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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

22 January 2015

Terriers travel across the Pennines on Saturday.

  • Sky Bet Championship’s second leakiest defence in town.
  • Goals from Leon Barnett and Nick Powell gave Latics victory on Huddersfield’s last visit to the DW.
  • Tickets still available; priced from just £20 for adults and £5 for kids.
Chris Powell’s Huddersfield Town head to the DW Stadium on Saturday as both sides look to break unwanted records.

Latics will be hoping to end a ten-game winless run on their own patch against a Huddersfield side without win on the road in eight games, and without an away win on a Saturday 3pm kick-off since February last year.

Malky Mackay’s side were backed by fans superbly in the second-half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers and you can get behind the lads with tickets available up until kick-off priced from £20.00 for adults and £5.00 for children.

LAST TIME OUT



WIGAN ATHLETIC 2 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1
SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2013
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
DW STADIUM

Latics made it seven unbeaten at the DW Stadium as goals from Leon Barnett and Nick Powell secured three points and 2-1 victory on Huddersfield’s last trip to Wigan.

The win moved Latics to within four points of the play-offs with a game in hand on their promotion rivals as Powell bagged his fifth for the club after Oliver Norwood had earlier equalised for the Terriers.

It was clear of the hosts’ goal-scoring intent from the off as a Powell cut-back was blazed over by Marc-Antoine Fortuné after just two minutes.

The on-loan Manchester United forward missed another good chance before Chris McCann forced Alex Smithies into a fine save as the opener looked inevitable.

The goal came from the resulting corner of McCann’s shot on 21 minutes as Ben Watson’s delivery was headed home emphatically by Barnett for his third goal of the season.

Huddersfield came back into the game as half-time approached, though, with Keith Southern’s deflected effort flying just past the far post before the equaliser came on the stroke of half-time as the previously unbeatable Lee Nicholls was deceived by the Northern Irishman’s shot which came off Ryan Shotton’s heel to send the young stopper the wrong way.

Powell restored the advantage after just five second-half minutes, though, as Fortuné crashed an effort against the post before the England youth international fired past Smithies from a Jordi Gomez pass.

Nicholls made a couple of important saves late on at the Terriers searched for a leveller but Latics held firm with Barnett also making an important clearance.

HUDDERSFIELD IN 2014/15 SO FAR

After winning 32% of his games in charge since taking over the reins at Huddersfield Town in September, Chris Powell has stablished the Yorkshire outfit’s season after their start to the campaign threw them into relegation contention.

Mark Robins, who was in charge for 18 months at the John Smith’s Stadium, stepped down after a 4-0 home defeat to high-flying AFC Bournemouth on the opening day of the campaign and academy manager Mark Lillis came in to take caretaker charge.

Robins had overseen the arrivals of Joe Murphy, Lee Peltier and Conor Coady as well as the loan addition of Radoslaw Majewksi before his departure with Jacob Butterfield, Mark Hudson and Jack Robinson brought in during Lillis’ time at the helm.

The Terriers lost Adam Clayton as part of the Butterfield deal whilst Oliver Norwood, Danny Ward and Peter Clarke also left the club.

Under Lillis, Huddersfield recorded one league win and also progressed past Chesterfield in the Capital One Cup but defeats at Cardiff and Watford, as well as their next round cup exit at home to Forest, showed a need for change and Powell was appointed early in September on a rolling contract.



Powell’s side went down to a late penalty defeat to Middlesbrough in his first game in charge before he picked up his first point as Terriers boss in a 0-0 draw with Latics a few days later.

A heavy Yorkshire derby defeat to Leeds United followed by early pressure was relieved with wins over Millwall, Wolves and Blackpool as well as a 0-0 draw at Blackburn Rovers.

A seven-game unbeaten run was ended at the start of November by Derby County and Huddersfield have struggled to recover any consistency since with just three wins in 12 games in all competitions, all at home.

Without a win in eight away matches, Powell’s side have picked up just three points in that period in draws at Rotherham United, Ipswich Town and Blackburn Rovers.

Nahki Wells’s eight goals as well as the six goals contributed by Harry Bunn make the Terriers an obvious threat going forward but it is at the back where they struggle most with the 45 Sky Bet Championship goals they’ve conceded a league high.

Currently sat in 17th in the Championship, Huddersfield fans will be content with the eight-point gap they have above the relegation zone but they will be relying on their home form to drag them up the table unless they begin to register wins on the road.

MAN TO WATCH – NAHKI WELLS


In Harry Bunn and Nahki Wells, Chris Powell is blessed with goal-scoring potential with the latter contributing 11 goals in 24 appearances so far this campaign.

The Bermudan international is a club-record signing for the Terriers after arriving from Bradford City in 2014.

The 24-year-old rose to fame for his exploits with the Bantams when he helped the club reach the Capital One Cup final in 2013.

Wells, who began his career in English football with Eccleshill United and Carlisle United after playing in his native Bermuda, scored to help Phil Parkinson’s side knock out Aston Villa on their way to the final which they lost 5-0 to Swansea City at Wembley.

He bagged 53 goals in his time at Valley Parade and has continued his form for Huddersfield scoring 17 in just 47 appearances.

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