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FA CUP PREVIEW: AFC BOURNEMOUTH V WIGAN ATHLETIC

6 January 2018

Latics’ FA Cup run continues on the road at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium.

  • Match Preview: AFC Bournemouth v Wigan Athletic.
  • All of the key information ahead of Latics’ visit to Premier League Bournemouth.
  • No pay on the day, tickets must be purchased by 4.00pm on Thursday.

AFC BOURNEMOUTH V WIGAN ATHLETIC
EMIRATES FA CUP – THIRD ROUND
SATURDAY 6 JANUARY 2018
KICK OFF 3.00PM

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

Latics head to the south coast looking to cause a cup upset against Premier League AFC Bournemouth and determined to continue their unbeaten run in all competitions, which currently stands at 10 matches.

Paul Cook’s side are flying in Sky Bet League One, unbeaten in eight games with an outstanding defensive record of six consecutive clean sheets.

Bournemouth’s season has been much tougher so far, winning just one of their last 11 matches in all competitions, a 2-1 home victory against Everton in their final fixture of 2017.

The two sides last met in the FA Cup at the start of Latics’ famous 2013 cup winning season. Mauro Boselli’s stunning long-range drive sent Roberto Martinez’s men into the fourth round with a 1-0 away replay win following a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium.

Ryan Fraser congratulated by his team mates
Ryan Fraser congratulated by his team mates after Bournemouth's recent win against Everton.

TEAM NEWS

Latics boss Paul Cook told the press on Thursday morning that his side would be “full strength and ready to attack” when they arrive at the Vitality Stadium.
Ryan Colclough could return to the squad following a shoulder injury, Alex Bruce is struggling with a back problem, and Shaun MacDonald and Craig Morgan are progressing well in full training.

For the Cherries, Eddie Howe will be without Jermain Defoe (fractured ankle) and could also be missing Josh King and Ryan Fraser who were both substituted in Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.

Ryan Colclough celebration v Doncaster Rovers
Ryan Colclough could return to the squad after a shoulder injury.

FORM GUIDE - LAST FIVE IN ALL COMPETITIONS

AFC Bournemouth v Wigan Athletic Form Guide

AFC Bournemouth – LLDWD
Latics - WWDDW

HOME AND AWAY

AFC Bournemouth at home – 5 wins, 3 draws, 5 defeats, 18 scored, 18 conceded - LLWWDWLWLDLDW

Latics on the road – 9 wins, 3 draws, 3 defeats, 32 scored, 14 conceded – WWLDLWLWDWWDWWW

LEADING GOAL SCORERS IN ALL COMPETITIONS

AFC Bournemouth – Callum Wilson 6, Ryan Fraser 4, Josh King and Jermain Defoe 3

Latics – Nick Powell 11, Will Grigg 10, Michael Jacobs 7

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

FA Cup: Latics 2 wins, 1 draw – 5 scored, 1 conceded

League: Latics 13 wins, AFC Bournemouth 16 wins, 9 draws – 38 scored, 41 conceded

Latics’ away league record: 4 wins, 5 draws, 10 defeats – 14 scored, 23 conceded

Saturday will be the 43rd meeting between Latics and the Cherries, and the bragging right are hanging finely in the balance over the 39 years the two teams have been doing battle.

In all competitions both clubs have won 16 times and battled out 10 draws.
Bournemouth have the edge in league meetings, but crucially it’s Latics who are on top in the FA Cup, drawing once and winning twice, the most recent of which came on 15th January 2013 at the start of Latics’ historic cup run.

A 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium 10 days earlier saw Jordi Gomez force a Tuesday night replay after Eunan O’Kane had the Cherries in front.  Then a League One side, Bournemouth were keen to cause an upset, but Mauro Boselli proved the hero of the hour for Roberto Martinez’s men, thumping in the match winner inside the 18th minute to earn a fourth round trip to Macclesfield Town.
Mauro Boselli celebrates v AFC Bournemouth
Mauro Boselli celebrates his match-winner with Angelo Henriquez and Fraser Fyvie.

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EMIRATES FA CUP REPORT: AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2 – 2 WIGAN ATHLETIC

6 January 2018

Latics pegged back by late Steve Cook goal to setup Emirates FA Cup Third Round replay at the DW Stadium later this month.

  • Match Report: AFC Bournemouth 2 – 2 Wigan Athletic
  • Will Grigg and Nick Powell gave Latics the lead
  • Lys Mousset and stoppage time Steve Cook header see match finish level.

Latics were cruelly pegged back in second-half stoppage time at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, setting up an Emirates FA Cup Third Round replay at the DW Stadium later this month.

Goals from Will Grigg and Nick Powell gave Latics the lead at the Vitality Stadium but Lys Mousset and Steve Cook levelled for Bournemouth in the second-half.

The post-match talk will no doubt surround a late penalty claim for Latics’ Ivan Toney, who felt he was felled in the area when set to score a winner.

Latics recalled Max Power to the starting XI in place of Lee Evans, whilst Shaun MacDonald made his long-awaited return on the bench, nine months after breaking his leg at Reading in April, fittingly against his former club where he still remains a popular figure.

It was a dream start for Paul Cook’s side, who went ahead inside three minutes as Reece James’ cross was knocked down by Gavin Massey into the path of Grigg, who finished calmly for his 100th club career goal.

Naturally, the Premier League side responded and Latics were thankful to Christian Walton immediately as he denied Mousset’s close range strike with a superb reaction save before he combined with Dan Burn to clear another dangerous Bournemouth break.

Powell broke and fired wide from 25 yards before Mousset’s bicycle kick also went off target.

As the half hour approached, Latics doubled their advantage, Powell seeing his free-kick deflect off the wall and over Artur Boruc into the Cherries’ goal.

On the stroke of half-time, Walton was again the hero, albeit his near post save from Mahoney’s drive was far more comfortable than those he’d made earlier in the half.

Early in the second-half Walton was forced into another good save, denying Benik Afobe, however, the Cherries did get a goal back after ten second-half minutes as Mousset turned and fired home inside the area.

Latics, to their credit, didn’t just sit in and protect the lead, with substitute Toney dragging wide from a deep James cross before Power twice saw efforts go wide of the goal from the edge of the area.

As the game entered its final five minutes, Walton kept Latics’ lead intact with a superb save from Ryan Fraser’s curling free-kick.

In the final minute, Latics looked to have won a penalty as Gary Roberts and Sam Morsy superbly started a counter for Toney, who rounded Boruc and looked to be set to tap in before going to ground under the challenge of Smith.

The leveller for the hosts came in stoppage time as a deep cross was headed in by Cook, setting up a replay at the DW Stadium later this month.

AFC Bournemouth: Boruc, Cook, Ake, Surman (Capt), Afobe (Wilson 70), B.Smith (Pugh 45), A.Smith, Hyndman, Mahoney (Ibe 45), Fraser, Mousset
Subs: Federici, Gosling, Simpson, Butcher.

Wigan Athletic: Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James; Morsy (Capt), Power; Massey (Roberts 82), Powell (Perkins 55), Jacobs; Grigg (Toney 65)
Subs: Sarkic, Elder, MacDonald, Hunt

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WATCH: PAUL COOK LOOKS AHEAD TO EMIRATES FA CUP TIE AT AFC BOURNEMOUTH

4 January 2018

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook looks ahead to his side's Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie with AFC Bournemouth this weekend.

  • Paul Cook speaks to the press ahead of Saturday's clash with AFC Bournemouth
  • Cook discusses Eddie Howe's side, the January Transfer Window and injury news
  • Cook: "We’ll be full strength for the game and we’re looking forward to it, but we know that we’ll be facing a very good team whatever side Eddie decides to put out."

PC on a good Christmas

I suppose eight points from 12 is a good return but we’re a little disappointed we didn’t win one of the two games at home. We weren’t beaten during the Christmas period which is satisfactory for sure but we’d have liked to have done a bit better.

PC on the win at Northampton Town

The game against Northampton was of course away home and most of the lads had played every game so we had to dig in and work hard. We were put under pressure in the second half without them really creating any clear cut chances, but it kept our lads very honest. I’ve been so pleased with the players so far though because we had a turbulent summer and we’re now sitting on the cusp of what will hopefully be a promotion winning season. There’s obviously a long way to go but we’ve got a group of settled players who are very pleased with how they’re doing.

PC on Nick Powell

I don’t single players out because that can be very naïve of managers. Nick is part of a group and he plays his part very well, but so do the rest of the lads because it’s a team effort and always is. There’s no doubting that Nick is a very good player though.

PC on keeping his players during the transfer window

January can make players very restless and agents have a massive part in the game now. We’re trying to stay focused at this club though because we’re here to try and achieve something. If we do lose someone along the way though it’ll be for the right amount of money. We might add one or two to what we’re doing and we may keep a 100% of the players we’ve got, and if that’s the case then brilliant, but if it’s not then we’ll keep focusing on what we’re trying to achieve.

PC on the areas of squad he wants to improve

I think if you look at where we are today then the squad is doing great. It’d be more support based rather than improving our team if we do bring someone in because the players are doing magnificently well. We’ve been a little bit stretched in terms of numbers at times and I think that’s what I’d like to improve rather than being able to improve the actual team.

PC on AFC Bournemouth test

It’ll be a great game for us as a club and I think people will know that we’ll go there and attack. We’ll be full strength for the game and we’re looking forward to it, but we know that we’ll be facing a very good team whatever side Eddie decides to put out. We’d like to be successful in the competition but if we are to be knocked out then we’ll go and enjoy the game. We certainly won’t be parking the bus and if we do manage to get through then I think everyone will be very excited.

PC on Eddie Howe

I’ve come across Eddie a few times and he’s a really good fella. He’s good company and has had an exceptional footballing career. To be one of those young English managers managing in the Premier League is great credit to him and his support staff as well.

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