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Wigan Athletic: On the verge of an immediate Sky Bet Championship return

26 April 2016

Gary Caldwell's Wigan Athletic could be promoted to the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening at the first time of asking, despite not having a fixture.

Wigan are nine points clear of fourth-placed Walsall, having played a game more, but their superior goal difference has effectively secured their immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship.

Mathematically they can still be caught, but it would take a huge swing in terms of goals in their final two games to deprive them of promotion.

Should the Saddlers fail to beat Shrewsbury Town tonight then the Latics will be able to celebrate despite not being in action.

After suffering relegation last season Wigan had a slow start to life in League 1 but a 20-match unbeaten run, starting on December 19th against Barnsley, gradually moved them to the top of the pile. 

The club have scored more goals than any other team in the division and have lost just six of their 44 league games.

Last time out

Wigan got back to winning ways on Saturday by defeating Southend United 4-1 at the DW Stadium with Will Grigg netting his 25th and 26th goals of the season in the process.

One win from their remaining two fixtures should see them promoted as champions – again, it would take a mathematical improbability for Burton Albion to overtake them.

View from the dugout

Following the club's win on Saturday Gary Caldwell said: "We have got great spirit, great desire and great work ethic and they are all of the values you need to be successful. We have fantastic quality as well, though, and to play the way we do at times, it is an absolute joy to watch.

"I said to the players that we haven’t achieved anything yet and we won’t look at the league table until May 8th. 

"We go to Blackpool next week and we need a similar performance in front of a massive backing to push us on and hopefully we’ll give the fans a day out to remember."

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Find out if Wigan's promotion is confirmed on Tuesday evening by following social media updates via @SkyBetLeague1

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