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WIGAN V GILLINGHAM FC: MATCH PREVIEW

6 January 2016

We bring you the team news and manager comments as the Gills prepare to play Wigan in front of the Sky TV Cameras

WIGAN V GILLINGHAM
Sky Bet League One
DW Stadium
Thursday January 7
Kick-Off, 745

Team News:

Luke Norris (ankle) has `a slight chance` of being fit for the game although he may be rested for another week.

Cody McDonald (foot) will be out for at least another month with a broken metatarsal, so Ben Williamson may feature after returning from his loan spell at Cambridge.

Deji Oshilaja has returned to Cardiff but Dominic Samuel is likely to keep his place up front after extending his stay from Reading. Jordan Houghton however has returned to Chelsea.

As for Wigan they will be without Kevin McNaughton who continues to recover following a long term injury. Francisco Junior is also unavailable with the loanee receiving treatment at parent club Everton.

Management Comments:

Gary Caldwell – "We've regrouped in terms of getting results, now we have to get our home form back on track - especially against teams above us in the league.

"The home games now become very important. We have to go in front of our own fans and win."

Justin Edinburgh – “We are looking forward to it; it’s an opportunity for people to see what we are trying to do here.

“We just need to continue what we have been doing, if we look at it as a fixture where we think we need to showcase ourselves then you won’t play your normal game.”

Previous Meetings:

The clubs last met on August 22 when two goals from Bradley Dack, one of which from the penalty spot, was enough to clinch a 2-0 win at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

The most famous meeting took place in May 2000 when the clubs competed in the second division play-off Final at Wembley Stadium.

With the scores level at 1-1 after 90 minutes both Steve Butler and Andy Thompson netted in extra time to give the Gills, then under the management of Peter Taylor, a much sought after promotion to the Championship. 



Coverage:

You can listen to live match commentary on Gills Player courtesy of Jamie Reid and Peter Lloyd.

The fixture is also being broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Officials:

Referee - Scott Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 - Ollie Yates
Assistant Referee 2 - Steven Rushton
Fourth Official - Graham Salisbury


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