Hull City

Scouting Report: Wigan Athletic

13 September 2019
A closer look at our next opponents – Wigan Athletic – ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash at the KCOM Stadium.

Here’s all you need to know about Paul Cook’s Latics…

Team News
Paul Cook has some injury problems ahead of taking his side to the KCOM Stadium. Anthony Pilkington remains on the sidelines after suffering a set back in his recovery from a quad problem, while Josh Windass continues to miss out with a calf injury. David Marshall – who has been ever-present for the Latics in the league this season – looks set to make his first return to East Yorkshire following his departure from the club in the summer.

Paul Cook
Age: 52
Previous Clubs Managed: Southport, Sligo Rovers, Accrington Stanley, Chesterfield, Portsmouth

Career High-Point
Cook led Wigan to the League One title in his first season in charge at the DW Stadium, while also embarking on an impressive FA Cup run that claimed three shocks against top-flight opponents – West Ham United, Bournemouth and Manchester City.

Managerial Record At Wigan Athletic
Games 114 Won 50 Drawn 28 Lost 36

Paul Cook’s Record Against Hull City
Games 2 Won 2 Drawn 0 Lost 1

Form Guide
Wigan have endured a frustrating start to the campaign having won just one of their seven games in all competitions. That victory game with a 3-2 home win over Cardiff City on the opening day of the season, which was followed by five consecutive defeats – including a Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Preston North End – before stopping the run with a share of the spoils from a goalless draw with Barnsley prior to the international break.

Key Player…
Lee Evans signed for Latics on a permanent basis from Sheffield United in January 2019 after impressing while on loan in the first half of the 2018/19 campaign. The midfielder has featured in all six – including five starts – of Wigan’s Championship fixtures so far this season, scoring once in the 3-2 win over Cardiff City on the opening day of the season.

One To Watch…
Kieffer Moore was signed from Barnsley in the summer of 2019 after the Latics paid an undisclosed fee to Barnsley for the imposing striker’s services. The striker, who scored 36 goals for the Tykes over the course of the 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns, will head to the KCOM Stadium looking for his first in a Wigan shirt.

What They’re Saying…

“My job, the supporters’ job, everyone’s job, is to give them the confidence and the belief to go and play their football. And then they must return that support to the fans for getting behind them. It’s a two-way street in football, and that will always be the case.”
Paul Cook

“We’ve got a lot of new players and they’ve all come quite late. It’s been great to integrate them within the squad and work on things and just get ourselves right really. Everyone is working really hard for that to happen. It’s a long, long season but we are confident we can have a good one.”
Sam Morsy

Last Five Meetings…
10 April 2019 // Hull City 2-1 Wigan Athletic // Championship
18 September 2018 // Wigan Athletic 2-1 Hull City // Championship
8 January 2011 // Hull City 2-3 Wigan Athletic // Championship
3 May 2010// Wigan Athletic 2-2 Hull City // Championship
2 January 2010 // Wigan Athletic 4-1 Hull City // FA Cup

Previous Clash…

Jordy De Wijs scored a late winner as Hull City came from behind to beat Wigan Athletic at the KCOM Stadium in April 2019.

Nick Powell fired Wigan ahead just before the break when he met Reece James’ cross to fire low into the net.

The hosts levelled early in the second half when Christian Walton spilled Kamil Grosicki’s shot into the path of Fraizer Campbell, who slotted home.

And De Wijs earned Hull all three points when he headed in from an 89th-minute corner.