Wigan Athletic v Blackburn Rovers: Match Preview


Wigan Athletic v Blackburn Rovers
Barclays Premier League
DW Stadium
Saturday, November 19th: 15:00

Team news

Wigan captain Gary Caldwell is available again after suspension but Antolin Alcaraz begins a three-match ban after spitting at Wolves defender Richard Stearman.

Blackburn's own captain Chris Samba is also expected to return, following a hamstring injury while fellow defenders Scott Dann and Michel Salgado are ready for selection.

Simon Vukcevic is out with a broken nose, and Jason Lowe is suspended

Martinez hopes to draw on experience

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez is hoping his players' experience of last season's relegation battle can assist their plight at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

One win from their first 11 games of the season has contributed to the Latics' dismal start to the season, but the Spanish boss is refusing to be downhearted.

He helped guide Wigan through a similar situation last season, where a final day win over Stoke City helped retain the club's Premier League status, and Martinez hopes his players can draw on that experience to help them climb out of the bottom three.

"Morale is good because I would say we have been in this situation time after time," he said.

"We have got the right characters in the dressing room and we know how to face adversity.

"These are situations we want to get out of. Not because of the run of defeats, that is just a stat. It is just the lack of points.

"That is something we never expected, especially if you look at the level of our performances.

"We can change it around quickly and we have got the right personalities and talent in the dressing room to get the points we need and achieve our aim."

With Blackburn just a place above Wigan in the table, boss Steve Kean will know just how his counterpart is feeling, but the under-pressure manager says bad luck is to contribute to the club's bad run of form.

Like Athletic, Rovers have also only been able to pick up just one win in the league this season, and Kean, also striving to emerge from the relegation zone, is urging his side to attack.

"We've said to the lads, let's look positive, let's not even think about a draw, let's go and get an away victory," he said.

"We feel already that we should have beaten Norwich away and we are slightly disappointed it was only a point at QPR.

"There are group of games coming up with lots of points we can be putting on the board."

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