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24 August 2017

Paul Cook looks to maintain perfect league record

  • Match Preview: Wigan Athletic v Portsmouth.
  • All of the key information ahead of the game
  • Tickets - Adults £25 in advance, £27 on the day.

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After the Carabao Cup in midweek it’s back to league matters on Saturday and Paul Cook will be keen to preserve Latics’ perfect start to the Sky Bet League One campaign so far by making it four wins from four with victory over his former club.

Cook said he was immensely disappointed with the second half performance at Oldham last weekend, despite his team keeping a clean sheet and winning the game. He said that the performance fell below the standards he set for his teams and wants the players to put things right against Portsmouth.

Assistant Manager Leam Richardson says they will approach the game like any other. “Portsmouth are a great club with great supporters and we had a very successful two years down there, but that is history now, all our focus is on getting the three points – as it is for every game. Kenny Jackett is an experienced manager who will have a plan and we need to match that.”

Pompey manager Jackett, who replaced Cook in the Fratton Park hot seat during the summer, has faced Latics before as Wolves and Millwall manager – notably in the 2013 FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

His new charges have had a mixed bag of results so far, a win, a draw and defeat at Oxford in their last away game. They will bring a large following for what is sure to be another great atmosphere at the DW Stadium.

 Kenny Jackett
Kenny Jackett - experienced

The sides have not met each other since April 2010, when the sides played out a 0-0 draw.

In Detail:
League:  Latics 5, Portsmouth 8 and 3 draws
FA Cup: Portsmouth 1, Latics 0, 0 draws
League Cup:  No matches
Home record (league only):  Latics 3, Portsmouth 4, 1 draw

Michael Brown + James McCarthy
Former Latics midfielder Michael Brown was in the Pompey ranks in 2010, seen here up against James McCarthy in 2010.

Of the current squads, Noel Hunt was at Pompey last season under Paul Cook, as were all the football staff.

Recent players to link both clubs include Jason Pearce and Jermaine Pennant, then historically the big connections would be Arjan De Zeeuw, Michael Brown has been mentioned and former Latics trainees from the 80s Warren Aspinall and Micky Quinn went on to be crowd favourites at Fratton Park.

Others who played for both include Mark Burchill, David Connolly, Scott Mcgarvey, Alan Mcloughlin, Jeff Peron, Ian Purdie, David Thompson and David Unsworth. Former Latics manager Kenny Swain is also a former Pompey player.

Arjan De Zeeuw
Arjan De Zeeuw – loved at both clubs

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Match Reports


26 August 2017

Dominant Latics stunned by late equaliser after going down to ten men

• Wigan Athletic and Portsmouth draw in Sky Bet League One.
• Latics still unbeaten in Sky Bet League One, but 100% record goes.
• Ian Toney opened scoring in 9th minute
• Latics hit post three times through Powell, Toney and Thomas
• Chey Dunkley sent off in the 58th minute, Pompey's Gareth Evans in the 88th 
• Conor Chaplin with Portsmouth equaliser in 75th minute

Toney 9
Chaplin 75

Attendance 9,685

Dominant Latics were left frustrated after Ivan Toney had given them an early lead but couldn’t find more goals despite hitting the post three times, conceding late to a Conor Chaplin header after Chey Dunkley had been shown a red card early in the second half.

The result is a blemish on the 100% record in Sky Bet League One but this was a game Latics should have won and for long spells some of their play was superb - Portsmouth keeper Luke McGee was in inspired form, making several key saves.

Latics were already finishing the stronger even before Pompey’s Gareth Evans was shown a second yellow card in the 88th minute but despite pushing hard they just couldn’t find the elusive second goal.
Cook reverted back to the exact same squad who defeated Oldham Athletic last weekend and after a frenetic opening few minutes, Toney opened the scoring with probably one of the simplest goals he will ever score.

Nick Powell fed the ball to Gavin Massey, whose speed took him clear in the box and he side-footed across the face of goal from the left for Toney to poke it him unmarked from a yard.

Despite a dominant first half, however, Cook’s men were not able to add to their tally before the break.

Latics could have doubled the lead after 14 minutes, Massey from the opposite flank this time putting in a terrific low cross that Toney reached but Luke McGee spread himself to block with his body.

Powell saw his brilliant snap-shot from the edge of the box come back off the angle of post and crossbar after 22 minutes after Reece James had initially broken down the left and slid the ball in.

Latics struck the post again after 37 minutes with another great move. Samy Morsy sent Massey clear down the right, who took the ball in his stride and crossed low to the near post. Toney slid in, McGee somehow managing to prevent the ball from crossing the line.

McGee then deflected Powell’s bullet of a drive for a corner a minute later, before he was at full stretch to palm away Lee Evans’ goal bound effort a minute after that.  Latics were completely on top.

It had taken Portsmouth half an hour to create any kind of opening, when Dion Donohue’s free kick found Gareth Evans at the far post, who headed back across the face of Christian Walton’s goal and the ball was cleared after a scramble. Jamal Lowe had an added time shot that went well over the bar in the visitors’ only real effort on goal in the first half.

They were the first to show after the break, however, Dan Burn superbly anticipating Kyle Bennett’s cross at the near post as Brett Pitman bore down on him.

McGee came to Pompey’s rescue twice in succession, in the 49th and 50th minute, first deflecting Michael Jacobs angled drive inside the box, then smothering Evans’ shot before gathering at Toney’s feet.

Then drama struck in the 58th minute as Dunkley shielded a ball out for a corner with Pitman, the two jostled and Dunkley struck out. The referee brandished a red car immediately. Terell Thomas replaced Toney to slot into defence, with Powell moved into a striker role.

Thomas had already threatened when he almost reached Evans’ fee-kick at the far post after Powell was fouled by Jack Whatmough, when he struck the post in the 68th minute after meeting Evans’ follow up corner, McGee once again with finger-tips to the ball.

Will Grigg replaced Powell in the 72nd minute, immediately testing McGee with a header but the visitors were level when their substitute Chaplin peeled off at the far past to head back across Walton.

Adam May tried his luck from range in the 80th minute, Walton having to claw away the effort at his near post as the visitors threatened but Grigg then got on the end of Nathan Byrne’s right-wing cross, his header straight at McGee once again.

Ryan Colclough replaced in the 82nd minute in Cook’s last throw of the dice as the game was on a knife-edge.

The numbers were evened out when Evans was shown a second yellow card in the 88th minute for bringing down Michael Jacobs on the edge of the box. Evans swung it in and only Jack Whatmough’s brave header at the near post saved Pompey.

Latics: Walton, N. Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James, Morsy, L. Evans, Massey, Jacobs, Powell (Grigg, 72), Toney (Thomas 60)
Subs not used: Evans, Perkins, Gilbey, Colclough, Hunt.

Portsmouth: McGee; Bennett (Chaplin, 53), Burgess, Whatmough, Haunstrup, Rose (Close 52), May; Evans, Pitman, Donohoe (Naismith, 52), Lowe
Subs not used: Bass, Davies, Thompson, Kabamba

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Ticket News


25 August 2017

Buy up until kick-off at the DW Stadium for Saturday's clash with Portsmouth.

  • Ticket News: Wigan Athletic v Portsmouth.
  • Buy in advance online here.
  • Tickets available up until kick-off from the DW Stadium Ticket Office.


There will be no price increase on the day for Saturday's home fixture with Portsmouth, with adult admission £25 up until kick-off tomorrow!

Over 65 prices are £22, whilst under-18s remains £15, under-11s £10 and under-5s £2.

Cash turnstiles will be open up until kick-off, as will the DW Stadium Ticket Office for you to secure your preferred seat.

Prices are as follows:

Adults - £25
Over 65s - £22
Under 18s - £15 
Under 11s - £10  
Under 5s - £2 

You can still purchase your tickets in advance online at, 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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