Latics begin FA Cup campaign with local derby at the Macron Stadium.
- Latics lost only once in last five visits to Bolton.
- Club’s only defeat in 12 FA Cup games came on penalties to Arsenal in last year’s semi-final.
- Bumper following expected as bottom tier allocation sold out.
Malky Mackay takes his Wigan Athletic side to the Macron Stadium as Latics begin their FA Cup campaign with a local derby against Bolton Wanderers.
Latics won on their last away assignment at Leeds United and they’ll hope to build on a record that has seen them lose just once in their last five visits to Bolton.
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CLASSIC CUP ENCOUNTER
Bolton Wanderers 0 – 2 Wigan Athletic
League Cup Quarter Final
A Jason Roberts double booked Latics’ place in the Carling Cup semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history at the expense of local rivals Bolton Wanderers.
Two goals in the final five minutes of the first-half from Roberts proved the difference as Latics went on to record their best-ever Christmas period with four wins out of four in all competitions.
Assistant boss Chris Hutchings took charge of the game with Paul Jewell ill and he would have feared the worst in the early stages with the 2004 runners-up starting the better side, Abdoulaye Faye seeing his effort cleared off the line by Leighton Baines.
Gary Speed missed a good opportunity from a Kevin Davies assist before Roberts gave Latics the lead, against the run of play, five minutes before the break.
After a well-worked move, Latics’ then record signing turned Tal Ben Haim before firing past Jussi Jaaskeainen.
Radhi Jaidi then made a hash of a clearance in first-half stoppage time to present Roberts with the simplest of chances to double the advantage.
Jaidi went close to getting one back in the second-half but before Mike Pollitt denied El-Hadji Diouf and Ricardo Vaz Te to preserve his clean sheet.
BOLTON WANDERERS IN 2014/15 SO FAR
With just one league win in their opening ten league games, the Trotters parted company with manager Dougie Freedman and replaced him with former Celtic boss Neil Lennon.
The former Leicester City and Crewe Alexandra midfielder has since led Bolton to seven wins in 13 games; a run that has seen them move up to 15th in the Sky Bet Championship table.
Over the summer, the Trotters lost notable players such as Zat Knight, Chris Eagles, Marvin Sordell and Tyrone Mears – all either sold or released.
Neil Danns, Liam Feeney and Liam Trotter all made their initial loan spells permanent whilst experienced goalkeeper Paddy Kenny joined and young striker Max Clayton also made the switch to the Macron Stadium.
Bolton have scored in all but two games under Lennon and they’re yet to lose on their own patch under the former Northern Ireland international.
The signings of Eidur Gudjohnsen and Emile Heskey on short-term deals following the season-long injury sustained by Clayton have attracted plenty of attention with the pair both impressing in the early stages of their Wanderers career.
MAN TO WATCH – DARREN PRATLEY
With three goals in three games, Darren Pratley is in a rich vein of form for the Trotters as he enjoys a regular run in the team under Neil Lennon.
A former Fulham youth graduate, Pratley’s career took off during two loan spells with Brentford between 2005 and 2006 in which time he made over 50 league appearances.
In 2006, Swansea paid £100,000 for his services and in five years with the Swans he made 199 appearances, scoring 31 goals.
In July 2011, Pratley moved to Bolton and has scored ten goals in 111 appearances, featuring in all but one of Lennon’s games in charge at the Macron Stadium.