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MATCH PREVIEW: ROTHERHAM UNITED V WIGAN ATHLETIC

8 February 2019

Latics head to Rotherham United in search of back-to-back Sky Bet Championship victories.

  • Latics head to the New York Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Paul Cook's men take on Paul Warne's Millers in an attempt to win back-to-back games in the Championship.
  • Rotherham United without a win in their last four, Latics have won two of their last four matches.

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ROTHERHAM UNITED V WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2019
AESSEAL NEW YORK STADIUM
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

Latics head to Rotherham United's AESSEAL New York Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday, aiming to make it back-to-back wins in the league following on from the 2-1 victory at the DW Stadium against Queens Park Rangers last weekend.

The victory was Latics' second in four matches, with the Millers winless in their previous four outings and having only collected one win in 14 in the Championship.

Goals from Josh Windass and Leon Clarke see Latics start the day in 19th place on 32 points, seven points clear of Reading in the relegation zone, whilst Rotherham lie 21st on 26 points.

MATCH INFO INFORMATION

Officials

Referee - Oliver Langford
Assistant Referee 1 - Adam Crysell
Assistant Referee 2 - Robert Hyde
Fourth Official - Jonathan Hunt

HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE

Rotherham United v Wigan Athletic Head to Head

Latics have had by far the better of Rotherham United over the years, including a 1-0 victory earlier this season courtesy of James Vaughan's winner at the DW Stadium.

In 14 trips to Rotherham across a variety of the Millers' home grounds, Latics have won seven, drawn four and lost three, scoring 26 goals in the process, including a 3-1 victory at the New York Stadium last season.

Our biggest away win against Rotherham came in August 2003 when Jason Jarrett, Nathan Ellington and Neil Roberts hit the target in a 3-0 victory, whilst the highest scoring game between the two sides in South Yorkshire came in December 1984, with Graham Barrow's double and a goal from Tony Kelly earning a point in a 3-3 draw.

Latics have only failed to score once on the road at Rotherham, in a 0-0 draw in April 1986.

EARLY TEAM NEWS

Latics have been given a handful of fitness boosts ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship trip to Rotherham United, with Gavin Massey (hamstring) and Antonee Robinson (ankle) returning to action in a behind closed doors friendly against Fleetwood Town on Wednesday afternoon. Both Massey and Robinson have been out with long-term injuries, but are now available for selection.

More good news followed on Wednesday evening when Paul Cook revealed that Nick Powell has returned to training this week after a calf injury provided a set back on his return from an initial hamstring problem.

Cook also gave the news of a potential return to the starting XI for Chey Dunkley due to Cedric Kipre picking up a minor knock.

New additions Beni Baningime and Jonas Olsson stepped up their claims for a place in the team, with the duo featuring in Wednesday's friendly match.

Captain Samy Morsy will serve the second game of his suspenson, with Danny Fox likely to continue with the armband on Saturday.

ROTHERHAM UNITED

Midfielder Ben Wiles suffered a back complaint in the build-up to Rotherham United's 0-0 draw with Millwall last week, whilst Ryan Williams remains doubtful and is more likely to return against Hull City next week.

Joe Newell returned to Paul Warne's squad last weekend on the bench, but was an unused substitute, whilst Kyle Vassell made his return from injury from the bench.

Meanwhile, defender Sean Raggett is said to be a few weeks away from a return.

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