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Match Preview: Wigan Athletic vs Leeds United

Well we need a win simple as that. No manager, 14th in the table and more than likely out of the Europa League knockout stages; surely something has to go good for us and hopefully that can be tonight against Leeds at Ellen Road.

Charlie Crowhurst

Graham Barrow and Sandy Stewart share the joint honor of caretaker manager of the team while Dave Whelan sits over the fax machine waiting for people to apply for the job. Tonight's away game could be a huge win should we get one, that said Leeds are looking to get back to winning ways after losing 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

The omens for Latics point we could get a win. The other two manager-less teams won their games last night, both won 2-1 as Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday overcame Brighton and Leicester City respectively. Can Wigan make it a hat-rick of wins for teams without managers.

I think that all comes down to what sort of team we play tonight. Personally I would love to see Barrow but his foot down and say we are going back to the Martinez way lads! 3-4-3 lets rip them to pieces.

We can all dream with Lee Nicholls in goal, behind a defensive three of Emmerson Boyce, Ivan Ramis and Leon Barnett. Wing backs of Ryan Shotton and Jean Beausejour. The two midfielders of Roger Espionza and James McArthur, with a front three of Callum McManaman, Nick Powell and Grant Holt.

That too me looks like a side which could win games in the Premier League, so why not give it ago in the Championship. That was Owen's biggest flaw not sticking to the philosophy set down by Roberto Martinez. We have to hope the next manager picks up where Roberto left off.

Leeds though, as I said before, will be looking for three points as well. Delicately placed in 9th position on 26 points, a win could see them scramble into 6th and a play-off position. The reward for the whole club is there for them to see and they won't be ones for rolling over easily.

That said Dexter Blackstock, Ross McCormack and Scott Wootton are all likely to miss out on the Wigan game through injury. While Tom Lees will be assessed ahead of the game as to whether or not he will be passed fit for the game.

Facing Leeds with out McCormack would be a massive plus for Latics by far their best player this season. Seeing him not on the team-sheet ought to give the lads and added lift going into the game.

The game tonight is a chance for the start of the season to be forgotten, we are poised perfectly in mid-table. String results together and we will fly up the league and start challenging for promotion. Its time the rallying call went up and we start our season again from tonight.

Keep the Faith!