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OPPOSITION VIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC

4 December 2014

Essential reading on this weekend's opponents

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Nickname: Latics
Manager: Malky Mackay
2013/14: 5th
Ground: DW Stadium
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 248 miles (4 hours 11 minutes)

THE LOWDOWN
After charging to fifth place in the Sky Bet Championship last season, Wigan were consistently placed in the likely group of contenders for promotion this time around.

As the campaign rolls on into December, however, they sit in the relegation places and will be targeting wins to haul them up the table rather than to get them dreaming of the Premier League.

A shock triumph at league leaders Derby County in October has been the only highlight in a bleak few months for the Latics, their solitary victory in their last 14 matches in all competitions.


That’s a run that also included a change of manager, a move that long-serving chairman Dave Whelan hopes will spark a revival for a club that was only relegated from the Premier League just over 18 months ago.

The youngest club in the Championship, Wigan have played the Canaries only nine times before, with Norwich leading the head-to-head record with four victories.

Their sole former City player is defender Leon Barnett (2011-13), who has played 12 times in all competitions this season including in their most recent outing, a 2-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.


THE BOSS
Former Canaries defender Malky Mackay was appointed as Wigan manager on 19th November.

The ex-Watford and Cardiff City boss replaced Uwe Rosler and has overseen a draw and a defeat in his two games in charge up to now.

“I’m very proud, very proud that the Chairman has given me the chance to come in here as manager and I’m going to make sure that I repay that,” he told wiganlatics.co.uk after agreeing a rolling contract at the club.


Mackay made 232 appearances for Norwich City between 1998 and 2004, captaining the Club and memorably scoring twice in the East Anglian derby against Ipswich Town in March 2004, the year City claimed the Division One title.

The Bellshill-born centre-back had other playing spells at Queens Park, Celtic, West Ham United and Watford, and it was with the Hornets that he began his coaching career.

Mackay replaced Brendan Rodgers as Watford manager in 2009, guiding them to two respectable mid-table finishes in the Championship before leaving for Cardiff City in the summer of 2011.

His stint in south Wales was a successful one as he led them to the Capital One Cup final in 2012 and the Premier League in 2013, but he was ultimately sacked last December with the Bluebirds hovering close to the relegation zone in the top flight.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Scott Carson, Lee Nicholls, Ali Al-Habsi.

Defenders: James Tavernier, Andrew Taylor, Ivan Ramis, Gary Caldwell, Thomas Rogne, Emmerson Boyce (c), Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, James Perch, Leon Barnett, Rob Kiernan, Maynor Figueroa.

Midfielders: Chris McCann, Ben Watson, Shaun Maloney, James McClean, Emyr Huws, Roger Espinoza, Don Cowie, Fraser Fyvie, Adam Forshaw, William Kvist.

Forwards: Oriol Riera, Callum McManaman, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Martyn Waghorn, Andy Delort.

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Huddersfield Town, Saturday 13th November, 3pm

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