Date:Wednesday December 18 2013
Latics and Sheffield Wednesday meet tonight for the first time in a league game, the two previous competitive meetings came back in the 1970's and were both FA cup ties
Uwe Rosler's team will be buoyant following the derby day win against Bolton at the DW on Sunday, a very good performance by the Latics saw the first league win in five come our way, hopefully with that under our belt we can start to put some results together
Rosler as stated that he is concerned at the level of fitness of the Latics players since taking over the reigns, he has hinted at making some changes for the game to rotate the squad and allow players to put extra work in on the training ground
Wednesday are without a boss at the moment, Dave Jones was sacked a couple of weeks back, Stuart Gray has taken charge in a caretaker role, but he's made no secret of the fact that he is looking to make his temporary position permanent, ironically Gray was caretaker boss at Southampton when Uwe Rosler played there
Both clubs are desperate for points and it promises to be an open and attack minded game, hopefully we can add to our two away wins and set ourselves up nicely for a trip to Reading at the weekend
Latics boss Uwe Rosler:
'They (Wednesday) have picked up their form in recent weeks'
'I was reading a lot at the start of the season that they had played well but they couldn't score goals.
'In recent weeks they have started to put that right, they have found some momentum and they have beaten some top teams.
'We have to be up for a big fight, we all know what Sheffield Wednesday are all about.
'We need to be ready for their long balls, their ability to win headers and their crosses from wide areas.
'But more than that, we must focus on how we want to play, and how we can get at them.
'It's a big pitch so it will give us the opportunity of getting the ball down and playing our football.'
Sheffield Wednesday caretaker boss Stuart Gray:
'I came in when the club had been struggling with results'
'I have really enjoyed my time here - it's a fantastic club, with good people to work with.
'We've got two home games now, against Wigan (tonight) and Bournemouth (on Saturday). They're two winnable games, But we have to be at it.'
'Uwe was a player brought in (At Southampton) by Glenn Hoddle and suddenly I took over, I remember him missing a sitter at Leeds!
'He was always asking questions; he was a student of the game, was keen to do his coaching courses; I'm pleased he got the job at Wigan.
'Hopefully I'll have a glass of wine with him after the game - but with a smile on my face.'
Michail Antonio, Joe Mattock, Giles Coke and Lewis Buxton are all out
Sheffield Wednesday from - Martinez, Loovens, Johnson, Palmer, R Johnson, Helan, Lee, Semedo, Maghoma, McCabe, McPhail, Olofinjana, Wickham, J Johnson, Nuhiu, Corry, Llera, Kirkland.
On loan from Sunderland and banging the goals in
Uwe Rosler says he will rotate his squad in order to get the players up to the fitness levels he requires
Latics from - Carson, Boyce, Barnett, Ramis, Beausejour, Watson, McCann, McArthur, McManaman, Powell, Holt, Gomez, Rogne, Perch, Shotton, Espinoza, Gomez, Crainey, Fortune, Keane, Nicholls
Great display from Macca last time out against Bolton
Callum on fire against Bolton
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
The Latics and Wednesday have only met twice, both times were in the FA cup, once in December 1975 at Hillsborough Wednesday won that encounter 2-0, the other occasion was two years later, December 1977 when a Maurice Whittle free kick gave non-league Latics a 1-0 win over Jack Charlton's Owls
Last Two Meetings
13 Dec 1975 - FA Cup - Sheffield Wednesday 2 Latics 0
17 Dec 1977- FA Cup - Latics 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Last Time Out
Latics 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Scorer - Whittle 65 mins
Attendance - 13,871
Latics - Brown, Morris, Hinnigan, Gore, Ward, Gillibrand, Whittle, Worswick, Moore, Whittle, Wright
Sheffield Wednesday - Turner, Walden, Grant, Down, Cusack, Mullen, Wylde, Johnson, Tynan, Rushbury, Prendergast
Keith Stroud (Bournemouth)
Why not take a look at our 'Meet The Ref' article
Keith Stroud Card Watch 2013/14
Games - 17, yellows - 76, reds - 4
Head says 1-1
Heart says Latic to win 2-1, as always going with the heart
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Latics v Birmingham City
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