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PREVIEW: LATICS WELCOME WALSALL TO THE DW STADIUM

28 September 2017

Latics look to make it four home wins in a row when Walsall visit the DW Stadium on Saturday.

  • Match Preview: Wigan Athletic v Walsall.
  • All of the key information ahead of the game
  • Tickets Adults £22 in advance, Over 65s £15.

WIGAN ATHLETIC v WALSALL
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 3.00pm

TICKET NEWS: Tickets rise £2 on the day.
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PRE-MATCH BUILD UP
Paul Cook will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when the Saddlers ride into Wigan, which would also be a 4th consecutive victory at the DW after a maximum points haul from Bristol Rovers, Northampton Town and Tuesday’s narrow win over Plymouth Argyle.

Cook described those last two as ‘vital’ and the sort of results that you can look back on at the end of the season with a real feeling of satisfaction because it was persistence and game-management that earned their rewards.

He warned that the match against the Saddlers on Saturday could be another tight game and as always was quick to praise the opposition. He said: “Walsall have got some really good players and you can see from some of their results that they will be a threat.”

Turkish midfielder Erhun Oztumer is the side’s top scorer on five goals so far and is clearly the dangerman for The Saddlers and Latics will have to be on guard against him.

The Saddlers’ manager Jon Whitney spent three months on loan at Latics as a player in 1995, and has been a loyal servant to the club, fulfilling many roles from physiotherapist to coaching at different age levels, until he was offered the position permanently after a successful period as caretaker in 2015-16.


Jon Whitney – loyal servant

FORM GUIDE – LAST SIX
Latics – DLWWWLW, 13 points
Walsall – WWLDWD, 11 points

Walsall come to the DW unbeaten in three, after a first away win of the season at Oxford United last Saturday before a dramatic finish to the game at the Banks’s on Tuesday. Ricky Holmes put visitors Charlton Athletic ahead with a spectacular 88th minute volley before Dan Agyei saved a point a minute later. 

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
The teams last met in 2015-16, when Latics won the game at the Banks’s Stadium thanks to a dramatic late equaliser from Yanic Wildschut. The last game here, earlier that season, ended in a stalemate.

In Detail:
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD SINCE JOINING FOOTBALL LEAGUE IN 1978

League:  Latics 14 wins, Walsall 9 wins and 7 draws
FA Cup: 1 Walsall win
Home record (league only): Latics 10 wins, Walsall 3 wins, 3 draws


Yanic Wildschut and Reece Wabara celebrate the victory in February 2016

CONNECTIONS
Very few players link the teams. Will Grigg was Player of the Year at The Banks’s Stadium in 2012 before leaving for pastures new and arriving at Latics via Brentford and MK Dons, while manager Jon Whitney, as has been mentioned is a former Latics loanee. Richard O’Donnell was Player of The Year at Walsall too before joining Latics, while Chris Hutchings has managed both too. Gavor Bukran and Gino Padula also played for both. 


Will Grigg, in both team’s colours

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REPORT: WIGAN ATHLETIC 2 - 0 WALSALL

30 September 2017

Will Grigg double ensures fourth consecutive home win as Latics beat Walsall at the DW Stadium on Satur

  • Report: Latics 2 - 0 Walsall.
  • Will Grigg double earns Latics all three points.
  • Third consecutive home win for Paul Cook's side.

Attendance: 8,107 (419 away)

Two Will Grigg goals ensured Latics strengthened their grip on an automatic promotion spot in Sky Bet League One, as they beat Walsall 2-0 at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Grigg fired home a loose ball inside the penalty area in the first-half, before he scored a penalty in the second after he’d been fouled by James Wilson inside the box.

The win keeps Latics in 2nd place, four points behind leaders Shrewsbury Town who continued to impress with a 2-0 win over Latics’ opponents next weekend, Scunthorpe United.

Going into the game, there was only one change to the team that saw off Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night with Callum Elder replacing Reece James.

Latics started how they intended to go on with their first chance coming inside the first minute after a lovely one two between the two midfielders, Gavin Massey and Lee Evans.

Eight minutes were on the clock as the first booking of the game was dished out to captain Samy Morsy. The crowd seemed to believe that the referee’s decision was harsh as it looked like a 50/50 challenge that was won by the Egypt international against the opposition’s captain, Adam Chambers. The same jeers made by the crowd came in the 13th minute after Grigg and Nick Powell shut down Oztumer quickly and efficiently, forcing him to his own 18-yard box only to be rewarded with a foul against them leaving the pair both annoyed and bemused.

Powell then had a great chance to open the scoring when played in behind with a ball over the top but his usually immense technique evaded him and he shot well wide.

It was only on the half hour mark that Latics’ persistent pressure was rewarded. After some fast-flowing football between the two left sided players, Michael Jacobs and Callum Elder, a very dangerous cross was met by both Powell and Walsall’s keeper Mark Gillespie, the ball bounced loose and Grigg made no mistake, driving the ball home into the bottom right hand corner to give the Latics the goal they deserved.

After the half-time interval, it took just seven minutes for the partnership of Powell and Grigg to have an effect after a lovely dinked pass from the former was met by the Northern Ireland international, who was bearing down on goal only to be unfairly brought down by James Wilson, giving the referee no choice but to award a penalty. Grigg stepped up to calmly slot it under the dive of substitute keeper, Liam Roberts.

After an almost faultless afternoon performance from Latics’ back four, Dan Burn, slipped and gave the ball away to Walsall’s creative Erhun Oztumer whose snapshot lacked power and went wide of the goal.

Powell again went close after a well delivered low cross by Elder just needed the slightest of touches but the forward couldn’t apply the finishing touch at the near post.

This was the last chance before the playmaker was brought off and replaced by Gary Roberts in the 77th minute, after another classy display.

Walsall applied pressure as the second-half wore on; in the 83rd minute, substitute Dan Agyei capitalised on a Latics mistake and powered his way past the defence, only to drag his shot wide. However, just two minutes later, Oztumer displayed a glimpse of his wonderful vision by clipping a ball to the back post which was met by the left back Luke Leahy who brought it back across goal only for Chey Dunkley to force his teammate, Jamie Jones, into action for his final save of the game on his 300th career appearance.

Latics: Jones, N. Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, Elder; Morsy (Capt), Evans (Power 68); Massey, Powell (Roberts 78), Jacobs (Perkins 45), Grigg.
Subs: Sarkic, Toney, Bruce, Hunt.

Walsall: Gillespie (Roberts 45); Devlin, Wilson, Guthrie, Leahy; Chambers, Oztumer, Morris, Edwards, Ismail (Agyei 57); Roberts (Bakayoko 77).
Subs: Kinsella, Flanagan, Donnellan, Kouhyar.

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TICKET NEWS: WALSALL HOME ON SALE

14 September 2017

Matchday tickets for Wigan Athletic v Walsall in Sky Bet League One now on sale.

  • Latics v Walsall, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 30 September, 3.00pm
  • Walsall match tickets now on sale.
  • Adults £20 in advance, Over 65s £15 in advance

LATICS v WALSALL
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 3.00pm

Match day tickets for the Sky Bet League One match against Walsall on Saturday 30 September 2017 at the DW Stadium are on sale now.

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

Prices are as follows:

Adults - £22 advance / £24 on day
Over 65s - £15 advance / £17 on day
Under 18s - £10 – advance & on day
Under 11s - £5 - advance & on day
Under 5s - £2 - advance & on day

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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