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3 April 2017

Team news, facts and figures, head-to-head and ticket details ahead of the trip to face Ipswich Town.

  • Ipswich Town v Wigan Athletic match preview.
  • Latics Interim manager Graham Barrow: “We understand how big these games are.”
  • Latics look to get back to winning ways at Portman Road.
TUESDAY 4 April 2017
KICK-OFF 7.45pm 

TICKETS: Pay on the day available, details here
GRAHAM BARROW: Read the Interim Manager’s thoughts prior to the game, here
AWAY INFO: All you need to know if you’re travelling to Ipswich here, here
LIVE BEAM BACK: Pay on the day available, details here
MR GREEN: All the latest odds with the club’s new betting partner, here

This is a game Latics need to come away from with something to show for their efforts if they are to start clawing away at the gap of seven points from safety. 

To the players’ credit, the level of effort and determination at Newcastle certainly shows they haven’t given up, with Interim manager Graham Barrow encouraging them to take off their shackles and focus on nothing else but the game – rather than have an eye on the current situation.

Mick McCarthy is a highly experienced manager who has seen and lived through every scenario that there is to experience in football, and by his and the club’s standards this has been a disappointing season. 

The Suffolk natives have been restless and with just six points separating the Tractor Boys from the drop zone, they are certainly not free of danger themselves. This is not quite a relegation six pointer, but it's the next best thing. Whatever it is, it's another very big game, that is for certain…

Mick McCarthy - experience

Latics will have to make do without Omar Bogle for this one, as he joins a long-term injury list that now comprises Will Grigg, Andy Kellett, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Donervon Daniels and Nick Powell. Barrow will ponder on how to replace Bogle, with Gabriel Obertan an option, although the ‘front-two’ of Michael Jacobs and Ryan Colclough did cause Newcastle problems on Saturday.

For Ipswich, Cole Skuse was forced off in the first half of the draw with Birmingham City with concussion so will miss the game, Tom Lawrence is back in training after a groin injury but McCarthy has hinted the game could come too soon for him, however Emyr Huws could be back to face his old club, Jonny Williams has got over a bout of illness and Tommy Smith is back from international duty.

There was a time around Christmas time when the sides met at the DW Stadium that The Tractor Boys looked as if they would get dragged right into into the relegation picture, and a victory for Latics that day would have put us within four points of Mick McCarthy’s men. 

Ipswich’s late comeback that day was as much of a blow to us as it was a tonic to them, but they have not really built on that, although they have managed to pick up the points to keep them out of real trouble - just. However, their last victory was 9 matches ago and they have drawn 7 of the last 8 coming into this, including the last five at home. The supporters are not happy...


9, Tom Lawrence
6, Grant Ward
4, Luke Chambers
4, Brett Pittman
3, David McGoldrick
3, Freddie Sears
3, Luke Varney

This fixture does not have a huge amount of history, with the sides only meeting previously in the league for four seasons, all in the second tier. Of the nine games, Latics have won five, Ipswich three times and there was one draw. Latics have won, lost and drawn at Portman Road, Ipswich have won and lost at the DW, the only result yet for a full house of results is a draw at the DW. 

In addition, we have met twice in the League Cup, with the honours shared. Ipswich were comfortable victors in 1992 over two legs, while Steve Bruce’s Latics were equally as convincing in a 4-1 defeat at Portman Road in 2008, that game notable because Bruce’s son, Alex, was in the Town line-up that night. 

As far as league encounters go, Latics definitely have the upper hand, although Mick McCarthy’s have beaten us on their last two visits to the DW Stadium. 

Coincidentally, there have been FIVE other first time goalscorers in this fixture over the years, James McClean, Nick Powell, Ryan Shotton, Olivier Kapo and Leighton Baines. 

Of Latics’ current squad, Ryan Tunnicliffe is the only one to have actually played for both, Alex Bruce spent four years at Portman Road but has not yet featured for us. On the Ipswich side, Emyr Huws has been a success since moving on loan from Cardiff City in January but is the only member of the Ipswich squad to have played for both.

Latics’ record league goalscorer Andy Lidell is still on the staff at the club but in terms of the main playing connections, Conor Sammon is a recent one to have played for both while the ubiquitous Marcus Bent makes a return to these pages. 

Jason Scotland played for both and Jimmy Bullard had a brief spell at Portman Road. Looking back further the main connections are Titus Bramble and Jason De Vos, Nathan Ellington had a few games for Town later on in his career, David Unsworth and Alan Mahon link both, as do Gavin Johnson, Chris Makin, Neill Rimmer and David Lowe. 

On the managerial front, Ipswich was the last place the Paul Jewell/Chris Hutchings team was working, while Brian Hamilton and John Deehan both played at Ipswich.

Jason De Vos, well remembered at both 

Referee - Andy Davies: 16-17, 33 matches, 122 Y, 4 R
Assistant Referee 1 - Darren Blunden
Assistant Referee 2 - Robert Hyde
Fourth Official - Darren Deadman

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