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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BRISTOL ROVERS

15 September 2017

Latics look to build momentum after great Charlton win.

  • Match Preview: Wigan Athletic v Bristol Rovers.
  • All of the key information ahead of the game
  • Tickets Adults £22 in advance, £24 on the day.

WIGAN ATHLETIC v BRISTOL ROVERS
DW STADIUM
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 3.00pm

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP
Following last weekend’s first defeat of the season at Shrewsbury, Paul Cook said he wanted a positive reaction and the midweek performance at Charlton certainly provided that, as comprehensive a victory as he could have hoped for against a side who had a 100% record on their own ground.

Latics now have back to back home fixtures, starting with the visit of Rovers and quickly followed with the rearranged fixture against Northampton Town next Tuesday 19 September. Cook will be targeting six points but says: “football is not played on paper, we have to be on our game, week in week out, every team you play always has qualities and I know Darrell Clarke will have his lads fired up for this one.”

Rovers have had an inconsistent start to the season, losing their first two games, 1-0 away to Charlton at The Valley followed by a heavy 4-1 defeat to Peterborough at the Memorial Ground. Their first win came at Bury courtesy of a Billy Bodin double, although a comfortable 3-0 score-line at Gigg Lane was almost overturned with two late goals to make the final score 3-2.

Bodin was on the mark again as Rovers beat Fleetwood Town 3-1 to secure a first home win, they lost  3-1 at Bradford before bouncing back at home to Walsall last weekend with a 2-1 win. Defeat at home to Oldham Athletic on Tuesday, however, will have been a real blow.

Clarke has overseen a huge transformation over the past three seasons, overcoming the disappointment of relegation to the National League with two successive promotions and a solid finish in last seasons Sky Bet League One campaign.

Darrell Clarke
Darrell Clarke - turnaround

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
The sides have not met since February 2001, so there is no recent history between us – this will be only Rovers’ 3rd ever visit to the stadium.

In Detail:
League: Latics 9 wins, Bristol Rovers 10 wins and 5 draws
FA Cup: No matches
League Cup:  No matches
Home record (league only): Latics 8 wins, Bristol Rovers 2 wins, 2 draws

CONNECTIONS
There are very few historical connections between the sides. Lee Nicholls spent a spell on loan there in 2015-16.

The three big ones are Jason Roberts, Nathan Ellington and Larry Lloyd. Ellington and Roberts were a potent strike force for The Gas in the late 90s, and of course were reunited at Latics in 2004, their goals helping us reach the Barclays Premiership.

Looking back in time, former Latics player manager Larry Lloyd is a native Bristolian and begun his glorious career at Eastville in 1967 before moving to Liverpool two years later.

The only other connection is Steve Morgan who played for both clubs in the mid-1990s

 Nathan Ellington - Bristol Rovers
Nathan Ellington – hero at both clubs

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REPORT: WIGAN ATHLETIC 3 – 0 BRISTOL ROVERS

16 September 2017

Goals from Nick Powell, Will Grigg and Gavin Massey on the mark as Latics win 3-0 for the second consecutive game.

  • Wigan Athletic beat Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League One
  • Will Grigg scores first goal of season in 49th minute
  • Nick Powell scores 4th of the season in first half before coming off injured
  • Gavin Massey with late strike to make it three goals in two matches
  • Ryan Sweeney sent off in 30th minute for visitors.
  • Jamie Jones saves late penalty

LATICS 3
Powell 30
Grigg 49
Massey 90

BRISTOL ROVERS 0

Attendance: 8,732

Another sublime finish from Nick Powell, Will Grigg’s first league goal for almost a year and a 3rd Gavin Massey goal in two games saw off ten-man Bristol Rovers at the DW Stadium.

Latics laid siege to the Rovers goal for long periods, had other chances to score further but in the end had to be thankful for a brilliant late penalty save by Jamie Jones to preserve the clean sheet before Massey put the cherry on the cake with his late goal.  

Latics were unchanged going into the game, and dominated from the first whistle although it took until the 8th minute to create the first chance, Grigg finding space behind the defence to latch on to a reverse pass from Powell and drawing a good save from Sam Slocombe.

Ollie Clarke tested Jamie Jones from the edge of the box after 12 minutes before Slocombe was called into action again after Reece James’ cross was met with a diving header by Gavin Massey at the near post and the keeper parried from close range.

Latics had a double chance after 26 minutes, Powell’s long-range effort was not held by Slocombe the ball came back to Powell just inside the box and his volley was off target.

Then came the goal. A sublime touch from Grigg sent Jacobs clear after 30 minutes, he got in front of Ryan Swseeney who pulled him down just outside the area. The referee took his time but pulled out the red card and Powell majestically swept home the free-kick through the defensive wall, Slocombe at full stretch to his right couldn’t get a hand to it.

Alas for Latics, it was Powell’s last contribution, he limped off following a collision with Marc Bola shortly afterwards, replaced by Ivan Toney.

Latics should have been two goals up in the 39th minute, Tom Broadbent somehow scooping the ball off the line after Massey had blasted it at him from close range after Grigg had been denied by Slocombe initially.

Latics were two goals up after bursting out of the blocks in the second half, Grigg putting 12 months of goal and injury misery behind him with a predatory near-post finish, turning in Nathan Byrne’s deflected right-wing cross with an emphatic strike into the far side netting.

Toney found space to shoot inside the box after 59 minutes, Slocombe diving to his left to parry.

Chris Lines forced Jones into a save low to his left after 64 minutes but it was a rare attack from the ten-man visitors.

Gary Roberts came on for Grigg in the 70th minute to make his DW Stadium debut in a Latics shirt, the Northern Ireland striker receiving a huge ovation as he exited the field.

The visitors came back into it and after a prolonged period of pressure, were awarded a penalty when Michael Jacobs appeared to handle Tom Nichols’ free-kick but Jones pulled off a great save low to his left to deny Ellis Harrison.

It looked as if that would be that but in the 5th minute of added time, Massey drove into the box on the left side, picked up a one-two with Roberts and drilled it home powerfully past Slocombe, his 3rd goal in two games.

Latics: Jones, Byrne, Bruce, Burn, James, Morsy (Power, 82), Evans, Massey, Jacobs, Powell (Toney, 36), Grigg (Roberts 70).
Subs not used: Sarkic, Elder, Thomas , Hunt.

Bristol Rovers:  Slocombe; Leadbitter, Lockyer, Sweeney, Bola, Lines, Serombe, Clarke, Bodin (Nichols, 55), Gafney (Broadbent 32), Harrison.
Subs not used: Smith, Brown, Telford, Moore, Partington.

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TICKETS: BRISTOL ROVERS HOME ON SALE

30 August 2017

Matchday tickets for Bristol Rovers at the DW Stadium on Saturday 16 September in Sky Bet League One now on sale.

  • Latics v Bristol Rovers, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 16 September 2017
  • Bristol Rovers match tickets now on sale.
  • Adults £22 in advance / £24 on the day

LATICS v BRISTOL ROVERS
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 3.00PM

Match day tickets for the Sky Bet League One match against Bristol Rovers on Saturday 16 September 2017 at the DW Stadium are on sale now.

Supporters are being urged to purchase in advance to avoid the price-rise on the day of the match.

Prices are as follows.

Bristol Rovers Tickets

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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