Wigan Athletic return to the DW Stadium this weekend after successive away games at Derby County and Bristol City, as Paul Cook’s side host Steve Cooper’s Swansea City.
The Latics are still winless away from home this season, although their two recent performances offer hope for the future. Wigan dominated both games and should of taken maximum points, however they didn’t take advantage of quality goalscoring opportunities.
At home, it’s a case of more of the same. Wigan were brilliant at home last season, and they’ve carried that form into this campaign. So far at the DW Stadium, they’ve recorded wins over Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest.
The Latics have kept four successive clean sheets on home turf, but will have to produce another good defensive display to shut out Swansea.
Despite all that, we take a look at a couple of dilemmas that Cook will be trying to deal with…
Windass was left out of the 18 man squad for Wigan’s trip to Bristol City on Sunday. His father confirmed via Twitter that Josh wasn’t injured with a calf problem, which was rumoured pre-match. If Windass was fit and everything was fine off the pitch, he would be starting for Wigan.
Judging from Dean’s tweet, it suggests something isn’t right off the pitch between Windass and Cook. It’s a problem that needs a solution as soon as possible, he’s valuable to Wigan and they’ve missed his quality in the final third.
Gavin Massey and Jamal Lowe are playing well for Latics, but aren’t contributing with goals like Windass does. They need him back on the pitch if he’s fit.
How to get Kieffer Moore scoring goals
Moore has done well so far this season. The striker holds the ball up very well, works hard and has created plenty of chances for team mates. One criticism could be that he’s yet to score for Latics, however that’s not necessarily been his fault.
The service into him simply hasn’t been good enough, and it’s because players like Massey, Lowe and Michael Jacobs aren’t fully firing. Wigan’s chances are falling to midfielders, rather than to Moore, which is partly why they aren’t scoring goals from open play.
Cook needs to work out a way of creating more for Moore. Whether he tries two upfront, and partners him with Joe Garner, or instructs his wingers to be direct and put crosses into the box. Although Moore is playing well, strikers are judged on goals and at the moment he doesn’t look like scoring many.