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Wigan Athletic Preview

15 January 2016

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Manager Danny Wilson returns to his home town in Lancashire as his Spireites side look for three wins in a row at promotion-chasing Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

The visitors will arrive at the DW Stadium full of confidence after successive wins for the first time since October and a feel good factor stirring around the club.


Spireites have sold all of their 500 advance tickets for the game, with away fans also able to purchase tickets on matchday at Wigan.

However, Chesterfield fans are reminded that advance prices are only the same on matchday if bought from the DW Stadium ticket office, with some prices increased if bought on the turnstile.

Team News

Winger Gboly Ariyibi misses the game with a one-match suspension after picking up two yellows and a red during his stand-out performance at Rochdale last week, with Dan Gardner and Rai Simons fighting to take his place in the starting 11.

Defender Drew Talbot is expected to be back in the squad for the match after recovering from his hamstring injury, but the game comes too early for Ian Evatt - likely to be out with his Achilles injury for another two to three weeks.

New signing Reece Wabara is fit and ready to come into the Wigan side, the defender's short-term contract at Barnsley expiring at the turn of the year.

David Perkins was substituted midweek with an ankle injury and is a doubt for the match, and manager Gary Caldwell has hinted that he may ring some changes after letting things slip in the 3-3 home Sheffield United draw on Tuesday.

Form Guide

Both sides enter the game in fine goalscoring form, Wigan's last two games have seen the them net six goals, while the Spirietes have banged in ten in two matches since the turn of the year.

Saturday's visitors will be looking to make goal-lined hay at the DW Stadium, where Wigan have also conceded five in their last two outings.

Wigan have staged one late comeback of late while being on the receiving end of another. The 2013 FA Cup winners came from 2-0 down to beat Gillingham on January 8, but could only pick up a point from their match with Sheffield United, despite leading 3-0 in the second half.

From the Dugout

With both sides enjoying a productive start to the new year, Wilson is expecting a free-flowing and attacking afternoon of football.

He said: "On paper it promises to be an exciting game; we're not going there to sit back, lay down and have our tummies tickled. We'll be going there to put on a strong performance.

"We've worked hard in training in the last few days in preparation for the game and we're certainly aware of what Wigan are capable of doing - should we allow them to play. We need to make sure we don't let them do that."

The Chesterfield boss concedes that the Latics' set-up has changed beyond recognition since his playing days at the club, but is looking forward to going home all the same.

"It's fantastic to go back," he said. "It's great from my point of view because I get to see family and friends, but at the same time things have moved on, it's a different world since I played for Wigan.

"Going to the Premier League and taking the FA Cup was fairy tale stuff and Dave Whelan has done a remarkable job there transforming the club into what it is now.

"What comes with that is a bit of pressure and expectation because everyone expects them to be back again to where they were.

"Everyone and their dog in Wigan will expect them to turn us over but we feel we have enough in the team to go there and get something out of the team and if we perform like we have in the last couple of games I'm confident we can come away with something."

Spireites unable to join Danny Wilson's Barmy Army at Wigan in person can keep fully up to date with all the action at the DW Stadium.

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