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Bolton Wanderers
vs.
Wigan Athletic

Reebok Stadium

13/03/2010

3pm


Following on from the euphoria of Monday nights win against Liverpool, Latics boss Roberto Martinez takes his troops the short journey through Whelley and Blackrod to face near neighbours Bolton Wanderers and he will be accompanied with the largest away following of the season.

With both clubs involved in the scrap down at the bottom end of the table a victory for either side would be a massive boost, if the Latics can build on the Liverpool result and secure back to back wins for the first time this season then confidence will be high heading into the final nine games.

Bolton pulled themselves out of the drop zone by beating fellow strugglers Wolves and West Ham and although the Trotters took a bit of a pasting at Sunderland on Wednesday in a 4-0 loss their recent form suggests that this will be a tough encounter.

Latics v Bolton games are rarely classic encounters but at this stage it`s the result that matters most and a victory how ever gained will give one set of supporters some bragging rights for a few weeks at least, fingers crossed it`s the lads and lasses from Wigan.

What The Bosses Say:


Latics boss Roberto Martinez

'It's a very important fixture for us and we all know it's going to be a very different game from the one against Liverpool.

'I said before the Liverpool game that now is not a time to focus too much on the league table and that's exactly the same now.

'We have to concentrate on improving ourselves and make sure we finish the season as strong as we can do. If we do that then we'll get the rewards and achieve our aims.

'We must go to Bolton with the determination and desire to re-produce the performance we showed on Monday and make our fans proud.

'I watched their recent game against Sunderland and for an hour I thought Bolton were the better side. After a great win at West Ham they're now on the back of a disappointing defeat and it goes to show how results don't often reflect performances.

'At home they'll want to bounce back and we have to be ready for that, it's going to be a tense derby where concentration will be huge and the little details are going to determine the outcome.

'We need to be the side that takes advantage of the situation to continue the hard-work from Monday.'


Bolton boss Owen Coyle

'I suppose we all sat and watched that game wanting Liverpool to win

'But now it has happened and Wigan have the points, it is not a result that surprised me one bit.

'Wigan were at home, they are a good side and they have also beaten Chelsea this season, so nothing surprises me in the Premier League, it is a very close competition.

'That has been seen this season. The top three, four or six - whatever you want to call them - have shown they are capable of losing games to teams lower down. It has happened too often this season for it to be a fluke.'


Bolton Wanderers Team News:


Bolton are suffering from a few injuries Cahill, McCann, M. Davies, J. O'Brien, Davis and Basham are all out, Muamba and Wilshire will have fitness test and Ricketts is suspended.

Bolton from

Jaaskelainen; Robinson, Knight, Steinsson, Gardner, Taylor, Wilshere, Muamba, Weiss, Lee, Kevin Davies, Elmander, Klasnic, Al Habsi, Samuel, Riga, Andrew O'Brien.

Player to watch: Kevin Davies


Maybe the same old same old but Davies is a handful

Wigan Athletic Team News:


Mario Melchiot and Steve Gohouri are both out injured otherwise its a full squad.

Latics from

Kirkland; Boyce, Caldwell, Bramble, Figueroa, Diame, Thomas, McCarthy, N'Zogbia, Scharner, Rodallega, Scotland, Moreno, Moses, Stojkovic, Amaya, Gomez, Sinclair, Pollitt, Koumas

Player to watch: Charles N'Zogbia


Quite simply Latics player of the season, full of flair and creativity

Any Previous?


Latics and Bolton have met 30 times previously.

Latics wins 13, Bolton wins 10, draws 7

Ref Watch:


Mike Dean (Wirral)

Find out all about Mike Dean in our meet the ref article

Match Prediction:


Head says 1-1

Heart says Latics to win 2-1

I think I'll go with my heart

Up Next:


Premier League

Latics Vs Aston Villa
DW Stadium
Tuesday 16/03/2010 7:45pm

Latics Vs Burnley
DW Stadium
Saturday 20/03/2010 3pm


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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday March 13 2010
Time: 9:10AM

Comments

0
I'll go with 2-1 for the Latics, c'mon
worbo
13/03/2010 09:19:00
0
sorry worbo we are 3-0 down already
wigan-latics
13/03/2010 16:37:00
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Prediction not looking too good now Worbo.
Snout
13/03/2010 16:50:00
0
I usually get it right
worbo
13/03/2010 17:43:00
0
Not this time you didn't.
Snout
13/03/2010 18:50:00
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