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MATCH PREVIEW: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN V WIGAN ATHLETIC

15 September 2014

Gear up for Latics’ trip to Huddersfield with our big match preview.

  • Tickets for Huddersfield available on the day.
  • Latics looking to bounce back quickly from 3-1 defeat at Blackburn.
  • Kvist, Forshaw and Delort will hope to build on Latics debuts.

Huddersfield Town vs. Wigan Athletic

Tuesday 16 September 2014, kick off 7.45pm
John Smith’s Stadium
Sky Bet Championship


Latics will be looking for a quick turnaround in fortunes after defeat to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday, coming up against a Huddersfield Town side who tasted defeat at home, 2-1 against Middlesbrough.

Uwe Rosler will be hoping to build on the first half performance from the weekend’s 3-1 defeat, commenting in his post-match interview:

“In the first half I thought we did well, we dealt well with their two top strikers, we dictated the game and finished the stronger in the first-half.”

Tickets for the trip to Huddersfield are on sale until 4.00pm from the DW Stadium Ticket Office on Monday 15 September, and will also be available on the day of the game at the John Smith’s Stadium – For price details [click here].

LAST SEASON

Latics 2 Huddersfield 1 – 02 November 2013



Leon Barnett’s header after 21 minutes had Latics 1-0 up and heading into half time relatively comfortable after a solid display, but a mistake in midfield allowed Huddersfield to advance in the first minute of stoppage time, with Oliver Norwood taking advantage to level the score, taking the Terriers into half time at 1-1.

After losing the ball in the build-up to Huddersfield’s equaliser, top scorer Nick Powell made up for his mistake with a nice piece of individual skill in the box, before hammering home from close range to put Latics back in front, just four minutes into the second half.

Victory at the DW Stadium moved Latics up to 10th in the Sky Bet Championship, leap-frogging Huddersfield at the same time.

Huddersfield 1 Latics 0 – 08 February 2014



It was a tough afternoon in Yorkshire for Latics, a wet and windy day proved difficult as Huddersfield found inspiration late on when Adam Clayton fired in the only goal of the game from distance in the 85th minute.

Martyn Waghorn made a promising start to his Latics career with a good showing on his debut, but Alex Smithies denied the forward a goal early on and despite some neat build-up play throughout, Huddersfield remained firm.

2014-15 SO FAR

It was a tough start for the Terriers, losing manager Mark Robins after a 4-0 opening day defeat at home to AFC Bournemouth.

Mark Lillis stepped in as caretaker manager, winning his first game 5-3 in extra time against Chesterfield in the Capital One Cup, before helping Huddersfield to pick their results up in the league.

A first victory of the campaign was secured 2-1 away at Reading after a second defeat of the season days earlier against Cardiff City.

Huddersfield should have picked up their second consecutive victory when Nahki Wells’ goal had them 1-0 up at home to Charlton, but a late equaliser from Igor Vetokele dealt them a cruel blow.

Three straight defeats in all competitions have followed, but having taken charge recently, manager Chris Powell believes his players’ hard work will pay off, as he told htafc.com after the weekend’s defeat to Middlesbrough.

“We should have got a point from today. It was a tough game against a very competitive side that has spent money, but my players worked ever so hard.”

MAN TO WATCH – NAHKI WELLS



Huddersfield’s leading goal scorer in all competitions so far this term is Bermudan striker Nahki Wells.

His undoubted eye for goal has helped him to four goals, with a hat trick in the Capital One Cup first round and what almost proved to be a winning goal at home to Charlton in the Championship, only for the Addicks’ Vetokele to spoil his day with a late equaliser.

Wells moved to the John Smith’s Stadium from local rivals Bradford City in January 2014 and soon showed that his abilities in League Two for the Bantams would be easily transferred to the Championship, scoring seven times in the second half of the 2013/14 campaign.

Latics will also have to be wary of 21-year-old Harry Bunn, who scored Huddersfield’s winning goal against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on his full club debut.

Jacob Butterfield got on the score sheet in the same game, and is one of six summer signings alongside Conor Coady, Liam Coogans, Mark Hudson and loanees Jack Robinson and Radoslaw Majewski.

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