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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.

2 Managers that could replace Paul Cook at Wigan Athletic

This weekend saw Wigan lose 3-0 to Brentford. Fans are now getting increasingly frustrated with Paul Cook and their team’s performances.

While most fans are wanting to see change, most still actually like Cook. He’s done a lot for Wigan over the years and fans won’t disregard that.

However, the excuses he keeps making for the losses and poor performances are really getting to fans.

One week he will blame the Championship itself and say the league is too hard. Another he may blame the players.

If he is to be replaced soon, the question right now is who will replace him? There are a few options like Sam Allardyce that would be sensible, but as a Bolton fan, I’d hate to see that.

Here’s two who would be great options…

Chris Hughton

The 60-year-old certainly has experience when it comes to management. He has had many successful jobs at Tottenham, Newcastle, Brighton and Birmingham to name a few.

He has played and managed at different levels. Furthermore, Hughton has 2 Championship promotions, a play-off place and stabilizing Norwich City and Brighton in the Premier League.

David Moyes

Possibly most remembered for his time at Everton, Moyes could be a perfect replacement. Experience at Preston, Sunderland, Man United and West Ham could also help.

He has been out of a job since he left West Ham last year. Could Wigan be his next task? It certainly wouldn’t be a bad move in his career as he seems to thrive in tough situations.

2 danger signs for Wigan Atheltic as they lose against Swansea

Wigan played Swansea at home this weekend. Unfortunately, they lost 2-1. Fans are getting frustrated.

Swansea are 3rd in the Championship so this weekend was always going to be a tough clash for a 20th placed Wigan.

However, the Latics have divided fans with their performance. Some think Wigan deserved more from the game.

Others are completely blaming Paul Cook. Wigan went 1-0 down after 12 minutes. They only equalised after they got a penalty.

Swansea scored a 92nd minute winner which rattled Wigan fans even more. With that in mind, here’s two warning signs for the Latics…

Last minute

This isn’t the first time that Wigan have conceded a goal late on. It has actually happened a few times in recent weeks.

Fans are understandably getting annoyed at this. The team need to stay switched on until the last minute. Not until the 85th.

Paul Cook

No one can deny what Paul Cook has done for Wigan in the past. However, most fans are fed up.

His post match interviews are full of excuses rather than picking up on the frustration. He is also making substitutes too late that are changing the style of play in the wrong ways.

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?

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.


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.


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 out of form Wigan Athletic players that should be nowhere near the starting 11 against Notts Forest

Paul Cook will be looking for more wins home and away this season. While some Wigan Athletic players are impressing, there’s a few who need work.

Wigan’s form hasn’t been great this season so far. Especially away from home. Goals are something they are struggling to produce.

This, unfortunately, means that points are being dropped too. This is why Cook needs to analyse his squad. He needs to utilise the options he has.

Here are two players who should be dropped and made to work harder in training…

Michael Jacobs

Jacobs is struggling to adapt to the Championship. He’s returned from a hamstring injury recently but his form hasn’t improved.

When the winger first moved to the DW Stadium, he made a huge impact on the team. He helped with a fantastic League campaign and offered goals.

This is what fans want to see but aren’t getting. However, if he was rested and worked on with the coaching staff, maybe improvement would come.

Gavin Massey

It’s a very similar story for Massey to Jacobs’s. He offered a great spell with Wigan last season.

However, he’s another player to suffer injuries. He’s returned to the Championship and again, doesn’t look himself.

Some coaching like I mentioned with Jacobs could be beneficial. Sometimes a player just watching from the sidelines helps them to see what the team is lacking.

That’s something both of these players could benefit from.

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.

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

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook

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…


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.


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.


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.

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