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PREVIEW: LATICS WELCOME DONCASTER ROVERS TO THE DW STADIUM

20 November 2017

Latics look to bounce back against Doncaster Rovers following Saturday’s defeat to Bradford City at the DW Stadium.

  • Match Preview: Wigan Athletic v Doncaster Rovers.
  • All of the key information ahead of Latics v Doncaster Rovers.
  • Tickets Adults £20 in advance, Over 65s £15.

WIGAN ATHLETIC v DONCASTER ROVERS
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
DW STADIUM
TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 7.45pm

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

Latics return to Sky Bet League One action on Tuesday evening determined to put Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Bradford City behind them, focusing on a return to winning ways against Darren Ferguson’s Doncaster Rovers.

Ahead of the fixture, Latics boss Paul Cook said it’s all about how you react to disappointments, following Tyrell Robinson’s late winner for the Bantams on Saturday, he explained:

“There’s always going to be disappointment in football because it’s part and parcel of the game, but it’s how you react to the disappointment and we’ll certainly find out how that is tomorrow night.”

Visitors Doncaster arrive at the DW Stadium in 17th place, just two points clear of the relegation zone following a 0-0 draw away to Fleetwood Town at the weekend, a result Rovers’ boss Ferguson said was a point gained in difficult conditions.

“The wind played a big part as it normally does here, but we’ve kept a clean sheet and we’re looking good at both ends of the pitch, it’s something we’re working on and we are improving.”

Image : Darren Ferguson – Steered Rovers back to League One last term.

FORM GUIDE – LAST SIX

Latics – WWDWDL, 11 points

Doncaster – LWLWDD, 8 points

Doncaster arrive at the DW Stadium following back-to-back draws over the last couple of weekends and unbeaten in their previous three matches.

Ben Whiteman’s second half winner away at Bury at the end of October sparked their current run, before a 1-1 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium against local rivals Rotherham United, either of side cup progression in the Checkatrade Trophy and the Emirates FA Cup ahead of last weekend’s goalless draw at Fleetwood.

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD

Latics’ first ever league meeting with Rovers came just four years ago and ended in dramatic style when Leon Barnett’s last-minute equaliser earned a first home point back in the Sky Bet Championship at the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

His famous shirt-ripping celebration came after Rovers took a 2-0 lead in the first half through Theo Robinson and Chris Brown, before Shaun Maloney halved the deficit ahead of Barnett’s Incredible Hulk impression.

Latics’ 12 other previous home league meetings with Doncaster had all taken place at Springfield Park.

In Detail:

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD SINCE JOINING FOOTBALL LEAGUE IN 1978

League:  Latics 10 wins, Doncaster 9 wins and 9 draws

FA Cup: Latics 2 wins, 1 draw

EFL Trophy: Doncaster 1 win

Home record (league only): Latics 7 wins, Doncaster 5 wins, 2 draws

Leon Barnett v Doncaster Rovers

Leon Barnett's infamous celebration after his late equaliser against Doncaster in 2013.

CONNECTIONS

A record holder for Latics and now assistant manager of the highly thought of Belgium national team, Graeme Jones is the big link, arriving at Springfield Park in 1996 straight from Doncaster Rovers.

After 26 league goals in 92 matches at Doncaster, Jones immediately won the hearts of Latics supporters, setting the club’s league goal scoring record for a single season with 31 during the 1996-97 Division Three title win.  Gateshead-born Jones went on to score 44 league goals in 96 games for the club, before spells with St. Johnstone, Southend United, Boston United, Bury, Clyde and Hamilton Academical.

He returned to Latics a decade after his departure as assistant to Roberto Martinez, before a spell with the Spaniard at Everton ahead of their so far successful stint with the Red Devils of Belgium.

Graeme Jones Celebration v Chester City

Graeme Jones connects both sides.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: LATICS 3 - 0 DONCASTER ROVERS

21 November 2017

Michael Jacobs and Ryan Colclough (x2) earn Paul Cook's side all three points.

  • Match report: Latics vs Doncaster Rovers
  • Michael Jacobs netted his fifth league goal of the campaign.
  • Ryan Colclough scored in both halves.

Wigan Athletic bounced back from defeat at the weekend with a convincing win over Doncaster Rovers at the DW Stadium this evening.

Michael Jacobs netted the game’s opener with a sweet left footed finish on 40 minutes before Ryan Colclough added a second soon after to give Latics a two-goal cushion at the break.

Colclough was on target once again in the second half as he directed a header past Ian Lawlor at his near post.

There were four changes to the side that lost narrowly against Bradford City on Saturday, with Reece James, Lee Evans, Will Grigg and Colclough all starting.

Latics could have taken the lead as early as the first minute when Jacobs burst down the left and forced a smart save out of Lawlor.

Left back James later fed Grigg in behind the visiting defence however Darren Ferguson’s men cleared the threat.

Rovers’ first real opportunity came through James Coppinger, but Jamie Jones was equal to his effort as he pushed the ball behind from close range.

Evans then tested Lawlor from distance and in response John Marquis fired just over the bar from a free kick.

Latics took the lead five minutes before the break through Jacobs, who unleashed a low drive into the bottom corner.

The lead was doubled moments later as Colclough cut inside from the left and slotted past Lawlor from the edge of the box.

Colclough netted his second of the evening just shy of the hour mark when he connected with Jacobs’ cross to head home.

Marquis wasted a good chance for Rovers in reply, blasting wide inside the area, but Latics were full of confidence and could have added to their lead through Grigg at the back post.

Grigg had another opportunity to put the game beyond doubt but shot over, while Chey Dunkley denied Alfie Beestin superbly when played in on goal.

Substitute Gavin Massey’s deflected strike from the edge of the area nearly beat Lawlor late on but Latics returned to winning ways in fine fashion.

Latics: Jones; Byrne, Burn, Dunkley, James; Morsy (Capt), Evans (Toney 84); Colclough (Massey 60), Power, Jacobs (Perkins 76); Grigg.

Subs: Sarkic, Perkins, Toney, Massey, Bruce, Roberts, Hunt

Doncaster Rovers: Lawlor; Baudry (Williams 45), Toffolo, Butler, Wright; Kongolo, Houghton, Rowe, Coppinger (Beestin 61), Blair; Marquis.

Subs: Marosi, Mason, Garrett, Whiteman, Ben Khamis, Williams (Whiteman 63), Beestin.

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CASH TURNSTILES ON TUESDAY NIGHT FOR CLASH WITH DONCASTER ROVERS

19 November 2017

Pay cash on the turnstiles on the East and South stands for Tuesday night's clash between Wigan Athletic and Doncaster Rovers.

  • Ticket Details: Wigan Athletic v Doncaster Rovers
  • Latics back at the DW Stadium on Tuesday 21 November against Doncaster Rovers (kick-off  7:45pm)
  • Pay on the night available - buy in advance for best prices

Supporters can pay on the night for Tuesday night's Sky Bet League One clash between Wigan Athletic and Doncaster Rovers at the DW Stadium.

Latics will look to get back to winning ways after suffering a first home league defeat in 13 games against Bradford City on Saturday afternoon.

Cash turnstiles will be open at the DW Stadium for the match with Darren Ferguson's side, with prices as follows:

CATEGORY D - ALL STANDS
Adults - £20 advance / £22 on day
Over 65s - £15 advance / £17 on day
Under 18s - £10 
Under 11s - £5 
Under 5s - £2

Buy your tickets online at www.wiganathletic.com/tickets, 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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