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Wigan Athletic 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

Gary Roberts
Wigan's Gary Roberts fired home to give the hosts the lead after 42 minutes

Goals from Gary Roberts, James Vaughan and Callum McManaman gave Wigan a deserved victory over Blackburn at the DW Stadium.

Midfielder Roberts opened the scoring with a stunning long-range strike on 37 minutes, before Vaughan converted from the spot after Rovers midfielder Jack Rodwell brought down Joshua Windass.

A late own goal from Burn made for an interesting finish as Blackburn halved the deficit, but Callum McManaman's finish three minutes later sealed victory for the Latics.

The result marked Wigan's first win in six attempts in the Championship, while Blackburn have lost three of their past four away league matches.

After a slow start to the game, Wigan took control on the half-hour mark when Burn's effort hit the bar, with Roberts' stunning goal from long range coming just two minutes later.

After Vaughan's firm penalty doubled the hosts' lead in the second half, Paul Cook's side hit the woodwork twice before Burn bundled into his own net.

But McManaman's second goal of the season quickly put any Rovers' hopes of a comeback to bed after excellent forward play by Windass.

Rovers manager Tony Mowbray made four changes to his team for the trip to Wigan, but his side were under par throughout, and rarely threatened a Wigan team who have not lost to Rovers at home since 2007.

If it had not been for the heroics of Rovers goalkeeper David Raya, the scoreline would have been much worse for the visitors, who have now lost three of their last four away league matches.

Wigan assistant manager Leam Richardson said:

"The lads have been working hard. They thoroughly deserved the win.

"This squad is together and they want to cover every blade of grass for each other.

"That's the league - you're up against quality opposition and quality players and you've got to pit your wits against them."

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray said:

"There might be another four or five changes at the weekend if that's the performance level to be honest - there's some players that deserve an opportunity.

"That's the first angry words I've seen among our footballers in 20 months in the dressing room, which is good to an extent.

"My job is to keep a rein on it and make sure they use their anger and frustration in the right manner."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 12James
  • 21Kipre
  • 33Burn
  • 20Naismith
  • 2Byrne
  • 36EvansBooked at 9mins
  • 5MorsyBooked at 73mins
  • 18RobertsSubstituted forConnollyat 79'minutes
  • 25PowellSubstituted forWindassat 22'minutes
  • 8VaughanBooked at 3minsSubstituted forMcManamanat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Gibson
  • 9Grigg
  • 10Windass
  • 15McManaman
  • 23Jones
  • 26Connolly
  • 41Garner

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2NyambeSubstituted forConwayat 80'minutes
  • 5Rodwell
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 17Bell
  • 6SmallwoodSubstituted forBreretonat 62'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 4Reed
  • 23Dack
  • 7Armstrong
  • 10GrahamBooked at 15minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 19Brereton
  • 25Downing
  • 32Conway
  • 45Palmer
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
10,777

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Reece James.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Christian Walton.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Sam Morsy.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Wigan Athletic 3, Blackburn Rovers 1. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Windass.

  13. Goal!

    Own Goal by Dan Burn, Wigan Athletic. Wigan Athletic 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces Ryan Nyambe.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum Connolly replaces Gary Roberts.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces James Vaughan.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).

  20. Post update

    James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich19114432211137
2Leeds19106332171536
3Middlesbrough1998222101235
4West Brom19104541271434
5Sheff Utd1910453223934
6Nottm Forest1971023021931
7Derby199462823531
8Aston Villa197753630628
9QPR198472226-428
10Birmingham196942724327
11Swansea197572119226
12Stoke196852323026
13Blackburn196852228-626
14Bristol City197482323025
15Wigan197392227-524
16Sheff Wed196582332-923
17Preston195773132-122
18Brentford195683028221
19Rotherham194871827-920
20Reading1945102430-617
21Millwall1945102332-917
22Hull1945101626-1017
23Bolton1945101225-1317
24Ipswich1918101733-1611
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