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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V MILLWALL

28 September 2015

A closer look at Millwall, their Man to Watch and our previous meetings.

  • Latics v Millwall Sky Bet League One preview.
  • Lions in 11th, Latics in 9th ahead of kick off.
  • Gary Caldwell's Latics hoping to extend unbeaten home run.

Wigan Athletic v Millwall
Sky Bet League One
Tuesday 29 September 2015, kick off 7.45pm
at the DW Stadium

PREVIEW

Gary Caldwell's Wigan Athletic return to the DW Stadium following a 1-1 draw at Oldham Athletic on Saturday, whilst Neil Harris' Millwall arrive having recorded their first home win in Sky Bet League One with a 3-1 victory against Rochdale.

Latics led on Saturday through the emphatic right boot of Max Power, the midfielder scoring his first goal in club colours with a thumping drive from distance.  Caldwell's side were left to settle for a point by full time, after Jordan Flores was given his marching orders for retaliation to a tackle from Jay Fulton, with substitute Dominic Poleon grabbing an equaliser just minutes later.

Victory for the Lions, their first at the Den in the league this season, saw them rise to 11th in the table, just one point and two places behind Latics in ninth.

MILLWALL

Position: 11th
Last match: 3-1 v Rochdale (H)
Last six: LWWWLW

Having dropped down into Sky Bet League One with Latics, Millwall's start to the season is somewhat of a mirror image to our own.  The Lions are unbeaten on the road, with three wins and a draw, whereas Latics are unbeaten at home with the same record.

It's at the Den that Neil Harris' side have struggled to come to grip with League One, that is until Saturday's 3-1 victory over Rochdale, which their boss described as 'a massive step forward', as they sealed their fourth win in five matches in all competitions.

Their recent form is stark contrast to the opening five league fixtures, which saw Harris' men taste defeat to Coventry City (0-4), Barnsley (2-3) and Chesterfield (0-2), all at the Den.

With the summer changes it was inevitable that Millwall's attempt to return to the Championship at the first time of asking would take time, with 17 players out of the door and seven coming in, as they promoted from within, with a number of academy graduates handed first team opportunities.

Notable summer departures included: Martyn Woolford, Alan Dunne, Magaye Gueye, Matthew Briggs, Richard Chaplow and Angel Martinez.  Coming in to the club, experienced wide man Carlos Edwards re-signed, after initially being released due to a knee injury, Steve Morison also returned for a third spell at the Den, whilst young goalkeeper Jordan Archer joined from Tottenham Hostpur after a spell on loan, and Joe Martin, formerly of Spurs and Blackpool, signed from Gillingham.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Our last meeting with the Lions saw both Neil Harris and Gary Caldwell in the dugouts during the early matches of their managerial careers.  Both Latics and Millwall were fighting to survive in the Sky Bet Championship, with Harris' men gaining the upper hand as they ran out 2-0 winners thanks to second half goals from Jimmy Abdou and Magaye Gueye.

The drama, tension and heat of the survival fight were certainly apparent, with Martyn Waghorn sent off just after the hour mark, eight minutes after coming on as a substitute.  Jason Pearce was then also given his marching orders (although his ban was later overturned) with 11 minutes to play, as was Ed Upson for retaliating to Pearce's challenge.

Our last home victory over Millwall came on the way to promotion to the Premier League in 2004-05, with Nathan Ellington and Jason Roberts both on target in a 2-0 win at the then JJB Stadium in March 2005.



There have been 24 league meetings and two play-off meetings between the two sides, 14 of which have been in the third tier and eight in the second tier, with Latics winning five, drawing eight and losing 11.

Cup meetings have been much more successful for Latics, winning at Wembley Stadium twice against the Lions, lifting the Auto Windscreens Shield in 1999 thanks to a late Paul Rogers strike, and winning 2-0 in the FA Cup semi-final in 2013 thanks to goals from Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman.

TICKETS

A pay on the day facility will be available for Tuesday 29 September's Sky Bet League One clash with Millwall at the DW Stadium, kick off 7.45pm.

Supporters will be able to pay cash on the turnstiles on the East and South Stands, with tickets available to purchase for the West Stand on the night from the DW Stadium Ticket Office.

The following prices will apply:

Adults - £15.00
Over 65s - £10.00
Under 18s - £5.00
Under 5s - £2.00 (only available on the night if purchased at the ticket office)

Tickets remain available to purchase in advance, on wiganathletic.com/tickets, by telephone on 0871 66 33 552 * or in person at the DW Stadium Ticket Office.

*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.


MIDWEEK BONUS

For evening matches, swap junior season cards for adult tickets - We have listened to supporter feedback and understand that it can be difficult to bring younger fans to midweek games.  Up to five times during the season you can now choose to swap junior season cards for adult match tickets for night matches!

To find out how to take advantage of the 'Midweek Bonus' offer, please [click here].



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