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Match Preview: Wigan Athletic (H)

6 October 2023

Jim Steele
Match Previews

Match Preview: Wigan Athletic (H)

6 October 2023

Stevenage prepare for yet another big clash in Sky Bet League One as Wigan Athletic come to town for the first time ever…

The Sky Bet League One campaign is now two months deep, and the games are coming thick and fast for Boro as Steve Evans’ men look forward to another test against a former Premier League club. With our average attendance higher than ever before, The Lamex Stadium is sure to host another cracking afternoon of entertainment this Saturday.

Stevenage will be going into this game looking to return to winning ways after Tuesday’s trip to Bolton Wanderers ended in an unfortunate defeat, despite a Jamie Reid brace. Saturday’s clash with Wigan will be the first time the two clubs have ever met on the pitch.

The Opposition

Wigan Athletic began the season with an eight-point deduction and currently sit twenty-third in Sky Bet League One. The Latics enjoyed a positive start to their campaign though, winning three of their first four league games. Since that run, they have lost five of their last six games as they find themselves in the drop zone.

By no means have Wigan struggled for goals despite their recent form. The 2013 FA Cup winners have scored fifteen goals in ten league games so far this season, with their top scorer Charlie Wyke netting six in nine. The only player in Wigan’s current squad to have featured in that famous FA Cup victory in 2013 is Callum McManaman. The winger not only featured but picked up the man of the match award for his performance on the day.

A familiar name in the Latics’ squad to many Stevenage supporters will be Kelland Watts. The young centre-half featured on loan for Boro during the 2019/20 campaign where he very much impressed throughout his twenty appearances for the club. Watts could appear in defence tomorrow for Wigan after starting five of their first ten league games.

The Manager

Shaun Maloney became First-Team Manager of Wigan in January of this year but suffered relegation from the Championship in his first season. He previously had a four-month spell as Hibernian manager in The Scottish Premiership.

Maloney has been a popular name to The Latics for over a decade, having scored fifteen goals in ninety one appearances for the club as a player between 2011 and 2015. The Scotsman played the entirety of Wigan’s FA Cup victory in 2013, assisting the only goal of the game.

Officials

Alan Young has been appointed Match Referee for Saturday’s fixture, with Sam Ogles and Garry Maskell as his Assistants, and Declan Bourne as Fourth Official. Young has dished out thirty yellows in five games this season and is yet to reveal his red.

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