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2 in-form players for Oldham Athletic that need to play Macclesfield this weekend

Oldham Athletic host Macclesfield this weekend. After last weekends horrifying result, the Latics will be hoping for a turnaround. The Football Manc Cave looks at two players who should get a game.

Every team has bad games and off days. However, Oldham will want to forget about last weekend entirely.

They lost 6-1 to Mansfield. David Wheater managed to put the ball in his own net. Morais and Egert both managed to get sent off with minutes between them. To top it off, a penalty was also given away.

Fans couldn’t believe what they were seeing. This weekend sees Oldham play at home which could be beneficial. They currently sit at 21st in the league while Macclesfield sits comfortably at 12th.

Here are two players that Oldham needs to give a chance to this weekend…

Chris Eagles

Eagles seem to make the bench every week but don’t get much game time.

However, things might change this weekend as Filipe Morais suspension could open up space for him.

Both ex Bolton players operate the right-wing. This could be a good opportunity for fans to see Eagles in action if he is picked as a replacement.

Jamie Stott

With Tomas Egert also being shown a red card last week, this opens up a centre back position.

Jamie Stott is a man who has been on the bench recently but this could be Bosnian chance to step up.

Oldham’s defence got very sloppy last weekend. An improvement needs to be made and quick.

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.

Oldham Athletic need a jolt, this player will make a difference today against Mansfield

Oldham Athletic have had an eventful start to the season. They need more points and The Football Manc Cave are picking out a player who’s performance could make a difference.

The Latics started the season with a new manager and fans weren’t looking forward to what League 2 would have to offer. They got off to a fairly bad start. Fans got increasingly frustrated, therefore, they have now another manager.

Fans and players just want to see some points. Even though results haven’t always been great. goals have started to arrive. Now it is a matter of gaining wins.

I have picked out a player who I think will be effective in making changes happen if he gets enough of a chance.

Filipe Morais

The ex Bolton player made a return to Oldham recently. The 33-year-old winger has expressed how excited he is to rejoin the Latics and has made an impact on the pitch.

Morais is a player who actively uses social media and often expresses his views on Twitter. This is either about his own performance or the team as a whole. Above all, he just wants to get results.

He has been effective during games so if he could get more appearances under his belt, he could help Oldham move forward. He is determined, focused and experienced. This positive outlook is something he could influence other players to adapt to.

Hopefully wins will start to come more often for Oldham.

3 things Cook will be working on in Wigan Athletic’s international break

Wigan Athletic fans are becoming increasingly concerned with their teams recent form. This international break will be an opportunity for Paul Cook to try and put a plan in place...

Fans that see this article will be thinking ‘trying to keep his job’ is something Cook will be trying to do. I agree. The Wigan boss hasn’t got his team producing great performances recently.

In post-match interviews, he has been making excuses regarding away form. Wigan keeps failing to win away from home. Fans are calling him out saying that’s not an excuse for the poor form.

With that in mind, I think Cook needs to take advantage of this international break. These are three things he could do to make the squad perform better…

Pressure

According to Cook, the football that his squad are playing always matches the opponents. He thinks that Wigan is only losing by margins. This simply isn’t good enough.

Most fans think it is more than that. They’ve not got a good clean sheet record and are throwing away most games right at the end. Therefore, one thing Cook can work on is pressure in training.

He should make up training plans that will exploit players who crumble under pressure. That way he can try to get them to improve. Hopefully this way, Wigan can get to 90 minutes without giving goals away.

Defence

To go alongside the previous point, defenders need to work on pressing until the very end. If these margins that Cook is talking about are fine, then it shouldn’t be too hard.

However, fans clearly disagree. The Wigan squad are going out week in, week out and are being told to keep the goal difference down. Unfortunately, Cook needs to work harder with his defence if he wants that to work.

Attack

If he can get his defence a little more solid and work on adding pressure to them so they won’t crumble, he can then work on the attack.

Wigan is not a team who are afraid to go for goal. The squad should communicate on the pitch more in order to be able to successfully attack. If they can break off oppositions chances and work collectively, goals will come.

It then that they need to work together to make sure they keep clean sheets. There’s a lot of things that he can try to work on. Fans will be listing things. However, I think most are truly fed up now. My prediction is that after this break, if there’s no improvement, Wigan will be recruiting a new manager.

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.

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.

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…

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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