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CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIC: WIGAN ATHLETIC 5 PRESTON NORTH END 0

29 June 2016

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 hammer local rivals Preston North End 5-0 on their way to promotion to the Premiership.
  • Geoff Horsfield marks Latics debut with goal.
  • Wimbledon’s last game at Selhurst Park before their relocation to Milton Keynes.

05 DECEMBER 2004

WIGAN ATHLETIC 5
McCulloch 27
Mahon 52
Ellington 57, 72
Roberts (pen) 79

PRESTON NORTH END 0

THE SITUATION

Having slipped off the top of the table following a run of four league games without a win, Latics went into this local derby with Preston North End knowing victory would take them back to the top of the Championship following then leaders Ipswich Town’s draw at Crewe Alexandra.

Languishing in mid-table after indifferent results in the first three months of the campaign, Preston did arrive at the DW on the back of an impressive 3-0 victory against Derby County.

It was a big period for Billy Davies’ side, with another derby match with Burnley following this game.

THE TEAMS

Latics were unchanged for the third consecutive game, Paul Jewell sticking with the side that drew Leicester City and Reading at the end of November. 

Latics: Filan, Eaden, Breckin, Jackson, Baines, Teale, Bullard (Wright 76), Mahon (Flynn 82), McCulloch, Roberts, Ellington (Graham 84).
Subs not used: Walsh, McMillan.

Preston made two changes from a 3-0 win over Derby County last time out, Paul McKenna dropped out of the squad and was replaced in the starting XI by Dickson Etuhu whilst Claude Davis came back into defence, replacing Eddie Lewis who was on the bench. 

Preston: Gould, Mawene (Lewis 60), Lucketti, Davis, Alexander, Sedgwick, O'Neil, Etuhu, Broomes, Cresswell, Agyemang.
Subs not used: Ward, Davidson, Daley, Lynch.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS
In the Preston side that day was club legend Graham Alexander who was in the sixth of what would go on to be nine seasons with the Deepdale side in two spells.

Now manager at Scunthorpe United, Alexander also had a spell in charge of Fleetwood Town following a playing career that also saw him play internationally for Scotland and at club level for the Iron, Luton Town and Burnley.


Another player who has gone on to play to at the top level from that Preston side is midfielder Dickson Etuhu, who had signed for Preston from Manchester City where he played 12 league games.

Spells in the Premier League with Sunderland and Fulham would follow Etuhu’s four-year stay at Deepdale before he stayed with Blackburn Rovers for two years in the Championship.

The midfielder, capped 33 times by Nigeria, currently plays for AIK in Greece.

REPORT

Latics returned to the top of the table after outclassing local rivals Preston North End throughout at the JJB Stadium.

Lee McCulloch gave the hosts the lead on 26 minutes, stabbing in from close range but Preston were unlucky to see Chris Lucketti's effort ruled out soon after and Paul Jewell’s side made the visitors pay.

Latics went further clear after the break as Alan Mahon finished well to make it 2-0 on 50 minutes.

Nathan Ellington scored a brace, following up a simple header with a deflected fourth, while Jason Roberts' late penalty completed the rout.

HIGHLIGHTS



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