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Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Wigan Athletic: Danny Graham's double adds to Latics' +struggles

Danny Graham
Danny Graham scored his 50th and 51st goals in Rovers colours

Blackburn Rovers ended a seven-game winless run with victory against strugglers Wigan Athletic, who are now seven matches without a win themselves.

Danny Graham put Rovers ahead from the spot in the first half, smashing into the top corner for his 50th goal for the club, after Reece James fouled Harrison Reed in the box.

Nick Powell's header brushed a post as Wigan came close to an equaliser - and they were punished soon after when Graham nipped in after Wigan failed to cope with a long ball in behind.

Rovers midfielder Bradley Dack put the result beyond doubt, capping an influential night for the home side with a third when he picked off Jonas Olsson's back-pass to slide in.

Tony Mowbray's side had engineered themselves into outside contention for the play-offs before their disappointing run saw them slide down the table,

However, this success eases some of the fears that they might be involved at the opposite end of the table as they now have a 14-point buffer between them and the bottom three.

The same cannot be said for Wigan who, despite just three defeats in eight games, sit only three points off the drop zone.

They were competitive throughout and continued to press for a route back into the contest, with chances falling to Josh Windass and Lee Evans, who had a goal chalked off a foul on Derrick Williams.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray:

"I'm delighted for everybody to get back to winning ways.

"We had a young lad making his debut and cobbled a team together.

"Huge credit to them, we managed to get the job done. The last little bit fell for us tonight."

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook:

"How do you sum up disappointment and a catalogue of individual errors?

"I have never been a manager to come on and apologise to the fans because in football you have your bumps and bruises and your ups and downs.

"Tonight is a tough night, make no bones about it, it is a very, very tough night."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 38Magloire
  • 3WilliamsBooked at 80mins
  • 31Bennett
  • 4Reed
  • 27Travis
  • 17BellSubstituted forConwayat 27'minutesBooked at 45mins
  • 23Dack
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forNuttallat 63'minutes
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forRothwellat 64'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 6Smallwood
  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 19Brereton
  • 24Nuttall
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway

Wigan

  • 23Jones
  • 12JamesBooked at 85mins
  • 22DunkleyBooked at 42mins
  • 30OlssonBooked at 42mins
  • 3Robinson
  • 11MasseySubstituted forMcManamanat 45'minutes
  • 36Evans
  • 5Morsy
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forWindassat 61'minutes
  • 25PowellSubstituted forClarkeat 81'minutes
  • 41GarnerBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 1Walton
  • 4Gibson
  • 10Windass
  • 15McManaman
  • 20Naismith
  • 21Kipre
  • 28Clarke
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
12,763

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home18
Away11
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Wigan Athletic 0.

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing misses to the right. Assisted by Derrick Williams.

Booking

Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers).

Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Wigan Athletic 0. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Reece James (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Reece James (Wigan Athletic).

Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Joe Nuttall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Leon Clarke replaces Nick Powell.

Booking

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Foul by Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt saved. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Travis.

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Conway.

Booking

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Reece James (Wigan Athletic).

Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Antonee Robinson.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Attempt blocked. Joe Nuttall (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

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19Reading37812174056-1636
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