Three memorable games between Latics and Brentford.
- A closer look at previous meetings between Wigan Athletic and Brentford.
- Latics host the Bees at the DW Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship.
- Jorg Smeets' wonder goal, Neil Roberts, the Duke and Lee McCulloch!
Wigan Athletic 4 Brentford 0 - Saturday 20 December 1997
A fifth straight victory in all competitions was achieved in style with Latics' biggest victory of the season on the club's return to the third tier following the 1996-97 title winning campaign!
October signing Jorg Smeets lit up Springfield Park with a vintage performance, lending himself to all four goals, with initial involvement in David Lowe's opener, a long range drive and a well-timed finish of his own, and the final assist for Ian Kilford to wrap up the scoring.
The Dutchman's first half corner forced a scramble in the Brentford penalty area to allow Lowe to creep in for the opening goal, but it was Smeets' strike that stole the show. Regardless of the thumping score line, the game will be remembered for his outrageous effort from distance that found the top left corner for 2-0.
His second and Latics' third pushed the game well beyond the Bees, before a clever assist from Smeets allowed Kilford to punish the visitors further.
The winning run came to an end on Boxing Day against Wrexham, but five straight wins remained Latics' best winning run for the entire campaign.
Latics: Carroll, Sharp, Greenall, McGibbon (Fitzhenry 85), Green, Morgan, Kilford, Lee (Diaz 85), Smeets, Rogers, Lowe (Warne 86)
Brentford: Dearden, Watson, Townley, McGhee (Reina 42), Hutchings, Oatway, Cockerill (Bent 18), Aspinall, McPherson (Barrowcliff 38), Taylor, Gleghorn
Brentford 0 Wigan Athletic 1 - Saturday 23 November 2002
Little would Neil Roberts have known at the time, but his tidy finish from an acute angle in a run of the mill fixture away at Brentford in November 2002 would go on to form part of Latics' longest ever winning streak in the EFL, with his first half stoppage time winner earning a third victory over what ended in 11 straight wins in Division Two.
The Welshman's goal would go a long way to creating history, not only in that sequence, but as three crucial points on the way to Latics' first ever Division Two promotion and title win.
Brentford: Smith, Anderson, O'Connor (Williams 85), Sonko, Dobson, Smith (Tabb 69), Somner, Hunt, Evans (Rowlands 52), McCammon, Vine
Subs: Julian, Frampton
Latics: Filan, Green (Mitchell 83), McMillan, Eaden, Jackson, De Vos, Kennedy, Dinning, Jarrett, Roberts, Ellington
Subs: Beasant, Breckin, Teale, Flynn
Wigan Athletic 2 Brentford 0 - Saturday 12 April 2003
One step closer! Paul Jewell's Latics were within just one point of promotion to the second tier and the third tier title with a professional 2-0 victory over the Bees at the JJB Stadium in the reverse of the above 1-0 win at Griffin Park.
Nathan Ellington and Lee McCulloch netted to secure the points, meaning a draw at Huddersfield Town had the potential to (and eventually did) seal the league title.
The Duke's low drive opened the scoring in the second half, before McCulloch composed himself late on to truly kill off the contest, as Latics' promotion train continued to roll through every station in style!
Latics: Filan, Eaden, De Vos, Baines (McMillan 45), Jackson, Bullard (Mitchell 85), Teale, Jarrett, Liddell (McCulloch 87), Roberts, Ellington
Subs: Breckin, Flynn
Brentford: Smith, Dobson, Sonko, O'Connor, Roget, Fullarton, Somner, Evans, Rowlands (Vine 14 (Constantine 82), Hunt, Antoine-Curier
Subs: Julian, Fieldwick, Frampton