I preview Malky Mackay’s 4th game in charge as his Latics side travel to Vicarage Road to face Slaviša Jokanović’s Watford side.
Last time these two sides faced each other was back in March when Uwe Rosler’s Wigan were the team to beat. Martyn Waghorn gave Latics all 3 points after completing the 2-1 comeback with a curled effort that added to Jean Beausejour’s leveller after Lewis McGugan originally gave the Hornets the lead with his driven effort.
Roles have reversed this time however as Watford see themselves chasing a play-off position whilst Wigan find themselves way down the table. Watford’s 5-0 rout of Fulham at Craven Cottage gave Watford their first win in five games yet they still find themselves propping up the top six.
Almen Abdi’s brace teamed with Troy Deeney’s hat-trick claimed all 3 points for the 2012 Play-off Finalists on a cold Friday night in Fulham. Back to back wins for Slaviša Jokanović will certainly lift some of the accepted pressure that he has come under after four straight defeats but with a Wigan side itching to get their season started, that 3 points won’t come easily.
Malky Mackay revealed this week that despite not picking up his first win as Latics boss, he has been happy with all of his team’s performances apart from the first half against Norwich but the players need to be more ruthless when going forward: