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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BRENTFORD

17 October 2014

Latics v London triple header begins with the visit of Uwe Rosler’s former club, Brentford.

  • Rosler to take charge of his 50th Latics game in all competitions
  • Adam Forshaw could come up against his former club
  • Tickets still available with good home and away following expected

Wigan Athletic v Brentford
Saturday 18th October 2014, kick-off 3.00pm
DW Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

It’s six without a win for Latics but there’s a feeling of optimism around Christopher Park this week as performances against Nottingham Forest and Wolves prior to the international break were significantly improved.

Add to the optimism the return of Shaun Maloney and James McClean from international duty, where both excelled, and there is promise that Latics can get back on track in the 2014/15 season.

The Bees travel north for the first part of Latics v London with Millwall and Fulham the next visitors to the DW Stadium, though a trip to Derby County next weekend makes this a big period in Latics’ campaign.

CLASSIC MATCH

Latics 3 – 1 Brentford
1985 Freight Rover Trophy Final
Wembley Stadium


Latics began their Wembley fairy-tale with a 3-1 win over the Bees in the 1985 Freight Rover Trophy Final.

Goals from Mike Newell and Tony Kelly put Latics in front before Robbie Cooke pulled one back for Brentford in the second-half.

However, just three minutes after Cooke had scored, David Lowe doubled Latics’ advantage, sealing the trophy for Bryan Hamilton’s side.

BRENTFORD IN 2014/15 SO FAR

Brentford’s Sky Bet Championship campaign has got off to a solid start with a 17-point return from 11 games sitting the Bees safely in tenth position.

It’s been goals galore for Mark Warburton’s side in their early exchanges with only one of their Championship games producing fewer than two goals.

Heavy 4-0 and 3-0 defeats to Middlesbrough and Norwich City respectively have been eradicated by impressive home wins against Brighton & Hove Albion, Leeds United and Reading.

A 21-year exile from the second tier was ended when Mark Warburton continued Uwe Rosler’s fine work in leading the Griffin Park outfit to second place in League One and eventual promotion.

Star striker Clayton Donaldson left Brentford for Birmingham in the summer whilst Adam Forshaw moved to Latics in one of the Championship’s longest transfer sagas.

However, a move for Luton Town striker and Conference Premier top scorer Andre Gray looks to have paid off with the Wolverhampton-born frontman notching three goals already this campaign.

The Bees have lost three and won two of their five away league games, with eight goals conceded on the road.

MAN TO WATCH – JONATHAN DOUGLAS



Experienced midfielder Jonathan Douglas is Brentford’s top scorer in the Sky Bet Championship with three league goals and the Irishman is one of seven ever-present’s in Warburton’s squad with David Button, Jake Bidwell, Alan Judge, Alan McCormack, Alex Pritchard and James Tarkowski all featuring in every league game to date.

The former Leeds United man is in his fourth season at Griffin Park after signing from Swindon Town June 2011.

A former Republic of Ireland international, Douglas has been capped eight times by his country after making his debut against Poland in 2004.

The 32-year-old passed the 150 appearance mark for Brentford in the 2-0 victory over his former club Leeds back in September.

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