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MATCH PREVIEW: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY V WIGAN ATHLETIC

28 November 2014

Mackay looking to record first win as Latics boss on Saturday.

  • Manager looks to continue good personal record against the Owls.
  • Wednesday the second meanest defence in the Sky Bet Championship but also lowest scorers.
  • Stuart Gray’s side winless in 11 games in all competitions.

Sheffield Wednesday v Wigan Athletic
Saturday 29th November 2014
Hillsborough
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off 3pm

Latics head to South Yorkshire on Saturday with the aim of getting their Sky Bet Championship campaign back on track.

Malky Mackay will take on his first away assignment as Latics boss when his side travel to Hillsborough and he’ll hope his side continue his own good record against the Owls.

As a player with both Norwich and Watford, and also as manager of the Hornets and Cardiff City, Mackay has won seven of the 11 games in which he has gone up against Wednesday, losing just twice.

Tickets are still available for Latics fans who wish to make the trip to Sheffield as Mackay looks for similar support to that he received during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough.

LAST TIME OUT



Latics ran out 3-0 winners on their last trip to Hillsborough after the initial clash between the two sides had been abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch.

Nicky Maynard, who was on loan from Cardiff City, scored his first two goals for the club before Marc-Antoine Fortuné added a third to round off a fine Latics performance.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY IN 2014/15 SO FAR

After guiding the Owls to comfortable safety in 2013-14, Stuart Gray has kept the Owls in mid-table so far this time around.

Gray replaced Dave Jones in December 2013 with the Owls in the Championship relegation zone and he led them to an 11-game unbeaten run before being handed the job on a permanent basis.

This summer, he began to make his own mark on the team with Keiren Westwood, Sam Hutchinson, Tom Lees and Stevie May all arriving at Hillsborough to combat the departures of the likes of Michail Antonio and Jermaine Johnson.

Gray has also been productive in the loan market with Hallam Hope, Royston Drenthe, Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Lewis McGugan all signing on a short-term basis.

And the campaign could not have got off to a better start for Wednesday with impressive away wins at Brighton and Middlesbrough propelling them into the top six, a position they maintained following a 1-0 home win over Reading back in September.

However, three days after the win over the Royals, the Owls were demolished 7-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium and they’ve not yet recovered from the loss.

A mean defence that has kept ten league clean sheets this season, Wednesday’s problem is in front of goal with their 12 goals in 18 Championship games as Football League low.

They’re without a home goal in four games and the last time they went on the same run was nine years ago, though they followed that up with a 3-0 home victory over Crewe Alexandra.

Without a win in 11 games in all competitions, and just one home league win all season, Saturday brings about a massive game for both sides with Latics hoping to move out of the relegation zone and the Owls looking to steer clear of the battle to beat the drop.

MAN TO WATCH – KEIREN WESTWOOD



With ten clean sheets to his name so far this season, Keiren Westwood is the stand-out goalkeeper in the Sky Bet Championship.

A Republic of Ireland international, the 30-year-old signed for Wednesday following his release from Sunderland in the summer, signing a two-year deal.

Westwood began his career with Manchester City but failed to make a first-team appearance before signing for Carlisle United in 2004 where he made over 150 appearances in four seasons.

His form with the Cumbrians earned him a move to Coventry City in 2008 and it was during his time with the Sky Blues that he received the first of his 16 Ireland caps.

In 2011, Westwood moved to Wearside with the Black Cats, though he made just 24 appearances in three years due to injuries and the form of keeper Simon Mignolet.

In 18 appearances for Wednesday, Westwood has conceded just 14 goals, with his shot-stopping earning him rave reviews from the Owls faithful.

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