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Scouting Report - A look at Wigan Athletic

WE take a closer look at the in-form Wigan Athletic side ahead of Saturday's meeting at Loftus Road.

Manager

Paul Cook
Age - 51

Previous clubs managed

Sligo Rovers, Accrington Stanley, Chesterfield & Portsmouth

Career High-Point

Won promotion to the Championship with Wigan in 2018

Preferred managerial style

Possession based – Cook’s teams like to keep possession and play attacking football. They usually approach all games in a similar manner.

Managerial record at Wigan

Games 64 Wins 38 Draws 15 Lost 11

Paul Cook’s record against QPR

Games 0

Formation and Tactical approach

Paul Cook has more or less always opted to play a 4-2-3-1 formation with the Latics. Wigan plays with a flat back four and full-backs who like to push forward. In midfield, they use a deep-lying playmaker alongside a more box-to-box to player. Their wingers stay wide and give them width and can switch sides during the game. There is an emphasis on the number 10 to get forward and support the lone front man whilst he's also expected to get into pockets and create chances.

Last game and performance

Two goals from Will Grigg – the second from the penalty spot – and another from Gavin Massey saw Wigan defeat Stoke 3-0, while the Potters also had the defender Ashley Williams sent off for a second yellow card with 12 minutes remaining.

Key Player

Nick Powell – A technically gifted midfielder with the ability to change a game with a piece of individual skill. He scored 15 goals in League One last season.

One to Watch

Callum McManaman – Struggles with consistency, but when on form is a dangerous winger who can beat players for pace and skill.