A trip down memory lane as we look at another classic Championship encounter ahead of our fifth season of second tier football.
- Latics follow up run of four consecutive draws with impressive win at the iPro Stadium.
- James McClean double secures win after John Eustace’s first-half opener for the Rams.
- Derby loanee Jack Butland saved James Tavernier penalty.
25 OCTOBER 2014
WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
Uwe Rosler’s Latics were struggling early in the 2014-15 Championship campaign and, though they hadn’t tasted defeat in a month after four consecutive draws, it was almost two months since their last victory.
For Derby, this game looked a formality as they went into it having lost just one of their opening 16 games in all competitions. Steve McClaren’s side went into the game top of the table and unbeaten in 12 matches.
Rosler made five changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Millwall the previous Tuesday as Rob Kiernan, Emyr Huws, Don Cowie, Roger Espinoza and Callum McManaman all returned to the starting XI.
Latics lined up 4-2-3-1 with Cowie, Espinoza and McManaman playing in behind striker Marc-Antoine Fortune.
The players that dropped out for Latics were James McClean, William Kvist, Oriol Riera and Shaun Maloney who were all on the bench whilst Ivan Ramis missed out with injury.
Latics: Carson, Tavernier, Figueroa, Kiernan (Kvist 85), Barnett, Forshaw, Huws (Maloney 70), Cowie, Espinoza, McManaman (McClean 62), Fortune.
Steve McClaren made three changes to his side that won 1-0 at Blackpool in midweek as Zak Whitbread, Craig Bryson and John Eustace returned to the starting XI in place of Ryan Shotton, Jeff Hendrick and Omar Mascarell.
Derby County: Butland, Christie, Forsyth, Keogh, Whitbread, Bryson, Eustace (Best 80), Russell, Hughes (Hendrick 45), Ibe (Dawkins 45), Martin.
Substitute James McClean scored a second-half double for Latics to earn them a first win in two months as leaders Derby County’s 12-game unbeaten run was brought to an end.
After John Eustace punished James Tavernier’s missed penalty in the first-half, the Rams looked to be heading for another only for an inspired McClean to steal the show for Uwe Rosler’s side.
Eustace was penalised for handball in the penalty area as half-time approached but James Tavernier saw his spot-kick well saved by Jack Butland.
James Tavernier looks dejected after missing a first-half penalty.
Moments later, Eustace made amends as he turned in Johnny Russell’s free-kick at close range.
Derby were in control early in the second-half but McClean changed that when he replaced Callum McManaman just after the hour mark and got on the end of Roger Espinoza’s cross to level the score.
McClean’s second came as Butland spilled Adam Forshaw's shot into his path and he bundled the ball home.