Latics face Bury for the 4th time this season at the DW Stadium this afternoon.
Two defeats and a draw against the Shakers this campaign isn’t a good record and Gary Caldwell will be hoping his lads can chalk up their first win of the season, and first win since 2001 against our Lancashire neighbours.
Bury, as we have seen in the previous three meetings, are a very physical side, this was a style of play that the Latics found difficult to cope with in the early part of the season, but with an 11 game unbeaten run under our belts we are showing that we have grown sufficiently to cope with anything the opposition throw at us.
Having climbed into the automatic promotion spots last weekend with the superb win at Walsall, the Latics will want to consolidate that position today and push on for the final stages of the league campaign.
On a final note, this week life long Latics supporter Jimmy France sadly passed away, aged 93, Jimmy was travelling to away games as lately as last season at the tender age of 92! Jimmy’s family are hoping that the Latics fans will give a minutes applause to celebrate Jimmy’s life today at the game, it is planned to be in the 27th minute, this was Jimmy’s birthday date.
You can read a little more about Jimmy here
Up the tics!
What The Bosses Say
Latics boss Gary Caldwell:
‘We’ve played them in both cups, so we do know them well, but they know us well and they’re on a good run of form like ourselves, so it’s going to be a tough game.
‘I was at the game on Tuesday against Barnsley, it was a difficult game, the pitch wasn’t great, but they showed confidence in their performance.
‘They’re playing for each other and working hard to get results which make them very tough opponent to face.
‘The last time we played them hurt a lot. Nobody wants to lose 4-0 in the FA Cup, but I think we’ve come a long way since that day in terms of the squad changing and the performance levels improving.’
Bury boss David Flitcroft:
‘They are the best team in the league’
‘I know we have done well against them but they have recruited fantastically well.
‘They are a very, very good team. Their subs’ bench is absolutely incredible.
‘They are a top team and it’s one we can look forward too.
‘I’m really looking forward to this week to get a game plan together to compete with them.’
Wigan Athletic Team News:
Donervon Daniels joins the injured list after picking up a hamstring injury in the win away at Walsall, Michael Jacobs, Reece James and Samni Odelusi are all out, whilst Kev McNaughton is picking up his fitness.
Latics possible – Jääskeläinen, Morgan, Pearce, McCann, Wabara, Morsy, Perkins, Power, Wildschut, McAleny, Grigg
Player to watch: Will Grigg
Today could be a day when Grigg bags at least a couple of goals.
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Bury Team News:
Kelvin Etuhu and Rob Lainton are both definitely out, whilst Danny Rose, Ryan Lowe, Leon Clarke and Nathan Cameron are rated at 50/50.
Tom Pope and Tom Soares despite having a broken wrist (Pope) and fractured cheekbone (Soares) are expected to play.
Bury possible – Lawler, Riley, Hussey, Cameron, P. Clarke, Mayor, Pope, Jones, Soares, Brown, L. Clarke
Player to watch: Leon Clarke
Clarke has already scored three goals against us this season, I don’t think he had three shots during his time at the Latics!
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Of the 44 meetings down the years:
Latics have 16 wins, Bury 18, draws 13.
Last Six Meetings
07 Nov 2015 – FA Cup – Bury 4 Latics 0
10 Oct 2015 – League 1 – Bury 2 Latics 2
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
Scott Duncan (Newcastle)
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Scott Duncan Card Watch 2015/16
Games – 26, yellows – 66, reds – 2
Head says a tight game with Bury coming for a point, 1-0 Latics.
Heart says we owe them a performance this season, 4-1 Latics win, as always going with the heart.
Millwall v Latics
Latics v Peterborough United
Check out the latest PWU Podcast – The Heartbeat Is Strong
Latics spring into second spot in the table and all is well.
A great away day at Walsall last Saturday, a bit of a PWU road trip, with Balti Pies and a full on ‘of the terrace’ report from Rob, Barry, Gareth and Paul.
We have a chat about the fantastic gesture of free coach travel to Swindon and question Adam as to why he’s declined and decided to go on a £30 return trip instead!
Bury at home on Saturday, can we finally rid ourselves of the bogey team status that they appear to have over us?
Millwall away on Tuesday, we have a quick look forward to the game, but get side tracked as usual!
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