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Wigan Athletic are in a fight, and QPR could be the perfect opponents

Wigan manager Paul Cook

Wigan Athletic are in one their darkest of times at the present when seemingly all was going so well for the Latics.

Tonight they face QPR, in a match like every other on and off the field following this will be – a fight.

Wigan went nine games unbeaten up until last weekend’s defeat to Brentford. It all looked great for Pauls Cook’s men, another season in the Championship all but confirmed and something to build on for next season.

Wigan Athletic administration

Out of the blue, the administration bolt hit them, alongside a 12 point deduction from the EFL, either this season if they are to stay up in the Championship or next season in League One if they were to be relegated.

Wigan now has to fight tooth and nail to conjure up a 12-point gap between themselves and whoever is in 22nd place. Currently, Middlesborough occupies that spot, a mere six points behind the Latics.

Wigan faces Hull City, Charlton Athletic and Barnsley after tonight’s match. With every single one of the matches, not only winnable but crucial to Wigan’s Championship survival hopes.

Paul Cook to freshen up the team

After seeing red at the weekend, Joe Garner is suspended. With Paul Cook looking to freshen things up from the defeat on Saturday, in a bid for three points and a return to form quick-sharp.

Maybe the quick turnaround of games at present is a good thing at the moment. Keeping the squad, fans and management going and focused away from the outside goings-on until the end of the season.

QPR have been defeated three times in the last five matches. They currently sit in mid-table with no play-off place to push for or relegation to fight – the perfect match for Wigan to bounce back from defeat from. This may be one of the easiest matches for Paul Cook’s men on the run into the end of the season.

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