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‘He’s been the only player this season, that has looked up for a fight’ Wigan needs midfielder to take the pressure off Cook against Hull City

Wigan Athletic travel to Hull City, hoping to win their first point away from home this season. With pressure mounting on manager Paul Cook, he will be desperately hoping for a big three points.

Wigan drew 0-0 against Barnsley before the international break, a poor result and performance. We look a side devoid of confidence and scared to lose. Nobody is taking responsibility and trying to win the game, worrying signs.

Anyway, we go on and we’re up against Hull on Saturday, a winnable game for sure. However, with our away record, I’m not confident at all.

Let’s see how Wigan might line-up…

David Marshall will continue in goal. He hasn’t enjoyed the best starts to his Latics career, however, his best performance definitely came against Barnsley. The Scottish international pulled off a few magnificent saves that protected our point.

Nathan Byrne is another that hasn’t been at his best so far this campaign, although the ever-changing centre-halves probably haven’t helped that. Byrne is a player that is very capable of producing his best at this level, hopefully, he can score his second Latics goal and grab us three points.

Cook has alternated between all four of our central defenders, hoping to stumble on the right partnership. Charlie Mulgrew played well against Barnsley, looked a calming influence and that leader we need at the back. Also, his quality from set-pieces may prove pivotal for a side that is struggling for goals. Alongside him, I’d plunge for Cedric Kipre, although none of them fills me with any great confidence.

Antonee Robinson has been one of our few positives so far, proving exactly why we signed him permanently in the summer. Improving defensively all the time, and offers an attacking threat with his electrifying pace.

Sam Morsy will continue to captain the side, alongside Joe Williams. Williams was brilliant against Barnsley, won the ball back, played the easy passes and just took the pressure off Morsy. Hopefully, they can form a solid partnership and starting dictating Championship midfield.

I’m assuming and hoping Josh Windass is back fit and flying. We need him. He’s been the only player this season, that has looked up for a fight and is backing himself to be the difference. Against Cardiff, he was unplayable. As soon as he’s back, we need him back behind the striker and looking to score/create goals.

Jamal Lowe has made a decent start to his Latics career, yet to score but looks threatening, he just needs more service and support to show his true worth. Gavin Massey is quick and suits our counter-attacking style, rather than Michael Jacobs.

Kieffer Moore will lead the line and hopefully score his first Latics goal. The striker has been starved of any quality service so far, perhaps Windass can change that.

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