, which Jacobs took. Powell reached it at the far post but Murphy smothered it low.

Still Latics pressed, Aldred having to clear a dangerous low cross from Gavin Massey right in front of Murphy after 40 minutes. Three minutes later and Murphy had to come to Bury’s rescue again, this time at the feet of Chey Dunkley, bravely parrying a shot from point blank range after Lee Evans’ corner wasn’t cleared.

Latics had a chance within a minute of the second half, Massey stretching at the far post to reach a teasing free-kick from the wide left area by Evans, after Aldred was booked for bringing down Powell.

Massey again went close on 50 minutes, inches away from connecting with Toney’s powerful cross from the right side.

Latics did double their advantage three minutes later, Powell rising to meet Evans’ curling cross from the right and powering in a header from six yards.

Evans’ set pieces were causing Bury real problems and after Jacobs forced a corner on 57 minutes, Murphy had to ip away the Welshman’s corner as Powell was ready to strike again.

Latics continued to dominate and in the 63rd minute, when Aldred wrestled Toney to the ground in the box, the referee had no choice but to award the spot kick, despatched straight down the middle by Powell for his second of the afternoon.

Cook made a double substitution in the 74th minute, replacing Powell, on a yellow card, and Massey with Ryan Colclough and Alex Gilbey, who immediately tested Murphy from long-range.  

Will Grigg replaced Toney in the 84th minute as Cook made his final change of the afternoon and he almost added a 4th goal in the 87th minute, finding space to shoot from an angle at the far post. Gilbey then forced Murphy into a great save a minute later, tipping his shot around the post from distance.

Latics left the best till last, Evans scoring his first goal the club two minutes into injury time with a sensational long-range shot which nestled into the top corner. Brilliant stuff and the DW Stadium greeted the goal, and the final whistle, with a huge roar.

Latics: Walton, N. Byrne, Dunkley, Morgan, James, Morsy, L. Evans, Massey (Gilbey 74), Jacobs, Powell (Colclough 74), Toney (Grigg 84).
Subs not used: Evans, Thomas, Perkins, Hunt.

Bury: Murphy, Jones, Thompson, Aldred, Leigh, Bruce (Humphrey 74), Reilly, Maguire (Tsun Dai 74), Bunn, Ismail (Ajose 66) Beckford.
Subs not used: Fasan, Whitmore, Styles, Lowe.

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS: OPENING LEAGUE HOME FIXTURE WITH BURY ON SALE

31 July 2017

Matchday tickets for our opening home Sky Bet League One match with Bury are now on sale.

  • Latics v Bury, Sky Bet League One, Sunday 13 August, 3pm
  • Wigan Athletic v Bury tickets on sale now.
  • Supporters urged to purchase in advance to avoid on-the day rise

LATICS v BURY
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SUNDAY 13 AUGUST
KICK-OFF 3.00pm

Match day tickets for Sky Bet League One matches against Bury on Sunday 13 August 2017 at the DW Stadium are on sale now.

Supporters are being urged to purchase in advance to avoid the price-rise on the day of the match.

Prices are as follows:

CATEGORY C - ALL STANDS
Adults - £22 advance / £24 on day
Over 65s - £20 advance / £22 on day
Under 18s - £10
Under 11s - £5
Under 5s - £2

Buy your tickets online by clicking here, on the Credit Card Hotline 0871 66 33 552* or in person at the DW Stadium Ticket Office.

*Calls cost 10 pence per minute from a BT Landline. Calls from other networks and mobiles may cost more.

Online tickets are subject to a £2 facility fee, unless you choose to print at home by selecting the option at the checkout.

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