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Opposition Eye: Wigan Athletic

16 January 2016

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Chesterfield take on Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday looking to carry on their rich vein of form when the two teams go toe-to-toe.

With Wigan not playing last Saturday, it was the perfect chance for Latics manager Gary Caldwell to watch his next opponents, the Scot visiting Spotland to assess the Spireites.
He explained: “I watched their game at Rochdale on Saturday with us not playing and you can see that they’re working hard for their new manager Danny Wilson. 

“They’ve got a quality threat going forward in Sylvan Ebanks-Blake who has played at a higher level.”

Chesterfield remain unbeaten under Wilson and Caldwell says the Spireites will be visiting the DW Stadium on a high following the 3-2 win last time out. 

“They’re going to come here with lots of confidence after their recent results," said Caldwell. "They’ll want to prove a point by winning here. 

“We have to bounce back from the last half an hour of Tuesday night’s game and I’m sure with the hard work we’ve been putting in we’ll be able to do that.” 

Attacking midfielder Haris Vuckic, currently on-loan from Premier league side Newcastle, made his first appearance for the Latics against Chesterfield when the two teams met in September. 

Vuckic says that Chesterfield will be looking to put things right after being cruelly defeated at the Proact: “Chesterfield was my debut, it was a crazy game to go 2-0 behind and then win the game 3-2 in the last ten minutes. 

“They will come here hoping for revenge I feel, because as we experienced on Tuesday, it’s not nice to lose a lead like that. 

“Jordy Hiwula’s goal was a really good finish under pressure and I’ll never forget the celebrations I saw from the touchline, it was an incredible comeback.” 

Saturday's game will be Wigan’s third in a row at home and Vuckic says he and his team-mates are looking to end the flurry of home games with three points. 

“We’ll analyse Chesterfield in the build-up," he said. "We'll look closely at how they play and see how we can exploit their weaknesses to win the game. 

“We want to finish this run of matches at home with three more points, that way we’ll have collected a good return towards our aim.”

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