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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BOLTON WANDERERS

15 March 2019

It's derby day at the DW Stadium as Latics host Bolton Wanderers in the Sky Bet Championship

  • Sky Bet Championship: Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers.
  • Latics host Phil Parkinson's Trotters as Paul Cook's men aim to their good home form this season.
  • Latics aiming to claim a 14th league victory against their local rivals.

Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

WIGAN ATHLETIC V BOLTON WANDERERS
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2019
DW STADIUM
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

Latics arrive back at the DW Stadium aiming to add to their impressive home form this campaign, with Bolton Wanderers visiting for the first time since March 2015.

The Trotters sit 23rd in the Sky Bet Championship on 29 points following their 2-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in the week, with Latics seven points above in 21st place, level on points with Rotherham United in 22nd below them and Reading in 20th place above, whilst Millwall have one point more than all three teams with 37 in 19th.

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Officials

Referee - Robert Jones
Assistant Referee 1 - Nigel Lugg
Assistant Referee 2 - Graham Kane
Fourth Official - David Webb

HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE

Head to Head Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

EARLY TEAM NEWS

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Latics return to the DW Stadium aiming to build on their strong Sky Bet Championship home form when Bolton Wanderers visit on Saturday, with Paul Cook likely to add to his squad options with the return to availability of Nathan Byrne who missed out on Tuesday's visit to Ewood Park due to illness.

Midfielder Lee Evans, who has been named in the Wales national squad for upcoming matches this month, was Byrne replacement, with Reece James reverting to right back.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, the manager confirmed
that he will be without defender Danny Fox and forward Anthony Pilkington until after the international fixtures, with the pair continuing their recoveries from knee injuries.

Should Callum McManaman feature this weekend, the winger will join Latics' 100 Club for EFL appearances.

BOLTON WANDERERS

Phil Parkinson welcomed a trio of players back into his squad for Bolton's 2-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in the week, with David Wheater, Jason Lowe and Craig Noone all returning the match day squad following suspensions.

Defender Wheater was an unused substitute as Jack Hobbs and Mark Beevers continued their partnership at the back, with Lowe featuring in midfield for the full 90 minutes and Noone getting 66 minutes upon his return.

Despite what Parkinson says are 'bumps and bruises' to his squad, his only injury concern remains with former Latics forward Yanic Wildschut whose return date from a serious ankle injury is yet to be determined.

CLASSIC ACTION

PLAYED FOR BOTH

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Match Reports

REPORT: LATICS 5 – 2 BOLTON WANDERERS

16 March 2019

Five-star Latics earn vital local derby victory over Bolton Wanderers.

  • Match Report: Wigan Athletic 5 – 2 Bolton Wanderers
  • Goals from Joe Garner, Gavin Massey, Nick Powell, Michael Jacobs and Leon Clarke earn vital local derby victory for Latics.
  • Gary O’Neil and Sammy Ameobi got goals back for Phil Parkinson’s side

WIGAN ATHLETIC 5
Garner 4
Massey 51
Powell 55
Jacobs 69
Clarke 81

BOLTON WANDERERS 2
O’Neil 62
Ameobi 79

Attendance: 13,664 (3,776 away)

Wigan Athletic reverted to type and produced their early season football to earn an important and convincing victory over local rivals Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

Joe Garner gave Latics the lead before Gavin Massey and Nick Powell stretched Paul Cook’s side’s advantage early in the second-half. Gary O’Neil got one back for Bolton before Michael Jacobs made it 4-1. Sammy Ameobi added a second for Bolton but Leon Clarke headed in a fifth for Latics just a minute later.

Latics made three changes to their starting XI as Christian Walton, Nathan Byrne and Cedric Kipre came in for Jamie Jones, Lee Evans and Jonas Olsson.

Cook’s side couldn’t have got off to a better start as Reece James’ cross was headed in by Garner for his seventh goal of the campaign.

Former Latic Callum Connolly headed off target for a Gary O’Neil corner as the visitors searched for a response.

Latics could have doubled their lead before the break as Powell played Antonee Robinson in behind and the defender skipped a challenge before Remi Matthews made a superb low save to deny him. From the resulting corner, Chey Dunkley headed off target from a James delivery.

As half-time approached, Joe Williams saw a driven effort deflected wide for Bolton before O’Neil was denied when well-placed by a good save from Walton at his near post.

Like in the first-half, Cook couldn’t have wished for a better start from his side as Powell played in Massey and he finished with aplomb to double Latics’ advantage.

And within five minutes, it was 3-0 at Matthews was dispossessed by Garner and Powell was left to stroke the ball home into an empty net.

O’Neil immediately pulled a goal back for Bolton to make it 3-1, but the tension was only present for a matter of minutes as Jacobs broke and fired in superbly from 25 yards.

Connolly was denied again by Walton before Ameobi finished well for 4-2 in the driving rain at the DW.

It took just one minute for Latics to get their fifth, though, as Byrne’s cross was headed in by Clarke.

Byrne, who is yet to score for Latics, almost added the cherry on the cake as he carried the ball 40 yards and curled a brilliant effort off the post.

Latics: Walton, Byrne, Dunkley, Kipre, Robinson, Morsy (Capt), James, Massey (Gibson 82), Powell (Windass 70), Jacobs, Garner (Clarke 70)
Subs: Jones, McManaman, Naismith, Olsson

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Taylor (Capt), Lowe (Olkowski 7), Beevers, Donaldson (Ameobi 45), Buckley (Noone 82), Hobbs, Connolly, O'Neil, J.Williams, Magennis
Subs: B.Williams, Wilson, Wheater, Connell

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