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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V QUEENS PARK RANGERS

1 February 2019

Latics host Queens Park Rangers looking for back-to-back home wins in the Sky Bet Championship.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Wigan Athletic v QPR.
  • Latics host Steve McClaren's R's searching for back-to-back home victories.
  • New signings Danny Fox and Leon Clarke could make debuts.

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WIGAN ATHLETIC V QUEENS PARK RANGERS
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2019
DW STADIUM
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

Latics return to the DW Stadium for the first time since their thumping 3-0 victory over Aston Villa in mid-January.

Gary Roberts, Michael Jacobs and Joe Garner hit the target against Dean Smith's side, with Latics hoping for a repeat performance against visitors Queens Park Rangers who haven't won in the league since their 3-0 win against Ipswich Town at Loftus Road on Boxing Day.

Latics sit 20th on 29 points at the start of the day, with a victory enough to lift Paul Cook's side above Millwall should results go their way.

Steve McClaren's R's are 14th on 39 points, seven points from the Championship play-off places, with his former club Derby County sixth on 46 points.

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Officials

Referee - Scott Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 - Akil Howson
Assistant Referee 2 - Sam Lewis
Fourth Official - Jeremy Simpson

HEAD-TO-HEAD - ALL COMPETITIONS

Head to Head Wigan Athletic v Queens Park Rangers

EARLY TEAM NEWS

There has been a lot of positive fitness news coming out of the Wigan Athletic Training Centre at Euxton this week, with the return to training of Everton loanee Antonee Robinson following a prolonged spell on the sidelines due to an ankle injury suffered on international duty in November.

The full back was joined by Anthony Pilkington and Gavin Massey in the main training group on Wednesday, adding a 'real buzz' to training, as explained by Gary Roberts in his interview for Saturday's match day programme.

Robinson and Massey won't be involved against QPR, but Paul Cook confirmed that Pilkington will be back in the 18-man squad, with the aforementioned duo set to be available for next weekend's trip to Rotherham United.

Latics continue to be without Nick Powell who recently suffered a set back in his recovery, and captain Samy Morsy will serve the first match of his two-game suspension for a 10th yellow card of the season against Nottingham Forest last weekend.

Darron Gibson, who started Latics' last match against Forest, could continue in midfield. You can catch up with the 31-year-old on this week's episode of Latics Listen.

The DW Stadium could witness four debuts on Saturday, with Leon Clarke returning to the club on loan on Thursday, defender Danny Fox adding further experience following his arrival from Nottingham Forest, midfielder Beni Baningime arriving on transfer deadline day on loan from Everton and Swedish centre back Jonas Olsson signing on Friday in time to be registered for the game against QPR.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Steve McClaren will have an extra body available on Saturday, with Australian international Massimo Luongo returning from his stint at the Asian Cup, having missed the last six matches.

Positive news out of Loftus Road continued for R's supporters, with on loan striker Tomer Hemed back in training following a hernia operation, and further advances in the recoveries of Angel Rangel (thigh) and Geoff Cameron (ankle), who are both expected back this month.

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LATICS LISTEN - TRANSFER WINDOW SPECIAL



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REPORT: LATICS 2 – 1 QUEENS PARK RANGERS

2 February 2019

Josh Windass and Leon Clarke goals give Latics important 2-1 win against Queens Park Rangers.

  • Match Report: Wigan Athletic 2 – 1 Queens Park Rangers
  • Josh Windass and Leon Clarke score to give Latics vital home win against QPR
  • Rangers set up tense finish with Bright Osayi-Samuel strike

WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
Windass 7
Clarke 54

QUEENS PARK RANGERS 1
Osayi-Samuel 74

Attendance: 9,799 (770 away)

Goals from Josh Windass and Leon Clarke set Latics on their way to a vital home victory as Paul Cook’s side beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Windass put Latics ahead early on before Clarke’s second gave Latics comfort, albeit that was taken away soon after as Bright Osayi-Samuel saw a deflected effort go in.

Latics now sit 19th in the Sky Bet Championship table, seven points from safety, whilst QPR drop to 14th.

Cook made four changes to his side with Danny Fox straight in for his debut as captain, whilst Clarke made his 'second debut' following his return to the club on loan from Sheffield United. Lee Evans returned in midfield and Anthony Pilkington was fit again following a brief spell on the sidelines.

Samy Morsy missed out due to suspension, Darron Gibson and Chey Dunkley took up places on the bench, whilst Clarke took James Vaughan's place following the striker's loan move to Portsmouth.

New signing Beni Baningime made the bench following his arrival on loan from Everton, but Jonas Olsson missed out on the squad after joining the club yesterday.

Latics faced an early test as Jamie Jones spilled a long-range shot from Nahki Wells but reacted superbly to pounce on the loose ball as Luke Freeman looked set to finish.

After he felt aggrieved not to have been awarded an early penalty when he was pulled down in the area, Windass picked himself up to get the important opener as Jones’ long ball was flicked on by Clarke into his path and he finished coolly for his fourth goal of the season and second in as many matches.

Latics were soon thankful to their goalkeeper and defence as they QPR reacted immediately with Jones out to make a brave save from Wells when he broke through on goal before Kal Naismith headed off the line from a Toni Leistner header.

Early in the second-half, Latics had a chance to increase their lead as Michael Jacobs broke on the counter and forced Joe Lumley into a strong low save.

Jacobs was provider, though, as Latics got their all important second as he broke on the left and crossed for the back post where Clarke was waiting to finish coolly under pressure.

The game fell into a relatively flat pattern for nearly 20 minutes before an Osayi-Samuel shot went in via a deflection to set up a tense finish.

Leistner hit the bar with a header from a set-piece as the pressure built and substitute Matt Smith headed over from Wells’ deep cross as the DW Stadium tension built.

There was huge relief after four minutes of stoppage time as Cook’s side held on for a vital win.

Latics: Jones, Byrne, Kipre, Fox (Capt) (Dunkley 78), Naismith, James, Evans, Pilkington (Gibson 75), Windass, Jacobs, Clarke (Garner 75)
Subs: 
Walton, Baningime, McManaman, Roberts.

QPR: 
Lumley, Furlong, Bidwell, Freeman, Eze (Smith 62), Scowen, Luongo (Manning 87), Wszolek (Osayi-Samuel 45), Wells, Lynch, Leistner (Capt)
Subs: 
Ingram, Hall, Cousins, Kakay

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