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- Live score: Wigan 3 (Fortune 5, Ward og 57, Gomez 90) Cherries 0
- Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Barnett, Perch, McCann, McArthur, Watson, Powell, McManaman, Fortune, Beausejour. Subs: Crainey, Holt, Gomez, McClean, Espinoza, Browning, Nicholls (g/k).
- Cherries: Camp; Francis, Elphick, Ward, Daniels; O’Kane; Ritchie, Arter, Surman, Fraser; Grabban. Subs: Cook, Pugh, Pitman, Harte, Hughes, Rantie, Allsop (g/k).
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Wigan 3 Cherries 0
Two good saves from Al Habsi to deny Grabban and then Rantie.
Brilliant goal as Gomez strikes from 25 yards.
Jordi Gomez, 90 minutes, Wigan 3 Cherries 0
Good save from Al Habsi to deny Rantie, who had beaten the last defender to go clear following Pugh's pass.
Wigan appear happy to try to play out time here as they lead 2-0.
Wigan: Espinoza on for Watson.
Moments later, Pugh can only shoot straight at Al Habsi from 12 yards.
Good chance for Cherries. Pugh releases Daniels, Pitman dummies the cross and Rantie arrives bang on time, only to fire narrowly wide. Keeper was beaten.
Pitman on for Ritchie
Ritchie shot deflected for a corner.
Big let off for Cherries as Chris McCann fires straight at Camp from six yards.
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Harry Arter limps off injured with Tokelo Rantie joining Lewis Grabban up front.
Rantie on for Arter
Wigan: Gomez on for McManaman
Prior to that second goal for the hosts, Cherries had made a decent start to the second half. Pugh replaced Fraser immediately after the goal.
More on the goal: Off balance and attempting to clear Fortune's shot, Ward sliced the ball past the diving Lee Camp.
Cherries: Pugh on for Fraser
Elliott Ward own goal, 57 minutes, Wigan 2 Cherries 0
Marc Pugh is ready to come on for Cherries.
A bit of possession football from Cherries as they attempt to build pressure. O'Kane and Fraser combine to force a corner.
Cherries youngster Jayden Stockley on target for loan club Torquay. The Gulls, under the management of ex-Cherries coach Chris Hargreaves, lead 2-0 at AFC Wimbledon.
Corner for Cherries.
Arter and Ritchie combine on the right to release Grabban but he lashes across the face of goal from a tight angle. Probably Cherries' best move so far.
McArthur fires wide from 20 yards.
Wigan: Tyias Browning on for James Perch
Second half under way
Wigan 1 Cherries 0
Francis cross, Grabban fires wide. Half-chance for Cherries.
Rapid counter from Wigan as McArthur surges out of defence and past O'Kane. Camp saves his shot easily.
Chris McCann, 40 minutes, for a trip on Ryan Fraser
Decent save from Camp. Ben Watson's free-kick forces the Cherries keeper to punch over the crossbar.
Grabban gets in behind on the left but the ball gets away from him and Al Habsi claims it. Fraser was calling for a cross.
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Wigan impressive so far. Plenty of attacking intent. Can see why they have been in decent form since Uwe Rosler's arrival.
At the other end, Camp saves well from James McArthur's long-range effort.
Matt Ritchie cuts in from the right and unleashes a trademark left-foot shot, which Ali Al Habsi gets down well to hold.
Wigan have lined up in a 4-3-3 formation but both full-backs are getting forward at every opportunity, particularly Jean Beausejour on the left. From his position wide on the left, Nick Powell has popped up in central areas and caused problems.
Cherries enjoying a bit more possession now after spending much of the opening exchanges on the back foot.
The lively Powell tries his luck from 25 yards and Camp parries solidly.
Fortune causes more problems but Powell fails to hit the target from his colleague's powerful cross.
Nick Powell gets past Tommy Elphick and Callum McManaman races clear on to the loose ball. Clean through, he is denied by an excellent block from keeper Lee Camp.
Fine strike from Fortune to put the hosts in front. The ball fell kindly for him 15 yards out and, on the turn, he rifled into the top corner right-footed.
Marc-Antoine Fortune, 5 minutes. Wigan 1 Cherries 0.
Cherries corner. Taken short, Ritchie cross finds Arter but his shot is blocked.
Nick Powell gets the better of Francis but Camp saves his shot comfortably.
Beautiful pass from O'Kane, 40-yard cross-field to Fraser. Inch perfect.
Cherries 4-1-4-1 as expected. Eunan O'Kane in front of the back four and Lewis Grabban up top.
Game on here...
The teams are out. Cherries in a pre-match huddle.
Wigan chief Dave Whelan has just taken his seat behind the press area. Cherries chairman Jeff Mostyn also present.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM - Eddie Howe
EDDIE Howe believes Cherries have the potential to be “a force to be reckoned with” in the second half of the season – providing they can keep progressing.
Boss Howe says he has been encouraged by recent performances as Cherries have continued to find their feet following promotion to the Championship.
He told the Daily Echo: “I think we have seen a gradual improvement in the team throughout the season, not just in results, but in level of performance. When you looked at our early games, we had some good results by being a little backs-to-the-wall at times.
“We have been more progressive and attack-minded in the latter stages of the first half of the season and had some consistent performances, which is the pleasing thing.
“I think we have been very good in the past six or seven games and been the dominant team in most. They are good signs and if we could continue that progression and improvement, then we could be a real force to be reckoned with.”
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM – Simon Francis
An exemplary attendance record has seen Francis miss only three games – starting and finishing 106 out of 109 – after making his Cherries debut in an FA Cup clash against Gillingham in November 2011.
Francis, who is making his 59th consecutive appearance today, told the Daily Echo: “I have been fortunate enough to play every game this season and have enjoyed it. There is an element of luck but I would like to think I live correctly off the pitch which, as you get older, you have to do more.
“When I was 18 or 19, I could probably eat what I wanted and maybe train how I wanted. I was relatively fortunate with injuries then. Now though, if you don’t do it right off the pitch then you are going to suffer. I work before and after training and try to eat correctly. That has definitely played a big part.”
Francis is hoping his previous encounters will stand him in good stead when he resumes battle with Wigan’s team of wingers today.
The Latics boast full internationals Jean Beausejour and James McClean in their squad, while England under-21 Callum McManaman is also in their ranks.
Francis, who helped Cherries to a 1-0 win over Wigan in August, said: “We always look at clips of teams before we play them and I have played against all three of them this season and last.
“Beausejour started when we played them in August before McClean came on for him. I thought I did pretty well against them so can take confidence from that.
“McManaman played on the left when we met them in the cup last season so I know about him as well. I know what their strengths are but I will also be working on their weaknesses and trying to exploit them.
“They have a strong squad and we will have to give them a lot of respect. But we will go there with a lot of confidence based on our recent results.”
Cherries have completed their warm-up and are now returning to the dressing rooms. Very cold up here at the DW.
Cherries have climbed to 16th in the Championship on the back of a four-match unbeaten run over the Christmas and New Year period.
League form: D D W W L W
Since Uwe Rosler’s appointment, the Latics have enjoyed a five-match unbeaten run which has included wins over Bolton, Reading and Derby. Now 11th, Wigan are pushing for the play-offs.
League form: W D D W W L
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Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Barnett, Perch, McCann, McArthur, Watson, Powell, McManaman, Fortune, Beausejour. Subs: Crainey, Holt, Gomez, McClean, Espinoza, Browning, Nicholls (g/k).
One change for Cherries from the team which claimed a 1-1 draw at Brighton on New Year's Day, with Ryan Fraser coming in for Marc Pugh on the left flank.
Cherries: Camp; Francis, Elphick, Ward, Daniels; O’Kane; Ritchie, Arter, Surman, Fraser; Grabban. Subs: Cook, Pugh, Pitman, Harte, Hughes, Rantie, Allsop (g/k).
Two form sides set to lock horns today. Team news coming up...
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