Latics go in search of first away win of the campaign at high-flying Wolves.
• Latics only failed two score in two of previous 14 encounters with Wolves (1999 and 2009)
• Wolves surrendered their ten month home unbeaten run in midweek with defeat to Huddersfield
• Latics won four of the last five meetings in the Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic
Saturday 4 October 2014, kick-off 3pm
Sky Bet Championship
Uwe Rosler’s Wigan Athletic side head to the Black Country on Saturday still in search of their first away win of the campaign, though they’ll be buoyed by a good performance against Nottingham Forest in midweek.
Latics have fared well at Molineux in recent times, winning on two of their last three visits and they’ll hope to replicate Huddersfield Town’s feat at the 31,700 capacity stadium after the Terriers ended Kenny Jackett’s side’s ten month unbeaten home record with a 3-1 win on Wednesday evening.
Tickets are still available for this all-ticket fixture until 4pm today from the DW Stadium Ticket Office.
We go back to the 2004/05 season for our classic Wolves v Latics clash as two of the promotion favourites went head-to-head early in the campaign.
Kenny Miller gave the hosts the lead with a solo run and finish before Matt Jackson headed Jimmy Bullard’s free-kick home eight minutes later.
Nathan Ellington scored an absolute screamer to edge Latics in front before the half hour, curling one in off the underside of the bar from all of 25 yards.
Wolves had the chance to equalise from the spot when David Wright was penalised for a foul on Seyi Olofinjana in the area, though John Filan produced a good low save from Miller’s spot-kick.
The Scotland international made amends shortly after, though, heading in Colin Cooper’s cross from the centre of the area.
Jason Roberts then gave Latics the lead for the third time, converting from the spot after Joleon Lescott had bundled him down inside the area.
However, Wolves levelled once again in stoppage time as Colin Cameron broke in behind and volleyed past Filan.
WOLVES IN 2014/15 SO FAR
Wins over the three sides relegated from the Premier League has given Kenny Jackett’s Wolves a superb start to the campaign, though it’s one that could have been even better had they not dropped points at
Rotherham United and Blackpool as well as the midweek home defeat to Huddersfield Town.
Tipped from the beginning of the campaign to be a promotion contender, Wolves added Tommy Rowe, Rajiv van La Parra and George Saville to an already strong side from League One, losing very few of their top players from the previous campaign.
They’ve only failed to score in two of their 11 games in all competitions this season with the goals of Bakary Sako, who has continued his form from last season, proving crucial.
It’s at the other end that Wolves have been less attractive and manager Jackett told the Express and Star his side need to be better in both defence and midfield:
“The way we play leaves us quite open and if sides can really close us down through that middle, our back four are split and there are holes,” the former Millwall boss explained.
“But part of that is a need to pass it better and then the other side doesn’t break. Making sure we’re not open through the middle is something we need to do better and that will help the back four.”
“We need a balance of being better defensively as a team, because Huddersfield had too many shots against us on Wednesday.
“We need to be more competitive and tactically aware in the centre of the midfield.”
MAN TO WATCH – BAKARY SAKO
26-year-old Mali international forward Bakary Sako is in his third season at Molineux after signing from Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne.
Wolves parted with a reported £2.2million fee for Sako who has returned 27 goals in 92 appearances since moving to the Black Country in August 2012.
A French youth international, Sako actually grew up Ivry-sur-Seine, a suburb of the French capital, Paris.
Currently Wolves’ leading scorer for the 2014-15 campaign, Sako has four goals in ten Sky Bet Championship appearances.