Latics to play Bury in FA Cup First Round

The FA Cup
The FA Cup

Wigan Athletic have been drawn away at Bury in the first round of the FA Cup.

The two teams will be sick of the sight of each other, with Bury having just had the upper hand in two previous meetings this season.

They knocked Latics out of the Carling Cup, beating them 2-1 at the DW on August 11 thanks to an 89th-minute penalty from old boy Leon Clarke.

But the Shakers let a two-goal lead slip in the first of the teams’ league fixtures at Gigg Lane earlier this month.

Latics famously won the FA Cup in 2013 and, the following season, returned to Wembley as a Championship club to face Arsenal in a semi-final.

The first-round games will take place over the weekend of November 7 and 8.

Meanwhile, Latics’ 1-1 draw at Bradford last Saturday strength their unbeaten run to nine games.

With no midweek action, they have a few days to prepare for Saturday’s visit of Swindon.

Striker Craig Davies said: “Sometimes it’s good to have a full week to prepare for the next game.

“It’s not like you’re having a total rest but, with no midweek game, it’s not as quick a turnover and you can get back to the drawing board on the training ground.

“The gaffer will be able to get more of his ideas across, and he’ll have some selection problems with the injured players all coming back.

“It’s better to have that than not have enough players – I’m sure most managers would like to be in his position right now.”

Latics, fifth in the ladder but level on 24 points with two other sides, are unbeaten in the league at the DW this term.

WIGAN Athletic fans will cover 4,664 miles and fork out more than £800 on fuel and parking if they attend every away game this season, according to research by JustPark.