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MATCH PREVIEW: FLEETWOOD TOWN V WIGAN ATHLETIC

28 July 2016

Latics head to Fleetwood for their final pre-season friendly.

  • Latics travel to Fleetwood on Friday night for final pre-season friendly.
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Pre-Season Friendly
Fleetwood Town v Wigan Athletic
Friday 29 July 2016, kick off 7.45pm
at Highbury Stadium


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PREVIEW

Latics travel to Fleetwood Town's Highbury Stadium for their final pre-season friendly of the summer on Friday evening, with Gary Caldwell's side arriving fresh of the back of a 1-0 victory over Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night.

Speaking after Tuesday's victory Caldwell was happy with the performance saying 'we were back to our assured selves', a sentiment he'll be hoping to carry into the 7.45pm kick off against the Cod Army.

Fleetwood's fortunes have differed during the summer, with the latest news seen as a shock when Steven Pressley's resignation was announced earlier this week.

The hosts arrive back at Highbury following a 3-1 victory on the road at Southport on Tuesday night, their first victory since a 4-1 win at Salford City earlier in the month.

Fleetwood's pre-season campaign has been up and down in terms of results, losing 5-0 to Liverpool and AZ Alkmaar, before a 1-0 defeat against Roda JC.  During their summer trip to the Netherlands they also drew 0-0 against Fortuna Sittard.

TEAM NEWS

Latics handed Jake Buxton his pre-season debut on Tuesday at Oldham following the announcement of his arrival just hours before kick off, whilst youngsters Luke Burke and Jordan Flores continued in wide defensive positions.



Jake Buxton in action against Oldham Athletic.

Emyr Huws, Donervon Daniels, Stephen Warnock, Jason Pearce, Reece James and Craig Davies all remained sidelined, with Andy Kellett and Kyle Knoyle longer terms absentees.  Defender Andrew Taylor was not involved.

Fleetwood's starting XI at Southport was as follows: Chris Neal, Conor McLaughlin, Nathan Pond, Cian Bolger, Jack Sowerby, Bobby Grant, Jimmy Ryan, Victor Nirennold, Ricardo Kip, Ashley Hunter, Nick Haugton.

SUMMER SO FAR

The big news of Fleetwood's summer has been as recent as Steven Pressley's departure on Tuesday, with the former Scotland international's resignation sparking a hunt for a new manager for chairman Andy Pilley who said their search is under way.

Assistant Neil McFarlane, first team coach Barry Nicholson, Academy director Stuart Murdoch and goalkeeper coach David Lucas too charge of the team for their friendly at Southport.

There have been plenty of ins and outs on the pitch as well, with the additions of Alex Cairns (Rotherham United), Aaron Holloway (Wycombe Wanderers), Chris Neal (Port Vale), Cian Bolger (Southend United), Ashley Eastham (Rochdale), Ashley Nadesan (Horley), Matt Urwin (AFC Fylde), Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) and Ricardo Kip (Almere City).

Departures from Highbury include Antoni Sarcevic (Shrewsbury Town), Chris Maxwell (Preston North End), Jamille Matt (Blackpool), Danny Andrew (Grimsby Town) and Tyler Hornby-Forbes (Brighton & Hove Albion), with Stephen Jordan, Shola Ameobi, Max Cartwright and Aleks Gogic all leaving at the end of their contracts.

LAST SEASON IN BRIEF

It was a much tougher season for Fleetwood as they tackled their second ever Sky Bet League One campaign, finishing 19th on 51 points, just five above Doncaster Rovers in the final relegation place.

Graham Alexander began the campaign in charge, but the job of keeping the club in League One fell to Pressley from October onwards.

Fleetwood lost just twice in their final nine matches to secure a third consecutive season in the third tier of the EFL, whilst also making the Johnstone's Paint Trophy area final, narrowly missing out on a place at Wembley Stadium after a second leg penalty shoot out defeat against Barnsley.

Their other cup campaigns were much less successful, losing 1-0 at home to Hartlepool in the opening round of the League Cup, and 2-0 away at Walsall in the FA Cup.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Latics and Fleetwood have met just twice in competitive professional matches with a 100% success rate achieved during last season's Sky Bet League One title win.

Caldwell's side visited Highbury as recent as December 28 2015 with a 3-1 victory at the start of a successful unbeaten run towards promotion as Andy Kellett, Jordy Hiwula and Michael Jacobs all hit the target in front of a delightful sold out away crowd.



The reverse fixture earlier in the season also stood out as a landmark game, with local midfielder Jordan Flores grabbing a stunning first goal for the club in the 2-1 victory, a strike which would go on to win Latics' Goal of the Season award.



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