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24 August 2017

Paul Cook looks to maintain perfect league record

  • Match Preview: Wigan Athletic v Portsmouth.
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After the Carabao Cup in midweek it’s back to league matters on Saturday and Paul Cook will be keen to preserve Latics’ perfect start to the Sky Bet League One campaign so far by making it four wins from four with victory over his former club.

Cook said he was immensely disappointed with the second half performance at Oldham last weekend, despite his team keeping a clean sheet and winning the game. He said that the performance fell below the standards he set for his teams and wants the players to put things right against Portsmouth.

Assistant Manager Leam Richardson says they will approach the game like any other. “Portsmouth are a great club with great supporters and we had a very successful two years down there, but that is history now, all our focus is on getting the three points – as it is for every game. Kenny Jackett is an experienced manager who will have a plan and we need to match that.”

Pompey manager Jackett, who replaced Cook in the Fratton Park hot seat during the summer, has faced Latics before as Wolves and Millwall manager – notably in the 2013 FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

His new charges have had a mixed bag of results so far, a win, a draw and defeat at Oxford in their last away game. They will bring a large following for what is sure to be another great atmosphere at the DW Stadium.

 Kenny Jackett
Kenny Jackett - experienced

The sides have not met each other since April 2010, when the sides played out a 0-0 draw.

In Detail:
League:  Latics 5, Portsmouth 8 and 3 draws
FA Cup: Portsmouth 1, Latics 0, 0 draws
League Cup:  No matches
Home record (league only):  Latics 3, Portsmouth 4, 1 draw

Michael Brown + James McCarthy
Former Latics midfielder Michael Brown was in the Pompey ranks in 2010, seen here up against James McCarthy in 2010.

Of the current squads, Noel Hunt was at Pompey last season under Paul Cook, as were all the football staff.

Recent players to link both clubs include Jason Pearce and Jermaine Pennant, then historically the big connections would be Arjan De Zeeuw, Michael Brown has been mentioned and former Latics trainees from the 80s Warren Aspinall and Micky Quinn went on to be crowd favourites at Fratton Park.

Others who played for both include Mark Burchill, David Connolly, Scott Mcgarvey, Alan Mcloughlin, Jeff Peron, Ian Purdie, David Thompson and David Unsworth. Former Latics manager Kenny Swain is also a former Pompey player.

Arjan De Zeeuw
Arjan De Zeeuw – loved at both clubs

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