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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V SHREWSBURY TOWN

19 November 2015

Learn more about our first meeting with Shrewsbury since 1994.

  • Latics host Shrewsbury Town this Saturday.
  • 3.00pm kick off at the DW Stadium.
  • Learn more ahead of the match with our preview.

Wigan Athletic v Shrewsbury Town
Saturday 21 November 2015, kick off 3.00pm
at the DW Stadium
Sky Bet League One


PREVIEW

This weekend sees the first meeting between Wigan Athletic and Shrewsbury Town since May 1994, and the visitors' first ever trip to the DW Stadium, having previously faced Latics at Springfield Park.

Gary Caldwell prepares his side on an impressive 10-game unbeaten streak in Sky Bet League One, following on from last Saturday's 2-0 victory on the road at Rochdale, whilst Micky Mellon's Shrewsbury will be facing their first league game since 31 October due to a postponement during the international fixtures.

Latics will also be looking to maintain their unbeaten start at home in the league this weekend, having won five and drawn three of their opening eight fixtures at the DW Stadium.  Shrewsbury on the other hand are looking for their first away win since the start of September, when they recorded back-to-back wins on the road over Barnsley and Southend United.

SHREWSBURY TOWN - 2015/16 SO FAR

Position: 19th
Last Match: 8 November, 1-0 win v Gainsborough Trinity (A) in the Emirates FA Cup.
Last League Match: 31 October, 2-0 defeat v Port Vale (A)
Last Six (League): LWLLWL

The summer saw Shrewsbury lose a number of key players, with central defender Connor Goldson moving to Brighton & Hove Albion, whilst young midfielder Ryan Woods made the switch to Brentford.
With their departures, Micky Mellon recruited heavily, bringing in experienced Football League players in the form of ex-Crewe Alexandra pair Junior Brown and Matt Tootle, defenders Mat Sadler (Rotherham United) and Abu Ogogo (Dagenham & Redbridge,) before Ian Black signed from Rangers in September.

Mellon then added experienced defenders Zak Whitbread and Anthony Gerrard in October after using the loan market to good effect with young forwards Liam McAlinden, Larnell Cole and Sullay Kaikai adding flair from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Fulham and Crystal Palace respectively.



Summer signing Junior Brown in action against Barnsley. (Credit: Ed Sykes)

Mellon’s side kicked off the campaign with a 2-1 home defeat to recently relegated Millwall, losing their next two home league games to Chesterfield and Burton Albion, either side of draws at Bradford City and Oldham Athletic.

Shrewsbury’s only win in the opening month came in the Capital One Cup as they produced a shock to defeat Blackburn Rovers, though they crashed out to Premier League Crystal Palace 4-1 after extra-time in the second round.

September began with a 2-0 home win over Oldham Athletic in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy before consecutive away wins at Barnsley and Southend United moved the Shrews up to 15th. Defeats to Crewe Alexandra and Rochdale, either side of a home win over Blackpool, left Mellon’s side 16th and just three points above the relegation zone at the end of the month.

October was far less fruitful, losing five of their seven games in all competitions during the month. A 3-0 defeat at high-flying Coventry City in League One was followed up by a 2-1 loss at Fleetwood Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, though their dip in form was halted four days after the defeat at the Highbury Stadium as Colchester United were downed 4-2 at the Greenhous Meadow.

A loss to Scunthorpe United and home reverse against fellow strugglers Doncaster Rovers had Mellon’s side just a point above the relegation zone as the month was closing out, but an impressive 2-0 home win over Bury gave the Shropshire side some breathing space.



James Collins celebrates against Gainsborough Trinity. (Credit: Craig Brough)

Their last league fixture, three weeks ago, ended in a 2-0 defeat at Port Vale, whilst a win in the Emirates FA Cup at non-league Gainsborough Trinity set up a televised second round tie with Grimsby Town to be played in early December.

With a game in hand after last weekend’s fixture with Walsall was postponed due to international call-ups, Shrewsbury sit in 19th place in League One, just a point above the drop zone.

You can read more about Shrewsbury Town in the match day programme, with focus on their manager and key players.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Latics and Shrewsbury have met eight times in league fixtures, with the first meeting coming on 14 October 1989, a 0-0 draw at Springfield Park, which stopped a three game losing streak for Latics at the start of the season. The 1989-90 campaign was a struggle for Bryan Hamilton's side, but they triumphed 3-1 in the reverse fixture in March 1990, when David Thompson grabbed his only ever hat-trick in Latics' colours.



Don Page in action during our first meeting at Springfield Park.

Our record against the Shrews stands at one win, five draws and two defeats. The last of those five draws came in our most recent meeting, another 0-0 draw, this time away from home on the final day of the 1993-94 season, with Shrewsbury celebrating promotion and the league title, whilst Latics finished 19th.

Latics are still in search of their first home victory in this fixture, having drawn three and lost one of the four meetings at Springfield Park over the years.

You can learn much more about our history with Shrewsbury Town in the match day programme with BBC Radio Manchester's Wigan Athletic reporter, Paul Rowley.

TICKETS



Tickets for Saturday's fixture are £20.00 for adults and just £10.00 for Under 18s, with all other prices shown below. (Turnstile prices will apply).

Supporters can purchase tickets in advance in person at the DW Stadium Ticket Office, online at wiganathletic.com/tickets or by calling the ticket office on 0871 66 33 552 *

*Calls cost 10 pence per minute from a BT Landline. Calls from other networks and mobiles may cost more.

Online tickets are subject to a £2.00 facility fee, unless you choose to print at home by selecting the option at the checkout.

Adults - £20.00
Over 65s - £17.00
Under 18s - £10.00
Under 11s - £5.00
Under 5s - £2.00

CASH TURNSTILES/PAY ON THE DAY

Admission on the day of the game can be paid via cash turnstiles on the East and South stands, with West Stands tickets available to purchase on the day from the DW Stadium Ticket Office.

Cash turnstile prices are listed below, with the above prices also available on the day if tickets are purchased from the ticket office itself.

Adults - £20.00
Over 65s - £20.00
Under 18s - £10.00
Under 11s - £5.00
Under 5s - £5.00


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