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THE INSIDE TRACK: WIGAN ATHLETIC

12 September 2016

Our guide to the Latics

NORWICH City welcome Wigan Athletic on Tuesday, September 13 (7:45pm) in the Sky Bet Championship. 

Here, we take a look at what the Canaries will come up against at Carrow Road.

IN THE DUGOUT
It was a case of faith fully rewarded for Wigan Athletic last season, as manager Gary Caldwell led them to the Sky Bet League One title.

The former Latics defender replaced Malky Mackay in the dugout towards the back-end of the 2014-15 season, but couldn't prevent an already probable relegation to the third tier during his five games in charge.

Assured by chairman David Sharpe that he would remain in charge, Caldwell's first full campaign in charge saw Wigan bounce back at the first attempt in emphatic style.


A Scotland international with more than 50 caps to his name during his playing days, the 34-year-old's primary remit this term will be to keep Wigan in the division.

His efforts in leading the club back to the Sky Bet Championship were duly recognised, with Caldwell named as the 2015-16 LMA League One Manager of the Year.

IN THE PRESS
Gary Caldwell says his Wigan Athleltic side will 'keep working hard' to find the right formula when they visit Carrow Road on Tuesday night.

The Latics fell to their third consecutive league defeat on Saturday, going down 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

"We'll take it on the chin and look forward to Norwich," Caldwell told wiganlatics.co.uk.


"There's no lack of effort or desire, so we'll work out certain things that went wrong. It's just fine details we need to improve upon.

"We caused problems at different moments in the game and have to take that into Tuesday. We'll have a look and pick a team that can go there and cause them problems."
 
ONE TO WATCH 
Will Grigg continued his superb form for Wigan Athletic at the weekend, albeit in a losing cause as he netted the opener in a 2-1 defeat away to Sheffield Wednesday.

That strike took him to 33 goals in 50 appearances for the Latics since joining from Brentford in the summer of 2015 following a successful loan spell at MK Dons.

The 25-year old netted 25 times in Sky Bet League One last season, firing Wigan to promotion back to the second tier at the first attempt following relegation at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.


Grigg's prolific form earned him a recall to the Northern Ireland national squad for Euro 2016, having largely been out of contention since the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Although he didn't make an appearance at the Finals in France, the former Walsall trainee has started this season how he ended the last - netting five times already.

An immensely popular figure with Wigan fans, he earned what was effectively international recognition earlier this year when a song about his goal-scoring efforts went viral.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Adam Bogdan, Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Defenders: Reece James, Jake Buxton, Donervon Daniels, Kyle Knoyle, Andy Kellett, Luke Garbutt, Craig Morgan, Stephen Warnock, Luke Burke, Dan Burn.

Midfielders: David Perkins, Max Power, Alex Gilbey, Nathan Byrne, Jordi Gomez, Jordan Flores, Shaun MacDonald, Michael Jacobs, Nick Powell.

Forwards: Will Grigg, Craig Davies, Yanic Wildschut.



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