The words have been said, written and read numerous times already this season… “Wigan Athletic is similar to several clubs in Sky Bet League One this season in that they have a manager now in his first full season at the helm with the club”.
Leam Richardson twice served as caretaker manager for the Latics, before officially being named permanent manager on April 21, 2021. Since taking over in his current role, Wigan have produced a record of three wins, three losses and five draws.
Wigan currently sit fifth in the league table having amassed 10 points with three wins, a draw and a loss under their belt, sitting just behind Sheffield Wednesday on goal difference, and ahead of Portsmouth, Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United on the same formula.
The Latics have conceded 15 goals in the club’s last 15 matches across all competitions dating back to last season. However, in that span, they have produced six clean sheets, including a string of four on the bounce. In fact, Wigan has allowed just three goals in league play this season, with two of those coming in the team’s opening match away to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Since that loss, only Wycombe Wanderers have managed to find the back of the net against the Latics – that coming on the end of a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium.
Though Wigan has not produced a ton of goals to begin the campaign, they have not been held scoreless in a League One match since a 1-0 loss at home to Portsmouth on 5 April 2021. The last goalless draw in the league was at home to Ipswich in March 2021.
In the head-to-head against Rovers, it’s Wigan holding the edge in the last eight meetings, with four wins and just two defeats. Rovers last win in league against Wigan was a 3-1 victory in April 2016.