Wigan v Leeds United: Last four trips to the DW Stadium

Gary Kelly.

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Leeds United have travelled to face Wigan Athletic on four occasions in the past, and Saturday’s hosts have the upper hand.

Throughout history, the two sides have only met eight times, perhaps no surprise given the varied history of the clubs, and Wigan have the edge, with four wins to Leeds’ two alongside two draws. Leeds have taken four points from a possible 12 in Wigan.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 1987 – WIGAN ATHLETIC 2 LEEDS UNITED 0

This was the first ever meeting between the sides and Leeds came out on top to reach the FA Cup semi-final.

The result came as no surprise as second tier Leeds beat their third tier opponents. However, the Whites’ cup run came to an end just one game short of the Wembley showpiece as they lost out to eventual winners, Coventry City.

It proved to be a year of near misses for United as they reached the play-off final at the end of the season, but were denied promotion to the top tier after defeat by Charlton Athletic.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2005 – WIGAN ATHLETIC 3 LEEDS UNITED 0

Wigan completed the league double over United with a comfortable home win.

After winning 2-0 at Elland Road, the Latics never looked like losing in this tie after Nathan Ellington gave his side the lead on ten minutes.

But Leeds, whose front line featured Rob Hulse and David Healy with Aaron Lennon on the wing, failed to break the home side down and they added to their lead shortly after half-time as Jason Roberts doubled his side’s advantage on 56 minutes.

Alan Mahon added insult to injury for United, netting Wigan’s third on 75 minutes as Leighton Baines and his team-mates ran out 3-0 winners.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2006 – WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 LEEDS UNITED 1

Championship side Leeds pulled off something of a surprise when they travelled to the then Premier League high-flyers to snatch a draw in this FA Cup third round tie.

After a tight first half, Latics striker David Connolly opened the scoring on 47 minutes. But, in front of a 10,980 crowd, Leeds showed their battling qualities and fought their way to earn a replay courtesy of Rob Hulse’s equaliser with minutes to go.

At Elland Road, the visitors would go on to win, but the Whites came mightily close to an upset.

With the scores level at 2-2 after 90 minutes, Wigan took the lead on 105 minutes before Gary Kelly scored a last-gasp leveller with four minutes to go of extra-time.

Unfortunately for the hosts, the visitors went on to win 4-2 on penalties.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2014 – WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 LEEDS UNITED 0

In the first clash between the two sides for over eight years, the hosts continued their good record against the Whites on home turf.

Leeds came into the game as underdogs with just one win from their last ten games, while Wigan had won six in ten, so the result fell true to form.

Martyn Waghorn proved to be the difference, netting the only goal of the game on 33 minutes. The Latics would go on to finish fifth as Leeds slumped to 15th.

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