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MATCH PREVIEW: OXFORD UNITED V WIGAN ATHLETIC

22 December 2017

Latics pay their first visit to the Kassam Stadium in Sky Bet League One.

  • Match Preview: Oxford United v Wigan Athletic.
  • All of the key information ahead of Latics’ first visit to Oxford in 17 years.
  • Pay on the day available, no prices increase.

OXFORD UNITED V WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 3.00pm

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

Latics head to the Kassam Stadium for the first time on Saturday when they take on Oxford United in Sky Bet League One, facing the U’s for the first time since October 2000.

Hosts Oxford will be looking to on their recent good fortunes of two draws and a victory, with a place in the top six still a realistic goal ahead of the New Year, as they sit four points behind sixth place Charlton Athletic.

Pep Clotet’s side return home off the back of a 0-0 draw on the road at Rochdale, whilst Latics will be looking to make it five straight wins in Sky Bet League One following on from last weekend’s 4-0 demolition of AFC Wimbledon.

Speaking to oufc.co.uk ahead of Saturday’s game, the Oxford boss says he’s well aware of Latics’ threats, but insists his side are just as capable.

“If our focus and our trust in our football is there then we know we have been good against good footballing sides. We just have to be one hundred percent for the full 90 minutes. We have always competed very well against the top teams. It’s a difficult game against a Wigan side who won their last four but at the same time we trust ourselves and know we will be very motivated.”

Pep Clotet gives instructions to his Oxford United players
Pep Clotet instructs his Oxford United players.

TEAM NEWS

Ryan Colclough’s return to training provides a timely boost to Paul Cook’s squad ahead of the busy festive fixture period, whilst Craig Morgan and Shaun MacDonald continue to make good progress in their recoveries from long term injury.  Jamie Jones will remain side-lined for the trip to Oxfordshire due to his recent shoulder complaint.

For the hosts, Agon Mehmeti could return to the bench after a hamstring injury.  Curtis Nelson, Rob Hall and Ivo Pekalski remain side-lined, with Charlie Raglan, Sam Long and Gino van Kessel closing in on returns.

Ryan Colclough
Ryan Colclough available for selection following illness.

FORM GUIDE - LAST FIVE IN LEAGUE ONE

Oxford United and Wigan Athletic Sky Bet League One Form Guide

Oxford – WLDWD, 8 points
Latics - LWWWW, 12 points

HOME AND AWAY

Oxford at home – 4 wins, 4 draws, 3 defeats, 21 scored, 15 conceded - WDWDLWDDLLW

Latics on the road – 7 wins, 1 draw, 2 defeats, 21 scored, 8 conceded – WWLWLWDWWW

LEADING GOAL SCORERS IN LEAGUE ONE

OXFORD – Wes Thomas 8, Josh Ruffles 5, Jack Payne and Joe Rothwell 3

LATICS – Nick Powell 9, Michael Jacobs 7, Will Grigg and Ivan Toney 4

POSITION

Latics – 1st
Oxford – 9th

Latics lead Sky Bet League One on 48 points, but the chasing pack are keeping up with the pace as Shrewsbury Town sit four points behind in second and Blackburn Rovers occupy third place, five points off the top.  The pair continue to win games at the same rate as Latics over recent weeks, making for an exciting festive period for neutrals.

Oxford are also chasing a place in the Sky Bet Championship come the end of the season, and their potent attack has helped them to ninth in the table so far, just four behind Charlton in the final play-off place.  Clotet’s U’s will have to fight their way past Peterborough United and Portsmouth first, who occupy eighth and ninth respectively.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

League: Latics 4 wins, Oxford 3 wins, 1 draw – scored 9, conceded 8
Latics’ away record: 2 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat

Saturday will be just the ninth meeting between the two sides, with Latics edging Oxford in the head-to-head thanks to a run of four straight victories in our last four clashes.

We have to go back to 2000 for the start of that sequence, with Latics completing the double of the U’s two seasons in a row.

Our last meeting came in April 2001, when goals from Simon Haworth, Lee Ashcroft and Lee McCulloch helped Paul Jewell’s side to a 3-2 home victory despite a Paul Dalglish red card. Joey Beauchamp and Andy Scott hit the target for Oxford.

On the road our last clash was in October 2000, another win for Latics that saw Scott Green and Andy Liddell on target to secure all three points at the Manor Ground.

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RECORD-BREAKERS: REPORT AS LATICS HAMMER OXFORD UNITED 7-0 TO REGISTER THEIR BIGGEST EVER LEAGUE WIN

23 December 2017

Latics record their biggest-ever league win as they smash seven past Oxford United on rampant December afternoon.

  • Match Report: Oxford United 0 – 7 Wigan Athletic
  • Will Grigg hat-trick, Max Power double and Nick Powell and Gavin Massey goals see Latics win big
  • Wigan Athletic record biggest-ever league victory

OXFORD UNITED 0

WIGAN ATHLETIC 7
Grigg 11, 52, 54
Powell 18
Massey 29
Power 62, 67

Latics produced one of the great displays of the club’s history to register a record-breaking 7-0 win at Oxford United on Saturday afternoon – the perfect Christmas present for Latics fans.

A Will Grigg hat-trick, brace from substitute Max Power and goals for Nick Powell and Gavin Massey secured Latics’ biggest-ever league victory, surpassing the 7-1 victory at Scarborough in March 1997 – over 20 years ago.

40 years a league side, Latics won’t have produced many better displays – neutrals amongst the press after the game debating whether it was the best performance they had seen in their careers. It would take some beating.

Paul Cook called upon an unchanged side from last weekend’s 4-0 win at AFC Wimbledon, with Ryan Colclough returning to the bench after illness.

Latics were at their attacking best from the off and went close after just six minutes as Powell fired narrowly over from a 22-yard free-kick after Michael Jacobs had been fouled on the edge of the area.

The ball did hit the back of the net five minutes later, though, as an initial challenge and pass from Powell played in Jacobs down the left of the area and he pulled back for Grigg who finished exquisitely past Simon Eastwood in the Oxford goal.

Jacobs, who caused Tiendalli no end of problems on Oxford’s right, broke down Latics’ left minutes later and should have made it 2-0, but for a heavy touch which allowed Eastwood to come out and claim.

Naturally, Powell had to get in on the act and it wasn’t long before he headed home a second from a Lee Evans corner, the forward’s 10th goal of the season.

Chey Dunkley had a couple of headers go narrowly off target on his return to the Kassam Stadium as Latics went in search of a third, with Lee Evans also hitting the bar after a great run down the right by Nathan Byrne and pull back for Will Grigg.

Massey did make it three on the stroke of half-time, though, finishing calmly after being played in by Grigg in the right channel.

It took just seven second-half minutes for Latics to make it 4-0 as Powell provided the pass for Grigg to battle his way past John Mousinho to fire past Eastwood for his second.

Latics’ fifth and Grigg’s hat-trick came just a further two minutes later as the excellent Massey broke down the right and cut back for the Northern Ireland international to top home between two Oxford defenders.

Cook’s side were far from done there, though, as Massey was again the provider from the right for Power, on the pitch just six minutes, to drive home from ten yards.

The midfielder’s second and Latics’ SEVENTH, came on 77 minutes as he cut in from the left and unleashed a ruthless right-footed drive beyond the hapless Eastwood.

It’s bizarre to say it, but Latics could have had more.

A special, special record-breaking day and a perfect Christmas present for the 462 travelling supporters.

Latics unbelievable. Second place Shrewsbury Town the visitors to the DW Stadium on Boxing Day – set to be a cracker!

Oxford United: Eastwood; Tiendalli, Williamson, Thomas, Payne (Obika 45), Ruffels (Ledson 62), Henry, Fernandez (Rothwell 45), Ricardinho, Mowatt, Mousinho (Capt).
Subs: Shearer, Martin, Carroll, van Kessel

Wigan Athletic: Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James; Morsy (Capt), Evans; Jacobs (Roberts 79), Powell (Power 56), Massey; Grigg (Toney 65).
Subs: Sarkic, Elder, Bruce, Colclough

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS: OXFORD UNITED (A) ON GENERAL SALE

18 December 2017

Tickets for Latics' final match before Christmas, at Oxford United on Saturday 23 December, are now on general sale.

  • Ticket News: Oxford United v Wigan Athletic
  • Tickets now on general sale to Wigan Athletic supporters
  • Buy online before 5pm on Sunday 17 December - in person/via phone before midday on Friday 22 December

OXFORD UNITED v WIGAN ATHLETIC 
THE KASSAM STADIUM
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER 2017
KICK-OFF 3.00pm

Tickets for Latics' trip to Oxford United are now on general sale to Wigan Athletic supporters with a previous booking history for fixtures at the DW Stadium.

Prices are as follows:

Adults - £24
Over 65s - £17
Young Adult 18-21 - £16
Students - £16
Under 18s - £14
Under 13s - £10
Under 7s - £6
Ambulant/Wheelchair - relevant age price with carer free of charge where appropriate

Tickets are available online until 5pm on Sunday 17 December and in person/via phone before midday on Friday 22 December.

HOW TO BUY
Online (until 5pm on Sunday 17 December) - click here
Phone - 0871 66 33 552 **
In Person - View the Ticket Office Opening Hours

*When purchasing online there is a £2.00 booking fee. 

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

FOR WIGAN ATHLETIC SUPPORTERS TRAVELLING TO OXFORD UNITED, PLEASE BE REMINDED IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE TO USE PYROTECHNIC DEVICES.CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS AND BANNING ORDERS COULD RESULT IF ANYONE BREAKS THE LAW IN THIS WAY. PLEASE RESPECT THE LAW AND THE GOOD NAME OF WIGAN ATHLETIC.

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