Blackburn missed out on the play-offs, despite beating Premier League hopefuls Wigan to finish their league season unbeaten in 12 matches.

Tom Cairney gave Rovers an early lead before Ivan Ramis levelled for Wigan.

Rudy Gestede put the hosts back in front and his header extended the lead before half-time.

Rhodes and goals

 Jordan Rhodes
  • Jordan Rhodes scored 25 goals for Blackburn in the Championship to finish as the club's top scorer this season.
  • The Scotland international actually scored more three more in the league last season, two of which while at Huddersfield, when he finished with 28.
  • Rhodes' most prolific campaign was at Huddersfield, where he scored 36 in 40 appearances in 2011-12 in League One.

James McClean pulled a goal back for Wigan, before Jordan Rhodes and Nicky Maynard netted late goals.

Wigan had already sealed a place in the Championship play-offs, despite losing five of their last seven matches in all competitions. They will play QPR at home in the first leg on 9 May.

Blackburn knew reaching the play-offs was going to be a difficult task, needing Reading and Brighton to lose, while beating Wigan and then turning around a seven-goal swing on the Royals.

By half-time, with Reading and Brighton losing, Ewood Park was full of belief the unlikely could become possible with their side 3-1 ahead and just four goals adrift of the Royals.

Blackburn got the start they needed as Cairney, voted supporters' player of the year, weaved through three Wigan defenders before slotting in the opener from just inside the penalty area.

Wigan were level soon after when Ramis bundled the ball over the line with his head after Martyn Waghorn's corner was flicked onto the bar by Rob Kiernan.

Parity wasn't restored for long when Gestede, who signed permanently from Cardiff in January after an initial loan, scored his fifth goal in three games, drilling low into the bottom corner, before the striker headed home Craig Conway's cross.

The second-half turned out to be an anti-climax though as an improved Wigan frustrated the hosts, before killing Rovers' hopes with McClean's close-range strike.

Gestede was denied a second hat-trick in three games by the crossbar and, with Reading drawing and Brighton winning, they finished in eighth, two points adrift of the top six, despite Rhodes' late header.

Maynard's impressive finish from the edge of the penalty area was not enough for Wigan, who will be hoping to earn an instant Premier League return.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "The objective was to win the game and we did that. I thought we played ever so well.

"From where we were last year, when we could still have gone down on the last day of the season, we can't look at this as anything but progress. We have to build on that now.

"I'm already looking forward to next season but there is going to be a lot of work ahead. This club needs another three windows before the squad is back where it should be."

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler: "It was the perfect opportunity to give players more minutes, and give others a rest.

"Blackburn Rovers are probably disappointed they are not where they should be but congratulations to the manager for a team of young players with good momentum.

"We have a decent momentum going in and I know we can compete with QPR. The game will not be lost or won in the first leg."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 16 Keane
  • 14 Olsson
  • 29 Evans (Lowe - 73' )
  • 05 Hanley Booked
  • 04 Kilgallon Booked
  • 32 Conway
  • 45 Cairney
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 39 Gestede Booked
  • 07 King (Feeney - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Lowe
  • 08 Dunn
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 15 Varney
  • 17 Williamson
  • 19 Taylor
  • 22 Feeney

Wigan Athletic

  • 01 Carson
  • 05 Caldwell (Holgersson - 72' )
  • 03 Crainey Booked
  • 04 McEachran
  • 21 Ramis (Barnett - 45' )
  • 30 Kiernan
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 34 Collison
  • 29 Maynard
  • 33 Waghorn (Maloney - 65' )
  • 11 McClean Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Holgersson
  • 10 Maloney
  • 15 McManaman
  • 22 Beausejour
  • 25 Barnett
  • 26 Al-Habsi
  • 32 Fortuné
Ref: Roger East
Att: 16,996

Match Stats

Shots

20 18

On target

9 7

Corners

8 10

Fouls

10 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 4, Wigan Athletic 3.

90:00 +4:28 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 4, Wigan Athletic 3.

90:00 +2:25

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Feeney.

90:00 +1:27

Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Shaun Maloney following a set piece situation.

90:00 +1:04

Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:04

Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

88:23

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

88:20

Attempt saved. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

87:27

Joshua McEachran (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:27

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

86:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 4, Wigan Athletic 3. Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Collison.

85:50 Booking

Booking Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:47

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:47

Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

84:50

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

83:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 4, Wigan Athletic 2. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.

82:37

Foul by Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic).

82:37

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:02

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

79:50

Attempt saved. Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

79:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Joshua King.

78:50 Booking

Booking Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:48

Foul by Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic).

78:48

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:18

Attempt blocked. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua McEachran.

76:48

Attempt missed. Robert Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James McClean with a cross following a corner.

76:25

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

75:33

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Scott Carson.

75:31

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Michael Keane.

73:29

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

73:29

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jason Lowe replaces Corry Evans.

72:34

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joshua King with a cross.

71:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Markus Holgersson replaces Gary Caldwell.

70:43

Foul by Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic).

70:43

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:49

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

69:49

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:05

Attempt missed. Robert Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

67:04 Booking

Booking Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:59

Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:59

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

65:41

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King.

64:58

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Michael Keane.

64:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Shaun Maloney replaces Martyn Waghorn.

63:46

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a corner.

63:43

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

63:24

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Gary Caldwell.

62:56

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Gary Caldwell.

62:14

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by James McClean with a headed pass.

60:50

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

58:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Wigan Athletic 2. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

57:42

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (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.

57:12

Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic).

57:12

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:41

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a headed pass.

54:47

Offside, Wigan Athletic. James McClean tries a through ball, but Roger Espinoza is caught offside.

48:37

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

48:35

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

47:15

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Joshua McEachran tries a through ball, but Roger Espinoza is caught offside.

46:25

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Craig Conway is caught offside.

45:43

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

45:43

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Leon Barnett replaces Iván Ramis.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 3, Wigan Athletic 1.

45:00 +3:40 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Wigan Athletic 1.

45:00 +2:21

Attempt missed. Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn with a cross following a set piece situation.

45:00 +1:43 Booking

Booking James McClean (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +0:27 Booking

Booking Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:21

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:21

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

43:36

Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:36

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

41:27

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Collison.

40:22

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Corry Evans tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

39:23

Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).

39:23

Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:52

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Rudy Gestede.

38:29

Attempt blocked. Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Caldwell.

38:01

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

37:59

Attempt blocked. Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McClean.

36:10

Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Nicky Maynard with a through ball.

34:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Wigan Athletic 1. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Conway following a corner.

33:58

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Robert Kiernan.

33:40

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jack Collison.

33:36

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King.

33:07

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Scott Carson.

33:05

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (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.

31:22

Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:22

Dangerous play by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

28:06

Foul by Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic).

28:06

Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:21

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

25:41

Foul by Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic).

25:41

Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:49

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Michael Keane.

23:35

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Michael Keane.

22:59

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

21:51

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Markus Olsson with a headed pass.

21:06

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney from a direct free kick.

20:16

Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).

20:16

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:54

Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Collison.

18:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Wigan Athletic 1. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway.

16:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Wigan Athletic 1. Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nicky Maynard following a corner.

16:52

Attempt blocked. Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by James McClean.

16:19

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Michael Keane.

15:46

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:46

Foul by Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers).

12:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Wigan Athletic 0. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway.

11:00

Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:00

Foul by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).

10:29

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King.

7:32

Foul by Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic).

7:32

Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:45

Attempt saved. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Collison.

3:32

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

3:32

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

1:05

Delay in match Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

0:44

Foul by Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic).

0:44

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:21

Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:21

Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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