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PREVIEW | Millers v Latics

7 February 2019

Wigan Athletic are the next team to travel to the AESSEAL New York Stadium to face Paul Warne’s Rotherham United in the Sky Bet Championship. Here, we take a look at who the Millers will be facing in our opposition analysis…

In the Dugout

Paul Cook will be the man in the dugout for Wigan on Saturday. The 51-year old made over 600 career appearances as a midfielder. Cook represented Marine, Wigan, Norwich City, Wolves, Coventry City, Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County, Burnley and Accrington Stanley.

As a manager, Cook started at Southport in 2006. In 2007, Cook joined Sligo Rovers in Ireland and won three major honours which included two successive FAI Cup in 2010 and 2011. Cook returned to England in 2012 to manage Accrington Stanley. He joined Chesterfield in 2012 and guided them to the League Two championship before a charge to the League One Play-Offs the following season. He joined Portsmouth in May 2015 for a compensation fee and steered them to the League Two title in 2017. In May 2017, he joined Wigan, who recently landed the League One title under his guidance.

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Wigan come into the game sitting in 19th position, six points ahead of the Millers. In their last five league fixtures, they have won two and lost three, scoring six goals and conceding eight. They also were knocked out of the FA Cup in the 3rd round by West Brom in the midst of their last five league fixtures. Like the Millers, Wigan have found points on the road hard to come by and have lost 12 of their 14 away fixtures this season, drawing one and winning one. Their last league away win was in August 2018 with a 3-0 win against Stoke City.

Their last game was a 2-1 home victory over QPR. Goals by Josh Windass and Leon Clarke sealed all three points for the Latics despite QPR’s Bright Osayi-Samuel scoring late in the second half.

Previous Meetings

This is the 40th meeting between these sides, with the first being in November 1935 with Rotherham winning 2-1 in the FA Cup. Rotherham have won 12 of these fixtures while Wigan have won 21, with there being six draws. In the last five meetings, Rotherham have only won once against the Latics, suffering three defeats. The last time these teams met was in September 2018 at the DW Stadium with James Vaughan’s goal giving the Latics all three points with a 1-0 victory.

The last time Rotherham won was in the League Cup in August 2018 at the AESSEAL New York Stadium. Jamie Proctor’s brace and a goal from Semi Ajayi sent the Millers through to the next round, despite James Vaughan’s consolation for Wigan.

Ones to Watch

Our Ones to Watch start with goalkeeper Christian Walton. The 23-year old is currently on his second loan spell at the Latics from Brighton & Hove Albion. Walton started his career in the youth academy at Plymouth Argyle before joining Brighton in February 2013. He has represented England from U19 to U21 level and has had other loan spells in his career, which include Bury, Plymouth, Luton Town and Southend United.

In defence, Cédric Kipré has been ever present for Wigan since joining from Motherwell. The former PSG and Leicester City youth player had a loan spell at Corby Town in 2015 and has represented Ivory Coast U23 in 2018.

In midfield, Josh Windass scored last time out and has four goals this season, making him the joint top scorer this season for Wigan. The former Accrington Stanley and Rangers midfielder could be partnered by Nick Powell who also has four goals and four assists this season.

Upfront, new signing Leon Clarke opened his account for Wigan on his debut. The experienced forward joined the Latics on loan from Sheffield United until the end of the season. The 33-year old has represented a variety of clubs which include Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End and Wolves.

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REPORT | Rotherham 1 v 1 Wigan

9 February 2019

Millers have to settle for point..

ROTHERHAM United had to settle for a share of the spoils in their Roses clash with Wigan Athletic, despite shading large parts of the AESSEAL New York Stadium affair.  

Clark Robertson’s second goal for the club put the Millers ahead but Josh Windass soon equalised for the Latics.

Following their hard-fought draw at Millwall last time out, Millers chief Paul Warne made two changes to his starting line-up for the visit of the Lancastrians.

There were recalls for Anthony Forde and Jon Taylor, who were asked to provide the ammunition from the wide areas while January recruit Matt Crooks was rewarded for his fine performance at the Den – with his full home debut.

The Millers started the game in a positive fashion and they had the first sight of goal when Joe Mattock floated a free-kick into the box but Semi Ajayi was unable to direct his header goalwards.

Moments later, Will Vaulks launched a long throw into the Wigan area and following a weak defensive clearance, Taylor latched onto the pieces to volley over the bar from the edge of the box before Rotherham failed to capitalise on a goalmouth scramble following Michael Smith’s knockdown – with the ball hacked clear by a retreating defender.

In the next Millers attack, Taylor showed fleet of foot to evade the attentions of Kal Naismith but his cross was diverted to safety, at the near post before Latics skipper Danny Fox’s participation in the game came to a premature end as he was stretched off following an aerial collision with Smith.   

Following a lengthy stoppage, Vaulks tried his luck from distance but Cedric Kipre bravely headed clear before Rotherham were rewarded for their early superiority when they broke the deadlock, just before the half hour mark.

There looked little danger when Mattock’s slide rule pass gave Vaulks the opportunity to cross with his weaker left-foot but the ball hung tantalisingly in the air and Robertson rose above his marker to direct a towering header which looped into the corner of the net giving Jamie Jones no chance.

However, Rotherham’s joy proved short lived as Wigan equalised, just four minutes later, when the home side were undone by a throw on the right flank and the ball was played into the path of Windass, who had ghosted into the box, and the ex-Rangers playmaker kept his nerve to strike a fierce effort which flew past the outstretched hand of Marek Rodak to find the bottom corner of the net.  

Minutes later, Reece James curled a free-kick which was straight down the throat of Rodak before Rotherham missed a gilt-edged chance to regain the lead when Forde delivered a superb whipped centre which was inch-perfect for Millers skipper Richard Wood to head the ball back across goal into the path of Smith, who looked a certain scorer, but the Millers frontman fluffed his lines when he volleyed over despite having the goal at his mercy.

The widely travelled striker almost made amends, minutes later, when Vaulks clipped a free-kick which saw Smith emerge from the ruck of bodies to head towards goal but a backtracking Jones showed good agility to tip the ball over the bar.

Half-time- Rotherham United 1 Wigan Athletic 1  

The Millers had the first sight of goal in the second period when Vaulks’ exocet throw was headed over his own bar by Chey Dunkley before Ajayi was another recipient of the home weapon, seconds later, but his glancing header failed to trouble Jones in the visitors’ goal.

Kipre became the first to see yellow for a late tackle on Vaulks before Mattock delivered a first-time cross which was met by the head of Smith, but Jones was well-stationed on his own line to snuff out the danger.

Either side of the hour mark, Wigan had their best spell of the game when Naismith got a yard on Taylor to float a tantalising centre which arched over Rodak but Mattock held off the challenge of Anthony Pilkington, at the far post, to bravely head clear from underneath his own crossbar.

Minutes later, Pilkington got to the by-line to swing a centre which was nodded downwards by Sheffield United loanee Leon Clarke, but Rodak smartly smothered his effort on his own goal line.

At the other end, another Vaulks throw caused havoc in the Wigan box and Smith emerged from the masse of bodies to head goalwards but Naismith was on-hand to clear the danger, near his own line – with Jones flat-footed.

Minutes later, Ajayi became the next to see yellow for bundling over Pilkington near the corner flag and Wigan almost punished the Millers from the resultant free-kick when James curled a centre into the danger area and Kipre ballooned a point-blank header over when he really should have done better.

There was controversy when sub Joe Newell delivered an inviting corner with his first touch and Robertson and Clarke clashed at the far post, which left the Scottish defender grounded but the referee waved away home protests.

Minutes later, Pilkington was cautioned for dissent following a corner award before Newell latched onto a period of ping pong in the Wigan area to nod goalwards but his effort lacked power and Jones plucked the ball out of the sky.

With the game in the balance, the Millers were indebted to Rodak for an acrobatic parry from Naismith’s tantalising cross before Robertson headed over the bar in the late noteworthy action of the game.

Full-time- Rotherham United 1 Wigan Athletic 1

Rotherham United 1

Wigan Athletic 1

Teams:- Rotherham- Rodak, Mattock, Vaulks, Ajayi, Wood, Forde, Taylor (Newell 69), Robertson, Crooks (Towell 79), Smith, B Jones. Unused- Price, Vyner, Ihiekwe, Yates, Wiles.

Wigan- J Jones, Byrne, Fox (Kipre 24), Windass, James, Pilkington, Baningime, Jacobs (Massey 90), Naismith, Dunkley, Clarke. Unused- Walton, McManaman, Powell, Olsson, Garner.

Referee- O Langford

Attendance- 9611 (1243)

 

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