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Opposition View: Wigan Athletic

29 September 2016

Wigan Evening Post's Paul Kendrick marks the card on what to expect from our visitors on Saturday

After a couple of tough years there is a young chairman, young manager, and fairly young squad at Wigan, is this a fresh start for club?

That's the hope, yes. The last time we played at Brentford was the last game of 2014/15, which will go down as arguably the most catastrophic campaign in the club's history. Much has changed since then, we won the League One title last year, and we're hopefully on the way back to where we were not so long ago.

After promotion last year, how do you feel the team has adapted back to the Championship? Have the results matched the performances?

It's been a bit of struggle to get to grips to life back in the Championship. Despite not expecting to do much business, there ended up being double figures in terms of players in and out, which will inevitably take time to get used to. But I definitely feel performances have deserved better than the results so far.

Were fans happy in the main with the summer transfer business?

On the whole yes. The return of Jordi Gomez was a real fillip for the fans, while the signing of Nick Powell - despite rival interest from clubs in the Championship and also the Premier League - was also seen as a coup. Securing Stephen Warnock, who has recently taken over the club captaincy, on a permanent deal was also very shrewd.

Who are the key men to look out for on Saturday?

The obvious one to pick out is Will Grigg, whose last-gasp winner against Wolves in midweek lifted Wigan off the bottom of the Championship. But there'll also be plenty of danger going forward from Yanic Wildschut, Michael Jacobs and Gomez.

What style of football can we expect from Wigan on Saturday?

Wigan have returned to the kind of passing game they became famous for under Roberto Martinez. After playing five at the back for much of his time in charge, Gary Caldwell has in recent weeks reverted to a back four, with three in midfield and two creative outlets supporting the lone frontman, usually Grigg.


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