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MATCH PREVIEW: LATICS V FLEETWOOD TOWN

7 December 2017

Latics look to make it three consecutive wins in Sky Bet League One when Uwe Rosler’s Fleetwood Town visit the DW Stadium.

  • Match Preview: Wigan Athletic v Fleetwood Town.
  • Paul Cook’s Latics in search of third straight league win against club’s former boss Uwe Rosler.
  • Tickets Adults £22 in advance, Over 65s £15.

WIGAN ATHLETIC v FLEETWOOD TOWN
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 2017
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

Latics arrive back at the DW Stadium as Sky Bet League One leaders following the 3-1 victory at Rotherham United ahead of the Emirates FA Cup draw at AFC Fylde.

Paul Cook’s side made it two consecutives wins when they downed the Millers two weeks ago, with Will Grigg, Alex Bruce and Michael Jacobs all on the score sheet just days after Ryan Colclough’s eventful evening at the DW Stadium in the 3-0 win against Doncaster Rovers.

For Fleetwood it’s been a rough few weeks in the league with just one win from their last six outings in League One.

The Cod Army do come into the game with a victory however, winning 2-0 at home against League Two Chesterfield in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening.

Both Latics and Fleetwood face FA Cup second round replays next week, with this weekend’s visitors due to travel to Hereford FC on Thursday 14th December.

Uwe Rosler as Latics manager at Wembley StadiumUwe Rosler led Latics to the FA Cup semi-final and Sky Bet Championship play-offs

FORM GUIDE – LAST SIX

Latics – DWDLWW, 11 points
Fleetwood – WDLDLD, 6 points

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD

Latics have a 100% record against Fleetwood, doing the double over the Cod Army on the way to the League One title in 2015-16.

Michael Jacobs scored in both victories, a 2-1 win at the DW Stadium in September 2015 and a 3-1 win away at Highbury Stadium three months later in December.

Wigan-born Jordan Flores netted his first ever Latics goal in the home fixture to give his side the lead before Jacobs doubled it, with only Tyler Hornby-Forbes able to muster a second half response, but to no avail.

Andy Kellett grabbed his second goal in two matches in the December away clash, before Antoni Sarcevic equalised from the spot, but Latics flexed their muscles in the final stages when now current Fleetwood loanee Jordy Hiwula made it 2-1 ahead of Jacobs’ strike for 3-1.

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD SINCE JOINING FOOTBALL LEAGUE IN 1978

League: Latics 2 wins

Home record (league only): Latics 1 win



CONNECTIONS

It seems a relatively small number of matches to share between the two clubs, but with 26 league appearances for Fleetwood and 20 for Latics defender Stephen Crainey certainly left his mark on both Latics and Fleetwood Town as a firm fan-favourite.

The former Blackpool, Leeds United, Southampton and Celtic man was appointed assistant head coach for Fleetwood’s under 18s this summer, underlining his well-respected reputation in the game.

Crainey joined Latics as Owen Coyle’s second signing ahead of the 2013-14 season and cemented himself into a couple of historic starting XIs for the club, featuring in Latics’ first ever Community Shield and Europa League matches against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium and Belgian side Zulte Waregem in Bruges.

The Scotsman’s finest moment in a Latics shirt is arguably his outstanding performance in the 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium when Latics booked a place in their second consecutive FA Cup semi-final.

His passion on the pitch and signature fist-pump celebration quickly captured the imagination of supporters.

Crainey left Latics at the end of the season having made 30 appearances in all competitions.  His next move saw him arrive at his current home in Fleetwood for the club’s first ever season in the third tier of English football.  The left back played another 30 matches in all competitions in 2014-15 before a short stay with the Cod Army’s non-league neighbours AFC Fylde.

Current connections include Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler and two of his players, Conor McAleny and Jordy Hiwula, who both spent time on loan at the DW Stadium in 2015-16.  Latics’ first team coach Anthony Barry feature 58 times in league games for the Cod Army between 2010 and 2013.

 

Stephen Crainey fist pump celebrationStephen Crainey’s signature fist pump celebration


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