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7 August 2017

Latics take on The Seasiders at the DW Stadium in the Carabao Cup

  • Latics v Blackpool, Carabao Cup 1st Round, Tuesday 8 August
  • Paul Cook’s first competitive game as manager at the DW Stadium
  • Adults tickets £10, Under 18s £5, Under 5s £2.

KICK-OFF 7.45pm

Wigan Athletic welcome Blackpool on Tuesday 8 August in the Carabao Cup 1st Round for Paul Cook’s first competitive match in charge of Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Following last Saturday’s Sky Bet League One opening day victory at Milton Keynes, Cook looks set to rotate the squad, with the likes of Jordan Flores, Alex Gilbey, Ryan Colclough, Will Grigg and Terell Thomas likely to feature from the start having either not played at Stadium MK or come off the bench.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Cook also suggested that long-term absentee – and former Blackpool player - Donervon Daniels would feature, along with debuts at some stage for Noel Hunt and young striker Callum Lang, who has impressed in pre-season.

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer is also likely to make a few changes following his side’s opening day defeat at Bradford City. He will be looking for the side to consolidate having achieved promotion back from Sky Bet League Two last season although a cup run – especially at this stage of the season – is a great way for managers to be able to test the strengths of their squad.

Gary Bowyer
Gary Bowyer – great first season at Bloomfield Road

The club’s record in the competition has been poor in recent years, with first round exits in the last three seasons at Oldham in 2016, at home to Bury in 2015 and away to Burton Albion in 2014. In 2013, Latics went out at the first attempt, losing at Manchester City, albeit it was a 3rd Round game as Europa League involvement gave the side a bye.

The last time Latics had a League Cup run was in 2012, when emphatic wins at Nottingham Forest and West Ham United set up a 4th Round tie at home to Bradford City, which was lost on penalties after Roberto Martinez’s men somehow couldn’t find a way past the Bantams back four despite complete domination.
Maoro Boselli scores versus West Ham United
Our last win in the competition was as far back as September 2012, Maoro Boselli scoring twice in a 4-1 win at West Ham United

Looking back in time, It’s a competition that, since its introduction to English football in 1960, that neither of tonight’s sides has enjoyed much success in - with the obvious excepetion of reaching the final in 2006 and decent runs in 2002, 2008 and 2012. Our visitors, who were semi-finalists in 1962, arrive on a run of eight defeats in their last nine matches in the competition since they beat Latics 4-1 at Bloomfield Road in 2009.

Tonight will be the third meeting between the two sides in this competition, with the aforementioned 4-1 hammering on the Seaside coming eight years after Brett Ormerod – later a Latics loanee – scored a hat-trick in a 3-2 win for Steve McMahon’s side.

Jordan Flores for Blackpool
Jordan Flores was of course part of Blackpool’s promotion-winning campaign last season, while Michael Jacobs, Donervon Daniels and David Perkins are all former Tangerines. Going back in time there are numerous connections to link the club, including some real club stalwarts. Emmerson Boyce who finished his career at Bloomfield Road, Colin Greenall began his career at Blackpool and ended it with Latics, while Colin Methven is another to have been a real favourite at both.
Emmerson Boyce for Blackpool
Emmerson Boyce received a great welcome back to the DW Stadium when he returned in Blackpool colours in 2015.

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