FA Cup preview: Huddersfield Town vs Wigan Athletic

Huddersfield Town vs Wigan Athletic preview

Adam Storer
Published 02/15/2013 09:51 by Adam Storer.

Huddersfield Town vs Wigan Athletic
FA Cup Fifth Round, John Smith’s Stadium
Sunday 17 February 2013

Team News

Goalkeeper Alex Smithies and skipper Peter Clarke are expected to return for Huddersfield Town, after both missed Tuesday’s 2-1 win against Leicester City in the last round of the FA Cup.

However, The Terriers will be without Danny Ward (metatarsal), Keith Southern (Achilles), Jermaine Beckford and Joel Lynch (both hamstring), whilst striker Lee Novak is a doubt after suffering a foot injury.

As for the visitors, boss Roberto Martinez offered youngsters Callum McManaman, Fraser Fyvie, Jordan Mustoe and Roman Golobart the chance to play for the first-team in the last round against Macclesfield Town.

Although the youth will most likely be given another chance to shine, Wigan will definitely be without defender Ivan Ramos, who has a cruciate ligament injury ruling him out for the rest of the season.

The Latics will also be missing midfielder Danny Redmond, after being sidelined with a knee problem.

Robins confirmed as Terriers’ new manager

Former Coventry City boss Mark Robins was officially appointed on Wednesday, just five months after joining the Sky Blues.

Robins, who has previously taken charge of Rotherham United and Barnsley, will be in the dugout for his first match on Saturday, when Huddersfield take on Premier League opposition Wigan.

Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle was understandably delighted to have got his man. Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: "Obviously retaining our Championship status is vital, but we also needed a manager who buys into the club’s football philosophy and structure.

"We believe Mark is that man."

When Robins took over at Coventry, the Ricoh Arena outfit were struggling at the bottom of the English third tier. However, after five wins in their last nine games, the Sky Blues sit in 8th place, just seven points off the play-off places.

Hoyle added: "Mark has shown his skill in getting the most from the resources at his disposal, none more so than his recent achievements at Coventry.

"Within five months he has pulled that side away from the League One relegation zone and given them a genuine chance of being involved in the promotion mix."

Robins joins the West Yorkshire side, replacing former boss Simon Grayson at the helm, with the club struggling in 18th, just three points from the relegation places.

He will also be joined by Steve Taylor, who was his assistant at Coventry.


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