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Getting To Know: Wigan Athletic

24 April 2014

A Look At Saturday's Opponents

A win will be enough for Wigan Athletic to seal their play-off spot for the end of the season, as they look to cap a memorable campaign with promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

The Latics enjoyed their first season in the Europa League and made it to the semi-final of the FA Cup, as they looked to retain the trophy. 

A change of management, which saw Uwe Rosler drafted in from Brentford, has proved a masterstroke, with the German set to guide the club to a season extension. 

The Latics current sit four points ahead of seventh-place Brighton with nine left to play for, and they’ll close the curtain on regular league action at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

Beaten just five times since the turn of the year, Wigan have a game in hand on their nearest rivals, so look well-placed to join Derby and QPR in the end of season play-offs.

How they’re getting on…
The Latics have had a busy second half of the season, but have been relatively consistent until recent weeks.

Last time out they lost at Turf Moor as Burnley were promoted, but on Good Friday they comfortably saw off Reading 3-0 at the DW Stadium.

Man in charge…
Having previously managed in Norway, Rosler’s first management job in England came at Brentford where he earned plenty of plaudits after finishing third in League One last year.

The former striker joined Wigan in December, replacing Owen Coyle, and since then he has led the club to a victory over Manchester City and a semi-final defeat against Arsenal.

Scoring the goals…
Manchester United loanee Nick Powell leads the line in terms of goals with 12 to his name, but the likes of Jordi Gomez and Martyn Waghorn chip in frequently as well.

Waghorn arrived from Leicester City in January and has scored five times in 12 appearances in a Wigan shirt.

Home form…
On home soil they’ve lost just three times all campaign, but earlier this month struggling-Millwall did beat a much-changed Wigan side at the DW Stadium.

Prior to that only Brighton and Derby have won there in league action, with Wigan picking up 12 victories. 


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