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PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC (H)

1 January 2016

The Iron host Wigan on Saturday in their first fixture of 2016 and will hope to build on a successful festive period.

Mark Robins’ side took four points out of a possible six, meaning that they ended 2015 on a positive note and in good form.

They face a stern test on Saturday though as Wigan are chasing an instant return to the Championship and find themselves in the top six.

The Latics also have a couple of players with Premier League experience in their ranks, including Leon Barnett, Don Cowie, Grant Holt and veteran ‘keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

A victory for Wigan could help them close the gap on the top two, while a win for the Iron would boost their own play-off aspirations going into 2016.



Mark Robins has no new injury worries ahead of the game, with a near full strength squad to select from.

He may opt to rotate his side slightly though following a busy period of festive fixtures.

The only two long-term absentees for the Iron are attackers Gary McSheffrey and Tom Hopper.




Midfielder Michael Jacobs has proved to be a vital part of Wigan’s quest to return to the Championship at the first time of asking.

He has found the net six times from midfield and has also been a crucial part in setting up goals for his team mates. 

The midfielder started his career at Northampton Town, quickly establishing himself as a highly rated young player.

Jacobs impressed whilst playing for the club, which prompted Derby to sign him in 2012, with his debut coincidently coming against the Iron.

He did not have desired impact at Derby and left to join Wolves in 2013, initially on loan, where he went on to shine.

The 24-year-old was a key member of their League One promotion squad, but found opportunities harder to come by last season due to the form of Bakary Sako.

That led to Wigan signing Jacobs in the summer, and he has gone on to impress his new side with his attacking play.



This will be only the fourth time the two sides have met since the turn of the century, with Wigan successful on every occasion.

Their last visit to Glanford Park came in 2000/01 in the League Cup, where Wigan won 4-1 to go through 5-1 on aggregate.

The visitors edged an even first half, taking the lead on the stroke of half-time thanks to a goal from Kevin Sharp.

A spell of three goals in eight second half minutes helped the Latics into the next round though, with Ian Kilford, Simon Haworth and Andy Liddell all on target.

Steve Torpey did get one back for the Iron with 20 minutes left, but the tie had already been sealed by that point.



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