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Wigan Athletic 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

Grant Holt celebrates

An injury-time winner from Emmerson Boyce helped Wigan beat Blackburn, who surrendered the lead after captain Grant Hanley's first-half red card.

Tommy Spurr put Rovers in front after a Scott Carson error before Hanley was sent off for elbowing Nick Powell.

The Scotland defender's indiscipline changed the momentum of the game and Grant Holt came off the bench to force Spurr into an own goal, before Boyce glanced home to snatch the victory.

The win moves Wigan 12th in the table.

Boyce's header from a Ben Watson free-kick ultimately proved decisive, but Hanley's dismissal played a key role in Blackburn, who are ninth, failing to close out a winning position for the first time this season.

Gary Bowyer's side were seeking a third Championship win in succession for the first time since 2001 and, with Wigan appearing jaded from their Europa League defeat of NK Maribor, set about ending the Latics' unbeaten home record.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle claimed Carson could return to the England squad after his performance against the Slovenian side, but the goalkeeper was at fault for Rovers' eighth-minute opener.

Carson spilt a long free-kick from Tom Cairney, allowing Spurr to drive home via a deflection.

James McArthur fired wide in response for Wigan, before they were given the impetus by Hanley's departure.

After playing a pass, he put an arm into the face of Manchester United loanee Powell, prompting an instant red card from referee Stuart Attwell.

Jordi Gomez and Powell both tested Jake Kean in the Rovers goal as Wigan took charge, before Coyle introduced Holt and Boyce off the bench.

It took just 12 minutes for former Norwich striker Holt to make his presence felt after a seven-game lay-off, his header following a Gomez corner finding the net thanks to Spurr's crucial last touch.

As the home side piled on the pressure, James McClean and Powell went close before Boyce headed home off the post to secure the 600th win in Wigan's history.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle:

"You saw it last night in the rugby league, that comeback was amazing, and again today the lads showed a lot of good attributes there that really pleased me," said Coyle.

"We've shown that on the football side this year, the amount of points we've retrieved from losing positions...it tells you everything about the character and the spirit you've got at your club.

"People will always talk when they're winning games about how good the spirit is, that comes hand in hand, but the testimony to any team spirit and camaraderie is when your team is up against it."

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer:

"I didn't know what he (Grant Hanley) got sent off for and as he came off I asked him what he did. I have to be honest I didn't understand him with the answer he gave me so I need to go and see it.

"It changed the course of the game because up until then we were very comfortable. We were pleased with how we were playing and we're disappointed to be leaving here without taking something from the game.

"Once the referee makes the decision there's an hour to play and our lads were magnificent."

Line-ups

Wigan

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Carson
  • 4ShottonBooked at 61minsSubstituted forBoyceat 62'minutes
  • 24PerchBooked at 63mins
  • 8Watson
  • 6RogneSubstituted forHoltat 57'minutes
  • 25BarnettBooked at 90mins
  • 11McClean
  • 16McArthurSubstituted forMcCannat 83'minutes
  • 19Powell
  • 14Gómez García-Penche
  • 22Beausejour

Substitutes

  • 7McCann
  • 9Holt
  • 13Nicholls
  • 17Boyce
  • 18Espinoza
  • 23Garcia
  • 29Dicko

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-2

  • 34KeanBooked at 88mins
  • 2KaneBooked at 37mins
  • 3Spurr
  • 6Lowe
  • 5HanleyBooked at 31mins
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 45CairneyBooked at 74minsSubstituted forTaylorat 83'minutes
  • 29EvansSubstituted forMarshallat 90+3'minutes
  • 9BestSubstituted forWilliamsonat 41'minutes
  • 11RhodesBooked at 90mins
  • 7King

Substitutes

  • 12Marshall
  • 13Eastwood
  • 17Williamson
  • 19Taylor
  • 21Marrow
  • 24Morris
  • 25Judge
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
16,996

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home20
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home15
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Marshall replaces Corry Evans.

  4. Post update

    Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Blackburn Rovers 1. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ben Watson with a cross following a set piece situation.

  7. Booking

    Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Corry Evans.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

  13. Post update

    Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Booking

    Jake Kean (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Watson.

  18. Post update

    Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Watson with a cross following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley118212171426
2QPR108201221026
3Leicester117221711623
4Nottm Forest116411911822
5Watford1163222111121
6Blackpool11551139420
7Reading115421510519
8Bournemouth115151824-616
9Blackburn114341713415
10Derby114342118315
11Ipswich114341815315
12Wigan94231410414
13Huddersfield113531310314
14Leeds114251013-314
15Brighton113441112-113
16Middlesbrough112631718-112
17Doncaster103341012-212
18Millwall113261223-1111
19Birmingham113171315-210
20Bolton11155918-98
21Charlton10145814-67
22Sheff Wed100641016-66
23Yeovil11128618-125
24Barnsley111281127-165
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