Q&A With Wigan Athletic

  • March 28, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Ahead of the 42nd meeting between Bolton and Wigan Athletic, we have got the views of a Latics supporter.

Victory over Blackpool gave Wanderers their first win in four games on Tuesday night, while Wigan's defeat at Queens Park Rangers was their first in 11 outings.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have spoken to Jon (@Jailbrkr21) - a 29-year-old who has been watching the Latics since his teenage years. Last season's FA Cup success goes down at his favourite memory, while former Trotters goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi is listed as one of his favourite players.

Ahead of Saturday's game, Jon shares his views on Wigan's late-season push for promotion, the rivalry between the two clubs and why Andre Moritz is the player his side should fear the most.

Q: Since Uwe Rosler took over from Owen Coyle in December, Wigan have won 16 of his 26 games in charge - drawing five and losing five. What has changed on the field since that change off the field?

A: The players seem to be playing with more confidence and belief that they can win. When you get a few decent performances and wins behind you, it all adds to the overall morale of the squad.

Q: Wigan have won just once in their last three games, after winning the previous eight on the bounce. Can Latics start another run like that, or do you fear the club will start a late-season slide out of the play-offs?

A: Latics will continue to collect points but we have a few difficult games yet to play in the league and at least one big game in the FA Cup.

Wigan have proved that can play away from home against tough opposition - with wins at Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town and Manchester City, in which we defended better than ever for the final 35 minutes.

I think Wigan's defence has come a long way in the last few months and with Shaun Maloney due back, I think we will be just fine.

Q: Assuming Wigan do make the play-offs, who do you think will join them and who will win promotion - presuming Leicester City and Burnley have already gone up automatically?

A: Queens Park Rangers, Derby County, Wigan and Nottingham Forest.

I think Wigan will finish 4th and will get promotion against QPR at Wembley.

Q: THE RIVALRY - There has been a lot of banter between Bolton and Wigan supporters all season long on the supposed rivalry between the clubs. Until 10 years ago, there wasn't much of a history between the clubs. What do you make of it all?

A: I like the banter between the clubs and if it all stays as banter, it's all just a bit of fun. It's good to have local derbies and having the bragging rights, but when things start to get violent then that's a different matter.

Q: Which Wigan player do you think will pose the biggest threat to the Bolton defence on Saturday?

A: I hope Maloney will be back in the team - he will cause problems. Also, Callum McManaman is always darting around and can be hard to keep track of.

Q: On the other hand, which Wanderers player should the Wigan backline be most fearful of?

A: I'm not sure the Wigan defence are fearful of anybody at the moment, but if Andre Moritz starts then he will be the one to watch.

I obviously think of the Leeds v Bolton game a few weeks ago, when five different players scored. Anyone can score.

Q: Finally, give us a score prediction. Will Wigan complete a league double, or will Bolton get revenge for December's defeat?

A: Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Wigan Athletic

Burnden Aces would like to thank Jon for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @Jailbrkr21.

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