WIGAN ATHLETIC PRODUCE SLIM MARGIN WIN OVER COVENTRY

Posted on May 5, 2016

League One side, Wigan Athletic defeated Coventry in a slim 1-0 margin but was enough to give the team the three points they required to sit atop the table.

The match played on Saturday gives Wigan Athletic a four point edge over second placed Burton Albion.

Wigan Athletic have garnered 80 points in total from 41 matches in the third tier in the English football league system. Will Grigg scored the only goal of the encounter to ensure Wigan remain winners in five straight matches. The win also extended their unbeaten run to 20 matches.

Wigan Athletic won three straight matches late last month against Bradford City, Swindon Town and Rochdale. This month, the top team has defeated Shrewsbury Town 5-1 before this victory against Coventry City.

The goal scored makes Will Grigg’s 23rd of the season, and his 15th in the last 16 games. This makes the player the first Latics striker since Nathan Ellington 11 years ago to score 20 league goals.

Former Wigan striker Marc-Antoine Fortune came off the bench for Coventry in the last 30 minutes and sparked a surge in the attack in a bid to salvage a point but all efforts were wide off the mark. The trend just continues for him marking his unhappy two-year stint.

The goal from Grigg changed the game as Conventry City sat back and always wanted a break from a counter run. The Lactics also struggled to get more goals to seal the game off till the first half ended.

The second half started with Grigg and McAleny almost adding to the tally. Grigg has gotten a brace in the last 5-1 victory where he scored two goals in the second half. He kept trying but just couldn’t add more until the half ended.

Wigan Athletic

Posted on April 3, 2016

It was a mixed fortune for Wigan Athletic Football Club in the 2012/2013 season when the club was relegated from the EPL shortly after winning the Football Association Cup.

Managed by Roberto Martinez, the club dazed all football watchers when against all odds went ahead to win the trophy after defeating Manchester City at the final.

However, the 2012/2013 FA Cup was not the first time the club was having a feel of football honours as it finished as champions of the Cheshire League during the 1933/1934 season. That victory was soon followed by another when it won the league championship.

Wigan Athletic was formed in 1932, which makes it one of the youngest clubs in the English league. Its formation came shortly after the winding up of Wigan Borough a year before.

Wigan, whose home jersey is the famous blue and white stripes; was bought in 1995 by millionaire Dave Whelan, the famous owner of JJB Sports.

Determined to maintain its status in the top echelon of English football, the club appointed one of its former players as manager. Roberto Martinez became the club’s manager during the 2009/2010 season, and recorded one of its biggest wins ever by beating Chelsea 3-1. During the Martinez’s reign as manager, the club battled for relegation, won the FA Cup against Manchester City, and eventually got relegated the same season.

The club set an unwanted record in the 2012/2013 season when it became the first team to be relegated after winning the FA Cup. The club’s relegation to the lower league left bad taste in the mouth of some of its key players and manager as it was hit by departures—notably that of Roberto Martinez.

The DW Stadium where the club plays its home matches, has a capacity of 25,138.

Some of Wigan’s key players include:
• Tim Chow
• David Perkins
• Sam Morsy
• Max Power
• Reece James
• Lee Nichols
• Jordan Flores
• Reece Wabara

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Sam Morsy and Ryan Colclough are the latest signings of Wigan Athletic

Posted on March 3, 2016

Gary Caldwell has reinforced his team by making a double signing as he secured the services of Sam Morsy from Chesterfield and Ryan Colclough who arrived from Crewe Alexandra, both of them were signed for undisclosed fees.

Sam Morsy is a 24 year old English midfielder who used to be the captain of Chesterfield and he decided to pen a 2 and half year long deal with Wigan Athletic meanwhile Ryan Colclough opted to sign a 3 and half year contract with the English League One club.

After both of these deals were officially complete, the head coach of Wigan Athletic, Gary Caldwell told the media that these have been players that were in his watch-list for quite some time now as the Scottish manager said: “They are players we have been keeping a close eye on so to be able to get both over the line now is a major boost for us.’’

“We saw their talent first-hand in matches this season and they both were both standout players in matches against Chesterfield and Crewe respectively. They are exactly the type of players we want at Wigan Athletic, young and hungry, but with plenty of experience at this level at the same time as having the ability to progress and play in a higher division.’’

Wigan Athletic is located in the top spots of the English League One and Gary Caldwell is hoping that their fine form continues on as promotion is the main objective of the team in this season and the Football League Championship is within their reach.

Even though Gary Caldwell signed these players only a few days ago, he is already thinking about which players to bring into the team next and he is targeting Sunderland’s Jordi Gomez. It’s believed that Wigan Athletic will attempt to sign the 30 year old Spanish midfielder during the summer transfer window.

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Gary Caldwell says that the club should start doing well

Posted on January 21, 2016

Wigan manager Gary Caldwell says that the club should start doing well in the home matches if their league position is to improve substantially.

After continuous relegations, the club finds itself in League One in the space of a few years. They have targeted a return to the Championship, but it is proving much difficult than expected. The club are 6th in the league table with several points already separating them from the table leaders. It looks like the club will have to settle for a play-off place, which is highly speculative, in order to reach the Championship.

Caldwell, though, still believes that the club will be able to achieve automatic promotion. However, he says that a huge improvement in home form has to take place in order to do so.Caldwell was speaking after the club recently fought heavily and managed a 3-2 win over Gillingham. This victory ended two back-to-back 1-0 losses at the hands of Burton Albion and Blackpool.Caldwell says that it is normal for every team to go through a blip, but are recovering from it is the test of a character of the team. The DW stadium has been a fortress in the past, but the club has taken only 21 points from a possible 33 this season.

“We had a little blip, I think every team has it. You’re not going to go through a season with everything plain sailing.You have to deal with that and we have on the road, which was more pressure.We’ve regrouped in terms of getting results, now we have to get our home form back on track – especially against teams above us in the league.The home games now become very important. We have to go in front of our own fans and win,” said the manager.

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Gary Caldwell wants his boys to continue

Posted on December 5, 2015

Gary Caldwell wants his boys to continue on the winning ways when they travel to Valley Parade in a couple of days’ time.

If Wigan manages to secure another win there, it would be their third on the trot in a space of one week.

Speaking to the press earlier in the afternoon, Caldwell said, “When you are on a bit of a roll, it’s important you keep the momentum going. We have not lost a game home or away of late and now, it’s a challenge for us to try and stretch this run as long as we possibly can. So, the Bradford game is absolutely vital in that regard. We would be looking to finish the week on a high.”

“The last game proved to be a little closer than we would have liked it to be. We were well and truly ahead and then, we allowed them to come back. After that sort of start, we should have won more comfortably. However, at the end of the day, it’s the outcome and the points which hold the importance and we had another three points there.”

“Being as consistent as we have been especially in our away games recently, it’s a great sign for the side moving forward. Consistency is the key as I have been saying all along.”

Seven wins and six draws in the sixteen games that they have played in League One so far have earned the Latics a total of 27 points and they are trailed by 5 points to Walsall which is leading the points table.

It’s actually the below average start which is responsible for Wigan still not being in the top 4 in the table. But, they are catching up fast and nobody can count them out as far as the promotion is concerned.

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Huth Linked to Wigan

Posted on October 22, 2015

Leicester City have continued where they left off in the league last season, as a 3-2 victory over Birmingham City meant that the team enjoyed an unbeaten pre-season, which they then took into their league form.

Much has been made about their new strength in depth, with new signings slotting seamlessly into place, heightening the chance of players such as Centre-Back Robert Huth moving on, with Wigan one of the favourites to land him.

Leaister had the best possible preparation for the new season, and carried their form into the new season, even though they were one of the top bets on the StanJames betting website to be fighting against relegation come the end of the season. Ranieri’s only aim this season is to avoid relegation to the Championship.

A lot has happened in the last few months. Nigel Pearson has departed to make way for Claudio Ranieri, while important players from last season like Esteban Cambiasso have chosen not to stay with the club.

As a result, the starting line-up for the opening game against Sunderland could be vastly different from the team that finished last season. Manager Claudio Ranieri has his own ideas about running the club.

Defender Robert Huth, though, is unlikely to remain a central figure in the defence, even though his experience could be the key to avoid dropping points against the teams around them. Huth is hoping to start the new season in the positive fashion by playing in their first home game, but it’s increasingly unlikely he’ll play.

“Some players will have played themselves into the team, some may have put doubts in the manager’s mind. I thought we played well for pretty much all the game. They scored two good goals but, after that, we responded pretty well, especially in the second half, and I think we fully deserved the win.”

“It’s slightly different, he likes to set up a little more defensively or maybe look for a clean sheet more than previously. The way we finished last season was tremendous. We are trying to keep it tight at the back and score a few more goals up front,” said Huth.

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Joey Barton deal falls through but Hernandez is still a possibility

Posted on October 2, 2015

For the past few weeks, Joey Barton was believed to be making his way of joining West Ham United but despite all of the rumors and speculations involving the veteran midfielder, the player himself confirmed that a deal has not been completed and will not occur.

Joey Barton uploaded a video where he confirmed that the deal was called as the 32 year old player said: “For this moment in time, it’s just not meant to be. I really felt I could have offered something to West Ham and you’re building a good squad there.”

After being released by Queens Park Rangers, Joey Barton is now a free agent and West Ham United attempted to sign the experienced midfielder without having to spend money in signing him but it won’t happen.

Slaven Bilic wanted to have a few more options in the midfield department of West Ham United and Joey Barton was at the top of his list but he will have to look elsewhere but there still is a player who is on the radar of the Croatian manager and this player is Javier Hernandez of Manchester United.

West Ham United is willing and prepared to spend upwards to €12 million as the Premier League club attempts to sign Javier Hernandez and lure him away from Old Trafford.
The Mexican forward of Manchester United has always struggled trying to snatch a main starting role in Old Trafford and it’s unlikely that it will change in this new season as Hernandez was spotted in the sidelines for the entire opening match of the season when Manchester United defeated Tottenham Hotspur.

Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Ashley Young were the main attacking figures of Manchester United when they played against Tottenham Hotspur as Hernandez looked away from the bench. The Mexican player is eager on snatching a consistent spot in a team and his best chances for this to happen is by moving away from Old Trafford and joining another club.

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David Perkins has become one of the first signings for Wigan Athletic

Posted on June 16, 2015

David Perkins has become one of the first signings for Wigan Athletic as they begin their life in the League One for next season.

The midfielder was released by Blackpool after the end of a disappointing Championship season. He was amongst the 17 professionals released by the Seasiders, as they finished bottom of the table. However, Wigan manager Gary Caldwell believes that the experience of the pro will have a huge role to play as the club try to get back into the Championship. The club has completed a full circle after their relegation to League One.

Wigan were at this stage when Dave Whelan first took over back in 1995. They have since gone to the Premier League and been a top division club for several years before relegation. After recently being crowned with the FA Cup, Wigan have steadily been slipping down the table. Their campaign in League One will be extremely difficult due to significant budget cuts. Hence, managerCaldwell has to focus on prudent signings and most of them has to be on a free transfer. Perkins has agreed a one-year contract with the club and will be hoping to impressCaldwell during this period. Signing the 32-year-old was a no-brainer according to the Wigan manager.

“It’s a no brainer for me. I’ve always been impressed with his energy and willingness to give 100 per cent, and we feel he can contribute greatly this season.He is a very combative player, always willing to work hard and I’m delighted to add him to the squad. We’ve been looking at him for a while, I’m sure he can do a good job for us,” said the Wigan manager. The club has already begun pruning for next season and they have already released five professionals from last season.

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Wigan Athletic parted company with manager Malky Mackay

Posted on April 18, 2015

Wigan Athletic parted company with manager Malky Mackay after less than a year in charge, as even the arrival of the former Cardiff City manager failed to improve the club’s fortunes.

They have resorted to appointing their former club captain Gary Caldwell as the new manager. This is the first managerial job for the 32-year-old who had to retire from football owing to persistent injury problems. He is extremely popular with the Wigan supporters for having represented the club during their glory days in the Premier League. Those glory days seem long away from coming to the DW stadium once again, as the club are close to being relegated to the League One.

Failure to win the last four matches has seen Wigan get further adrift of safety with only three matches left in the season. They have to make up a seven-point deficit in these matches. The goal difference is the only positive aspect for Wigan. Caldwell certainly faces a mountain to climb in order to keep the club in the division. However, he is confident of doing so in the last few matches. Wigan will be coming up against the likes of Wolves and Brentford. These are teams that have something to play for in the campaign and this could in turn help Wigan.

“Having played here in the great survivals of the Premier League era I believe that nothing’s impossible.There were times when we were down and out. I think of the run we went on when we beat Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal – they are things that at the time seemed like miracles. It can happen and we still believe it can,” said new manager Caldwell. “We speak a lot but he’s over in Barbados. He didn’t know what I was doing on Monday night I spoke to him after and he’s 100 per cent behind me and Gary,” said new chief executive David Sharpe about sacking Mackay.

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MATCH OF THE SEASON?

Posted on April 1, 2015

Bolton Wanderers were involved in one of the thrilling matches of the Championship last weekend after a 4-3 loss against Watford.

It looked like both teams were heading for a thrilling 3-3 draw but Watford had other plans of their mind after grabbing a late winner through Deeney.

The goal from Deeney came just a few minutes after Bolton had equalised through Zach Clough’s second goal of the night. Manager Neil Lennon was extremely displeased with the way his team lost the match in the final seconds. They would have been hoping to extend their gap from the drop zone with at least a point.

The defeat was especially hard to take for Lennon considering that Bolton had come back twice in the match, while they were also leading 2-1 at one point. It was a rollercoaster ride for both teams, but Bolton were always going to be second-best against a team challenging for promotion.

Watford have now made it four consecutive wins in the league and are currently just three points away from the top of the table.

Bolton, meanwhile, are set to finish in the mid-table without any threat of relegation if they continued their recent run of form. It is only in the last five matches that their form has dipped.

Lennon told a prominent casino site that “It takes away all the positivity we should be talking about because we were brilliant and I think the supporters appreciated that.

“We could have scored seven. It is no consolation to me though because I want to win. I have got to get it through to these players that if they are not going to come with us, they are going to have to find employment elsewhere. When you get to 3-3 with a couple of minutes left, take the point, see the game out,” said Lennon.

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