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MATCH PREVIEW: NORTHAMPTON TOWN V WIGAN ATHLETIC

30 December 2017

Latics kick off 2018 with their first visit to Northampton Town in 14 years.

  • Match Preview: Northampton Town v Wigan Athletic.
  • All of the key information ahead of Latics’ first game of 2018.
  • Pay on the day available, price increase by £2.

NORTHAMPTON TOWN V WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
MONDAY 1 JANUARY 2018
KICK OFF 3.00pm

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

Latics arrive at Sixfields Stadium on a nine match unbeaten run in all competitions and seven in Sky Bet League One.  Despite back-to-back 0- draws against promotion rivals Shrewsbury Town and play-off chasers Charlton Athletic, Paul Cook's side lead the division, two points ahead of Salop and five points clear of third place Blackburn Rovers.

Northampton Town host Latics for the first time since April 2003 and they arrive back home following a 3-1 defeat on the road at Portsmouth.  Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side are deep in the relegation battle and keen not to drop back into League Two.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

TEAM NEWS

Speaking after Friday night's 0-0 draw with Charlton Athletic, Latics boss Paul Cook said he'll bring Reece James back into the starting XI after resting him and rotating Callum Elder into left back.

Reece James v Oxford United

FORM GUIDE - LAST FIVE IN LEAGUE ONE

Northampton Town v Wigan Athletic Form Guide

Northampton Town – LWDLL, 4 points
Latics - WWWDD, 11 points

HOME AND AWAY

Northampton Town at home – 4 wins, 2 draws, 6 defeats, 9 scored, 19 conceded - LLWWLLLWLDWD

Latics on the road – 8 wins, 1 draw, 2 defeats, 28 scored, 8 conceded – WWLWLWDWWWW

LEADING GOAL SCORERS IN LEAGUE ONE

Northampton Town – Chris Long 6, Matt Crooks 3, Ash Taylor 2

Latics – Nick Powell 10, Michael Jacobs and Will Grigg 7, Gavin Massey and Ivan Toney 4

Chris Long of Northampton Town in action
Chris Long added to his tally against Portsmouth.

POSITION

Latics – 1st
Northampton Town – 22nd

Latics start 2018 as Sky Bet League One leaders, but following back-to-back goalless home draws the gap has been cut to just two points by second place Shrewsbury Town who won 2-1 away at Southend United at the weekend.  Blackburn Rovers failed to capitalise, being pegged back twice by fellow promotion chasers Scunthorpe United.  The pair remain five and seven points behind respectively.

The Cobblers are struggling in League One, five points from safety after their 3-1 defeat on the road at Portsmouth.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

League: Latics 16 wins, Northampton 5 wins, 12 draw – scored 48, conceded 28

Latics’ away record: 6 wins, 7 draw, 3 defeat – scored 22, conceded 15

Northampton haven’t scored a goal against Latics in their last five attempts, including September’s meeting at the DW Stadium which saw former Cobbler Michael Jacobs rifle in a late winner to down his hometown club.

Latics’ most recent visit to Sixfields came back in April 2003, when Nathan Ellington and Andy Liddell pushed Paul Jewell’s side a step closer to promotion from Division Two during the title winning 2002-03 campaign.

Michael Jacobs celebrates v Northampton Town

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REPORT: NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0 – 1 LATICS

1 January 2018

Nick Powell's 11th goal of the season sees Latics overcome Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium on New Year's Day.

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0

WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
POWELL 5

Latics were thankful to Nick Powell’s 11th goal of the season as they battled to a 1-0 victory at Northampton Town on New Year’s Day.

Powell’s fifth minute header proved decisive as a gritty Latics kept another clean sheet, starting 2018 in they same they finished 2017.

Paul Cook made one change from Latics’ 0-0 draw at Charlton Athletic, with Reece James returning in place of Callum Elder at left back.

The hosts started brightly with Shaun McWIlliams forcing Christian Walton into a save after just three minutes.

However, Latics went ahead with just five minutes on the clock as a wonderful cross-field ball from captain Sam Morsy found Nathan Byrne, who delivered an equally accurate cross for Powell to glance home a header at the near post.

For the remainder of the first-half, Latics were on top and it took a last-ditch challenge from Brendan Moloney to deny Grigg a second before the cross bar denied Chey Dunkley’s powerful header from a Lee Evans delivery.

Reece James did come to Latics’ rescue as half-time approached, diverting a dangerous Daniel Powell cross behind for a corner to the hosts.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side started the second-half brightly too; Chris Long firing narrowly wide on the angle of the penalty area before moments later McWilliams tried an audacious lob that Walton did well to claim.

Equally so, though, Latics had a good chance to get the first goal after the restart within five second-half minutes as Jacobs crossed for Grigg, who headed off target at the near post.

Moloney fired over on a Cobblers breakaway as the game entered its final 20 minutes whilst Latics almost wrapped it up when Ivan Toney forced a save from Matt Ingram from a free-kick, after a brilliant bit of play by Byrne to drive Latics forwards.

Substitute Max Power and Byrne linked up down the right to present Lee Evans with a chance to score, only for the Welsh international to see his effort deflected away.

Latics held firm in four minutes of stoppage time for another superb away performance and result.

Northampton Town: Ingram; Moloney, Taylor (Capt), Poole, Smith; Crooks (O’Toole 60), Grimes; Foley, Powell (Richards 83), McWiliams (Hoskins 73); Long.
Subs: Cornell, Buchanan, Waters, McGugan.

Wigan Athletic: Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James; Morsy (Capt), Evans; Jacobs, Powell (Toney 71), Massey (Power 70); Grigg (Perkins 84)
Subs: Sarkic, Bruce, Roberts, Hunt.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: PAY ON THE DAY AVAILABLE FOR LATICS' TRIP TO NORTHAMPTON TOWN

30 December 2017

Back the boys on New Year's Day as Latics kick off 2018 at Northampton Town.

  • Ticket News: Northampton Town v Wigan Athletic.
  • Pay on the day available for Latics' first match of 2018.
  • £2 price increase on the day. CASH ONLY.

NORTHAMPTON TOWN v WIGAN ATHLETIC
SIXFIELDS STADIUM
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
MONDAY 1 JANUARY 2018
KICK-OFF 3.00pm

A CASH ONLY pay on the day facility has been made available for Latics supporters travelling for the Sky Bet League One trip to face Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium on Monday 1 January 2018.

Away supporters will be situated in the Moulton College Stand


PRICES RISE BY £2 ON THE DAY

Adults - £22
Over 65s - £18
Under 21s - £18
Under 18s - £10                                                                                                   
Under 7s - FREE
Ambulant / Wheelchair - relevant age price with carer free of charge where appropriate

Match tickets are on sale through the DW Stadium Ticket Office until midday on Friday 29 December.

Tickets are available to purchase 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.

FOR WIGAN ATHLETIC SUPPORTERS TRAVELLING TO NORTHAMPTON TOWN, 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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