Welcome once again to the latest edition of IN FOCUS where we take a look at our opposition for the game ahead. This week it throws up a stat some of us might have forgotten, or more likely wanted to forget because we got an absolute pasting last time we played Wigan losing 5-1, and former Don Will Grigg did the damage scoring three, I can tell you it was a miserable day, I was there.
Perhaps we should also point out we have never beaten Wigan, and that after four attempts.
THE STORY SO FAR – Wigan are currently in 18th place with a record of PLAYED 8, WON 2, DRAWN 1, LOST 5, GF 6 & GA 12 and 7 POINTS.
CURRENT FORM – LLWWLLLD
Wigan 1 Plymouth 1
Wigan 0 Peterborough 1
Charlton 1 Wigan 0
Crewe 3 Wigan 0
Wigan 1 Doncaster 0
Portsmouth 1 Wigan 2
Wigan 2 Gillingham 3
Ipswich 2 Wigan 0
GROUND – DW Stadium (25,138)
NICKNAME – The Latics, the Tics.
THE MANAGER – John Sheridan, 56, and born in Stretford, Manchester.
As a midfielder Sheridan played some 733 games scoring 103 goals playing for the likes of Manchester City, Leeds United, Notts Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Doncaster Rovers and Oldham Athletic.
As a manager he has been in charge at Oldham on five separate occasions, plus the likes of Chesterfield on two occasions, Plymouth Argyle, Newport County, Notts County, Fleetwood Town, Carlisle United, Waterford, and Wigan since Sept 2020 after he was appointed by the Administrators. His stats show he has a WIN RATIO of 37% and a record of GAMES 670, WON 251, DRAWN 170, LOST 249.
PLAYED FOR BOTH James Tavernier, Alex Revell, Sanmi Odelusi, Josh Murphy, Craig Morgan, Paul Mitchell, Nicky Maynard, Jack Hendry, Drewe Broughton, Jimmy Bullard, Will Grigg, Ryan Colclough, Jack Hendry, Alex Gilbey, and MK stopper Lee Nicholls made his league debut for Wigan.
SHOOTERS BOOTS – Joe Garner with 4 goals this campaign.
Wigan have had 20 managers since 2000, most notable are Gary Caldwell, Malky Mackay, Uwe Rosler, Roberto Martinez, Paul Jewell, Steve Bruce, and Bruce Rioch.
CURRENT MATCH ODDS – MK DONS 6/4 DRAW 26/11 WIGAN 7/4
It was once rumoured that former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev was a Wigan Athletic fan, but it was just an internet rumour, the only one I can find is Richard Ashcroft of Verve fame.
LAST TIME AROUND – Saturday April 7th, 2018 – Wigan 5 MK Dons 1
Team – Nicholls, Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Ward, Lewington, Brittain, Upson, Pawlett (Ugbo), Golbourne (Muirhead), Aneke, Agard (Thomas-Asante).
Unused Subs – Wootton, Reo-Coker, Cisse, Sietsma
Goals – Grigg 11’, Ebanks- Landell (og) 24’, Brittain 35’, Powell 57’, Grigg 74’ &76’.
Referee – Seb Stockbridge (5 Yellows)
Attendance – 8,404
HEAD 2 HEAD
2017/18 – Wigan 5 MK Dons 1 – Brittain
2017/18 – MK Dons 0 Wigan 1
2014/15 – MK Dons 1 Wigan 3 (FA Cup Replay) – Chadwick
2014/15 – Wigan 3 MK Dons 3 (FA Cup) – Reeves 2, Bamford