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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V MILLWALL

20 October 2014

Ian Holloway’s Lions next up at the DW Stadium.

  • Both sides on seven-game winless run.
  • Latics drawn last three, Millwall back-to-back draws
  • Ramis set for 50th Wigan Athletic appearance

Wigan Athletic v Millwall
Tuesday 21st October
DW Stadium
Sky Bet Championship

Latics will look to iron out the fine margins that have prevented them from picking up wins against Nottingham Forest, Wolves and Brentford in recent weeks as Millwall visit the DW Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Three consecutive draws have left Latics in 19th place in the Sky Bet Championship but a win against the Lions would see Uwe Rosler’s side leapfrog Ian Holloway’s outfit.

Millwall travel north on a seven-game winless run but they will be buoyed by their 3-3 home draw with Wolves on Saturday as late heroics ensured the Lions came from three behind to earn a point.

CLASSIC MATCH

Latics 2 – 0 Millwall
FA Cup with Budweiser semi-final
Wembley Stadium


Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman scored to send Latics to the 2013 FA Cup Final at the expense of Millwall.

Latics reached the final for the first time in the club’s 81-year history as Maloney converted Arouna Kone’s cross to edge Latics in front before McManaman finished off Jordi Gomez’s pass to send the travelling support into raptures.

MILLWALL IN 2014/15 SO FAR

Ian Holloway’s arrival at the Den back in January instigated a turn in form that preserved the Lions’ status in the second tier for a fifth consecutive season after their promotion from League One back in 2010.

Ahead of his first full season in charge, Holloway made the permanent signing of Carlos Edwards, who had been on loan at the Den during the 2013-14 season, a spell that saw the former Sunderland man score the winner at the DW Stadium in April.

Holloway also added former Blackpool pair Ricardo Fuller and Angel Martinez whilst the additions of promising youngsters Matthew Briggs and Magaye Gueye, from Fulham and Everton respectively, supported the signings of defender Byron Webster from Yeovil Town and striker Lee Gregory from FC Halifax Town.

On the back of some positive additions, Millwall’s start could not have gone much better with August producing ten league points in the form of an impressive away win at Fulham as well as home victories over Leeds United and Blackpool.

However, the turn of the month has contributed to a downfall in the Lions’ fortunes with four defeats and two goalless draws sending the early pace-setters down to 16th in the Championship table.

Holloway will hope to turn a poor September around now as the Lions look to reach the heights of the top half like they did on their return to the second tier in 2011.

MAN TO WATCH – RICARDO FULLER



Signed from Blackpool in the summer, Ricardo Fuller has three goals in 12 appearances for the Lions this campaign.

Most notable for his six-year spell with Stoke City between 2006 and 2012, Fuller scored 50 goals in 208 appearances for the Potters after signing from Southampton.

Formerly of Crystal Palace, Preston North End and Portsmouth, the 34-year-old former Jamaica international has had spells with Charlton Athletic and the Tangerines in the Championship since leaving the Britannia Stadium.

Still pacey and powerful, Fuller’s eye for goal will be something Ian Holloway looks to utilise as he looks to lead the Lions up the Sky Bet Championship table.

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