Match Preview: Wigan Athletic vs Doncaster Rovers

Clint Hughes

Its here! The clubs first home game of the season and it is well overdue. With two defeats and one win so far competitively this season a home game to pick the team and the players up is well overdue.

The game at the weekend now must be gone and forgotten. That will be the words of Owen Coyle and his coaching staff we dust ourselves up and look towards winning every game between now and the end of the season. The line is drawn under the performance and the defeat and we go again.

It is all too clear from the example of Wolves, and the near example of Blackburn Rovers just what constant defeat can do your team, and how quickly the decline can be in this ever competitive environment. People say that anything can happen in the Premier League, yes it can, but in the Championship anyone of the 24 teams could win the league or could be relegated it is that competitive and tight.

So we have learnt our lesson and it is time for a few changes. With Callum McManaman suspended for the next three games, we lose a player with real flair and excitement that could scare opposition teams, we need someone else to step up and do that.

There are murmurs of a call up for Nouha Dicko tonight. A good call if you ask me, play Dicko one side and James McClean on the other. That allows you to drop Shaun Maloney into the whole behind Grant Holt and will hopefully stop the team from this insane long ball game we have picked up.

Yes we have a big man up front, but for the love of god stop hitting it long. The reason Holt is playing up front is to be in the box end of story. The way we should be playing is from the midfield getting it wide and hitting Holt in the middle of the box, we have seen too little of this and shows why we lost both against Manchester United and Bournemouth.

Our opposition for the game tonight will be no pushovers. Paul Dickov's team have started to him form now following an opening day defeat at the hands of Blackpool. At the weekend they impressively beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 and showed they could be a forced to be reckoned with in the Championship.

A mixture of fast paced attacking football, and possession when they want to slow the pace down. Dickov has done just what he managed to do a former job Oldham and really implement his own playing style on the football club.

It is going to be a tough game for Latics, and it will see former player David Rhys George Best Cotteril return to the DW Stadium.

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