Learn more about opponents Nottingham Forest and look back at last season’s meetings.
- Latics under the light - Tickets on sale until kick off from the ticket office.
- Boyce sends out strong ‘believe’ message.
- James Perch raring to make things right against old club.
Tuesday 30 September 2014, kick off 7.45pm
Sky Bet Championship
Latics head into the game against high flying Nottingham Forest determined to turn their recent form around. – Both Emmerson Boyce and James Perch gave out strong messages of ‘believe’, with skipper Boyce saying, “we must stick together and keep believing, that’s what we do at Wigan.”
Recent form against Forest has been exceptional for Latics, taking all six points from the Nottinghamshire club last season, including a 4-1 victory at the City Ground.
Latics could welcome back Callum McManaman who missed out against AFC Bournemouth at the weekend after picking up a knock against Ipswich Town last Monday.
A fully fit squad is available to Uwe Rosler, other than Ben Watson and Chris McCann who continue to work hard with their recoveries from long term injuries.
Tickets for the big game under the lights are on sale right up until kick off from the DW Stadium Ticket Office, with prices from just £20 for adults.
Latics 2 Nottingham Forest 1 – Saturday 31 August 2013
Andy Reid gave the visitors an early lead with a well struck free kick inside just eight minutes, but Latics stepped up to turn the game around in the first half, with Shaun Maloney and Jordi Gomez scoring the goals to secure victory.
Latics claimed their first home win of the season to move up to eighth in the Championship table, with Forest in fourth after three wins from their first four games.
Nottingham Forest 1 Latics 4 – Saturday 01 March 2014
Latics were on a hot streak, recording their fifth straight league win and fourth straight win on the road with an impressive performance.
After taking an early lead, Latics found themselves pegged back, but Forest found themselves blown away as the second half went on.
Victory moved Uwe Rosler’s side into the play-off places and set things up nicely for the upcoming FA Cup quarter final against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST IN 2014/15 SO FAR
Stuart Pearce’s impact at the City Ground has been a dream for Forest fans, who welcomed home a club hero, to watch him take them into second place in the Championship heading into today’s game.
Forest have hit a bump in the road in their last two games though, drawing 0-0 away at Millwall and 0-0 at home against Brighton & Hove Albion, despite having one of the fiercest strike forces in the division so far, with summer signings Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio scoring 12 league goals between them.
Despite such a positive start on the goal trail with 17 in the opening nine games, Pearce called for improvement following the weekend’s game, telling the Nottingham Post:
“We needed more energy in and out of possession. Our front four just did not hurt the opposition as much as they have done this season.”
On the team news front, Forest are looking to welcome back Matty Fryatt from injury, but will be without Chris Cohen (long term), with Jack Hobbs and Andy Reid still recovering from injuries they sustained earlier this month against Derby County.
MAN TO WATCH – BRITT ASSOMBALONGA
Eight goals in the first nine league games makes Britt Assombalonga an obvious choice for Man to Watch, but Forest have threats all over the pitch, with the lively Antonio also scoring goals, and young midfielder Ben Osborn impressing in recent weeks, not to mention the pace Jack Hunt gives the team down the right side.
Assombalonga has started the season in fine form, even netting himself his first club hat-trick when Forest beat Fulham 5-3.
The former Peterborough United man hasn’t found the net in the last two games, but his season at London Road in League One proved he has plenty of goals in him, scoring 23 in 43 last term, earning the £5.5million move that sees him at the City Ground now.
The 21-year-old was second top scorer in League One in 2013/14 and with his power, pace and finishing ability, it looks likely he’ll be up there in the Championship as well.