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THE INSIDE TRACK: WIGAN ATHLETIC

6 February 2017

Our guide to The Latics

NORWICH City travel to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday, January 7 (7:45pm) in the Sky Bet Championship. 

Here, we take a look at what the Canaries will come up against at the DW Stadium.

IN THE PRESS
Wigan Athletic boss Warren Joyce is striving to find the perfect work balance for his side in order to maximise their potential during a hectic run of games.

The Latics face a further six matches in February after losing to Sheffield Wednesday on Friday evening, in what could prove to be a pivotal period of the season.

"There are a lot of games coming thick and fast," Joyce told wiganlatics.co.uk.

"That's why we need as many players fit and ready as we can get. When there's little time between matches you need to allow the players to rest up.

"We'll build them up to be ready to be flat out on Tuesday night."

PREVIOUS MEETING 
Norwich City emerged as 2-1 winners at Carrow Road when the two sides met in the Sky Bet Championship earlier this season back in September.

The Canaries raced into a two-goal lead inside the opening 11 minutes, with Jacob Murphy continuing his fine start to the campaign by netting twice.

Murphy's first came courtesy of an error from Wigan goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, allowing the youngster to open the scoring with just three minutes played.


Soon after, the City youngster added his second by nodding home from close-range after Wes Hoolahan's initial shot was saved.

Jordi Gomez pulled a goal back with 18 minutes remaining to give the visitors hope, but Michael McGovern produced a number of important stops to secure all three points for Alex Neil's side.
 
LATICS TRIVIA
Wigan Athletic were formed in 1932 following the winding up of Wigan Borough the previous year, and marked the 1933-34 season by finishing as champions of the Cheshire League.

Athletic marked the fifth attempt of creating a stable football club in the town after Wigan County, Wigan United, Wigan Town and the aforementioned Borough failed to become established.

The Latics entered the FA Cup for the first time during the 1934-35 campaign, defeating Carlisle United 6-1 in the first round to record the biggest victory by a non-league club over a league club.

Thirty years later, Wigan won the Cheshire League title again, this time thanks in no small part to striker Harry Lyon scoring an incredible 66 times.


More recently, the club rose from the lower reaches of the Football League in the 1990s and early 2000s ahead of enjoying a prolonged stint in the top-flight.

Relegated from the Premier League in 2013, Wigan offset that disappointment by winning the FA Cup for the first time in their history the same season by defeating Manchester City at Wembley.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Adam Bogdan, Jussi Jaaskelainen, Jakob Haugaard, Matt Gilks.

Defenders: Reece James, Jake Buxton, Donervon Daniels, Callum Connolly, Andy Kellett, Craig Morgan, Alex Bruce, Stephen Warnock (c), Jack Hendry, Luke Burke, Reece Burke, Dan Burn.

Midfielders: David Perkins, Max Power, Alex Gilbey, Sam Morsy, Gabriel Obertan, Shaun McDonald, Michael Jacobs, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Nick Powell, Jamie Hanson, Josh Laurent, Marcus Browne, James Weir.

Forwards: Will Grigg, Omar Bogle, Ryan Colclough, Mikael Mandron.



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