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MATCH PREVIEW: MACCLESFIELD TOWN V WIGAN ATHLETIC

20 July 2016

Latics' preparations continue with a visit to Moss Rose.

  • Latics take on fourth pre-season friendly of the summer at Macclesfield Town.
  • Manchester United-Liverpool double sets Latics up for Silkmen clash.
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Pre-Season Friendly
Macclesfield Town v Wigan Athletic
Wednesday 20 July 2016, kick off 7.00pm
at Moss Rose


PREVIEW

Latics head to Macclesfield Town this evening for their fourth pre-season friendly of the summer, following on from last week's 0-0 draw away at Chester FC, and the weekend's Premier League double-header against Manchester United (Saturday) and Liverpool (Sunday).

Gary Caldwell takes his side to Moss Rose for the 7.00pm kick off, returning to the ground for the first time since Latics' 1-0 victory over the Silkmen in 2013 as Roberto Martinez's side made history by winning the FA Cup for the first time.

The hosts have had mixed fortunes in pre-season so far, losing their first outing 2-0 away at Buxton, before a trip to Leek Town saw them triumph 3-1.

TEAM NEWS

Latics will be without Andy Kellett for the foreseeable future due to a knee injury picked up during the team's pre-season training camp in Portugal.

Players involved over the weekend against Manchester United and Liverpool were as follows: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Lee Nicholls, Donervon Daniels, Craig Morgan, Stephen Warnock, Jason Pearce, Jack Hendry, Dan Burn, Andrew Taylor, Ryan Taylor (Trialist), David Perkins, Max Power, Sam Morsy, Emyr Huws, Jordan Flores, Michael Jacobs, Tim Chow, Ryan Colclough, Yanic Wildschut, Alex Gilbey, Will Grigg, Craig Davies, Sanmi Odelusi, Nick Powell, James Barrigan, Callum Lang, Josh Gregory, Luke Burke.

An indication of Macclesfield's team from their recent friendly against Leek is as follows: Craig Ross, Andy Halls, David Fitzpatrick, Danny Whitaker, George Pilkington, Neill Byrne, Chris Sutherland, Kingsley James, Jack Sampson, Ollie Norbert, Jack Mackreth.

MACCLESFIELD'S SUMMER SO FAR

It's been a busy period for the National League side this summer, with no fewer than eight players signing new contracts, as Fitzpatrick, Sutherland, Byrne, Whitaker, Chris Holroyd, Dan Cowan, Paul Lewis and new club captain Halls all extended their stays with the Silkmen.

Manager John Askey also added Paul Turnbull, goalkeeper Ross and midfielders James and Mackreth, the latter returning to the club after spells with Grimsby Town and Tranmere Rovers following his move away from Moss Rose in 2014, while former Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield Wednesday defender Steve Watson also joined the club as assistant manager.

Outgoings could hit Macclesfield hard, with last season's top goal scorer Kristian Dennis joining Sky Bet League One side Chesterfield, while Reece Styche moved to Gateshead and goalkeeper Shwan Jalal made the switch to Wrexham.

LAST SEASON IN BRIEF

After a promising start to 2015/16 and performances that looked likely to earn Macclesfield a play-off spot in the National League come the end of the season, the Silkmen's campaign tailed off resulting in a 10th place finish on 66 points, 14 behind the final play-off position.

Their cup campaigns were cut short, with a defeat to Portsmouth in the first round of the FA Cup, and a third round exit in the FA Trophy to Torquay United.

LAST MEETING



Forming part of Latics' famous FA Cup run in 2013, Roberto Martinez took his side to Moss Rose on a cold January afternoon, with cup purists holding hopes of an upset as non-league met Premier League.

It was cagey for Latics on 26 January 2013 as the fourth round threw up a battle, but the quality shone at the key moments when Callum McManaman's dart into the penalty area saw Thierry Audel clumsily haul him down, before Jordi Gomez confidently stepped up to slide home his second of the competition from 12 yards.

The fixture saw a debut for Spanish goalkeeper Joel Robles, a sign of things to come for the loanee from Atletico Madrid, who would later go on to make key saves in the cup final itself.

The teams that day were as follows:

Macclesfield: Anyon, Jackson, Brown, Braham-Barrett, Audel, Mackreth, Murtagh, Wedgbury, Kissock (Winn 78), Barnes-Homer, Fairhurst (McDonald 76)
Unused subs: Mills, Diagne, Martin, Henry, Morgan-Smith


Latics: Robles, Stam, Golobart, Mustoe, Figueroa, Gomez, McManaman, Espinoza, Fyvie (Jones 53), Henriquez, Dicko (Lopez 66)
Unused subs: Al Habsi, Campabadal, Maloney, McArthur, Redmond

Latics only other competitive meetings with the Silkmen came in the 1998/1999 season, with David Lee and Stuart Barlow (penalty) on target in a 2-0 victory at Springfield Park, before Lee struck the winner in the reverse fixture, a 1-0 win at Moss Rose.


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