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MATCH PREVIEW: SHREWSBURY TOWN V WIGAN ATHLETIC

7 September 2017

Wigan Athletic play Shrewsbury Town, with both clubs looking to build on their unbeaten starts to the season.

  • Match Preview: Shrewsbury Town v Wigan Athletic
  • Latics take on The Shrews at Montgomery Waters Meadow
  • Adult tickets £20 – NOT AVAILABLE ON THE DAY.

SHREWSBURY TOWN v WIGAN ATHLETIC
MONTGOMERY WATERS MEADOW
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 3pm

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP
After missing a weekend due to international call-ups, it’s back to business for Paul Cook and his players on Saturday as Latics head to Shropshire to face in-form Shrewsbury Town, still unbeaten having won four from five in Sky Bet League One so far. They have won both home games at Montgomery Waters Meadow, against Northampton Town and Rochdale, and there’s no doubt that it will be a real test.

From Latics’ point of view, the only doubt surrounds the goalkeeping position, where Christian Walters is set to miss at least two months with a fractured tibia, which will see a league debut for one of Jamie Jones, Matija Sarkic or Owen Evans. Other than that, Samy Morsy and Lee Evans have come back fit from international duty and Cook will have a full squad to pick from.


Paul Hurst – great start

OUR RECORD AT MONTGOMERY WATERS MEADOW / SHREWSBURY
The sides have only been paired together for five league seasons, and Shrewsbury has been a relatively happy hunting ground in the past, with only one defeat. Latics did the double over the Shrews the last time we shared a division, in 2015-16. The match at Shrewsbury ended up with an emphatic victory, as Latics hit top spot in League One, goals from Conor McAleny, Yanic Wildschut, Jason Pearce and a Will Grigg brace earning a 5-1 win.


The last time - Will Grigg puts away his penalty in April 2016

MAJOR CONNECTIONS
Not so many connections in terms of players having played for both. Ivan Toney is the one current player who links both the squad, scoring six goals in 19 games for The Shrews last season.

Otherwise, recent players to have played for both are Jack Hendry and Fraser Fyvie, albeit only briefly at both. Then it’s a case of going back to the 90s when Kevin Sharp, Ray Woods and Tony Kelly had spells at both. In terms of Latics’ academy, both Academy Head Gregor Rioch and U18s coach Nick Chadwick are former Shrews players.

Ivan Toney - Shrewsbury
Ivan Toney, in the colours of both teams

AWAY FAN INFO
Latics are taking another big following to Shropshire, here is all the useful information you may need.

Read the official Shrewsbury Town away fans guide

FOR WIGAN ATHLETIC SUPPORTERS TRAVELLING TO SHREWSBURY, 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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REPORT: SHREWSBURY TOWN 1 - 0 WIGAN ATHLETIC

9 September 2017

Latics go down to first Sky Bet League One defeat of the season against in-form Shrewsbury Town.

  • Report: Shrewsbury Town 1 – 0 Wigan Athletic.
  • Latics lose to league leaders in Sky Bet League One
  • First league defeat as Latics boss for Paul Cook’s side.

SHREWSBURY TOWN 1
Payne 25

LATICS 0

Attendance: 6,929 (1,442 away)

Paul Cook’s Latics fell to their first league defeat of the season against in-form Shrewsbury Town at the Montgomery Waters Meadow, a first half-goal from Stefan Payne enough to separate the sides.

Latics had chances throughout the match but couldn’t find a way past Town’s highly organised defence, and when they did, keeper Dean Henderson was on hand to make key saves. Cook’s men piled on the pressure as the game wore on but just couldn’t find a way through.

Latics were forced into two changes following on-loan goalkeeper Christian Walton fracturing his fibula in training and Chey Dunkley’s suspension. Jamie Jones made his league debut in goal, with Alex Bruce making his first league start for the club after arriving on deadline day. Montenegro Under 23 international goalkeeper Matija Sarkic was on the bench for the first time.

Latics had chances in the first half but found themselves behind at the break to Stefan Payne’s close-range strike in the 25th minute.

Latics had an early penalty appeal turned down in the 6th minute when a chest-down by Nick Powell appeared to strike the arm of Aristotle Nsiala in the area, then Powell was denied by the out-rushing Dean Henderson immediately afterwards after Ivan Toney had sent him clear.

Michael Jacobs then opened up the Town defence with a superb solo run after 13 minutes, dribbling from the half-way line before striking his shot into the side-netting.

Jones was called into significant action for the first time after 19 minutes, diving at full-stretch high to his left to tip a curling effort by Shaun Whalley onto the crossbar but the hosts were ahead six minutes later when Nsiala headed the ball in a crowded box and Payne was quickest to react.

Powell twice went close in the 26th minute, from a 25-yard free-kick, just over, then a snap shot inside the box, saved by Henderson but Latics did not threaten again before the break.

Latics dominated the early stages of the second half, but had to wait until the 53rd minute for Jacobs to have an effort on goal after jinxing past two defenders and shooting from a narrow angle across the face.

Dan Burn superbly denied Rodman a shot after a quick breakaway, Lee Evans had a snapshot saved in the box then after 59 minutes, Toney struck the post when he met Nathan Byrne’s right wing cross with a diving header.

Will Grigg and Ryan Colclough replaced Toney and Gavin Massey in the 62nd as Latics looked to keep the momentum but Shrewsbury continued to look dangerous on the counter-attack if \Latics committed numbers forwards.

Henderson had to rush off his line to deny Grigg a strike on goal in the 67th minute, then Ben Godfrey put his back in the way of a rasping goal-bound effort by Evans from the edge of the box.

Gary Roberts made his debut for the club in place of Nick Powell in the 75th minute in Cook’s last throw of the dice.

Colclough tried his luck from distance on 80 minutes but the shot was over the bar, Grigg saw his shot deflected before Evans was brought down by Godfrey on the edge of the box. Roberts too and Henderson had to scoop it off his line. Burn’s header from the resultant corner was a yard wide. Henderson then plucked a ball out of the air as Grigg was ready to head at goal.

It was all Latics as five additional minutes were called but the elusive goal couldn’t be found and tempers were lost at the full-time whistle, the referee brandishing a red card at Colclough.

Latics: Jones, Byrne, Bruce, Burn, James, Morsy, Evans, Massey (Colclough 62), Jacobs, Powell (Roberts 76), Toney (Grigg 62)
Subs not used: Sarkic, Thomas, Perkins, Hunt.

Shrewsbury Town: Henderson; Godfrey, Nsiala, Sadler, Bolton; Rodman, Ogogo, Nolan (Adams 90), Brown; Whalley (Beckles), Payne (John-Lewis, 78)
Subs not used: MacGilliviray, Riley, Dodds, Gnahoua.

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Ticket News

EXTRA ALLOCATION OF TICKETS FOR LATICS FANS AT SHREWSBURY

5 September 2017

Latics receive extra 100 tickets as initial allocation goes close to sell-out.

  • Ticket Update: Shrewsbury Town v Wigan Athletic.
  • Latics' initial allocation close to selling out and club receive extra 100 tickets.
  • NO PAY ON THE DAY - tickets must be purchased in advance.

Latics have received an extra 100 tickets for Saturday's trip to Shrewsbury Town with the initial allocation nearly sold out.

Tickets are on general sale to supporters of Wigan Athletic with a previous booking history for fixtures at the DW Stadium.

Supporters are advised to secure their ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as there is NO PAY ON THE DAY.

Online sales close on Tuesday at 4:30pm but tickets will remain on sale in person/via phone until 4:30pm on Friday 8 September.

Tickets are priced as follows:
Adults - £20
Over 65s - £15
Students/Under 21s - £15
Under 18s - £8
Under 11s - £6
Under 8s - FREE*
Ambulant/Wheelchair Supporters - £15 or relevant junior price with FREE carer where appropriate.

*Under 8s free with accompanying adult - to secure your FREE ticket, contact the ticket office (this can't be done online).

Tickets will be available to purchase online at www.wiganathletic.com/tickets*, on the Credit Card Hotline 0871 66 33 552 ** or in person at the DW Stadium Ticket Office.

*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 SHREWSBURY 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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