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Macclesfield Town vs. Wigan Athletic

Moss Rose

26/01/13

3pm

Macclesfield v Latics Preview

Latics travel to Macclesfield this afternoon, weather permitting, for a tricky 4th round FA cup tie. No doubt Martinez will shuffle his pack, but even with changes the Latics should prove too strong, but the cup, as we know, is a great leveller

The game is a sell out, the pitch will be hard and with snow lying deep in the surrounding areas this game has a great cup tie written all over it, I for one am really looking forward to it

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

'There is going to be a lot of passion in the Moss Rose ground on Saturday and it is going to be a typical FA Cup tie.

'Divisional status is not an issue in the FA Cup or any cup for that matter and as we've seen against Cardiff City in the last round.

'We're going to have over 2,000 of our fans filling a third of the ground which makes it even more significant for us and in many ways it is a blast from the past for some of our supporters that have been following the club since our days in the lower divisions.

'We are really looking forward to the game and we want to progress to the fifth round.'


Macclesfield boss Steve King:

'We've told the players they just need to make sure they don't let themselves down. We have players who could play at a higher level, so they need to be on the top of their game.

'Nines and tens and we can get a result, fives and sixes and we're going out. But the game is self-motivational. We won't have to say much to them to get them up for this.

'Training has been non-contact all week because we didn't want any injuries, but we've still lost Lance which is a blow to him. But the players are as up as I've seen them, and they are really looking forward to it.'

Macclesfield Town Team News:

Pablo Mills is suspended and Stefan Payne is cup-tied

Macclesfield from -Anyon, Audel, Martin, Braham-Barrett, Brown, Henry, Wedgbury, Kissock, Barnes-Homer, Fairhurst, Mills, Jackson, Diagne, Morgan-Smith, Winn, Mackreth, Gnahoua, Yiadom

Player to watch: Barnes-Homer

Scored both goals in the last round as Macclesfield knocked Championship club Cardiff out of the cup and he's has scored six goals in his past five appearances

Wigan Athletic Team News:

There will be a chance for the fringe players to shine, Martinez has been making wholesale changes for the cup games this season

Possible Latics line up - Blazquez, Stam, Golobart, Figueroa, Mustoe, Redmond, Fyvie, Espinoza, Jones, McManaman, Henriquez

Player to watch: Roger Espinoza

Full of energy and looking like a very good signing

Ref Watch:

Roger East

Why not take a look at our 'Meet The Ref' article

Roger East Card Watch 2012/13

Games - 29, yellows - 83, reds - 5

Match Prediction:

Head says Latics narrow win

Heart say's comfortable Latics win 0-2

Up Next:

Premier League

Stoke City v Latics
Britannia Stadium
Tuesday
29/01/13
7:45pm

Latics v Southampton
DW Stadium
Saturday
02/02/13
3pm


The latest edition of the PWU Wigan Athletic podcast is now available for download.

This week in the studio are Dan, Rob, Greg, Mick and Gareth who discuss in great detail the failings against Sunderland (00:00), bad goals conceded and lack of spark. The cup game at Macclesfield (22:00) is also previewed, what a great tie this is, the magic of the FA cup is talked about, slight disagreement amongst the team here.

There is also a preview of Tuesday nights Premier League game away at Stoke (40:00)

If you would like to get involved in the podcast or have any topics that you'd like to be discussed please get in touch at wigan@vitalfootball.co.uk marking your email PWU Podcast

The podcast can be downloaded from itunes or via our hosting site www.buzzsprout.com or by simply hitting the play button on the embedded player below



Thank you very much for listening, your support is very much appreciated

The PWU crew




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