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2 November 2013

First Ashton Gate visit for seven years

Latics today pay their first visit to Bristol City for over seven years.

Though Latics have been to the city in more recent times, it has been to the blue half to the Memorial Ground to play Rovers.

City's relegation to Sky Bet League 1 last April means Latics renew acquaintances.

The West Country club has had a difficult time and last Saturday's 4-2 win at Carlisle United was their first victory of the season.

Indeed, it was their first win in 22 attempts, a sequence stretching back to early March.

City have this week signed two players on loan from Championship clubs - midfield man Simon Gillett (Nottingham Forest) and defender Karleigh Osborne (Millwall) 

They still have a squad rich in talent as it contains players of the calibre of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Nicky Shorey, Scott Wagstaff, Sam Baldock and Marlon Harewood.

LAST MEETINGS

League One
January 20th, 2007: Latics 0, Bristol City 3
September 30th, 2006: Bristol City 0, Latics 0

LAST MATCH

League One
October 29th, 2013: Notts County 3, Latics 2
October 26th, 2012: Carlisle 2, Bristol City 4

TEAM NEWS

Bristol City include new loan signings Simon Gillett and Karleigh Osborne in their squad and both are in line for their debuts. James Tarkowski returns for Latics after serving a one-match ban.

TOP SCORERS

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (10) for City. Adam Rooney (5) for Latics.

MAN TO WATCH

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, a striker who Ipswich once bought for £1million from Arsenal, has impressed in a struggling side.

CONNECTIONS

Latics' manager Lee Johnson spent five-and-a-half years as a player at Bristol City whose midfield pair Neil Kilkenny and Bobby Reid are both ex-Latics loan players.

TICKET NEWS

Ticket prices on the turnstiles at Bristol City are:

Adults: £20 
Over-65's: £17
Under-21's: £15
Under-18's: £10
Under-8's: £8

Wheelchair supporters and ambulant disabled pay the appropriate rate and their carers are free.  

Bristol City have three pays for away disabled fans at a cost of £10 and they can be pre-booked by telephoning 0117 9630606. 

Car parking places at £5 can be booked on the above number, but these are limited.



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