Match Preview: Wigan Athletic vs Huddersfield Town
Struggling Wigan Athletic look to take a stride towards escaping the relegation zone at the DW Stadium against Huddersfield Town.
Huddersfield Town on the other hand will be looking to leave the DW Stadium with three points in order to help boost their promotion bid and secure a safe place within the play offs.
On Saturday 31st December 2016, Huddersfield Town shared the points with Blackburn Rovers after Nakhi Wells 94th minute free kick cancelled out Danny Graham’s 81st minute winner.
Wigan Athletic travelled to Derby County’s Pride Park and held the Rams to a goalless draw.
Wigan Athletic have no fresh injury concerns, and on Saturday, they were boosted with the return of Welsh international Shaun MacDonald.
Craig Morgan, David Perkins, Alex Gilbey, Reece James, Adam Bogdan, Donervon Daniels, Reece Burke, Luke Garbutt and Nick Powell remain sidelined.
Huddersfield Town remain without midfielder Jonathan Hogg and wideman Sean Scannell. However Huddersfield Town have been boosted by the return of captain Mark Hudson, who missed five games through injury.
What the Managers have to say:
Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce believes that his players must show the same resiliency as they did at Derby County and be up for the challenge that the Terriers have to offer.
Joyce believes his side should take confidence from their result on New Year’s Eve and that the club need to challenge ourselves to maintain those standards and to have the attitude of wanting to get better match by match.
Joyce in his final note, commented that the “The fans have kept getting behind the players home and away and have been brilliant, we need another big effort from everyone, because it makes a real difference to the players, gives them that extra belief, when they feel the supporters are behind them.”( http://www.wiganlatics.co.uk)
David Wagner stated that his side are keen to maintain their unbeaten run of six game and stressed that his side should not underestimate the Latics as he stated “we know Wigan are tough opponents. They won at our ground in November and we respect them.
Wagner stated the importance of not looking down upon Wigan despite their league position as Wagner believes “You should never judge a side by their place in table.”
Wigan Athletic host Huddersfield Town on Monday 2nd January 2017 at the DW Stadium, kicking off at 3:00pm.
Both sides desperately need the points but for completely different reasons, so it is set to be an absolute cracker of a game.
Written by Jay Whittle