Sheffield Wednesday: Owls out to capitalise on Latics’ poor home form

Stevie May celebrates his winner agains Wigan last month.
Stevie May celebrates his winner agains Wigan last month.
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Goals and victories have been few and far between for Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough this season.

But Stuart Gray’s charges will be looking to make the most of someone else’s home woes tonight.

You have to go back to the end of August for the last time third-from-bottom Wigan Athletic triumphed in their own backyard. The Latics have gone eight matches without a home win, suffering three defeats at the DW Stadium during the 2014/15 campaign.

But Wigan will fancy their chances of ending that run, having already beaten the Owls two times in 2014.

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Tonight’s meeting will be the fourth time the two sides have played each other this calendar year. Wigan lost the last tussle at Hillsborough in November by two goals to one after a brace either side of half-time by Stevie May.

However, the Latics are now full of confidence after securing a 2-0 win at fellow Championship strugglers Leeds United on Boxing Day. A Liam Cooper own goal and a James McClean effort helped the Latics record their first win under Malky Mackay at the sixth time of asking.

McClean said: “Winning is the perfect confidence boost going into Sheffield Wednesday and into the New Year, but beating Leeds will mean nothing if we don’t start kicking on from it.

“We’re not where we want to be in the table, so hopefully we can go on a run similar to the one we went on last year.

“It’s got to be about pushing ourselves up the table and staying away from the relegation zone.”

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