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MATCH PREVIEW | WIGAN V TOWN

16 December 2016

Blues 'keeper believes one result could kick-start a strong run of form

Positivity is key for Bartosz Bialkowski as Town look to turn around an inconsistent run of form, starting with a trip to Wigan this weekend.

The Blues take on Warren Joyce's Latics at the DW Stadium on Saturday looking to bounce back following the 2-1 midweek defeat to Birmingham.

"We just need to stay positive, get out on the pitch and turn things around because we're the only ones that can do it," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"We need to make sure we keep things solid and stop conceding sloppy goals. We just need to keep doing what we're good at and we'll be OK.

"The inconsistencies are frustrating but that's football and sometimes it is like that. It's a long season but it's up to us to turn it round, so we need to stay positive and keep fighting.

"It's a big game for us at Wigan, like it is every week, but it's definitely there for us to win it and get the three points.

"Sometimes you just need a scrappy 1-0 win to get you going so hopefully that will happen on Saturday and we can go on a good run."  


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Team News

Town

Jonas Knudsen should be fit to return to the squad after the left-back missed the trip to Birmingham in midweek, and the Blues have no new injury worries to deal with. Myles Kenlock could keep his place, though, after performing well at St. Andrew's but Teddy Bishop (ankle), Tommy Smith (back), Giles Coke, Luke Hyam and Paul Digby (all knee) remain sidelined.


Wigan

Latics boss Warren Joyce is likely to be without defender, Reece Burke after he had to return to parent club, West Ham for treatment due to a niggling hip injury. Luke Garbutt is another that may miss Town's visit, as he pulled up in the midweek loss to Newcastle, having to be replaced by Andy Kellett who may well start at the weekend. Adam Bogdan will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, while Reece James and Alex Gilbey remain out.

Where They Stand

Town: 17th
Wigan: 23rd

Last Time They Met

Town and the Latics played out a goalless draw at Portman Road when the two sides last met in January 2015. Jay Tabb had a glorious chance to give the Blues an advantage after being slid through by Tyrone Mings, but the midfielder fired his effort over the bar. James Perch and David McGoldrick both had headed chances for their respective sides, but neither could find the back of the net, and Freddie Sears had a late opportunity to snatch all three points, but it wasn't to be in a match that neither side deserved to win.


Key Players

Jonny Williams

The midfielder is still waiting for his first start since joining on loan from Crystal Palace in the summer, but shone coming off the bench in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Birmingham at St. Andrew's. He did the same in the 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday at the start of November, and with Mick McCarthy saying in his pre-match press conference he would be 'bonkers' not to try something different, could Jonny be in for his first start of the campaign?

Jussi Jaaskelainen

The veteran goalkeeper has started Wigan's last three matches, having replaced the injured Adam Bogdan between the sticks. He helped his side to a 2-1 win over Huddersfield before producing a handful of strong stops to thwart the attacks of Derby and Aston Villa in recent weeks, although he couldn't prevent 1-0 defeats in both of those games. He may be 41, but the Finnish stopper is still going strong.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 21/10
Draw: 2/1
Wigan: 6/4

Match Officials

Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistant Referees: Nick Greenhalgh & James Mainwaring
Fourth Official: David Webb


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