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PREVIEW: Wigan Athletic v Millwall

21 October 2014

All you need to know about Tuesday night's game

Millwall will hope to record a first win since the end of August and establish a little breathing space away from the relegation zone with three points at Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium tonight (7.45pm).  

Manager views

Following Saturday's exciting 3-3 draw at home to Wolves, Lions boss Ian Holloway hailed the never-say-attitude of his team as they clawed their way back from a 3-0 deficit. However whilst praising the battling qualities of his team, Ollie and his right-hand man Marc Bircham know the importance getting back to winning ways as The Lions sit just three points off the drop zone.

Speaking about this evening's match assistant boss Birch said: "It was a great attitude by the lads, they got what they deserved in the end. On the whole our performance level has been excellent. We've got to start the game how we finished on Saturday. We can't let a goal against us spark us into action. Hopefully we can repeat what we did up there last season."

Birch spoke to Lions Player. To view the above interview in full, click here

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler commented: "The game here last season ended our decent run at home, and since then Millwall have moved on again. Their manager knows the league inside out, and he has put together a very hard-working, fearless team that will fight for each other. You can see the passion on the sidelines in the manager, and you see the same things on the pitch in his players. That is what we will have to try to match on the night.

Team news

Rosler has four players facing late fitness tests ahead of this evening's DW Stadium clash, although the Latics boss is keeping his cards close to his chest. He has confirmed that Emyr Huws is one of the quartet rated as 'doubtful', but remains coy on the remaining three saying only 'two of them I'm sure will come through, we hope all four will." Skipper Emmerson Boyce is definitely ruled out, however, having sustained an ankle injury in last month's game against Nottingham Forest.

Lee Martin returned to action following a knee injury as a second-half substitute for Millwall on Saturday and could have played his way back into the starting line-up. The pacey midfielder had a hand in two of The Lions' three late goals against Wolves and may well find himself in tonight's starting XI. Shaun Williams has to sit out the game as he serves a one-match ban for his sending off in the eighth-minute of injury-time last weekend, although Ollie has Jimmy Abdou, Jack Powell, Richard Chaplow and Ed Upson all vying for a berth in central midfield. Striker Ricardo Fuller staked a strong case for his inclusion after bagging a brace in the final eight minutes of Saturday's match, while new loan signing Andy Wilkinson could come in at right back..

Form

Wigan go into tonight's game without a win in seven games, last tasting victory on the same date as Millwall - 30th August - when they hammered Birmingham City 4-0 at the DW Stadium. Since then, the Latics have drawn four and lost three of their subsequent fixtures, including successive draws against Wolves (2-2) and Brentford (0-0) last time out.

Millwall have picked up five points from 21 on the road this season, winning at Fulham (1-0) in August and picking up a point in matches at Sheffield Wednesday (1-1) and most recently, Derby County (0-0). Like Wigan, The Lions have not won in seven matches dating back to a 2-1 success against Blackpool on 30th August, although subsequent away displays at Ipswich, Reading and Derby have not perhaps reaped as many points as the team deserved.

Head-to-head

The two sides have met on 25 previous occasions, of which Millwall have won 11 and Wigan seven. The remaining seven games have ended all square.

A first-half strike from Carlos Edwards secured a 1-0 victory at the DW Stadium when the teams last met and you can view highlights of that game below:



Live coverage

Full match commentary will be available on Lions Player from 7.40pm.  

You can also keep up to date with the action as it happens on The Wall and on the club's official Twitter account @MillwallFC. Join the conversation by using our matchday hashtag #WAFCvMFC in your tweets.  

Betting

For a comprehensive list of odds on the game, click here

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