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19 August 2015

The Iron travel to Wigan on Wednesday and will be looking to make it back-to-back wins, following success over Crewe.

Paddy Madden netted twice to give Mark Robins’ side all three points and their first victory of the new campaign.

Meanwhile, Wigan also got off the mark for the season at the weekend, although they had to settle for just a point against Doncaster.

The Latics have yet to find the net in League One, so will be pleased to see striker Grant Holt step up his return from long term injury.

Gary Caldwell has seen his squad change considerably over the summer and will hope that it is just a matter of time before they gel.

Mark Robins confirmed that Stephen Dawson should be fit to make the trip to Wigan.

Joe Anyon is likely to continue in goal as Luke Daniels serves the final part of his three match ban.

Other than that, Robins only has long-term absentees Niall Canavan and Luke Williams on the treatment table.

Wigan moved quickly in the transfer window to bring striker Will Grigg to the club in the hope he could be the catalyst for an instant Championship return.

Signed for £1m from Brentford, Grigg enjoyed a successful spell on loan at MK Dons last season and helped them to second place in League One.

The 24-year-old started out with Birmingham City, before dropping briefly into non-league football until signing for Walsall.

His Walsall career started slowly, but he took advantage of regular action in 2012/13 and found the net 20 times.

Brentford invested £400k in the striker in 2013, but he found regular starts hard to come by so joined MK Dons on loan a season later.

He found the net 20 times for the Dons last year, prompting Wigan to tempt the striker to spearhead their promotion bid this season.

United’s last trip to Wigan came in a 1-0 defeat in the 2000/01 League Cup, with Neil Roberts netting the only goal.

The game was the first of a two legged tie, which United lost 5-1 on aggregate after losing the return leg 4-1.

The Iron were not helped in the first tie by the early dismissal of Rob Dewhurst, meaning that they had to play over an hour with ten men.

Wigan, playing a strong team including current Everton manager Roberto Martinez, showed why they were a division above the Iron over the two legs.

The last time the sides met in league action came in 1999/00, with both teams playing in Division Two.

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