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Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester City


1st December 2007


Home Welcome for Bruce

Steve Bruce starts his reign as Wigan Athletic manager this afternoon with a tough game against local rivals Manchester City

Bruce has been in charge at his new club since Monday and hes made changes to the backroom staff by bringing in Eric Black and Keith Bertchin and letting David Lowe, Gary Walsh, Mark Seagraves and Bill Green go and it looks likely that David Hamilton will follow soon

On the playing front Bruce will have to manage with what he has got for at least another month until the transfer window opens and hes already noted that a left back will be needed

Latics go into the game on the back of eight defeats and no points since September which sees them in 17th place whilst City are sitting in third spot in the table

Although Svens team are high in the league there away form will be a concern to the former England boss, they lost 6-0 to Chelsea on their last outing and have won only once in the league away from their home base this season

Vital Quotes:

Steve Bruce:

'Every manager needs a team around him, and in Eric, Keith and Frank, I have got three highly experienced football people that I know and trust,'

'Emile is fit and I am delighted about that. He was nearly fit last week so it was nice for him to get 20 minutes. He has worked very hard this week and he will be raring to go,'

'He is going to be paramount to us. I know what a big inspiration he can be to the team.

'I've worked with him before and he was England's saviour a couple of months ago - and how we missed him the other week (in the Euro 2008 qualifying defeat to Croatia).

'I have always said, for his type, he is the best number nine in this country.'

Sven Goran Eriksson:

'It is the worst moment to meet them as they have a new manager and are at home.

'Wigan are a better team than the table shows.

'Heskey is a good player, very strong and very important to Wigan.

'Before he got injured, he also played well for England. He is a very good man as well.'

'It is a big game, a difficult game and I have no idea what their formation will be.'

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Heskey, Kirkland and Valencia have returned to full fitness and should be recalled to the starting eleven

Melchiot is facing a fitness test if he is missing expect Boyce to go to right back

Brown suspended

Wigan (from): Kirkland, Melchiot, Granqvist, Bramble, Kilbane, Cotterill, Sibierski, Landzaat, Scharner, Skoko, Taylor, Bent, Heskey, Valencia, Aghahowa, Pollitt, Hall, Olembe.

Player to watch: Heskey

A lot is expected of the big man on his return and I dont think he will disappoint

Manchester City Team News:

Elano is a non-starter due to a hamstring strain

City (from): Isaksson, Hart, Corluka, Richards, Dunne, Garrido, Ireland, Fernandes, Hamann, Petrov, Geovanni, Mpenza, Ball, Jihai, Samaras, Bianchi, Etuhu, Dabo.

Player to watch: Ireland

Scored some spectacular and improtant goals this season, plus his goal celebrations are something else

Match Facts & Stats

Premier League: Wigan 4 wins, Man City 0, Draws 0

Last Season:

Latics 4-0 City

Ref Watch:

Mike Riley (Leeds, Yorkshire)

Match Prediction:

Heart says Latics 2 City 0

Head says 1-1 draw

Next Fixtures:

Bolton Wanderers v Latics

Decenber 8th 3pm

The Journalist

Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 1 2007

Time: 8:21AM

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We need something from this game to kick start our season, with 4 of the next 6 games at home we could pick up some vital points but it must start today
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01/12/2007 08:25:00

Unlike Mario to get a straight red - rush of ***** to the head I guess!
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01/12/2007 19:05:00

I guess your head was right then, unlike your heart :-)
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