Latics look to build momentum after great Charlton win.
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WIGAN ATHLETIC v BRISTOL ROVERS
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2017
KICK OFF 3.00pm
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PRE-MATCH BUILD UP
Following last weekend’s first defeat of the season at Shrewsbury, Paul Cook said he wanted a positive reaction and the midweek performance at Charlton certainly provided that, as comprehensive a victory as he could have hoped for against a side who had a 100% record on their own ground.
Latics now have back to back home fixtures, starting with the visit of Rovers and quickly followed with the rearranged fixture against Northampton Town next Tuesday 19 September. Cook will be targeting six points but says: “football is not played on paper, we have to be on our game, week in week out, every team you play always has qualities and I know Darrell Clarke will have his lads fired up for this one.”
Rovers have had an inconsistent start to the season, losing their first two games, 1-0 away to Charlton at The Valley followed by a heavy 4-1 defeat to Peterborough at the Memorial Ground. Their first win came at Bury courtesy of a Billy Bodin double, although a comfortable 3-0 score-line at Gigg Lane was almost overturned with two late goals to make the final score 3-2.
Bodin was on the mark again as Rovers beat Fleetwood Town 3-1 to secure a first home win, they lost 3-1 at Bradford before bouncing back at home to Walsall last weekend with a 2-1 win. Defeat at home to Oldham Athletic on Tuesday, however, will have been a real blow.
Clarke has overseen a huge transformation over the past three seasons, overcoming the disappointment of relegation to the National League with two successive promotions and a solid finish in last seasons Sky Bet League One campaign.
Darrell Clarke - turnaround
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
The sides have not met since February 2001, so there is no recent history between us – this will be only Rovers’ 3rd ever visit to the stadium.
League: Latics 9 wins, Bristol Rovers 10 wins and 5 draws
FA Cup: No matches
League Cup: No matches
Home record (league only): Latics 8 wins, Bristol Rovers 2 wins, 2 draws
There are very few historical connections between the sides. Lee Nicholls spent a spell on loan there in 2015-16.
The three big ones are Jason Roberts, Nathan Ellington and Larry Lloyd. Ellington and Roberts were a potent strike force for The Gas in the late 90s, and of course were reunited at Latics in 2004, their goals helping us reach the Barclays Premiership.
Looking back in time, former Latics player manager Larry Lloyd is a native Bristolian and begun his glorious career at Eastville in 1967 before moving to Liverpool two years later.
The only other connection is Steve Morgan who played for both clubs in the mid-1990s
Nathan Ellington – hero at both clubs