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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V CHESTERFIELD

15 January 2016

A closer look at Chesterfield ahead of Saturday’s match.

  • Latics host Chesterfield on Saturday 16 January.
  • Adult tickets for all stands just £20.
  • Chesterfield unbeaten under new boss Danny Wilson and looking for revenge after 3-2 defeat to Latics at the Proact Stadium earlier in the season.


Sky Bet League One
Wigan Athletic v Chesterfield
Saturday 16 January 2016, kick-off 3.00pm
at the DW Stadium

PREVIEW

Latics are in action at the DW Stadium for their final part of three consecutive home fixtures, having won the first in dramatic style last Thursday, when a 96th minute goal from captain Craig Morgan sealed a 3-2 victory and a comeback from 2-0 down against Gillingham, and drawn the second against Sheffield United in severely contrasting emotions as the Blades came back from three goals behind to earn a point.

The draw against former Latic Nigel Adkins’ side made it five unbeaten for Gary Caldwell's side, who are also yet to taste defeat in 2016.

Chesterfield, also managed by a former Latic in Danny Wilson, arrive at the DW Stadium in fine fettle as the Wigan-born boss has led his side to two victories and a draw in his three games in charge.

After steering the Spireites to a 1-1 draw with high-flying Peterborough United in his first game at the helm, Wilson oversaw a memorable 7-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town and last weekend helped the Derbyshire club move further clear of Sky Bet League One’s relegation zone with a 3-2 win at Rochdale.

CHESTERFIELD IN 2015/16 SO FAR

Position: 17th 
Last six (league): LLLDWW
Biggest win: 7-1 v Shrewsbury Town (H) 
Biggest defeat: 0-4 v Swindon Town (H) 
Home record: W3 D3 L7 
Away record: W6 D0 L7 
Goals scored: 36 (22H + 14A) 
Goals conceded: 43 (24H + 19A) 
Leading goal scorer: Lee Novak 8 (10 all competitions)

TEAM NEWS

Latics have no fresh injury concerns to report, although the availability of David Perkins is being monitored after he limped off during Latics' 3-3 draw with Sheffield United on Tuesday, following a puncture from a stud on his ankle.  Changes could well be expected, as Gary Caldwell admitted following Tuesday’s draw that he was considering his options after his side allowed a three-goal lead to slip.

New signing Reece Wabara is also available after training with his new teammates for the first time on Thursday, with Caldwell saying he will be in Saturday's match day squad.

For Chesterfield, experienced defender Ian Evatt is injured whilst Drew Talbot is closing in on a return. Gboly Ariyibi was sent off in the Spireites’ win over Rochdale last time out and begins his suspension.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Latics and Chesterfield have met 25 times in the league, with Latics just edging the head-to-head record, with 10 victories to Chesterfield's nine, whilst six draws have been played out since 1982.

Biggest win: Latics 3 Chesterfield 0, 2 November 1999 - Goals from, Andy Liddell and Stuart Barlow (2).

Biggest defeat: Chesterfield 2 Latics 0, 25 September 1982 - Goals from Dave Windridge and Andy Kowalski / Chesterfield 2 Latics 0, 7 January 1989 - Goals from Darren Wood and Peter Atherton o.g.

Highest scoring game: Chesterfield 4 Latics 3, 21 October 1986 - Chesterfield goals from Alex Cribley o.g., Tony Reid (2) and Bob Bloomer - Latics goals from Bobby Campbell and Chris Thompson (2).



Read more about our head-to-head record against Chesterfield in Rewind with Paul Rowley in the match day programme, available for £3 from our sellers, or online by [clicking here].

IN REVERSE

Watch the highlights and listen to our commentary from the memorable 3-2 win over Chesterfield back in September as goals from Leon Barnett, Craig Davies and Jordy Hiwula in the final ten minutes secured all three points for Gary Caldwell’s side.


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