Latics travel the short distance to Gigg Lane this afternoon to face the divisions current form side Bury, with six wins on the bounce David Flitcroft’s team are riding high and full of confidence.
Leading the charge for the Shakers is ex Latics loanee Leon Clarke, who struggled to make any sort of impact during his spell at the DW Stadium in the second half of last season, well this campaign he is a man on fire with 9 goals already to his name, two of which were scored against the Latics in the Capital One cup at the DW back in August.
Gary Caldwell could have unearthed a gem of his own though with the recruitment of Yanic Wildschut from Middlesbrough on loan, the former Ajax youngster is a power house player, bags of pace, a literal ‘flying Dutchman’. After making his debut, impressively, as an half time substitute last Saturday, Wildschut was given a start in the JPT win away at Crewe on Tuesday and he scored an absolute worldy of a goal. Yanic certainly does cause ‘panic’ in the opposition defence every time he is on the ball.
With the Latics drawing their last three league games, Caldwell will be hoping that his side can grab the win today to make a push on the top reaches of the division, but a point against a team full of confidence, scoring goals and riding high in the table wouldn’t be too bad a result, with over 1,000 Latics fans making the short journey it should be a cracking atmosphere whichever way the game goes.
What The Bosses Say
Latics boss Gary Caldwell:
‘Bury are full of confidence and scoring goals’
‘We have to approach the game in our usual manner and concentrate on how we play on the day and how we can cause Bury problems on the day.’
‘We know his (Leon Clarke) quality. It didn’t quite work out for him here, but we know he’s a quality player at this level and we need to make sure we look after him on Saturday.
‘He scored twice against us earlier in the season and proved to everyone what he’s about, but Leon’s a player who doesn’t really need to prove anything, because he’s always performed at this level.’
Bury Head of Football Operations Chris Brass:
‘It’s going to be a tough game’
‘They’re (Latics) one of the favourites to gain automatic promotion, they’ve had a massive recruitment drive, both permanent and loans, it will be a tough fixture’
‘The pleasing aspect for ourselves though is coming through the month we’ve just had, two league leaders and the promotion favourites and to come out of that with maximum points is testament for all the hard work the manager has put in’
Bury Team News:
Leon Clarke is back in the squad following suspension and should start, new loan signing Lee Erwin is available for election.
Bury possible – Lainton, Riley, Hussey, P Clarke, Jones, Soares, Hope, Pugh, Cameron, Mayor, L Clarke
Player to watch: Leon Clarke
9 goals for the season so far and ex Latics front man, there is enough there to be wary of him.
Leon Clarke last season
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Wigan Athletic Team News:
Craig Morgan and Jordan Flores are returning from suspension, but Will Grigg will be missing due to international duty with Northern Ireland.
Kev McNaughton, Haris Vuckic and Jason Pearce are all out injured, whilst Caldwell has declared that neither Craig Davies nor Shaq Coulthirst will be fit enough to return this weekend.
Grant Holt and Don Cowie featured off the bench in the JPT at Crewe in the week and could make a claim for a place on the bench.
Latics possible – Jaaskelainen, Daniels, Morgan, Barnett, James, Perkins, McCann, Power, Junior, Jacobs, Wildschut, Hiwula.
Player to watch: Yanic Wildschut
Wildschut has made an instant impact following his loan move, pace, power and an eye for goal.
Yanic on the field in Wigan
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
Latics and Bury have met 45 times previously.
Latics 16 wins, Bury 17, draws 12.
Last Six Meetings
11 Aug 2015 – Capital One Cup – Latics 1 Bury 2
26 Dec 2001 – League Division 2 – Latics 1 Bury 1
08 Sep 2001 – League Division 2 – Bury 0 Latics 2
16 Apr 2001 – League Division 2 – Bury 0 Latics 1
28 Oct 2000 – League Division 2 – Latics 1 Bury 0
18 Mar 2000 – League Division 2 – Latics 1 Bury 0
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Graham Salisbury Card Watch 2015/16
Games – 10, yellows – 24, reds – 4
Head says, they score we concede goals, 1-1.
Heart says, with nine goals scored in our last four away games we have a chance here, forget about conceding, Morgan’s back, 0-2 to the Latics.
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This week’s crew in the studio are Gareth, Dan, Adam, Mick, Rob, Paul and Barry.
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