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DEVELOPMENT PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V PORT VALE

4 January 2016

Latics host Port Vale at Robin Park Arena.

  • Development Squad host Port Vale on Tuesday.
  • Latics looking to bounce back from three consecutive defeats.
  • Two meetings so far this season produced 13 goals.

Final Third Development League West
Wigan Athletic v Port Vale
Tuesday 5 January 2016, kick off 2.00pm
at Robin Park Arena


PREVIEW

Latics welcome Port Vale to Robin Park Arena on Tuesday afternoon with the hope of turning round a difficult recent run of matches, having lost three consecutive games to Wrexham (2-4), Accrington Stanley (0-2) and Stoke City (2-5) at the end of 2015.

Currently fifth in the Final Third Development League West, Latics will come up against a Port Vale side just a place behind them in the table.  Latics' current record in league fixtures so far this season is two wins, one draw and one defeat, with the Valiants winning one, drawing three and losing just once.

Port Vale arrive for this match on the back of a heavy 4-1 defeat away to Leek Town in the Staffordshire Senior Cup in December, following on from a 1-1 draw at home to Walsall in the league.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Latics and Port Vale have met twice already this season, playing out a 2-2 draw in the reverse of this league fixture at the Vale Park training pitches at the start of the campaign.

Goals from Danny O'Brien and Louis Robles had Latics 2-0 up at half time, only for Colin Daniel and JJ Hooper to earn a point for their side.

The Christopher Park meeting brought about a nine-goal thriller, unfortunately Latics on the losing end as the Valiants won 6-3 in the opening match of the FTDL Cup group stage.

Billy Reeves gave the visitors the lead early on, only for Grant Holt to equalise from the penalty spot in the 20th minute.  Then came seven second half goals, with Vale's five all coming within the space of the opening 20 minutes.

JJ Hooper, Chris Birchall (2), Ryan Lloyd and Daniel were on target, with Latics trying to rally a comeback, with Holt on target for a second time, followed by a close range finish from Louis Robles.

Robles was twice denied penalties when seemingly downed in the penalty area, with the striker firing narrowly over towards the end of the 90 minutes.

TEAM NEWS:

Last starting XI v Stoke City: Evans, Burke, Langford, Purzycki, Anson, Hendry, O'Brien, Barrigan, Cosgrove, Robles, Lingard

Latics will have Sam Cosgrove and Danny O'Brien available to them this week, after their loans spells at Chorley FC and Wrexham came to an end on Saturday.

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