The next match in Wigan Athletic’s relegation battle is an away trip to Newcastle United, a tough challenge for Graham Barrow’s first away fixture in charge.
The task facing the interim manager is fast becoming an impossible one and after their 2-0 loss to Aston Villa a fortnight ago, a trip to St James’ Park won’t do much to ease worries of near certain relegation facing club.
The Magpies currently sit top of the table and are looking a near certainty to feature in next season’s top flight, whereas the Latics remain in the drop zone in 23rd place and seven points from safety.
However, the home side have not got the best of home records and Wigan should be buoyed by the fact that fellow relegation rivals Blackburn won there and Bristol City also picked up a point in a 2-2 draw last month.
The result the last time the two sides met was a comfortable victory for the Magpies, winning 2-0 with Mo Diame and Christian Atsu getting on the score sheet.
The injury news for Wigan should give them some encouragement with the only absentees being Reece Burke and Stephen Warnock.
The home side’s injury list is far more extensive with Vernon Anita, Paul Dummett and Deandre Yedlin all out with injuries and Daryl Murphy a possible doubt.
With several fist team players sidelined Barrow can go into the match knowing that the pressure will be far greater on Rafa Benitez’s side and any result here can only be seen as progress.