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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V MILLWALL

3 May 2019

Latics prepare to host Millwall FC in the final game of the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Wigan Athletic v Millwall.
  • Latics host MIllwall on the final day of the 2018-19 season.
  • Paul Cook's side are 18th in the table, with the potential to finish 17th.

Wigan Athletic v Millwall Tickets

WIGAN ATHLETIC V MILLWALL
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SUNDAY 5 MAY 2019
DW STADIUM
KICK-OFF 12.30PM

Latics arrive back at the DW Stadium this weekend in the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season finale against Millwall, with Paul Cook’s side aiming to extend their four-game unbeaten run following their 1-1 draw with Birmingham City last weekend.

Despite making seven changes from their victory over local rivals Preston North End, Nick Powell’s first-half equaliser earned Latics a share of the spoils at St. Andrew's, earning Latics four points from their last two away games after their spirited 2-1 victory over Leeds United on Good Friday.

Latics go into Sunday’s fixture against Neil Harris’ side on 49 points in 18th position, five points clear of their counterparts who occupy 21st place in the table. Victory for Latics could see them rise to as high as 17th place above Birmingham City reaching the 50 points mark, though defeat could see Cook’s men fall to as low as 20th place.

The visitors start the day four points clear of the relegation zone after Rotherham United were the last team to have their relegation to Sky Bet League One confirmed.

Harris’ men are on 44 points and victory could see them rise above Reading in 20th place.

The two teams last met in October 2018, with the Lions running out 2-1 winners over Latics thanks to Steve Morison’s winner on 82 minutes.

FORM GUIDE

Wigan Athletic v Millwall Form Guide

MATCH INFO

Officials

Referee - Andy Woolmer
Assistant Referee 1 - Jonathan Hunt
Assistant Referee 2 - Billy Smallwood
Fourth Official - Robert Jones

SUNDAY'S FIXTURES

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

EARLY TEAM NEWS

Speaking to iFollow Latics ahead of Sunday's final fixture of the Sky Bet Championship campaign against Millwall at the DW Stadium, Paul Cook said:

"Reece has been an outstanding professional during his time at our club and someone who completely deserves the praise he gets.

"With that said, Reece will captain the team on Sunday and it's likely that we'll bring him off during the latter stages of the game so that our supporters can give him the ovation he deserves.

"Around that, we'll pick the strongest team possible as we want to finish the season with as many points as possible.

"It's a tough one for Samy, he's an exemplary captain for our club, but we don't want to risk him being suspended for that start of next season."

The gaffer added:

"Charlie Jolley will be involved on Sunday and we're aiming to get him some minutes on the pitch and that vital experience.

"Our Academy is full of good players and the Under 18s is a very talented group. It's a great time for the club in that repsect and we have to give the boys a platform to take the next step.

"I don't want to be too quick to heap praise on the young lads because it can be a burden of pressure, but it's so good to see the Academy in such a good place. The Development Squad, the Under 18s and the Under 15s have rightly been given a lot of credit, and that credit has to go to Gregor (Rioch) and his staff at Christopher Park, it's such a bright place to work."


After making their league debuts last weekend against Birmingham City, Academy duo Joe Gelhardt and Jensen Weir will be unavailable for Sunday's game as they represent England in the 2019 UEFA European U17 Championships in Ireland, the first game of which is live on UEFA's YouTube channel this evening at 7.00pm against France.

With the pair not involved on Sunday, it could open up opportunities for other members of Latics' Academy teams, with defender Adam Long already involved in the squad last weekend on the bench, whilst 41-goal striker Jolley, who netted twice in Tuesday's EFL Youth Alliance Cup triumph at Exeter City, was in the travelling squad for last weekend's trip to St. Andrew's.

Latics made seven changes for the 1-1 draw, with Christian Walton, Danny Fox, Samy Morsy, Reece James, Gavin Massey, Kal Naismith and Leon Clarke all switched out for Jamie Jones, Jonas Olsson, Darron Gibson, Cedric Kipre, Josh Windass, Joe Garner and goal scorer Nick Powell, but unfortunately Windass was forced off at half time against Birmingham through injury.

Captain Morsy is one booking away from suspension and is set to sit this one out, whilst Sunday's game will be the last opportunity for our multiple Currys PC World Player of the Month, Reece James, to feature in a Latics shirt before returning to Chelsea, with the 19-year-old confirmed as captain for the game.

Elsewhere, Callum McManaman and Michael Jacobs have both been missing with injuries, whilst Shaun MacDonald has been struggling with a calf problem.

MILLWALL FC

With Neil Harris' side also safe in the knowledge of their spot in the division for 2019-20, Millwall are expected to hand opportunities to some of their younger players, with Harris hinting that in his post-Bristol City interview midweek.

Academy starlets Jesse Debrah, Billy Mitchell and George Alexander all were all named amongst the substitutes for Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat to the Robins at the Den, but none of the trio managed to feature from the bench.

HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE

Wigan Athletic v Millwall Head to Head

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Match Reports

REPORT: WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 – 0 MILLWALL

5 May 2019

Joe Garner strike seals final day win for Latics against Millwall.

  • Match Report: Wigan Athletic 1 – 0 Millwall
  • Joe Garner strike seals final day win for Latics against Millwall
  • Latics finish the Sky Bet Championship campaign in 18th position, Millwall finish 21st.

WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
Garner 15

MILLWALL 0

Attendance: 10,859 (1,002 away)

Joe Garner’s eighth goal of the season sealed a final day win for Latics as they beat Millwall 1-0 at the DW Stadium.

Garner’s 15th minute strike was enough to seal all three points and an 18th place finish for Paul Cook’s side as they continued their fine end to the season.

Latics made four changes for the final Sky Bet Championship fixture of the season with Christian Walton returning in goal, Anthony Pilkington and Kal Naismith in wide positions and Reece James as captain, coming in for Jamie Jones, Josh Windass, Nathan Byrne and Darron Gibson.

Latics also welcomed leading Academy goal scorer Charlie Jolley onto the bench for his first game in the squad, whilst Development Squad midfielders Alex Perry and Chris Merrie also make the substitutes.

Perry, who scored from inside his own half earlier in the season away at Doncaster Rovers for the Development Squad, is involved for the first time, whilst Merrie made his Latics debut in 2017 in the EFL Cup against Blackpool at the DW Stadium.

Latics were out of the blocks quickly and forced an early corner which Chey Dunkley headed just over from Pilkington’s delivery.

At the other end, Millwall’s first chance came after five minutes as former Latic Ryan Tunnicliffe crossed for Lee Gregory but he fired well off target at the near post.

Kal Naismith then intercepted the ball in midfield and found Garner, who shot powerfully from 25 yards but was denied by Millwall stopper David Martin. And moments later, Antonee Robinson got in on the left side for Cook’s side but crossed too heavily for the onrushing Pilkington, whilst Nick Powell was well-placed for a potential cut back.

Naismith was involved again as Latics went ahead on 15 minutes, his back heel finding Powell who saw his shot saved by Martin only for Garner to tap home the rebound.

Millwall reacted with a chance of their own as Steve Morison headed Shane Ferguson’s deep cross over at the back post.

And soon after makeshift right back Cedric Kipre had to be round on the cover to deny Gregory as he saw an opportunity present itself on the edge of Latics’ penalty area.

Pressure continued from the Lions a corner from the left caused problems for Latics and they needed Powell to make a goal-line clearance to keep their advantage.

Ferguson continued to be the Lions’ most creative outlet as the first-half wore on and another of his crosses found Morison at the back post but headed wide.

The Lions had a great opportunity to level early in the second-half after Gregory’s initial effort in the area was superbly saved by Walton, Tunnicliffe could only blaze the follow up over the bar.

Just after the hour mark, Jolley was handed his Latics debut, replacing Pilkington, in a special moment for the striker who has over 40 goals in youth football this season.

Within six minutes of being on the pitch, he had a good opportunity to score as he met Robinson’s cross but fired wide at the near post.

The game ultimately petered out with neither side creating opportunities after a flurry of substitutions, the last of which saw James replaced by Gary Roberts, with the Chelsea loanee receiving a standing ovation from the DW Stadium crowd on his last Latics match before heading back to his parent club.

Latics: Walton, Robinson, James (Capt) (Roberts 89), Pilkington (Jolley 63), Naismith, Kipre, Dunkley, Powell, Olsson, Evans, Garner (McManaman 74)
Subs: 
Jones, Gibson, Merrie, Perry

Millwall: 
Martin, Meredith, Cooper, Williams (Mitchell 77), Gregory (Alexander 66), Ferguson, Romeo, Pearce, Tunnicliffe (Skalak 61), Morison (Capt), Leonard
Subs: 
Amos, McLaughlin, Elliott, McNamara.

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TICKET NEWS: LATICS SUPPORTERS CAN PAY CASH ON THE EAST AND SOUTH TURNSTILES FOR SUNDAY'S FIXTURE AGAINST MILLWALL

4 May 2019

Back the boys on the final day of the season against Millwall at the DW Stadium!

  • Pay on the day available for Wigan Athletic v Millwall on Sunday 5 May.
  • Cash turnstiles on the South and East stands with West Stand tickets available from the DW Stadium Ticket Office.
  • Tickets can still be purchased in advance online by [clicking here] with collection available from the DW Stadium Ticket Office due to our Print at Home facility currently undergoing maintenance.

Wigan Athletic v Millwall Tickets

WIGAN ATHLETIC V MILLWALL FC
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SUNDAY 5 MAY 2019
DW STADIUM
KICK-OFF 12.30PM

It's the final fixture of our 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season and it will be a party atmosphere at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon when Latics host Millwall to see the campaign out!

Latics supporters can continue to purchase tickets in advance online for collection at the DW Stadium Ticket Office on Sunday, with a pay on the day option also in place in the form of cash turnstiles on the East and South Stands, whilst West Stand tickets can be purchased from the ticket office.

The ticket office is open from 10.00am on Sunday.

Wigan Athletic Party in the Park 2019

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