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Match Preview: Wigan Athletic v Bristol Rovers

23 November 2020

The pre-match info ahead of Tuesday's trip to Wigan Athletic in Sky Bet League One.

Rovers make the long trip north on Tuesday evening looking to bounce back from Saturday's defeat at Swindon.

The Gas go head-to-head with team just two places below them in the table on Saturday, with the focus on a gaining three-points to build a platform for a rise up the table.

It's an early KO on Tuesday, with the action at the DW Stadium getting under way at 7pm and it's live to watch on iFollow...

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Manager's Preview...

Speaking after Saturday's defeat to Swindon, new Rovers Manager Paul Tisdale reflected on the defeat in Wiltshire, ahead of Tuesday's sizeable trip north.

In his post-match press, Tisdale said, "It was disappointing to have conceded a goal from a set-piece, so not what I wanted from today, but it was my first look at them. We’ve got some work to do and I’m looking forward to Tuesday.

"I’ve got some direction I’d like to give the players, but of course when the games come thick and fast you don’t really get that opportunity. We’ve got to do it in small steps, but they gave a lot.

"They were very robust and they put themselves about, and that’s the first thing you ask of any player."

Opposition View...

Leam Richardson and Gregor Rioch have been asked to lead the Latics, following the departure of John Sheridan to Swindon Town earlier this month.

Early team news featured on wiganathletic.com suggests that Adam Long could make a return following a brief absence due to suspension. Kal Naismith and Lee Evans are nearing fitness after more length spells our injured, Will Keane is poised to miss out.

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Form Guide...

Wigan sit inside the bottom four in the division, with a tally of seven points from their 12 league outings so far this campaign.

The Latics last win in the league came at the beginning of October, with a 1-0 at the DW Stadium over Doncaster Rovers.

On Saturday, Wigan lost out 2-1 to Oxford United. The game witnessed a flurry of late goals as James Henry added a second goal for Karl Robinson's side in the 88th minute before Thelo Aasgaard grabbed a late consolation goal from Wigan.

Joe Garner has been a constant source of goals for Wigan this term, with 7 across 14 outings in all competitions.

Last encounter...

The last meeting between the two sides came at the Mem, back in April 2018.

Liam Sercombe opened the scoring in that fixture, with a pinpoint finish from the edge of the area. Rovers looked like they may well just hold out for the full three points, but substitute Ryan Colclough found the net in the 80th minute to ensure that the points were shared.

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Highlights: Bristol Rovers 1-1 Wigan Athletic

How to watch...

Tuesday's game is available to watch on iFollow.

Saturday's game against Swindon saw over 2,100 Rovers fans watch the game on the service, our highest audience figures for a game this season.

Take a look below at our guide on how to purchase a match pass...

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Highlights: Bristol Rovers 1-1 Wigan Athletic

Around the grounds...

Hull City's trip to Ipswich grabs the attention of all the fixtures taking place on Tuesday evening. For the teams in and around Rovers, Rochdale host Northampton Town, while Oxford head to Portsmouth. Shrewsbury face a trip to face an in-form MK Dons, while Peterborough's clash with Plymouth adds to the miles clocked up on the road by the Green Army this week, following their trip to Fleetwood on the weekend.

 


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