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Wigan Athletic hope these 2 key fixtures will turn form around

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook

Wigan Athletic fans are getting increasingly frustrated with their team’s performances. Their away form is poor and the results aren’t going their way.

The Latics are currently 20th in the Championship. they sit on 15 points. However, teams below them are catching up.

Luton Town is on 14 points, Middlesbrough is just below on 13, Stoke City are on 11 points and Barnsley is at the bottom on 9 points.

Some fans are getting fed up of manager, Paul Cook. They think it’s his time to go. However, the Wigan team need to focus on each game.

Another criticism that the squad have received, is the fact that they don’t play a full 90 minutes. It’s like the team switch off too early and concede late on.

Wigan also had a poor game at the weekend. They lost 3-0 to Brentford at home and even went 1-0 down after 5 minutes. Cedric Kipre got sent off too.

In a bid to turn these performances around, there are a couple of fixtures that Wigan could take advantage of…

Stoke City away

Next Saturday, Wigan will face Stoke away. Don’t get me wrong, I am aware of Wigan’s poor away form.

I am also aware that Stoke won their last game against Barnsley, 4-2. This means they could be feeling confident ahead of their clash with Wigan.

However, Stoke City is below Wigan in the league and the Latics should take full advantage of that. If they can go ahead early, they should stand a chance of taking all three points.

Wigan Athletic away at Luton Town

On the 7th of December, Wigan will travel to Luton. Even though this is another away clash, like many fans, I hope they will be able to take advantage of the fact Luton are currently below them in the Championship.

Luton’s last win was on the 19th of October against Bristol City. Wigan needs to take advantage of that fact and try to take all 3 points.

If they don’t manage to take the maximum points from at least one of these games, I think fans will make it clear that it is time for Cook to go.

How is Wigan Athletic’s Callum Lang getting on at Shrewsbury?

Wigan fans were gutted earlier this season when Callum Lang went on loan to Shrewsbury. The Football Manc Cave takes a look at how he’s getting on.

Callum Lang has slowly become a fan favourite at Wigan. However, earlier the season, some were quite vocal on how they felt about him going out on loan.

The 21 year old went and joined Shrewsbury on loan to gain some more playing experience.

Some fans couldn’t understand why he was being allowed to leave as Wigan have been struggling themeselves.

Others understood that this would benefit Lang’s career. However, the striker is struggling to get appearances.

Current form

The striker has played 5 games so far and scored once in his time at the new club. He has also received 0 yellow or red cards.

Lang has previously been at the likes of Morecambe and Oldham on loan spells. He will now be looking to be better than ever during this loan spell.

Deserves more

Shrewsbury are currently 11th in League One. Lang is a player who will want to help this team build.

He is a product of Wigan’s youth and has worked his way up. Now he deserves more of a shot at Shrewsbury.

Wigan Athletic needs these two players to step up if they are avoid defeat against Swansea

Wigan are desperate for their first away win of the season. However, they have a bigger challenge this weekend as they face Swansea at home.

Fans are getting frustrated with Paul Cook and his team. While there are a few players giving their all every week, there are some who aren’t.

They have failed to get an away win too. Their home form is a lot better.

In their last game at the DW Stadium, they won 1-0 against Nottingham Forest. They then travelled to Derby and lost 1-0.

Last week, they faced Bristol away. It looked like they were about to win 2-1 until a late equaliser meant they only took a point.

Here’s two players who need to step up this week. However, it will be a hard game as Swansea are currently 4th in the Championship…

Gavin Massey

Fans were angry at the 27 year old against Bristol. He failed to make critical passes that cost Wigan the game.

The winger was subsequently taken off the pitch and subbed for Michael Jacobs in the secind half. Massey needs to stop being so greedy.

Joe Williams

The 22 year old was subbed in the second half against Bristol as well.

Kal Naismith replaced the central midfielder. However, Williams will need to improve if he wants to stay in the starting line up.

Wigan Atheltic’s 2 in, 2 out who could finally grab that elusive away win

Paul Cook’s Wigan squad have failed to win away so far this season. The Football Manc Cave have picked out 2 players who should be dropped and 2 who should be in the squad to help them take 3 points.

Wigan’s away form has been extremely poor. Fans are sick of Paul Cook’s excuses and are waiting for an away win.

Tomorrow, they travel to Bristol City and fans will be hoping to see some changes.

We have picked out two players who should be dropped and two who should be in the starting line up in order to try and win.

In: Joe Gelhardt

Whether the 17 year old gets started or just brought on as a sub, the teenager should definitely be given a chance.

Changing things up is something the whole team can benefit from. The teenager can work well with players like Jamal Lowe so why not give him a chance?

In: Lewis Macleod

The 25 year old is a relatively new player at the DW Stadium. He is getting some more playing time now.

However, if he could be a little more versatile, he may have more chances to start.

Out: Gavin Massey

Paul Cook has a tactic to start Massey and then bring him off in the second half. However, I believe he should do this the other way around.

Use Massey in the second half and bring him on to drive the attack. The 27 year old may benefit from that more.

Out: Jamal Lowe

I am not saying that the 25 year old should be dropped completely. However, at the start of the season, he was struggling.

He has now started to adapt to Championship football a little better. So why not use him as a substitute and completely change up the attacking line to throw other teams off?

’This hurt me more than any other previous result.’ Wigan Athletic fan react to their loss against Derby County

Wigan played Derby last night in hope to get an away win. The Football Manc Cave look at your reactions.

Paul Cook’s side have had a terrible away form so far this season. Fans have been disappointed with performances and are sick of excuses.

However, last night, they travelled to Derby. It looked as though things had made an improvement for a while.

The Latics managed to get to 90 minutes and it was still 0-0. Unfortunately, in the 92nd minute, Graeme Shinnie made it 1-0 to Derby and Wigan failed to take any points from the game.

Here’s your reactions…

Twitter reactions:

17y/o Wigan Athletic star looking to make the big step up following his international break

A 17-year-old Wigan striker, Joe Gelhardt could be the next big thing. LetsHangOn.com rate him very highly and say that if he’s good enough, he’s old enough.

The Latics teenager has impressed while playing for England Under 18’s. He’s scored 3 goals in 6 games.

They now rumour that top Premier League scouts are monitoring him. With interest from Liverpool and Everton, the youngster may have some options.

However, Wigan fans will want their man to deliver for them first before he moves on.

Wigan

The youngster’s current contract at the DW Stadium expires in 2021. He’s previously scored for the Latics in a 2-2 draw against Hull. Now he could get more chances to shine.

He’s proven that he can work well with other Wigan players like Jamal Lowe. If Gelhardt was to break into the first team, he would fit in nicely next to Kieffer Moore.

Future

So far, the youngster has only made appearances after coming on as a sub. However, now that he’s proven his talent, Paul Cook could give him a chance.

The 17-year-old has already been compared to Michael Owen. Wigan should definitely make use of their man while they still have him. The more game time they give him now, the higher his value will rise.

Give them minutes: Wigan Athletic simply must give these 2 outcasts a chance to shine

Wigan Athletic has won twice in the last five matches with them currently sitting in 19th, 3 points above the bottom 3. The Latics host Nottingham Forest on Sunday at 2pm.

The Latics lost yet another away match at Sheffield Wednesday before the international break. Paul Cook is a man under pressure, however, getting something against 2nd in the Championship could ease it slightly.

After Forest, Latics have an important away game against struggling Derby County. A match they will be looking to finally get the away victory monkey off their back.

Let’s look at a couple of players that might feature more regularly in the coming weeks…

Lewis Macleod

He impressed with his ability on the ball in the opening couple of matches that he started. Joe Williams has since taken his position, and been outstanding.

In Wigan’s home games, many fans would like to them dominate the ball more, sustain attacks and really push the opposition back. Macleod is a player that keeps the game ticking, he might not play the most decisive passes all the time, but what he does is effective.

Keep feeding the ball to Lowe and Jacobs, your creative players and let them do the rest.

Cedric Kipre

Although Charlie Mulgrew and Dunkley have been good the last couple of games, starting to build a partnership and will likely start together again.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Kipre was introduced at some point, to try and stop the threat of Forest. Especially if Wigan takes the lead and are under pressure, Kipre is very good at defending balls into the box.

2 in-form players for Wigan Athletic that need to play against Nottingham Forest this weekend

Wigan Athletic’s away form hasn’t been at its best recently. Even though fans are rooting for a win away from from the DW Stadium, another home game awaits them this weekend.

Wigan host Nottingham Forest this weekend as they hunt for some more points. Fans have got quite frustrated with the manager, Paul Cook but are hoping he can start to turn things around.

The Latics are currently 19th in the Championship. They will have to work hard against a second-placed Forest.

However, in order to get results, goals are needed. This is something Wigan have also struggled within some games. I’ve picked out two players who should get a game this weekend to try and help Wigan win.

Jamal Lowe

Fans are extremely happy with Lowe’s efforts. He is an exciting player who looks promising.

Although, he hasn’t scored for the Latics yet. A goal will come in time but first of all his position needs looking at.

Fans are begging Cook to assess where on the pitch is best suited for Lowe. That he can start performing to the best of his ability.

Anthony Pilkington

Pilkington replaced Jamal Lowe in the second half against Birmingham.

He then went on to score and win the game for the Latics. This is why he should get more chances.

However, he would be more effective if he had Jamal Lowe working with him. So instead of swapping them both, why not have Lowe in a position to be able to assist? It’s something to trial for a struggling Wigan side.

Wales star looking to bring the international form into Wigan Athletic

Kieffer Moore scored his first international goal for Wales this week. Wigan Today has explained that Ryan Giggs was very impressed by the striker’s efforts. Therefore, fans want to see him play to the same standard for Wigan.

Ryan Giggs described the 27-year-old as a ‘handful.’ He was very pleased with his overall performance. The game ended 1-1 with Moore’s goal being only Wales on of the night. Giggs was also happy with the striker’s end product.

Wigan fans will have noted his performance and will have high expectations of him after the international break. He only signed for the Latics in the summer but is looking promising.

Career

The striker has had an interesting career so far. He worked as a part-time lifeguard while playing non-league football in his early days. Now look, he’s scoring for Wales.

Before signing for Wigan, he was at Barnsley where he scored 21 goals in 51 appearances. He’s also had spells at Ipswich, Rotherham, Forest Green Rovers and Yeovil Town.

His international dreams came true when he was called up to the Wales team. He now has 2 caps under his belt and one goal.

Wigan

A three-year deal he signed upon joining Wigan. He’s already made 9 appearances. He has failed to find the back of the net as of yet but that’s something that could come in time.

Fans of the Latics are conflicted with their manager Paul Cook. Some are getting fed up and some think he deserves more time.

Maybe when performances turn around at the DW Stadium, Moore will get his chance. One thing is for sure, he will certainly be feeling motivated after that goal. He’ll also be excited to get back to the Championship.

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.

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