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PREVIEW: LATICS WELCOME DONCASTER ROVERS TO THE DW STADIUM

20 November 2017

Latics look to bounce back against Doncaster Rovers following Saturday’s defeat to Bradford City at the DW Stadium.

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WIGAN ATHLETIC v DONCASTER ROVERS
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
DW STADIUM
TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 7.45pm

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

Latics return to Sky Bet League One action on Tuesday evening determined to put Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Bradford City behind them, focusing on a return to winning ways against Darren Ferguson’s Doncaster Rovers.

Ahead of the fixture, Latics boss Paul Cook said it’s all about how you react to disappointments, following Tyrell Robinson’s late winner for the Bantams on Saturday, he explained:

“There’s always going to be disappointment in football because it’s part and parcel of the game, but it’s how you react to the disappointment and we’ll certainly find out how that is tomorrow night.”

Visitors Doncaster arrive at the DW Stadium in 17th place, just two points clear of the relegation zone following a 0-0 draw away to Fleetwood Town at the weekend, a result Rovers’ boss Ferguson said was a point gained in difficult conditions.

“The wind played a big part as it normally does here, but we’ve kept a clean sheet and we’re looking good at both ends of the pitch, it’s something we’re working on and we are improving.”

Image : Darren Ferguson – Steered Rovers back to League One last term.

FORM GUIDE – LAST SIX

Latics – WWDWDL, 11 points

Doncaster – LWLWDD, 8 points

Doncaster arrive at the DW Stadium following back-to-back draws over the last couple of weekends and unbeaten in their previous three matches.

Ben Whiteman’s second half winner away at Bury at the end of October sparked their current run, before a 1-1 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium against local rivals Rotherham United, either of side cup progression in the Checkatrade Trophy and the Emirates FA Cup ahead of last weekend’s goalless draw at Fleetwood.

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD

Latics’ first ever league meeting with Rovers came just four years ago and ended in dramatic style when Leon Barnett’s last-minute equaliser earned a first home point back in the Sky Bet Championship at the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

His famous shirt-ripping celebration came after Rovers took a 2-0 lead in the first half through Theo Robinson and Chris Brown, before Shaun Maloney halved the deficit ahead of Barnett’s Incredible Hulk impression.

Latics’ 12 other previous home league meetings with Doncaster had all taken place at Springfield Park.

In Detail:

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD SINCE JOINING FOOTBALL LEAGUE IN 1978

League:  Latics 10 wins, Doncaster 9 wins and 9 draws

FA Cup: Latics 2 wins, 1 draw

EFL Trophy: Doncaster 1 win

Home record (league only): Latics 7 wins, Doncaster 5 wins, 2 draws

Leon Barnett v Doncaster Rovers

Leon Barnett's infamous celebration after his late equaliser against Doncaster in 2013.

CONNECTIONS

A record holder for Latics and now assistant manager of the highly thought of Belgium national team, Graeme Jones is the big link, arriving at Springfield Park in 1996 straight from Doncaster Rovers.

After 26 league goals in 92 matches at Doncaster, Jones immediately won the hearts of Latics supporters, setting the club’s league goal scoring record for a single season with 31 during the 1996-97 Division Three title win.  Gateshead-born Jones went on to score 44 league goals in 96 games for the club, before spells with St. Johnstone, Southend United, Boston United, Bury, Clyde and Hamilton Academical.

He returned to Latics a decade after his departure as assistant to Roberto Martinez, before a spell with the Spaniard at Everton ahead of their so far successful stint with the Red Devils of Belgium.

Graeme Jones Celebration v Chester City

Graeme Jones connects both sides.


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