There always seems to be something riding on Blackpool v Wigan Athletic fixtures and this seasons encounter is no different with the Seasiders deep in relegation trouble, the fans set to stage a demonstration against the clubs owners that they have entitled ‘Judgement Day 2’ and of course the Latics are hoping to clinch the League One title.
With over 3,000 Wiganers making the trip up the M6 in anticipation of claiming the ‘big one’, Bloomfield Road could be turned into a ‘fun house’ come 2:15 pm if we do indeed get the win.
Up the tics!
What The Bosses Say
Latics vice skipper Jason Pearce:
”The support there last season at Blackpool was unbelievable but there are even more fans going this time around and it would be amazing to win the title there”
”I am sure our fans will make it feel like a home game.
”I can’t wait for Saturday; our travelling support this season has been amazing, wherever we have gone the fans have backed us in massive numbers.
”It’s not going to be easy; Blackpool are fighting to stay in the league and will probably feel they need to win the game if they’re going to stand a chance of staying up.”
Blackpool boss Neil McDonald:
”We have a tough game against Wigan but one we are really looking forward to.
”They had a big following last time we played them and we beat them 1-0. Let’s hope for the same result.”
”We have to win two games now. It was important we take seven points out of the last nine and we have one.”
”The performance physically and mentally on Saturday was much better.
”The team is trying. Sometimes we aren’t good enough but we are giving everything. We need to carry on as we have been doing.
”The second half at Rochdale was very disappointing but I was really pleased on Saturday.
”I think the changes we made to the side worked and gave us a real brightness.
”It was a great response and I think that gives us confidence. We need to take that into the Wigan game now.”
Blackpool Team News:
Henry Cameron is missing for Blackpool, the rest are battling to get a start.
Blackpool possible – Doyle, White, Aldred, Robertson, Higham, McAlister, Smith, Norris, Philliskirk, Redshaw, Cullen
Player to watch: Mark Cullen
Top goal scorer with 9 goals
Wigan Athletic Team News:
Reece James is missing otherwise it’s all systems go.
Latics probable – Jaaskelainen, Daniels, Morgan, Pearce, Warnock, McCann, Perkins, Power, Wildschut, Jacobs, Grigg
Player to watch: Will Grigg
Because he is on FIRE
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
Down the years Latics and Blackpool have met 42 times
Latics 18 wins, Blackpool 15, draws 9
Last Six Meetings
12 Dec 2015 – League One – Latics 0 Blackpool 1
10 Nov 2015 – Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – Latics 4 Blackpool 0
28 Feb 2015 – Championship – Blackpool 1 Latics 3
23 Aug 2014 – Championship – Latics 1 Blackpool 0
26 Apr 2014 – Championship – Latics 0 Blackpool 2
19 Oct 2013 – Championship – Blackpool 1 Latics 0
Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
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Stuart Attwell Card Watch 2015/16
Games – 41, yellows – 115, reds – 5.
We will win at a canter, Blackpool 0 Latics 3
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