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The Opposition Guide: Wigan Athletic

11 December 2015

A Look At Tomorrow's Opponents

Blackpool face Wigan Athletic for the second time this season tomorrow, having last faced them in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last month.

Here we take a look at the opposition. 


Gary Caldwell took his first steps into management by being named Wigan Athletic manager in April 2015.

The 33-year-old, who was forced to retire as a player two months earlier due to a long-term hip injury, made more than 100 league appearances for the club.

Caldwell was unable to keep The Latics in The Championship, however he has overseen a transition of players over the summer and started solidly to life in League One.  


Wigan have lost only three of their last 19 league games, however an unbeaten run on home soil came to an end at the hands of Burton Albion last month. 

The Latics currently sit fifth in the division on 34 points.


Three players who spent time at Blackpool last season are now on Wigan’s books in League One.

Midfielder David Perkins, who spent 18 months as a player at Bloomfield Road, completed a free transfer move to the DW Stadium in the summer, while ex-loan players Donervon Daniels and Michael Jacobs made permanent switches from West Brom and Wolves, respectively.


Northern Ireland international Will Grigg has picked up where he left off in League One, having helped fire MK Dons to promotion from the division last season.

The 24-year-old, who scored 20 league goals while on loan at Stadium MK, joined Wigan Athletic from Brentford for an undisclosed fee.

The number nine has scored eight goals in this campaign and has developed a good understanding with Michael Jacobs in the Wigan attack.

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