A trip down memory lane as we look at some of our classic Championship encounters ahead of our fifth season of second tier football.
- Latics defeat Leeds United 3-0 in February 2005 on their way to promotion to the Premiership.
- Nathan Ellington, Jason Roberts and Alan Mahon on the mark for Paul Jewell’s side.
- Defeat for Kevin Blackwell’s side deals crucial blow to any play-off hopes in first season back in the Championship for 13 years.
LEEDS UNITED 0
Latics had won four of their opening six games of the New Year and were driving to promotion with form better than that of rivals Ipswich Town and Sunderland, though the Tractor Boys still remained in pole position.
Kevin Blackwell’s Leeds had won their previous two fixtures having won at Burnley and at home against Reading.
Latics were forced into making one change to the starting XI that won at Crewe the weekend earlier as Matt Jackson came back in to replace Emmerson Thome who had gone off injured after just 13 minutes at Gresty Road.
Latics: Filan, Eaden, Breckin, Jackson, Baines, Teale, Bullard, Mahon, McCulloch, Roberts (Graham 83), Ellington (Jarrett 87).
Leeds also made one change from their side that beat Reading last time out as new signing Shaun Derry came in for his debut. Signed from Crystal Palace, the midfielder replaced Gylfi Einarsson in the starting XI.
Naturally Leeds still had star names in their ranks in what was their first season out of the top flight in over a decade.
Goalkeeper Neil Sullivan had played for Wimbledon, Spurs and Chelsea in the Premier League and full backs Gary Kelly and Micky Gray had both played international football for Republic of Ireland and England respectively. The former becoming a Leeds legend by making over 500 appearances for the club.
In midfield, current Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry made his debut inside of right winger Aaron Lennon who was in his second season in the first team at Leeds, where he progressed through the ranks before joining Tottenham Hotspur and latterly Everton.
Latics beat in-form Leeds to move within three points of leaders Ipswich Town as goals from Nathan Ellington, Jason Roberts and Alan Mahon secured another victory.
Ellington opened the scoring, side-footing home a low cross from Gary Teale that eluded three Leeds players.
Lee McCulloch missed two great chances, while Neil Sullivan saved from Jimmy Bullard and Roberts before the Latics striker eventually made it 2-0.
Roberts diverted McCulloch's goal-bound header past Sullivan and hit the foot of the post later on before Alan Mahon scored from 30 yards.