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Footballing rivals: Wigan Athletic’s biggest rivals and why

According to GiveMeSport Wigan Athletic’s main rivals are Bolton Wanderers. Bang on, shame we won’t play them till 2089. Followed closely in second by Preston North End, then the irrelevant ‘derby’ Blackburn Rovers.

I personally don’t believe in all this having two or three rivals, you have one derby and that’s that. For us it’s Bolton, and if you turned up to a Wigan vs Bolton matchday, you’d know why.

Preston is always a feisty affair and is more of a traditional derby that has died down over the years. While the Blackburn fixture is nothing, when Wigan and Rovers went head to head in the 2017/18 season for the League One title, there was a lot of back and forth between the two sides. Nick Powell or Bradley Dack and all that.

Anyway, a couple of my best memories from playing Bolton. My favourite has to be James McArthur netting a late winner at The Reebok, that was a massive win for us and the first time I’d seen us win there. Uwe Rosler’s first home game was special. Wigan 2-0 up cruising, only for Bolton to score two quick goals, before Callum Mcmanaman made it 3-2.

Finally, in all seriousness, we won’t be playing Bolton for a very long time. They’ll likely be relegated to League Two and we’ll be playing Championship football, if not European for the next few years. At least we beat them 5-2 in the most recent fixture, give them a good send-off.

I’m not even going to talk about the Preston games. I’m never going to Deepdale ever again. Been three times, we’ve lost 1-0, 4-0 and 3-0. Arguably the three worst Wigan performances I’ve ever seen. So we’ll leave it there.

33y/o making the difference at Wigan Athletic

In an interview with Wigan Today. Wigan Athletic captain Sam Morsy has hailed the impact of Charlie Mulgrew as ‘frightening’.

The 33-year-old was a somewhat surprising addition when signing on a season-long loan from rivals Blackburn Rovers on transfer deadline day. He was their Captain for a spell, before falling out with manager Tony Mowbray.

The Scottish international offers the typical defensive qualities that you expect – strong, physical, a leader and has formed a solid partnership with PFA player of the month Chey Dunkley already.

However, he brings that extra dimension to his game, with his superb set-pieces. Corners, free kicks or penalties, Mulgrew can do it all.

Morsy said: “It’s a new weapon that we haven’t really had in previous seasons – a set-piece specialist. Obviously we’ve played against him a few times over the years, and the delivery he has is frightening.”

“If you’re looking for someone who’s going to come in and provide so many assists and goals…he’s like a £10 million attacking midfielder.

Rochdale need one player to turn it on in order to surge up the table

Rochdale currently sits 19th in League One, after picking up just one point from their last five League One games.

Although, their league position doesn’t reflect their performances. Whenever I’ve watched The Dale this season, they’ve been by far the better side. Brian Barry-Murphy has a young side playing positive, attractive football.

Even if Rochdale don’t mount a serious challenge for the top six, they can still be proud of the football they are playing, which provides hope for the future.

For example, the home game against Sunderland was one-way traffic. Rochdale dictated possession, opened up Sunderland time and time again, but couldn’t find the goal. The Black Cats had a couple of shots and scored both.

If Rochdale is competing and outplaying a side of their quality, they have nothing to worry about. A little more luck and quality, they’d have won that game comfortably.

The majority of their goals have surprisingly come from midfielders Callum Camps, Stephen Dooley and Aaron Morley. The focus for the rest of the season must be to start feeding striker Ian Henderson with more chances. The 34-year-old scored 20 goals last campaign, a brilliant return for a side that struggled for most of the season.

Their season rests on Henderson. If he can hit a hot streak and bag double figures, who knows, they could even make a late run for top six. If I was a Rochdale fan, I’d be happy with the start they’d made.

Although they’d like more points on the board, they’re playing good football and once Henderson starts banging goals in, they’ll fly up the league. It’ll be interesting to see if the owners back the manager in January, do they have the ambition to push for the top six?

Wigan Athletic will be hoping this break can lead them up the table, agree?

Wigan Athletic started their 2019/20 Championship campaign poorly, and indifference of results is not helping matters at the DW Stadium

Paul Cook has come under criticism from Wigan fans, following a string of results that saw them briefly drop into the relegation zone. His side has won just one of their last 25 away games in the Championship, not many managers would survive that.

However, let’s not forget Cook won the League One title with the club at first attempt. Then guided the club to safety in the Championship, something they hadn’t manage to do during their previous two attempts. So, he’s earned himself time.

Wigan spent the most they’ve ever spent in a transfer window, since the Premier League days. With that brings pressure, if a manager has better players at his disposal, fans expect better results and performances, that hasn’t quite worked out for us so far, but there’s plenty of time left in the season yet.

I said at the start of the season that mid-table would be a success, I reiterate that now and think we’ll achieve it. I’ve been critical of Cook too, but it’s because I demand and think we can be a good side. Our squad of players is good enough to finish 10th-14th in this division, without a doubt.

Last season we were outstanding at home, it’s important we continue that if we want to progress. Jamal Lowe and Kieffer Moore are playing well, I’m confident the goals will come. Hopefully, they can fire us on towards mid-table ahead of the January transfer window, then we can look to strengthen again.

Bolton fans happy with their progress ‘Decent performance, improving every week, up the whites’

Bolton Wanderers Keith Hill

Bolton Wanderers are making strides under new manager Keith Hill. The Whites have lost just one of their last four league games and came close to toppling title favourites, Sunderland.

It’s clear they are struggling to score goals. However, Hill has his side organised, disciplined and fighting for everything – which will stand them in good stead for the remainder of the season.

As the famous saying goes, if you can’t score then don’t lose. I think the goals will come, Daryl Murphy will hit the net if given chances. It’s down to their creative players like Joe Dodoo and Will Buckley to create his opportunities.

Bolton was the better side last night, without threatening Blackpool’s goal regularly, but at least they’re heading in the right direction.

Let’s see what their fans made of it…

Man City fans react to Wolves defeat – ‘Painful. We have injuries & up against FA that wants Liverpool to win’

Manchester City lost further points on Liverpool, following a 0-2 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Liverpool won 2-1 against Leicester City on Saturday, opening up an eight-point cushion over City.

The Blues weren’t at the races on Sunday from minute one. Without De Bruyne, City looked lethargic and passive in the attack. Albeit Wolves defended resolutely, and counter attacked with real pace and quality.

A hugely disappointing day for The Blues. With Liverpool winning their last 17 Premier League games, it will take a monumental collapse from here to lose it, although we all know they’re capable of that.

Let’s see how Twitter reacted to Wolves’ shock win at the Etihad Stadium…

More away woe for Wigan Athletic fans – ‘I actually give up, how is he is still in the job with that away from and our performances have been awful’

Another away defeat for Wigan Athletic. Hey ho, it’s football, of course, we lost on the road. That’s one win away from home, in our last 26 attempts. Jokes aside, that’s inexcusable and Paul Cook is under huge pressure.

I’m a realist. I don’t expect Wigan to be challenging at the top end of the Championship, or win a majority of away games. However, I expect us to compete, create chances, give the fans something to be excited about and score some goals. I wouldn’t complain if we lost 2-3 to a good side, then picked up the odd win here and there.

We offer no threat whatsoever. Just so negative and boring to watch it’s unbelievable. Frustrating is the word because the majority of teams we’ve lost to this season haven’t even been good. We’ve gifted them three points. It needs to change, now.

Let’s see what other Latics fan thought after another defeat…

Rochdale fans have that sinking feeling following defeat – ‘Shocking performance and another embarrassing result, should be beating teams like this’

After a promising start to their 2019/20 campaign, Rochdale have dropped precariously close to the relegation zone in League One.

Brian Barry Murphy’s side lost 3-2 at Wimbledon on Saturday. The positive being striker Ian Henderson is back amongst the goals, as he scored both of Dale’s goals late on, nearly snatching a point for his side.

It’s important Rochdale keep implementing their attractive style of football in League One. I think they’re a good side with plenty of goals in their team. On the flip side, Murphy needs to find a solution to his leaky defence as it’s costing them points.

Let’s see what the Dale supporters thought of their performance on Saturday…

Salford City fans keen to push on – ‘Let’s keep it up now and get some wins under our belts!!!!’

Salford City won their first away game of the season, thanks to a 0-3 victory at Walsall.

After a poor start to their maiden season in the EFL, Graham Alexander will look to push on following this superb result.

The Ammies were expected to be challenging at the top end of the table, however, are struggling in the bottom half. Perhaps this result can be the catalyst for a string of positive results, leading up to the Christmas period.

Let’s see how their fans reacted to finally winning an away game…

Fans react over Carabao Cup draw – ‘Tough draw again for Man City…the run continues’

There are some huge ties to come in round four of the Carabao Cup. The standout ties are undoubtedly Chelsea vs Manchester United and Liverpool vs Arsenal.

The two last ranked teams Colchester United and Crawley Town will face each other, with one guaranteed to reach the quarter-final. While Oxford United will host Sunderland after both knocked out Premier League opposition in the third round.

Manchester City will be favourites to win the cup again, after drawing Southampton at home. Wolves will face Aston Villa at Villa Park, in a Midlands derby.

Let’s see how everyone reacted to the draw…

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