The importance of this game cannot be stressed enough, although it could be argued that no game, unless it makes survival mathematically impossible, is a must win game, this particular contest is as close as damn it to one.
With Warren Joyce undergoing surgery this week, he is wished the very best on a full and speedy recovery, the Latics haven’t had the best preparation for a visit to a ground where we have only won once on twelve previous visits, but that one win was pivotal in shaping the relegation places back in the 2011/12 season, we need to rekindle the spirit of that particular run-in through the next 12 games.
Over the course of the past few months the Latics have been accused – and fairly – of not ‘having a go’ and playing too cautious, the gloves must come off now and we really do need to set about teams, picking up points here and there is no good, we need wins or our fate will be sealed before much longer.
Blackburn are no great shakes, it’s time to play with no fear, as one ex boss would say – Sin Miedo .
Up the tics!
What The Bosses Say:
Latics assistant boss Graham Barrow:
”I know there was a little bit of discontent after last week’s game, but we’ve only lost one out of our last four and if we carry on in that vein it’ll see us safe hopefully.
”We know we’ve got to turn a couple of the draws into wins, so if we can get a couple of wins this week then we’ll be in there fighting.
”It’s the mentality that’s got to be right. If you look at the Burton game for example, even in the first couple of minutes you could see the mentality was bang on and I felt from then that we were going to win that game, that’s how significant it is.
”Our experienced players have been leading the team so well, and touch wood defensively we`ve been quite sound and are always given ourselves a chance to win games. If we do that then we have to take that opportunity and that’s the most important thing.
”The fans have always got a role to play, if you give them something to shout about they’ll be right behind you. The players have to show passion for the game and to win the game, and if they do that they’ll be right there.”
Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray:
”It’s Wigan, it’s a big game, they are a pretty resilient team with threats at the top end of the pitch, so we know it’s probably going to be a tight football match.
”We have to make sure we come out on top in tight football games and not be the side that always has the hard luck stories, that loses to a refereeing decision or a set play, we have to make it happen for ourselves.
”We have to force the game against teams at home when you need to win and hopefully we can do that and ask a lot of questions of the opposition.”
Blackburn Rovers Team News:
Elliott Ward, Tommie Hoban, Adam Henley and Cory Evans are all out injured whilst Hope Akpan is suspended.
Blackburn possible – Steele, Nyambe, Lenihan, Mulgrew, Williams, Feeney, Lowe, Guthrie, Conway, Emnes, Gallagher
Player to watch: Sam Gallagher
21 year old striker who appears to be finding his feet this season with 10 Championship goals to his name for the struggling Rovers
Wigan Athletic Team News:
Latics have been hit with injuries all season which has undoubtedly impacted on team selection, the usual suspects are still missing though Michael Jacobs could be available for today.
Latics possible – Gilks, Connolly, Buxton, Burn, Warnock, MacDonald, Power, Perkins, Morsy, Tunnicliffe, Bogle.
Player to watch: Omar Bogle
Omar appears to be our only goal scoring threat at the moment
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
Latics and Blackburn have met on 23 previous occasions in competitive matches
Latics 6 wins, Rovers 13, draws 4
Last Six Meetings
13 Aug 2016 – Championship – Latics 3 Blackburn Rovers 0
17 Jan 2015 – Championship – Latics 1 Blackburn Rovers 1
13 Sept 2014 – Championship – Blackburn Rovers 3 Latics 1
03 May 2014 – Championship – Blackburn Rovers 4 Latics 3
06 Oct 2013 – Championship – Latics 2 Blackburn Rovers 1
07 May 2012 – Premier League – Blackburn Rovers 0 Latics 1
Jeremy Simpson (Carnforth)
Take a look at our ‘Meet The Ref’ article to find out all there is to know about today’s man in the middle.
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Games – 29, yellows – 131, reds – 3.
Head says 0-0
Heart says Latics to snatch a vital 3 points with a 0-2 away win, as always going with the heart.
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Check out the latest PWU Podcast – The Boss
0:00 Non-cancelled intros
1:30: Alleged football matches involving Latics and Forest AKA Pigeongate
5:00 ‘A disgrace’, ‘no balls’; fear will take us down
15:00 Statman left speechless by Joyce’s forlorn record
18:30 Pitchwatch, Pigeonwatch and rugby kickoffs
23:00 Fans Forum postponement: the right decision?
29:00 Blackburn preview: choosing the right games to win
31:00 Premier League players with League One tactics?
34:00 Predictions: Grigg and Bogle have to play, wild chickens & Si’s Oddschecker (37:00)
38:00 Birmingham preview: Drawfest 2017
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