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MATCH PREVIEW: PETERBOROUGH UNITED V WIGAN ATHLETIC

20 October 2015

Latics head to the ABAX Stadium with their minds set on building on Saturday’s 5-0 thumping of Colchester United.

  • Gary Caldwell’s side unbeaten in last seven games in all competitions.
  • Posh lost one of just five under new manager Graham Westley, winning three.
  • Both sides know a win could lift them into Sky Bet League One’s top six.
Two of Sky Bet League One’s most in-form sides, Peterborough United and Wigan Athletic, go head-to-head at the ABAX Stadium on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off) with a potential place in the top six the prize come 9.45pm.

Gary Caldwell’s Latics are at full strength, with the exclusion of long-term absentee Kevin McNaughton, and will be buoyed by their 5-0 victory over Colchester United on Saturday, a win that extended their unbeaten run to seven in all competitions and lifted them to eighth in Sky Bet League One.

Peterborough appointed Graham Westley as manager in September after Dave Robertson, who had initially guided Posh to a ninth place finish in 2014-15 after replacing Darren Ferguson as manager, was dismissed following a poor start. Under Westley, Posh have won three out of five.

Previewing the trip to Peterborough, Gary Caldwell says he expects another tough test on the road.

“It will be another tough game, this league is like that and the teams we play against will never give up and will always keep battling,” he explained. “They’ll be up for it being the home team and we know we need to improve away from home to move up this league.

“We need to have a good start, play our way, stay in the game and the longer we do that I’m sure with the front players we have in the squad we’ll cause teams problems.”

Caldwell also added that Craig Davies, who was an unused substitute in Saturday’s win over Colchester, is edging closer to a return to full fitness.

“I was tempted to bring Craig on but he has only trained for two days and I didn’t want to put a low point on the day by him potentially aggravating his injury,” Caldwell added. “He will bide his time and be back to full fitness and ready when needed, whether that be Tuesday or beyond.”

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PETERBOROUGH UNITED FC

Posh will go into Tuesday night’s clash in much finer fettle than what they would have done prior to the Graham Westley era at the ABAX Stadium.

After winning just two of their opening nine games in all competitions in the 2015-16 season, Posh parted company with then-manager Dave Robertson and, after a brief spell under the caretaker stewardship of former midfielder Grant McCann, appointed Westley in September.

Since becoming Posh manager, Westley has overseen a run of victories, one draw and just a sole defeat. Peterborough have scored in every single one of the games Westley has taken charge of, with 13 strikes coming in just five games.

With five goals in seven appearances this season, Lee Angol, who arrived from Luton Town in the summer after spending time on loan with Boreham Wood last season, is the main threat in attack for Posh and he is ably assisted by the four goals Marcus Maddison and Jon Taylor have contributed.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Latics have a strong record against the Posh, losing just one of the 15 meetings between the two sides. 

The only time Latics have tasted defeat was at London Road (now the ABAX Stadium) as Simon Rea and Martin Williams scored to give the hosts the victory.

The last two meetings between the sides have ended in draws, (2-2 in Wigan and 1-1 in Peterborough) in the 2002-03 campaign.

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