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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…

This midfielder has been Oldham Athletic’s standout player this season, agree?

French midfielder Christopher Missilou has been Oldham’s best player so far this season.

New Latics manager Dino Maamria gained his first three points on Saturday, with a 3-1 victory over Morecambe at Boundary Park. It was a huge result for the club. Fans needed a boost in confidence, hope that Maamria can turn their season around, he couldn’t have got off to a better start.

The Latics have scored 11 goals in their last four games, which suggests it’s their defence that is causing them problems. Two of the goals were scored by Frenchman Missilou. The midfielder scored the opening goal in the 2-2 draw against Grimsby Town, before netting the first goal again the following week at Scunthorpe United.

The 27-year-old had an impressive start in English football during the 2018/19 season, becoming the heart of the midfield and making 47 appearances, which included a brilliant volley in a 4-1 win over Yeovil Town.

Missilou is an all-round solid midfielder. Physical, strong, quick and suits the style of play for League Two football. A player that Maamria will be looking to build his side around. Mohamad Sylla is a similar type player to Missilou, very good at winning the ball and dangerous in both boxes.

In League Two you need players that can fight for the ball, win tackles and these two will do that.

It’s a brilliant base from Maamria to build off. Sylla and Missilou in midfield, David Wheater provides that experience and stability at the back, they could just do with a regular goal scorer – perhaps that’s what Maamria will be looking to sign in the January transfer window.

Wigan Athletic’s wingers re-find their form, they’ll soon shoot up the Championship, agree?

Wigan Athletic gained a big three points on Saturday, after defeating Charlton Athletic 2-0 at the DW Stadium.

Although it’s three points, we dominated the game throughout, I’m still slightly worried about our ability to break sides down in open play. Our two goals on Saturday came from defender Chey Dunkley off two corners, goals a goal, it doesn’t matter how you score them. However, it’s not a reliable source, your centre half isn’t going to score two every week. We need more from our creative players.

Nobody played badly on Saturday

Nobody played badly on Saturday, Joe Williams, Antonee Robinson and Dunkley stood out for me. Whereas the only two I felt slightly underperformed were Michael Jacobs and Gavin Massey. I do sympathise with both, as they’re jobs have changed now we have Kieffer Moore upfront.

Jacobs and Massey are both players that like to drift inside, look to link up with the number 10 and score goals. Jacobs has 30 goals for Wigan, which proves he’s a good finisher if he gets into the box, while Massey has 11 goals in two seasons, and is still returning to full fitness. With Moore up front, they are expected to provide the width and put quality crosses into the box for Moore.

Personally, I think our full-backs are quicker and put better quality into the box, and this is something we should look to exploit. If Jacobs and Massey are more comfortable drifting inside, get Robinson and Nathan Byrne on the overlap, they both possess serious pace, especially Robinson.

When Josh Windass returns from injury, I expect him to play behind Moore, and Lowe will play in his preferred right wing position. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the Windass and Moore works. At the moment we aren’t really benefiting from Moore’s flick-ons, however, Windass is very good at running in-behind defences, so it could be a match made in heaven.

Wigan Athletic’s stand out player so far this season, agree?

Wigan Athletic haven’t enjoyed a brilliant to their 2019/20 campaign. However after winning four points against Hull City and Charlton Athletic in their past two games, perhaps the new squad is starting to come together.

Our team against Charlton featured five summer signings, which shows the changes we made over the summer. It takes time to form partnerships, gel together in attack, we are progressing and showing signs of becoming a good side.

A couple of players are really starting to impress. Charlie Mulgrew and Joe Williams just to name a couple, but our best player so far this season in terms of consistency, has been Chey Dunkley

This is the defenders third season at Latics after he signed from Oxford on a free transfer in 2017. Throughout his time at the club, Dunkley has improved his defending and ability on the ball. In his first campaign, he was outstanding. A strong, physical defender that was a pivotal figure in a title-winning side.

Dunkley’s experience is growing

Last season was Dunkley’s first experience of Championship football. It’s a massive jump in quality from League One to the Championship. At times, he struggled to cope with the movement and pace of some top quality strikers, however Cook kept faith in him. Another problem was his lack of a defensive partner, Danny Fox looked at home alongside Dunkley before his injury, then Cedric Kipre came in, now it’s Charlie Mulgrew.

This season he’s looked a completely different player. Transforming into a leader and a real captain-type defender. It’s his third year at the club, he should feel at home now and know his future lies at Latics for the foreseeable. Dunkley has formed a solid partnership alongside Mulgrew, both of their games complement each other.

On top of that, Dunkley is our top scorer this season, with three goals. Not what you expect from a defender, but it’s always an added bonus. I’m pleased for him, ever since he’s arrived, Dunkley has worked hard and looked to improve. A regular starter that is becoming a huge asset to our squad.

Oldham fans react to win ‘Ridiculous. What are people going to moan about now?’

Oldham Athletic had a big weekend as it was their first game with a new manager in charge.

The sacking of Laurent Banide this week came as quite a shock to Oldham fans. It looked like things were beginning to look positive for the Latics as goals were being scored and some points were being won. The only thing was, Oldham were giving their wins away in the final stages of games and this meant fans were becoming frustrated.

However, I didn’t think Banide would get sacked, I thought he would be given some time to fix things. Yesterday was a big one as Oldham faced Morecambe and fans really wanted a win. That’s exactly what they got, a 3-1 success, finally taking all three points.

Here are your reactions…

Wigan Athletic fans have good reason to be happy ‘Smashing performance, full of commitment, pace and effort killed them!’

Wigan Athletic gained their first win since the opening day of the season, after beating Charlton Athletic 2-0 at the DW Stadium.

The Latics were unchanged following their 2-2 draw at Hull City before the international break. Paul Cook’s side took the lead early in the first half, thanks to Chey Dunkley volleying home a Charlie Mulgrew corner.

The Addicks offered little threat throughout, and after Wigan had a couple of penalty shouts turned out, Dunkley doubled the home sides lead, heading home a Michael Jacobs corner.

A massive three points for Cook and Wigan, as it saw them move clear of the relegation zone. Let’s see what their fans made of it…

Wigan Athletic need this midfield 5 to be on their A-game today against Charlton Athletic

Wigan Athletic will be hoping to win their first game, since defeating Cardiff City at home on the opening day. Charlton Athletic visit the DW Stadium, after enjoying a brilliant start to the season.

Last time out, the Latics drew 2-2 away at Hull City thanks to goals from Chey Dunkley and Joe Gelhardt, while The Addicks slipped to their first defeat of the season at home to Birmingham City.

Let’s take a look at how Wigan’s midfield might look today…

Captain Sam Morsy will adopt his usual role in midfield, and play the key role of winning the ball back to allow our creative players as much possession as possible. Since returning from injury, the Egyptian international has slotted back in well.

Alongside him will be Joe Williams who has been our best player in the past two matches. Since coming back into the side following his red card against Leeds United on debut, he has been outstanding. Works hard, a ball winner and also a very good footballer that likes to attack, too.

Jamal Lowe has been tried in the number 10 role, in my opinion, he looks better when playing on the right. Get him 1 vs 1 against his left-back to really exploit his pace and trickery, and I think we’ll see the best of him.

I’d like to see Lewis Macleod given a go in the number 10 spot, he played defensive midfield when Morsy was absent. However, he wasn’t physical enough, he’d be better suited further forward where he can use his ability on the ball to create chances.

Finally, Michael Jacobs will line-up on the left, he looked back to his best on an opening day against Cardiff but has faded since – we need a big performance from him today.

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