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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V DERBY COUNTY

5 April 2015

A closer look at Derby County.

  • Easter Monday clash at the DW as Latics host Derby.
  • Latics looking to turn around home form against play-off chasers.
  • Tickets available until kick off, match day prices apply.

Latics are back in action for the second time in the space of three days as Derby County visit the DW Stadium on Monday 6 April for a 3.00pm kick off in the Sky Bet Championship.

Malky Mackay's side are back at the DW following a narrow 1-0 defeat away to promotion chasing Middlesbrough on Good Friday, whilst Steve McClaren's Derby arrive off the back of a 2-2 draw at home to Watford.

Tickets for this fixture are available until kick off on the day of the game, with match day prices applying unless purchased in advance before Monday 6 April.

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LAST TIME

Derby County 1-2 Wigan Athletic
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 25 October 2014
iPro Stadium



INTRODUCING DERBY COUNTY

Having narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League last time out after a late play-off final defeat to QPR at Wembley, the Rams set about improving their squad over the summer with multiple additions from the Premier League and abroad.

Zak Whitbread and George Thorne made previous loan spells permanent whilst Cyrus Christie arrived from Coventry City in a summer that also saw Leon Best, Omar Mascarell, Ryan Shotton and Jordon Ibe join on loan.

Steve McClaren’s side set about their promotion bid in solid fashion in the campaign’s first month as wins over Rotherham United and Fulham, as well as two Capital One Cup successes, were supplemented by draws at Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town and just one defeat at Charlton Athletic.



It was after September’s international break that the Rams really kicked into life, though, as former Latic Shotton earned a late point against local rivals Nottingham Forest at the City Ground prior to wins over Blackburn Rovers, Reading – in the Cup, Bolton Wanderers and AFC Bournemouth.

Again, the international period worked well for McClaren’s side as October’s fortnight without action was followed by wins at Reading and Blackpool and cup progress against Fulham, though a home defeat to Latics proved a slight blip.

Regardless of that loss thanks to James McClean’s double at the iPro Stadium, Derby went into November top of the table and in good spirits.

Despite starting and ending the month with defeats – at Leeds and Brentford – the Rams continued to hold first place after wins over Huddersfield, Wolves and Watford.

Mid-December proved a difficult patch, with Derby’s Capital One Cup quarter-final defeat to eventual winners Chelsea a contributing factor, as a defeat at Middlesbrough and draw at Norwich meant a drop to fifth in the table.

January and February proved months of change at the iPro Stadium as Darren Bent, Thomas Ince and Jesse Lingard all joined on loan from Premier League clubs whilst Shotton made his move permanent, Stephen Warnock arrived from Leeds United and Raul Albentosa joined from SD Eibar of La Liga.

Paul Coutts and Keiron Freeman left the club to join Sheffield United as the Rams began 2015 in fine fettle with six wins from seven games, progressing to the fifth round of the FA Cup in the process, with their only blip a home defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Again, a Cup exit affected Derby’s form, though, this time in the form of a fifth round FA Cup defeat to Reading with only two wins following the nine games after the 2-1 loss to the Royals.

It was four defeats in six for a Derby side that has scored just three goals in that period prior to Good Friday’s promotion clash with Watford, which saw McClaren's men draw 2-2 against the 10-man Hornets.

MAN TO WATCH - CHRIS MARTIN



Fifth highest goal-scorer in the Sky Bet Championship with 16 league goals, Chris Martin has picked up from where he left off in 2013/14.

The powerful frontman has 44 goals in 88 games since making his initial loan spell from Norwich City permanent in May 2013.

A youth graduate with the Canaries, Martin scored 34 goals in 115 games for the Carrow Road outfit whilst also enjoying loan spells with Luton Town, Crystal Palace and Swindon Town during his seven-year stay with the Norfolk club.

Since signing for the Rams, Martin’s reputation has grown and he has been recognised by the Scottish national team, earning five caps in 2014.


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