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CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIC: NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 WIGAN ATHLETIC 4

11 July 2016

A trip down memory lane as we look an another classic Championship encounter ahead of our fifth season of second tier football.

  • Latics continue fine run of form under Uwe Rosler as they record fifth straight win in all competitions.
  • Martyn Waghorn, Emmerson Boyce, James McArthur and Jordi Gomez strike for Latics.
  • Win moved Latics into the play-offs, three points behind Forest.

1 MARCH 2014

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1
Paterson 54

WIGAN ATHLETIC 4
Waghorn 36
Boyce 66
McArthur 71
Gomez 90

THE SITUATION
Uwe Rosler’s Latics were flying early in the German’s reign at the DW Stadium, having progressed to the FA Cup quarter-finals and closed in on the play-offs after a poor start under previous boss Owen Coyle.

Rosler’s side had won their three previous league matches and defeated Premier League side Cardiff City in the FA Cup to continue their defence of the trophy.

Billy Davies’ Forest went into the game without a win in three matches after their own FA Cup exit at the hands of League One Sheffield United. However, the Reds still went into this match six points ahead of Latics and were sat in fifth place whilst Rosler’s side were in seventh.

THE TEAMS
Rosler made two changes to the starting XI from the side that won 2-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion a week earlier as both James Perch and Jordi Gomez, who came on from the bench in Sussex, returned with Ivan Ramis and Josh McEachran dropping to the bench.

On the bench, Roger Espinoza and Markus Holgersson dropped out to accommodate Callum McManaman and Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Latics: Al-Habsi, Beausejour (Crainey 55), McClean, Boyce, Barnett, Perch, McCann, McArthur, Maynard (Fortune 77), Waghorn (Tunnicliffe 78), Gomez.
Subs not used: Nicholls, Ramis, McEachran, McManaman

Nottm Forest: Darlow, Lichaj (Collins 46), Fox, Jara (Abdoun 74), Halford, Lascelles, Majewski, Greening (Djebbour 69), Cox, Mackie, Paterson.
Subs not used: De Vries, Harding, Gomis, Derbyshire.

HIGHLIGHTS



REPORT

Latics continued their surge up the Sky Bet Championship table with a fifth consecutive win as goals from Martyn Waghorn, Emmerson Boyce, James McArthur and Jordi Gomez secured a 4-1 win over fellow play-off hopefuls Nottingham Forest.

Jamie Paterson had earlier cancelled out Waghorn’s opener at the City Ground but Latics were ruthless in the final half hour and they managed to take the game away from Billy Davies’ side.

Uwe Rosler’s side prepared perfectly for their FA Cup quarter-final tie at Manchester City the following weekend by continuing the momentum of their push for a play-off place in the Championship.

Waghorn, on loan from Leicester City, opened the scoring just after the half hour as he followed up Gomez’s deflected long range effort to finish coolly Karl Darlow’s empty net.

Forest were level early in the second-half, though, as Paterson drove home from similar range to Waghorn at the same end of the pitch after Jamie Mackie’s cross was diverted into his path.

But Latics were kicked into life by Forest’s leveller and were back in front soon after as Waghorn’s downward volley was headed home by Boyce who got the deftest of touches to deceive Darlow.


McArthur then made it three with a fine finish from the edge of the area before Gomez left the pick of the goals until last with a sensational curling effort capping off a fine display.




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