Colchester are in town this afternoon as the Latics look to end their run of four consecutive draws in the league, Gary Caldwell is mindful that his side need to start winning games if the end of season target of automatic promotion is to be realised.
Still undefeated at the DW Stadium, the managers preseason demand that the home form is improved this campaign is bearing fruition, but there is a need to make sure that wins are the end result rather than draws so we have a good platform to build upon.
Colchester had been in good form but losing their last two games have seen the Us drop down the table, last weekend they were two goals to the good away at Shrewsbury only to capitulate in the second half and lose 4-2, their defence looks to be their frailty and if we can get at them then this could be a comfortable win for the Latics.
The majority of the squad are now back in training with only McNaughton still on the sidelines, Caldwell has a vast array of talent to choose his starting eleven from and once everyone is up to match fitness surely we will charge up the table, today should be the first steps on that road.
What The Bosses Say
Latics boss Gary Caldwell:
‘They’re a good team’
‘They have a massive threat on the counter-attack and possess a lot of pace in their team and we have to be ready for that.
‘They were on a good run of form but they have lost their last two, we’ll respect them, though, and we’ll have to play well if we want to win, just like we have had to in every game in League One this season.
‘It’s another big challenge and it’s going to be another competitive game.
‘We are proud of our record at the DW Stadium so far this season; it is something we addressed in the summer because last season wasn’t good enough and we said as a group that we need to use our home ground, with the fans behind us, as a place where teams fear coming and hopefully we’re starting to do that.
‘We need to continue to work hard and play well and keep our run going.’
Colchester United boss Tony Humes:
‘It’s a great fixture
‘We know it’s going to be a hard game, against experienced players.
‘But our lads will be relishing that prospect and looking forward to the challenge.
‘Wigan have had a difficult start but they’re going to come good and be strong.
‘When a team has back-to-back relegations, it knocks them and takes them time to adapt.
‘But they’re getting accustomed to League One.
‘The expectation is on them to go straight back up, with the squad, facilities and stadium they’ve got.
‘They’re set up to be a Premier League club.
‘But they’re a scalp for their opposition.
‘Teams want to beat them and that’s exactly what we’ll be trying to do.’
Wigan Athletic Team News:
Kev McNaughton is still out but the rest of the recently injured players are back in training, though some won’t be match ready for a couple of weeks yet.
Latics possible – Jaaskelainen, Daniels, Morgan, Barnett, James, Perkins, Power, McCann, Jacobs, Wildschut, Grigg.
Player to watch: Yanic Wildschut
Wildschut is settling in nicely and looking a real quality addition to the team.
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
Colchester United Team News:
Matthew Griggs is available after serving a one match suspension and Sammie Szmodics is fit and hoping to get a start.
Gavin Massey and Owen Garvan are major doubts for Colchester boss Tony Hume, both have leg injuries and are rated 50/50 whilst Frankie Kent is nursing a sore toe and is also doubtful.
Colchester possible – Jones, Olufemi, Bonne, Eastman, Elokobi, Edwards, Ambrose, Moncur, Porter, Harriott, Sordell
Player to watch: Darren Ambrose
Ambrose has been around a while but he does have lot’s of quality
Latics and Colchester have met 20 times down the years
Latics have 9 wins, Colchester 8, draws 3
Last Six Meetings
18 Jan 2003 – League Division 2 – Latics 2 Colchester United 1
31 Aug 2002 – League Division 2 – Colchester United 1 Latics 0
20 Apr 2002 – League Division 2 – Colchester United 2 Latics 2
09 Nov 2001 – League Division 2 – Latics 2 Colchester United 3
10 Feb 2001 – League Division 2 – Colchester United 0 Latics 2
09 Sep 2000 – League Division 2 – Latics 3 Colchester United 1
Steve Martin (Staffs)
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Steve Martin Card Watch 2015/16
Games – 11, yellows – 3, reds – 2
Head says tight game, 1-0 Latics win.
Heart says it is time to open up at home, 3-0 to the Latics, as always going with the heart.
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Check out the latest PWU Podcast – Family Affair
This week’s crew in the studio are Gareth, Adam, Kathryn, Rob, Simon and Barry.
We start off with the Bury ‘Off The Terrace’ report and the stats from the game.
What a game again for the travelling support, two goals, Grant Holt and Cisco Junior, no beer on sale, Flitcroft bemoaning the referee and Leon Barnett in comedy fall, it’s all here.
We have Colchester at the DW Stadium on Saturday, Kathryn steps in for the poorly Dan and delivers his preview, in typical Dan style.
Simon gives us the bookies odds, this one is all about the Latics.
Peterborough away on Tuesday and Barry’s done a preview, he’s also making the long trip and hoping for the win!
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