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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V NOTTINGHAM FOREST

18 August 2018

Latics return home in search of back-to-back DW Stadium victories when Nottingham Forest visit on Saturday afternoon.

  • Match Preview: Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Listen Live: Follow the match on iFollow Latics with live audio commentary in the UK and live streaming outside of the UK.
  • Latics host Forest in a bid to make it back-to-back DW Stadium wins.

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WIGAN ATHLETIC v NOTTINGHAM FOREST
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2018
DW STADIUM
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

PREVIEW

Latics return to the DW Stadium this Saturday looking to make it two wins from two at home in the Sky bet Championship, with Aitor Karanka and his Nottingham Forest side standing in the way.

The visitors were successful in their midweek Carabao Cup Round One clash with Bury, but they were forced to a penalty shootout by the League Two outfit, whilst Latics fell to a 3-1 defeat away at Rotherham United.

Latics' squad has been bolstered ahead of the weekend's game with news of returns for Nathan Byrne and Gavin Massey.

OFFICIALS

Referee - Geoff Eltringham
Assistant Referee 1 - Billy Smallwood
Assistant Referee 2 - Matt Foley
Fourth Official - Thomas Bramall

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Head to Head Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest

EARLY TEAM NEWS

Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Friday morning, Paul Cook revealed the news of returns for Nathan Byrne and Gavin Massey to his match day squad for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Nottingham Forest at the DW Stadium.

Massey, who featured in Latics' season opener against Sheffield Wednesday, has been absent for the last two matches against Aston Villa and Rotherham United, whilst Byrne has been missing through injury since the team's trip to Spain this summer.

Darron Gibson could remain sidelined, whilst Dan Burn's injury picked up against Rangers FC in pre-season continues to keep him out.

On whether performances from Latics' eight changes on Tuesday night at Rotherham in the Carabao Cup have given him food for thought, Cook said:

"We had some really good individual performances in the cup, that's what we've come to expect and what we demand from our players, so single performances in a cup game aren't necessarily going to shape the squad for Saturday, but it was good to be able to give lads match minutes who haven't played a great deal so far."

One man who will definitely miss Saturday's clash is Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith who was sent off during Tuesday's Carabao Cup win against Bury, with Luke Steele expected to make the bench behind Costel Pantilimon.

Michael Hefele, Sam Byram and Ryan Yates all made debuts on Tuesday and could be involved at the DW Stadium, whilst Joao Carvalho and Gil Dias are expected to return following a rest period in midweek.

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REPORT: WIGAN ATHLETIC 2 – 2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST

18 August 2018

Late Hilal Soudani goal breaks superb Latics hearts as Latics once again produce entertaining performance at the DW Stadium.

  • Match Report: Wigan Athletic 2 – 2 Nottingham Forest
  • Nick Powell and Will Grigg twice gave Latics the lead at the DW Stadium
  • Matty Cash drew Nottingham Forest level initially before Hilal Soudani scored late second for Aitor Karanka’s side.

Attendance: 11,543 (2,513 away)

WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
POWELL 2
GRIGG (PEN) 30

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2
CASH 10
SOUDANI 90

Latics were dealt a cruel late blow on Saturday afternoon as they drew 2-2 with Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship, despite leading for the majority of the game at the DW Stadium.

Nick Powell and Will Grigg twice gave Latics the lead either side of Matty Cash’s initial leveller for the visitors, before Hilal Soudani scored in stoppage time after a controversial late penalty award resulted in the Algerian firing home the rebound after Lewis Grabban’s spot-kick was saved by Christian Walton.

A lot of heart from Latics, though, who, regardless of the match situations, must be content with their start to the season.

Paul Cook made two changes from Latics’ last league outing at Aston Villa, bringing Lee Evans and Gavin Massey back into the starting XI in place of Callum Connolly and Callum McManaman, who were both on the bench.

It was the perfect start to the afternoon for Cook’s side as Powell fired home from a Lee Evans corner, grabbing his third in as many Sky Bet Championship games.

Cook’s side were relentless from the off and went agonizingly close to an early second when Reece James and Gavin Massey linked up before the former crossed for Grigg, who fired on target but saw his effort well saved by Costel Pantilimon in the Nottingham Forest goal.

The visitors were level soon after, though, as Samy Morsy was dispossessed before Cash broke through and finished well past Christian Walton.

More chances followed in response for Cook’s side, though, as Michael Jacobs headed over at the back post before a brilliant Morsy win from Adlene Guedioura allowed Jacobs to pick up the loose ball, drive towards goal and see his shot deflected behind. Jacobs took the resulting corner, which was headed off target by Powell.

Latics got ahead again on the half hour mark as Grigg was fouled in the area by Ben Osborn before picking himself up to fire the spot-kick past Pantilimon for his first goal of the season.

Cook’s side remained in the ascendency for the remainder of the half as Morsy fired against the post before Powell’s follow up went wide.

Forest were better in the second-half and Latics had to defend bravely to protect their lead; first substitute Ben Watson – given a warm reception on his return – played in Soudani, who was denied by a Chey Dunkley block.

Further chances followed for Latics, though, as Robinson, Grigg and Morsy linked up to give the Everton loanee a chance to score but his effort was deflected behind for a corner from which Dunkley saw a header saved.

Substitute Soudani was a threat for the visitors after coming off the bench and he saw an effort saved by Walton before James headed off the line from another of his efforts.

And, albeit unconventionally, Soudani was the man who drew Forest level after a late penalty awarded by referee Geoff Eltringham saw Walton produce a good save from Lewis Grabban, only for the rebound to be fired home by Algerian.

Latics: Walton; James, Robinson, Kipre, Dunkley; Morsy (Capt), Evans; Massey (Byrne 88), Powell (Connolly 74), Jacobs; Grigg (Vaughan 74)
Subs: Jones, Windass, Bruce, McManaman.

Nottingham Forest: Pantilimon, Figueiredo, Fox (Capt), Guedioura (Watson 45), Colback, Grabban, Carvalho (Soudani 53), Osborn, Cash, Lolley (Robinson 64), Darikwa.
Subs: Steele, Murphy, Dawson, Dias.

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CASH TURNSTILES ON SOUTH AND EAST STANDS FOR LATICS V NOTTINGHAM FOREST

18 August 2018

Latics supporters can pay cash on the turnstiles in the South and East Stands for today's match with Nottingham Forest at the DW Stadium - with no price increase on the day of the game.

  • Ticket News: Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest
  • Cash turnstiles in operation on the South and East Stands for today's game
  • No price increase for puchases on the day of the game

WIGAN ATHLETIC v NOTTINGHAM FOREST
SATURDAY 18 AUGUST
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
DW STADIUM
KICK-OFF 3PM

Latics supporters are reminded they can pay on the day for today's clash with Nottingham Forest at the DW Stadium, with cash turnstiles in operation for the Sky Bet Championship match with Aitor Karanka's side.

There is no price increase on the day of the game, with cash turnstiles operating on the South and East stands. Supporters wishing to sit in the West Stand should purchase a ticket pre-match from the DW Stadium Ticket Office.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults - £25
Over 65s - £15
Under 18s - £10
Under 11s - £5
Under 5s - £2

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