Wigan Athletic will head into their weekend fixture against Nottingham Forest believing they can bounce back from a disappointing display at Sheffield Wednesday.
The Latics currently sit in 19th place, and will be looking to maintain their solid start to the season at the DW Stadium. Similar to last campaign, Paul Cook’s side have struggled on the road, picking up just one point from a possible 18.
On the flip side, Wigan have won 10 points at home, which includes wins over Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic. Forest will present a tough challenge on the weekend, but Wigan will be confident going into a home fixture.
The home side are relying on the DW Stadium being a fortress, due to their inability to win away from home.
Here we look at TWO players impressing and TWO players not doing so well, currently at Wigan…
Hot: Chey Dunkley
The 27-year-old defender signed for Wigan from Oxford United in 2017. Dunkley was a pivotal part of the side that won promotion from League One in the 2017/18 season.
Now in his second campaign playing at this level, Dunkley is improving every week and adding goals to his game. The former Oxford man has bagged himself three goals already, benefitting from Charlie Mulgrew’s brilliant set-pieces.
Hot: Joe Williams
Wigan signed Williams from Everton this summer, as a direct replacement for the departing Reece James. Big boots to fill.
After getting sent off on his home debut against Leeds United, the midfielder has been outstanding and Latics’ standout player so far this season.
A well-rounded player that breaks up play, who is very good on the ball and works extremely hard alongside captain Sam Morsy.
Not: Michael Jacobs
Michael Jacobs is again struggling to adapt to life in the Championship after the winger was hampered by a hamstring injury throughout the 2018/19 campaign.
Now fully fit, the former Wolves winger needs to offer more goals and assists to a Latics side that aren’t scoring enough goals.
Wigan won the League One title in 2018/19. Jacobs scored 12 goals and assisted seven in that season, a great return for a winger. A similar contribution this campaign would be perfect for the Latics.
Not: Gavin Massey
Similarly to Michael Jacobs, Massey was excellent for the Latics in the Championship last term, but hasn’t quite transformed that form into strong performances this season.
He finished the season strongly in last year’s campaign, and ended up with five league goals to his name, which included a brace against promotion-chasing Leeds United.
The attacker missed a large spell of last season because of an injury, and he’ll be keen to rekindle the sparkling form we saw while playing the in League One for Colchester United, as well as Latics.