Three memorable moments against Sheffield United.
- A closer look at previous meetings between Wigan Athletic and Sheffield United.
- Latics prepare to face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
- The Duke and JR, David Unsworth's penalty and a welcome return to Bramall Lane in 2016.
Wigan Athletic 4 Sheffield United 0 - Saturday 18 September 2004
Nathan Ellington and Jason Roberts both grabbed braces as Latics made it nine games unbeaten in the Championship at the start of the 2004-05 season, a run which went on to reach 17 matches, providing Paul Jewell's side with the perfect start to their promotion winning campaign.
Latics: Filan, Eaden, Breckin, McCulloch (D.Wright 79), Jackson (Thome 83), Baines, Teale, Frandsen (Mahon 67), Bullard, Roberts, Ellington
Subs: Walsh, Graham
Sheffield United: Kenny, Bromby, Morgan, Harley, Jagielka, A.Wright, Montgomery (Black 45), Thirwell, Quinn, Lester (Forte 45), Ward (Gray 62)
Subs: Barnes, McCall
Sheffield United 1 Wigan Athletic 2 - Sunday 13 May 2007
Latics arrived at Bramall Lane knowing only a victory would be enough to keep them in the Premier League for another season and what unfolded in the 90 minutes will live long in the memory.
Injuries, a red card, a penalty, a striker at centre back, a chaotic equaliser, a former player with the winner and one team jubilant, the other in despair, the 'Battle of Bramall Lane' had it all.
Paul Scharner opened the scoring with a beautifully taken first time effort from the edge of the area, sweeping Kevin Kilbane's cross into the bottom corner of Paddy Kenny's goal for 1-0. Sheffield United relegated, Latics surviving... that's how it stood... for now.
Latics lost their captain on the half hour mark when Arjan De Zeeuw was forced off with injury, Josip Skoko his replacement.
Seven minutes later the Blades had their equaliser. A cross stood up from the right was bravely met by Jon Stead for 1-1, with the striker flattened by Mike Pollitt as they collided in mid-air, taking out Ryan Taylor and ending the full back's game in the process.
Taylor was forced off... David Unsworth his replacement.
Deep into stoppage time Unsworth, who joined Latics from Sheffield United in the January of 2007, proved to be the hero with his one and only goal for the club and arguably our most important as a Premier League side.
Known for his penalty taking throughout a long and successful career, Unsworth slammed home Latics' winner in first half injury time, taking advantage of an outrageous handball by Blades defender Phil Jagielka.
You'd think that would be enough drama for one afternoon, but no! Emile Heskey was forced to play centre back to withstand the barrage from the hosts, Lee McCulloch was sent off for a second bookable offence on Michael Tonge and Danny Webber even hit the post, leaving Latics sweating on their status.
The final whistle, celebrations for Latics, relief if anything... heartbreak for the Blades.
Sheffield United: Kenny, Jagielka, Morgan, Geary, Kilgallon, Gillespie, Montgomery (Davis 79), Quinn (Kazim-Richards 56), Tonge, Nade (Webber 46), Stead
Subs: Bennett, Leigertwood
Latics: Pollitt, Taylor (Unsworth 42), De Zeeuw (Skoko 31), McCulloch, Boyce, Baines, Valencia, Scharner, Landzaat (Folan 77), Kilbane, Heskey
Subs: Filan, Camara
Sheffield United 0 Wigan Athletic 2 - Saturday 6 February 2016
Latics moved up to third thanks to a couple of goals within three second half minutes at Bramall Lane, the club's first visit back since 'The Battle' in 2007.
Will Grigg converted from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute following a foul on by Chris Basham, before Conor McAleny thumped his effort beyond George Long three minutes later, marking his debut on style after joining on loan from Everton.
Sheffield United: Long, Brayford, Collins, McEveley, Edgar, Basham (Done 70), Coutts, Baxter (Campbell-Ryce 77), Hammond, Sharp, Sammon (Adams 45)
Subs: Howard, Flynn, Woolford, Reed
Latics: Jaaskelainen, Daniels, Morgan, Pearce, Perkins, Power, McCann, Morsy, Grigg (Davies 77), McAleny (Wabara 71), Wildschut
Subs: Nicholls, Kellett, Chow, Vuckic, Colclough