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MATCH PREVIEW: ROTHERHAM UNITED V WIGAN ATHLETIC

23 November 2017

Latics look to claim back-to-back victories against South Yorkshire clubs when they head to the New York Stadium.

  • Match Preview: Rotherham United v Wigan Athletic
  • All of the key information ahead of Rotherham v Latics
  • Tickets Adults £23, Over 60s, Under 22s & Students £13 in advance

ROTHERHAM UNITED V WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 3.00pm

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

Latics are on the road for the first time in over a month when they travel to Rotherham United on Saturday, heading to South Yorkshire in search of back-to-back victories following Tuesday night’s 3-0 win against Doncaster Rovers.

Ryan Colclough’s heroics saw Paul Cook’s side bounce back from Saturday’s defeat against Bradford City, closing the gap behind Sky Bet League One leaders Shrewsbury Town to just one point.

Latics are unbeaten in three on the road, all of which came in October, with victories over Scunthorpe United and Blackpool, and a draw at Gillingham.

Opponents Rotherham sit five points outside of the play-off places in ninth, but Paul Warne’s men haven’t picked up a victory in the league since mid-October, a run now stretching five matches after their last minute 2-1 defeat against Shrewsbury on Saturday.

One-time Latics loanee Paul Warne will be hoping to turn around his side’s recent form.

FORM GUIDE – LAST SIX

Rotherham – WLDLDL, 5 points

Latics – WDWDLW, 11 points

The Millers will be desperate to turn around their recent form in League One this weekend.  Warne’s side are currently suffering a five-game winless streak, somewhat surprising when you consider they won three consecutive matches against Northampton Town, Rochdale and Scunthorpe before defeat to AFC Wimbledon put them in their recent slump.

A 3-3 draw at Oxford United followed, before a 3-1 home defeat against Gillingham and a 1-1 draw at South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster ahead of Saturday’s defeat at home to Shrewsbury.

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD

Our last victory at Rotherham came in March 2015 when Jermaine Pennant’s free kick double and a superb goalkeeping display by Ali Al Habsi earned all three points, despite Matt Derbyshire’s attempts to spoil the party for over 1,000 travelling Latics supporters.

Latics have actually won three of their last four trips to Rotherham, winning 2-0 in January 2005 thanks to goals from Gary Teale and Jason Roberts, as well as a 3-0 victory in August 2003, as Jason Jarrett, Nathan Ellington and Neil Roberts hit the target.

In Detail:

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD SINCE JOINING FOOTBALL LEAGUE IN 1978

League:  Latics 14 wins, Rotherham 7 wins and 5 draws

FA Cup: Rotherham 1 win

League Cup: Rotherham 1 win

EFL Trophy: Latics 2 wins

Away record (league only): Latics 6 wins, Rotherham 4 wins, 3 draws



Gary Teale celebrates his goal at Rotherham United in 2005.

CONNECTIONS

A promotion winner no fewer than six times throughout his career, current Latics defender Craig Morgan joined the club from Rotherham ahead of the 2015-16 League One title winning campaign, captaining Latics back to the Championship at the first attempt.

The Welsh international had enjoyed three seasons with the Millers prior to his arrival at the DW Stadium, winning promotion from League Two in his first season in 2012-13, before a second consecutive promotion in 2013-14 when Rotherham beat Leyton Orient in the League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium.  Morgan featured alongside other familiar Latics names in James Tavernier, Alex Revell and Haris Vuckic on the day.

Morgan played 105 games in all competitions for Rotherham, helping to steer the club Championship safety in 2014-15 before his move to Latics.

The 32-year-old’s other career promotions include 2007-08 and 2008-09 with Peterborough United, and as a 17-year-old with his first club Wrexham in 2002-03.

Other current connections include Rotherham manager Paul Warne, goalkeeping coach Mike Pollitt, goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell and Latics’ left back Reece James.

Craig Morgan celebrates lifting the Sky Bet League One trophy at the DW Stadium.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: ROTHERHAM UNITED 1 LATICS 3

25 November 2017

Latics hit the Sky Bet League One summit with 3-1 victory at Rotherham United.

  • Latics win 3-1 at Rotherham United to go top of Sky Bet League One.
  • Will Grigg, Alex Bruce and Michael Jacobs on target in victory over the Millers.
  • Back-to-back wins for Latics as they go four away games unbeaten.

Wigan Athletic sit top of the tree in Sky Bet League One thanks to a 3-1 away victory at Rotherham United courtesy of goals from Will Grigg, Alex Bruce and Michael Jacobs.

It's back-to-back victories for Paul Cook's side after the 3-0 win at home to Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday, and it's now four unbeaten on the road thanks to a trio of well taken goals.

Grigg's fourth of the season gave Latics the early lead, only for David Ball to equalise almost two minutes later, before Bruce, who returned to the side as the only change from Tuesday for the injured Dan Burn, provided perhaps to the goal of the weeked with a sensational back flick to retake the lead.

Jacobs pushed the game beyond the hosts with a fierce drive, in a second half which saw Latics show their muscle in an all round excellent display in South Yorkshire.

It was Northern Ireland international Grigg who tasted the action first on a chilly afternoon in Yorkshire, giving a dress rehearsal of the opening goal when he narrowly headed Max Power's cross over the bar.

Minutes later Grigg got his second header inch perfect when he diverted a superb Lee Evans free kick beyond Marek Rodak.  A perfect assist for the Welsh international on his 150th career league appearance.

Rotherham were instant in their response, a counter attack down the left catching Latics out, allowing Ball to shape up inside the area and curl the ball into the top right corner out of Jamie Jones' reach.

There was no momentum shift however, with Latics threatening more and more as they game went on thanks to some teasing deliveries from Reece James on his 50th career league appearance.

First Chey Dunkley was denied at close range by Rodak, before Ryan Colclough's fierce effort was turned behind by the Rotherham stopper.

From the resulting corner it was chaos in the box as Evans was denied on the line, but step up returning defender Bruce who, with his back to goal, teed himself up with his first touch, before flicking the ball in off the post for 2-1.

Back in front, Latics continued to impose themselves on the game, drawing out a number of late challenges by Rotherham players, with Richard Wood joining Michael Ihiekwe in the referee's book.

Richie Towell joined his team mates with a booking shortly after half time for a late challenge on Nathan Byrne, before Joe Mattock could have have given a penalty away in a coming together with Colclough.

Latics were impressive, as were the travelling supporters, around 1,000 of which were providing the noise to roar on a third goal.

Jacobs, who was finally awarded his goal against Doncaster despite early reports of an own goal, certainly claimed his next, a fine (and clean) low strike through Rodak's legs from the left side of the area.

Rotherham's leading goal scorer Kieffer Moore remained a threat, but a mammoth performance from Dunkley prevented the striker adding any to his tally.  The defender, who received ten minutes of treatment off the pitch for a head injury earlier in the game, was on hand twice to block goal bound effort from Moore, seeing out the game with arguably a man of the match display.

Substitute Ivan Toney, who was introduced alongside Gavin Massey and Gary Roberts in the latter stages, almost made it 4-1 inside the last 10 minutes, stooping low to turn yet another cross from James into the side netting.

Shrewsbury's defeat to Bradford City meant the final whistle sounded all that sweeter come full time, as Latics' second victory in five days sent them two points clear at the top of the table.

Rotherham: Rodak, Mattock, Wood, Forde, Frecklington (capt), Ball (Yates 81), Potter (Vaulks 75), Towell (Williams 62), Ihiekwe, Moore, Cummings
Unused subs: O'Donnell, Ajayi, Clarke-Harris, Newell

Latics: Jones, Byrne, Morsy (capt), Power, Evans, Grigg (Toney 78), Bruce, Jacobs (Roberts 90+3), Dunkley, James, Colclough (Massey 83)
Unused subs: Sarkic, Elder, Perkins, Thomas

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TICKET UPDATE: PAY ON THE DAY AT ROTHERHAM ON SATURDAY

23 November 2017

Cash only pay on the day option available for Latics fans at Rotherham United on Saturday

  • Ticket News: Rotherham United v Wigan Athletic
  • Cash only pay on the day available
  • Prices increase on the day - advance sales available in person/via phone until midday on Friday 24 November

Wigan Athletic supporters will be able to pay on the day on Saturday when Latics travel to Rotherham United (kick-off 3pm).

Over 800 tickets have been pre-sold for the clash at the AESSEAL New York Stadium with tickets available to buy in advance up until midday on Friday 24 November - via phone/in person only.

There is a pay on the day price increase, with tickets available at Rotherham from the away ticket office from 1:30pm.

ON THE DAY PRICES

Adults: £25 (£23 advance)
Concessions: £15 (£13 advance)
13-17: £9 (£8 advance)
Under 13: £7 (£1 advance - kids for a quid deal only in advance)

To book tickets in advance, call 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 ROTHERHAM 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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