Our countdown to #FixtureReleaseDay and the 2018-19 season continues, with three memorable moments against Derby County.
- A closer look at previous meetings between Wigan Athletic and Derby County.
- Latics prepare to learn when and where they'll face each Sky Bet Championship team as we count down to #FixtureReleaseDay on Thursday 21 June.
- Jean Beausejour's screamer, James McClean's double and the Duke and Lee McCulloch in our first Championship campaign!
Our countdown to #FixtureReleaseDay on Thursday 21 June continues, with our seventh instalment of Three of a Kind focusing on previous clashes with Derby County.
Wigan Athletic 2 Derby County 0 - Saturday 14 February 2004
Nathan Ellington and Lee McCulloch were on tagret in the second half to earn Latics three crucial points in their quest for the Championship play-offs during our first ever season in the second tier.
The 2-0 victory over Derby County at the JJB Stadium was Latics' sixth game of an eight-match unbeaten run.
A sensational save by John Filan kept Latics level earlier in the game, before Alan Mahon flashed wide from distance, only for Ellington to break the deadlock with a fine glancing header to beat Lee Grant in his top left corner.
Substitute McCulloch doubled the lead in bizarre but spectacular fashion, picking up on the scraps of an Ellington header from Nicky Eaden's cross to beat Grant to the loose ball and overhead kick home.
Latics: Filan, Eaden, Breckin, Baines, De Vos, Teale, Mahon, Jarrett (Flynn 89), Bullard, Ellington (Liddell 86), Roberts (McCulloch 73)
Subs: Walsh, M.Jackson
Derby County: Grant, Edwards, R.Jackson, Mawene, Johnson, Huddlestone, Taylor, Vincent (Manel 77), Osman, Whelan (Reich 63), McLeod
Subs: Camp, Bolder, Tudgay
Derby County 0 Wigan Athletic 1 - Wednesday 1 January 2014
It took a moment of pure inspiration to bring in the New Year in style when Jean Beausejour's rocket beat Lee Grant all ends up!
The Chilean international's thunderbolt ensured Latics' fifth of six games unbeaten and resolute defending captured a third of four straight clean sheets as Latics looked to build on their impressive start under new manager Uwe Rosler.
Derby County: Grant, Forsyth, Buxton, Wisdom, Keane, Bryson (Hendrick 45), Ward (Dawkins 64), Eustace (Sammon 71), Hughes, Martin, Russell
Subs: Legzdins, Whitbread, Cisse, Bennett
Latics: Al Habsi, Boyce, Ramis (Crainey 29), Perch, Barnett, McCann, McArthur, Espinoza (McManaman 69), Powell, Beausejour, Fortune (Kiernan 75)
Subs: Pollitt, McClean, Gomez, Holt
Derby County 1 Wigan Athletic 2 - Saturday 25 October 2014
Super-sub James McClean had just 28 minutes to turn things around at Pride Park in 2015, but he clearly relished the challenge!
The Republic of Ireland international struck seven minutes after his introduction to equalise, before netting the winning goal with seven minutes to go!
Seems simple, but it was far from it. James Tavernier had a penalty saved by Jack Butland in the first half, before John Eustace stole space in Latics' area to grab the hosts the lead before half time.
McClean's introduction in the 62nd minute added energy to Latics' attack, with the winger showing desire to beat to defenders in the area and turn home Espinoza's cross for 1-1.
His second and winning goal was similarly scrappy, but again well-earned. Adam Forshaw's initial effort was parried by Derby keeper Butland into a melee of defenders and attackers, with Leon Barentt and Marc-Antoine Fortune combining to force the ball towards the left post for McClean to finish.
Victory was sweet and much-needed, ending a run of eight games without a win.
Derby County: Butland, Christie, Forsyth, Keogh, Whitbread, Bryson, Eustace (Best 80), Hughes (Dawkins 45) Ibe (Hendrick 45), Martin, Russell
Subs: Roos, Buxton, Mascarell, Calero
Latics: Carson, Tavernier, Barnett, Kiernan (Kvist 85), Figueroa, Huws (Maloney 70), McManaman (McClean 62), Espinoza, Cowie, Forshaw, Fortune
Subs: Al Habsi, Riera, Waghorn, Delort