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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BRENTFORD FC

29 March 2019

The international fixtures are over and Latics are back at the DW Stadium against Brentford FC on Saturday

  • Sky Bet Championship: Wigan Athletic v Brentford FC.
  • Latics host the Bees as Paul Cook's men go in search of back-to-back victories!
  • Latics aiming to build on impressive 2018-19 home form.

Wigan Athletic v Brentford

WIGAN ATHLETIC V BRENTFORD FC
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2019
DW STADIUM
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

Latics arrive back at the DW Stadium aiming to make it back-to-back Sky Bet Championship victories when Brentford FC rock up on Saturday afternoon!

Goals from Joe Garner, Gavin Massey, Nick Powell, Michael Jacobs and Leon Clarke earned a dominant 5-2 win against Bolton Wanderers before the international break, meaning Latics start the day in 19th position on 39 points, three points clear of Rotherham United in 22nd.

Birmingham City's nine-point deduction means Latics could finish the weekend in 18th place should Cook's side pick up all three points against Thomas Frank's Brentford and  and Blues lose to neighbours West Bromwich Albion on Friday night.

The Bees are 13th in the Championship on 49 points, eight points from the play-off places after back-to-back defeats dented their play-off hopes.

UPCOMING FIXTURES

West Bromwich Albion v Birmingham City (Friday, 8.00pm)
Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers
Derby County v Rotherham United
Ipswich Town v Hull City
Leeds United v Millwall
Nottingham Forest v Swansea City
Queens Park Rangers v Bolton Wanderers
Reading v Preston North End
Sheffield United v Bristol City
Stoke City v Sheffield Wednesday
Middlesbrough v Norwich City (5.30pm)

MATCH INFO

Officials

Referee - Andy Woolmer
Assistant Referee 1 - Mark Jones
Assistant Referee 2 - Adrian Waters
Fourth Official - Paul Marsden

HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE

Head to Head Wigan Athletic v Brentford FC

EARLY TEAM NEWS

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Latics were handed some positive fitness news during the international break, with Danny Fox and Anthony Pilkington returning to training.

Speaking in his pre-match press call, Latics boss Paul Cook said:

"We've had a great couple of weeks. Players who needed to rest have been given the right amount of rest, and as a group we've tried a couple of different training techniques to keep on top of our fitness.

"We were at Blundell's Boxing Gym again and the lads love those sessions. The guys at the gym are great with our lads, they teach them different drills to improve strength and they certainly keep us on our toes.

"As an aside to that, we've added two more to the training group with Danny Fox and Anthony Pilkington back in training and they're both fit and available for selection on Saturday."

Reece James, Lee Evans and Antonee Robinson all travelled with their national squads, with James involved in two England U20 fixtures, Evans made his first start for the Wales senior team and Robinson featured for USA's U23s.

Callum McManaman will make his 100th league appearance for Latics should he feature against the Bees on Saturday.

The forward will join Latics' EFL 100 Club, but how many of the list do you know? Take the quiz.


BRENTFORD FC

Bees boss Thomas Frank told brentfordfc.com...

"Everybody is ready so it's up to me to pick. It could be just too early for some of them to be involved in the squad but it’s very close. Now it's about fitness, form, and performance. Everybody needs to compete to keep their place."

CLASSIC ACTION



PODCAST - MICHAEL JACOBS, LEE EVANS, CHRISTIAN WALTON AND IAN KILFORD

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 BRENTFORD FC 0

30 March 2019

Latics maintain their strong home form following stalemate with Brentford at the DW Stadium.

  • Match Report: Wigan Athletic 0-0 Brentford.
  • Chey Dunkley and Gavin Massey come close for Latics in stalemate.
  • Latics record their 10th clean sheet of the 2018-19 campaign.

WIGAN ATHLETIC 0

BRENTFORD FC 0

Attendance: 9,953 (542 away)

Latics settled for an important but, frustrating point against Brentford on Saturday afternoon, with opportunities opening up in the second half.

Chey Dunkley’s header came off the bar, as well as Gavin Massey and Anthony Pilkington also coming close in a tough encounter against Thomas Frank’s Brentford.

Latics made one change to their starting XI following their dramatic Lancashire derby day win over Bolton Wanderers as Danny Fox returned to the side in the place of Cedric Kipre, with Anthony Pilkington also named amongst the substitutes following a knee injury.

Cook’s side started in similar fashion to their victory over Bolton Wanderers and had their first sight of goal inside five minutes.

Gavin Massey’s dancing feet saw him drift into the penalty area with his eventual effort being blocked, before Antonee Robinson’s goal-bound effort was blocked by a Brentford defender.

Brentford responded well and had a chance of their own inside ten minutes, Said Benrahma and Neal Maupay combined cleverly on halfway, before the latter dragged his effort wide of Christian Walton’s goal.

In a first-half of chances coming few and far between, Latics came the closest to breaking the deadlock on the 25th minute, the ball fell kindly to Reece James and the midfielder’s spectacular half-volley was tipped over by Brentford goalkeeper Luke Daniels.

Latics should have opened the scoring almost straight after the restart as Nick Powell carried the ball 30 yards before finding Massey in-behind the defence with just Daniels to beat, though the wide midfielder was denied from close range.

Walton was called into action for the first time in the game on 54 minutes, producing a fine low save from Benrahma’s dipping shot from the edge of the box.

Both sides battled to break the deadlock at the DW Stadium and Cook’s side were denied by Daniels once again as Chey Dunkley’s powerful header was turned around the post following James’ corner-kick.

The ball was eventually in the net with just under 15 minutes remaining after Joe Garner’s header found substitute, Pilkington at the back-post who bundled it over the line, though the goal was disallowed for offside.

Latics had the large spell of possession in the final quarter of the game and came within inches of opening the scoring, Fox’s ball was met by the towering header of Dunkley, with his effort looping onto the crossbar, much to the frustration of the home side.

Latics: Walton, Byrne, Robinson, Morsy (Capt), Fox, Massey (Mcmanaman 86), James, Jacobs (Pilkington 42), Dunkley, Powell, Garner (Clarke 77)
Subs: Jones, Gibson, Kipre, Evans

Brentford: Daniels, Odubajo, Maupay, Watkins (Canos 74), Mokotjo, DaSilva (MacLeod 80), Benrahma, Dalsgaard, Jeanvier, Konsa, Barbet (Sorensen 47)
Subs: Gunnarsson, McEachran, Marcondes, Forss

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