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TEST AHEAD

Posted on 18 April 2008  - 12:00

Pascal Chimbonda knows Wigan as well as anyone and warns us of a battle ahead at the JJB Stadium on Saturday.

Pascal Chimbonda knows Wigan as well as anyone and warns us of a battle ahead at the JJB Stadium on Saturday.

The versatile defender most recently plying his trade at left-back - unfortunately an injury doubt for Saturday -made his mark at the Latics in the 2005-06 season after joining from Bastia, playing 44 times including the League Cup Final.

His former side have made great strides under the leadership of Steve Bruce and look to have climbed out of immediate relegation danger - a fine point at Chelsea on Monday took them six points clear of the drop zone.

However, home form has been the difference with four wins and a draw against Arsenal in their last five matches at the JJB.

“They are doing well but they are still fighting relegation and it won’t be easy,” reasoned Pascal.

“If we play like we didn’t in the first half against Blackburn or Middlesbrough we will do something. It’s a battle. Everyone wants to stay in the Premier League and they will want to win. The game is tough.”

Although Pascal’s former team-mates are few and far between now - ‘there are not many there now, perhaps four or five’ he says - one of those former colleagues, Ryan Taylor, has impressed of late including bagging both goals in the recent win against Birmingham.

“He’s a good player. When I was at Wigan he didn’t play a lot of games but he is now and he’s played well under Steve Bruce.”

A quick note to travelling fans - the Marquee bar in the North Stand at the JJB will only be in use for corporate guests of Wigan Athletic on Saturday, it is NOT open as an Away Supporters bar for this game.

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