It’s off to Peterborough this evening for Gary Caldwell and his Latics team as they look to build on the demolition of Colchester on Saturday, the Latics are now within touching distance of the playoff spots and with another couple of good wins they could be challenging for a place in the top two, but that is getting slightly carried away with myself.
Peterborough themselves have been in good form of late, under manager Graham Westley and ambitious chairman Darragh MacAnthony they have aspirations of their own to challenge for promotion.
The Posh have been free scoring this season and are second only behind top of the table Gillingham in the goals for column with 24 goals from the first 13 games, though at the other end they have leaked quite a few and have the fourth worst defensive record with 21 conceded. We could be in for quite an open game of football.
The Latics will be brimming with confidence, we have great attacking options and are starting to look like a strong outfit, the power displayed in the opening 30 minutes in Saturday’s game against Colchester at the DW Stadium simply blew the opposition away and the game was effectively over when Will Grigg bagged the fourth goal just after the half hour mark, in reality the score could have been much higher such was our dominance.
Hopefully that game will be the catalyst to push the Latics on, the new players have grown together through the early stages of the season and are now looking comfortable with each other and their individual roles within the team, with just two defeats in the last thirteen games and unbeaten in seven it is all starting to look promising.
What The Bosses Say
Latics boss Gary Caldwell:
‘It will be another tough game
‘This league is like that and the teams we play against will never give up and will always keep battling.
‘They’ll be up for it being the home team and we know we need to improve away from home to move up this league.
‘We need to have a good start, play our way, stay in the game and the longer we do that I’m sure with the front players we have in the squad we’ll cause teams problems.’
Peterborough boss Graham Westley:
‘It is a home game and we have to make that advantage count.
‘Wigan won their last game 5-0 and we won our last home game by scoring five goals, so I think most people can expect a good game of football with both sides looking to attack.
‘I think when you play at home on a Tuesday night, there are things in your favour. You haven’t had to travel and the pitch will be slick because of that little bit of moisture – that will aid the speed of the game’
Peterborough United Team News:
Erhun Oztumer is back following a three match ban.
Posh boss Graham Westley has said he may consider freshening things up with a few changes.
Peterborough possible – Alnwick, Smith, Santos, Zakuani, Elder, Taylor, Bostwick, Forrester, Coulibaly, Angol, Washington.
Player to watch: Lee Angol
Signed from Luton in the summer the former Spurs youngster has bagged five goals in just seven appearances for the Posh
Wigan Athletic Team News:
Kev McNaughton is still side-lined otherwise it is a clean bill of health for the Latics squad though Jason Pearce, Don Cowie and Haris Vuckic are still short of match fitness.
Latics possible – Jääskeläinen, Barnett, Morgan, McCann, Daniels, James, Power, Perkins, Jacobs, Wildschut, Grigg.
Player to watch: Yanic Wildschut
We look to have got ourselves a real gem with Yanic.
A class above
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Latics and Peterborough have met 15 times down the years.
Latics 9 wins, Peterborough 1, draws 5
Last Six Meetings
08 Mar 2003 – League Division 2 – Peterborough United 1 Latics 1
21 Sep 2002 – League Division 2 – Latics 2 Peterborough United 2
01 Apr 2002 – League Division 2 – Latics 2 Peterborough United 1
03 Nov 2001 – League Division 2 – Peterborough United 0 Latics 2
20 Feb 2001 – League Division 2 – Peterborough United 2 Latics 0
12 Sep 2000 – League Division 2 – Latics 1 Peterborough United 0
Peterborough United 1 Latics 1
Goals scorers – Latics: Arber (og) 80
Peterborough: McKenzie 70
Ref – Phil Crossley
Attendance – 4,970
Oliver Langford (Staffs)
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Oliver Langford Card Watch 2015/16
Games – 12, yellows – 25, reds – 0.
Head says, two teams scoring goals and conceding equates to a 2-2 draw.
Heart says we have clicked and will build on the weekend result with a 1-3 victory, as always going with the heart.
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