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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V IPSWICH TOWN

22 February 2019

Latics return to Sky Bet Championship action, aiming to make it four games unbeaten when Ipswich Town visit the DW Stadium this Saturday.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Wigan Athletic v Ipswich Town.
  • Latics host Paul Lambert's Tractor Boys in a bid to extend the current unbeaten run to four matches.
  • A clean bill of health for Paul Cook's squad, with Danny Fox returning.

Wigan Athletic v Ipswich Town Ticket Details

WIGAN ATHLETIC V IPSWICH TOWN
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2019
DW STADIUM
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

Latics arrived back on home soil from a mid-season training trip to Dubai earlier this week, preparing to host Ipswich Town at the DW Stadium in the latest Sky Bet Championship fixture.

A re-arranged match against Derby County allowed Latics the time to recover and continue to build in the Middle-East heat, travelling out with a three-game unbeaten run in tact thanks to a 0-0 draw against Stoke City on the Wednesday night.

With Latics not featuring in last weekend's action, Paul Cook's side are now 20th on 34 points, five clear of the relegation zone with a game in hand.

Paul Lambert, who is banned from the touchline following an incident in the East Anglia derby against Norwich City, will be hoping his Ipswich side can close the gap on Bolton Wanderers to just three points, with the Tractor Boys bottom of the Championship table on 20 points.

A spirited and late 1-1 draw at home to Stoke will help boost Ipswich's cause after former Latics loanee Will Keane cancelled out former Latics winger James McClean's opener for the Potters last Saturday.

MATCH INFO

Officials

Referee - Lee Probert
Assistant Referee 1 - Simon Beck
Assistant Referee 2 - Andrew Garratt
Fourth Official - Robert Jones

HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE

Wigan Athletic v Ipswich Town Head to Head

EARLY TEAM NEWS

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Latics arrive back home at the DW Stadium with a clean bill of health following the warm-weather training trip to Dubai last weekend, with Danny Fox now back available after sitting out the Stoke City match and full training due to the concussion he suffered in Latics' 1-1 draw away at Rotherham United.

A full squad to choose from leaves Paul Cook with a positive selection headache, with one man in particular determined to keep hold of a starting place as Michael Jacobs aims to make his 150th appearance for Latics in all competitions.

IPSWICH TOWN

Paul Lambert's touchline ban has added to Ipswich's recent woes, with a number of first team players out with long term injuries.

Former Latics midfielder Emyr Huws (knee), Tom Adeyemi (achilles), Grant Ward (ACL), Freddie Sears (ACL) and Jack Lankester (back) are all on the sidelines.

Lambert is hopeful of returns for James Collins (hamstring) and captain Luke Chambers (foot), with Collins missing the last four matches and Chambers out of the previous two.

Illness struck the Ipswich camp recently, with Flynn Downes missing recently but now doing better, whilst Cole Skuse made the bench last weekend against Stoke City after recovering from the same virus.

Ellis Harrison is also being monitored following a hamstring complaint.

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Match Reports

U18 REPORT: WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 TRANMERE ROVERS 1

23 February 2019

Joe Gelhardt's late goal maintains Latics' unbeaten season in the EFL Youth Alliance

  • Academy Report: Latics' unbeaten league run continues with 1-1 draw against Tranmere Rovers.
  • Joe Gelhardt on target with his 15th goal of the season.
  • Latics' squad depleted due to illness, but the EFL Youth Alliance lead is extended following Rochdale's 4-3 defeat to Morecambe.

WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
Gelhardt 88

TRANMERE ROVERS 1
Hayde 6

Latics rescued a point to extend their lead at the top of the EFL Youth Alliance on Saturday afternoon at the end of a tough week down at the Academy, with a number of players missing from the squad due to illness, but England youth international Joe Gelhardt was available and got himself on the score sheet to pull his side level with two minutes to play.

The goal, Gelhardt's 15th of the season for the U18s, pushes Latics nine points clear of second place Rochdale, with Peter Murphy's men still yet to play their game in hand on Dale.

Latics were forced into a host of changes due to an bout of illness, but in truth they dominated the vast majority of the game regardless.

It wasn't the start Latics had envisaged as they worked to bounce back from the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup fifth round 10 days previous, with visitors Tranmere grabbing the lead just after the five-minute mark courtesy of a header from defender Kyle Hayde.

Latics' control of the game was clear to see, with the woodwork struck no fewer than three times, as well as two penalties claims turned down.

Tranmere kept their defensive setup tight to frustrate Latics, but a moment of brilliance from substitute Gelhardt opened up the game. The England star, who was joined from the bench by fellow youth internationals Kyle Joseph and MacKenzie O'Neill, picked up the ball inside the right channel, skipped by two defenders and fired the ball past the visiting goalkeeper from 25 yards to net his 15th of the campaign.

Had Latics been given five or 10 more minutes in the contest they would surely have turned the result around, but they'll settle for a point in the circumstances, given that Morecambe beat title challengers Rochdale 4-3.

Latics take on the Shrimps on Tuesday afternoon as their game in hand over Dale, with the chance to extend their Youth Alliance lead to 12 points.

Latics: Tickle, Broe, Robinson, Obi, Long, Monaghan, Culshaw, Baningime, Jolley, Berry, Maffeo
Subs: O'Neill, Joseph, Isherwood, Gelhardt, McWilliam

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