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BlackburnBlackburn Rovers1WiganWigan Athletic0

Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Marvin Emnes
Marvin Emnes' first goal since 24 September won it for Blackburn

Marvin Emnes' goal gave Blackburn a priceless win over Wigan in the Championship relegation battle.

The Dutchman broke the deadlock in the 58th minute from the edge of the area, his first goal in five months.

Connor Mahoney and Elliott Bennett had further chances as Rovers claimed a third straight home win to go two points clear of the relegation zone.

Jamie Hanson sliced wide and Omar Bogle headed over for Wigan, but they remain in 23rd place, four points from safety.

Blackburn's win means they have now seven points from a possible nine since Tony Mowbray was appointed manager on 22 February.

By contrast, the Latics, who had assistant boss Graham Barrow in charge following Warren Joyce's minor operation, are now without a win in four Championship games.

The visitors had chances - Michael Jacobs shooting wide after running the length of the pitch and Callum Connolly blazing over from a well-worked corner routine - but the league's lowest scorers were left to rue their lack of precision in front of goal.

Emnes, who was re-signed on loan from Swansea on January's deadline day, made the difference, collecting a long ball from goalkeeper Jason Steele before cutting inside from the left and unleashing a fierce 18-yard drive that flew past Matt Gilks.

Mahoney could have made it 2-0 following a good run, but Rovers held off a late surge from Wigan to make it two wins and two clean sheets in a row and boost their survival hopes.

Blackburn head coach Tony Mowbray: "I think the performance level of the team has been good. I think their endeavour, their drive, their commitment, their togetherness has been what's got us through.

"I'm delighted for Marvin because he needs to add goals to his game and I know he can. In the past he's got 18 or 19 league goals and he needs to get into double figures.

"If you're going to play number 10 behind the striker in any football team, you have to have goals. You've got to get to double figures every season.

"There was a lot of hard work from that group of players today and hopefully we'll get the benefits."

Wigan assistant manager Graham Barrow: "It's a massive game for both teams and Blackburn probably just showed the bit of quality that was needed to win it.

"We think we've got the quality on the pitch and we've got the lads who battle away at the back and keep you in the game.

"I think the finger has to be pointed at people higher up the pitch. From midfield onwards, we have to do better.

"There's different ways to score and it's probably down to bravery and commitment to get forward. It certainly wasn't there first half was it?"

Line-ups

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Steele
  • 24Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14MulgrewBooked at 69mins
  • 5Williams
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forMahoneyat 57'minutes
  • 6Lowe
  • 23Guthrie
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forGrahamat 57'minutes
  • 17EmnesSubstituted forBennettat 61'minutes
  • 19Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 4Hoban
  • 12Graham
  • 18Lucas João
  • 27Tomlinson
  • 28Mahoney
  • 31Bennett
  • 33Raya

Wigan

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 35Gilks
  • 26Hanson
  • 3Buxton
  • 33Burn
  • 23Warnock
  • 16MacDonaldSubstituted forPowerat 8'minutes
  • 12ConnollySubstituted forGriggat 72'minutes
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 8MorsyBooked at 87mins
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forObertanat 70'minutes
  • 14Bogle

Substitutes

  • 4Perkins
  • 6Power
  • 7Gilbey
  • 9Grigg
  • 11Obertan
  • 40Evans
  • 47Weir
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
13,165

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Omar Bogle (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gabriel Obertan with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Hanson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by William Grigg.

  5. Booking

    Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

  7. Post update

    Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

  9. Post update

    Stephen Warnock (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Hanson with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. William Grigg replaces Callum Connolly.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jamie Hanson with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Sam Gallagher.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle35244769294076
2Brighton35218658312771
3Huddersfield3420594539665
4Leeds352041149351464
5Reading35196104946363
6Sheff Wed351871047341361
7Fulham341511859401956
8Norwich35157136053752
9Preston351410114744352
10Derby35149123832651
11Barnsley35148135350350
12Cardiff35137154851-346
13Aston Villa351112123538-345
14Brentford34128145149244
15Ipswich351013123643-743
16QPR35127163949-1043
17Birmingham351110143752-1543
18Nottm Forest35117174958-940
19Burton35910163447-1337
20Blackburn3499163950-1136
21Wolves3398164046-635
22Bristol City3597194452-834
23Wigan35710183041-1131
24Rotherham3545263279-4717
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