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Opposition Report: Wigan Athletic

2 November 2020

Blackpool will be searching for their second consecutive win in a matter of days as they welcome Wigan Athletic to Bloomfield Road on Tuesday evening.

Wigan Athletic, currently managed by former Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder John Sheridan, will be looking to claim their third win of the campaign after impressive victories over Portsmouth and Doncaster Rovers.

Tuesday’s visitors, who were relegated back to League One following an unfortunate point deduction, will be searching for their second away win of the campaign. Defeats against Crewe Alexandra, Charlton Athletic and MK Dons have left the Latics three away games without a win in League One.

Meanwhile, Neil Critchley’s side will be looking to build on their victory against struggling Burton Albion, after Jerry Yates’ brace fired the Seasiders to a much needed three points at the Pirelli Stadium.

The Visitors

Despite finishing the 19/20 season strongly with eight wins from their last 13 Championship games, Wigan Athletic’s three-year stay in the second tier of English football came to an end after being handed a 12-point deduction.

A busy summer transfer window has seen Sheridan’s side lose some key players, with Kieffer Moore, Antonee Robinson and Jamal Lowe leaving the club for new pastures. Talented youngsters Joe Gelhardt and Jensen Weir also left the club. Though, the club have added some experience to the ranks at the DW Stadium. Will Keane and Nathan Cameron both joined on short-term deals, whilst former Seasiders Curtis Tilt and Viv Solomon-Otabor also joined the ranks.

Key Player

An experienced forward with an eye for goal, 32-year-old Joe Garner joined Wigan Athletic in 2018 from League One counterparts Ipswich Town. The forward has since gone on to make 72 appearances for the Latics, scoring 16 goals.

The former Preston North End forward, who made over 100 appearances at Deepdale, has netted on six occasions already this campaign in all competitions. Garner netted in Latics’ last outing in their 3-2 defeat against Northampton Town.

The Manager

John Sheridan was appointed as Wigan Athletic manager in September, following the resignation of Paul Cook after the club’s relegation was confirmed.

The 56-year-old, who made over 200 appearances for Leeds United in his playing career, wields a wealth of experience in the Football League. Sheridan began his managerial career with Oldham Athletic in 2006, before finishing League Two champions and winning the Football League Trophy with Chesterfield Town. After spells with Notts County, Fleetwood Town, Carlisle United and most recently Waterford, Sheridan is now in charge of his ninth club and will be hoping to guide Wigan Athletic to stability in League One.

Despite taking place behind closed doors, you can still watch the Seasiders live in action on Tuesday evening.

Purchase your match pass for £10 here.


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