Three memorable moments against Middlesbrough.
- A closer look at previous meetings between Wigan Athletic and Middlesbrough.
- Latics prepare to travel to Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship.
- The first Premier League meeting, debut double delight and Sibierski's goal on the way to the top!
Wigan Athletic 1 Middlesbrough 1 - Sunday 18 September 2005
Our first Premier League meeting with Middlesbrough should be considered a relative success looking back, with Henri Camara's 68th minute equaliser earning a draw in Latics' third of nine straight Premier League games unbeaten in the club's first ever season in the top flight.
Boro frontman Yakubu had given the visitors to the JJB Stadium an early lead, but Latics were determined to build on an impressive start to their debut Premier League campaign, having achieved back-to-back victories against Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion in their previous two games.
Senegalese frontman Camara had only been on the pitch for four minutes when he equalised, netting his first of 20 top flight goals for Latics having joined Paul Jewell's side in the summer of 2005.
Latics: Pollitt, Chimbonda, Henchoz, McCulloch, De Zeeuw, Baines, Kavanagh, Bullard, Francis, Connolly (Camara 64)
Subs: Filan, McMillan, Jackson, Taylor
Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Xavier, Pogatetz, Southgate, Queudrue, Morrison (Doriva 44), Boateng, Rochemback, Viduka (Maccarone 61), Yakubu
Subs: Jones, Bates, Graham
Middlesbrough 2 Wigan Athletic 3 - Saturday 21 January 2006
It was double-delight for debutants David Thompson and Neil Mellor as Latics secured their first victory of the calendar year in 2006!
Talisman forward Jason Roberts initially gave Latics the lead within just two minutes of kick off and things only got better in the first half, with Thompson, who signed from Blackburn Rovers days earlier, doubling Paul Jewell's side's lead inside half an hour.
The hosts, littered with attacking talent, cranked up the pressure in the second half and managed to pull the game level through quick-fire goals from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Nigerian frontman Yakubu (his second in as many games against Latics), but Latics saved the best until last when on loan Liverpool striker Neil Mellor netted a dramatic late winner deep into second half stoppage time to earn a 3-2 victory!
Middlesbrough: Jones, Bates (Johnson 32), Riggott (Ehiogu 27), Parnaby, Southgate, Pogatetz, Cattermole, Downing, Parlour, Yakubu, Viduka (Hasselbaink 45)
Subs: Schwarzer, Doriva
Latics: Pollitt, Chimbonda, Henchoz, Baines, Thompson (89), Bullard, Scharner, Kavanagh, Teale, Mellor, Roberts
Subs: Filan, Jackson, Francis, Skoko
Wigan Athletic 1 Middlesbrough 0 - Wednesday 15 August 2007
After a false start of scoring his first Latics goal in a 2-1 defeat to Everton on the opening day of the season, summer signing Antoine Sibierski stole the show four days later when he netted the winner against Middlesbrough on his home debut!
A typically tight affair with our north-east opponents was settled by the Frenchman's second for the club, a tally which was taken up to three in three games the following Saturday when Latics comfortably beat Sunderland 3-0 at the JJB Stadium to go top of the Premier League for the first time in the club's history.
Sibierski only scored one more goal in the league in Latics colours, but his goals to starts ratio was pretty impressive, netting four times in just 10 starts.
Latics: Kirkland, Melchiot, Granqvist, Bramble, Valencia, Kilbane, Scharner, Sibierski (Aghahowa 66), Landzaat, Koumas, Heskey
Subs: Pollitt, Hall, Cotterill, Skoko
Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Davies, Taylor, Riggott, Wheater, Boateng, Downing, Arca, Aliadiere (Cattermole 87), Tuncay (Johnson 71), Yakubu (Dong-Gook 65)
Subs: Jones, Hines