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Wigan Athletic 2-0 Blackburn Rovers: Evans and Jacobs give Latics victory

Michael Jacobs
Michael Jacobs' late goal for Wigan was his third of the season

Wigan manager Paul Cook insisted there was no magic formula behind his side's excellent run of results after they beat Blackburn Rovers with late goals by Lee Evans ad Michael Jacobs.

The win extended the Latics' unbeaten run to eight games, either side of the coronavirus interruption of the season, and Cook's men have not conceded in their last six matches.

Substitutes Evans and Jacobs struck in the final 10 minutes as Wigan moved up to 17th place in the Championship, five points away from the relegation places.

"People think there's some kind of magic dust in football, that you go and change and it's magic," Cook said.

"We've got lads now like Kieffer (Moore) and Jamal (Lowe) who feel good within the team, we're bringing on substitutes like Evans and Jacobs, who are mainstay players, so the squad strength's getting better.

"But most importantly the lads have learnt from their mistakes.

"Like most people in life, when you start a job, especially when you move up leagues, it can be brutal, the learning curve can be tough. Now all of a sudden these lads are learning and it's great to see."

Final 10 minutes to remember

Managers Tony Mowbray and Paul Cook
Wigan boss Paul Cook (right) won the battle of the bosses with Tony Mowbray

After 80 minutes of few clear-cut chances, Evans blasted Wigan into the lead with an effort that went in off the underside of the bar after Christian Walton had fumbled Antonee Robinson's cross under pressure from Moore.

Rovers almost equalised straight away as Dominic Samuel's header at the far post was acrobatically tipped over by David Marshall.

Jacobs then hit Rovers on the counter attack as the visitors piled forward in stoppage time - the substitute ran the length of the opposition half before cutting in on his right foot to curl in low past Walton.

The win - Wigan's fifth in six games - sees Cook's side move further away from the relegation zone, while Rovers stay ninth, four points outside the play-off places.

The Latics have not conceded since 15 February when Kal Naismith's 55th-minute own goal brought Cardiff City level as the two sides drew 2-2 in Wales.

Since then Wigan have also taken the scalps of West Bromwich Albion, Reading, Huddersfield and Millwall - and drew 0-0 with Luton Town in their final game before the season was halted by lockdown.

Forgettable first 80 minutes

This was a fixture that was high on endeavour but lacking on cutting-edge quality as Wigan kept faith with the side that won at Huddersfield on their return to action.

The Latics had two good efforts in the opening 10 minutes - Moore curling an effort just wide before Cedric Kipre headed wide from a corner.

Lowe should have scored with four minutes to go as he ran into the area, but he was smothered by Rovers' defence as the ball ran under his feet.

Blackburn's Stewart Downing - making his 701st career appearance - was the only player to test either keeper before the break as the former England winger's curling free-kick forced Marshall into a full-stretch save in the final minute of the half.

It was more of the same from Blackburn after the break as Sam Gallagher's forceful header at the far post went over the bar from Downing's floated ball, but Wigan replied almost instantly as Sam Morsy fired a 30-yard swerving effort just wide of the post.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray brought on top-scorer Adam Armstrong and fellow forward Dominic Samuel with 25 minutes to go and the pair almost combined soon after as the former's whipped low cross just evaded Samuel's outstretched leg.

"I don't think there was anything in the game," Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire after the final whistle.

"I think we controlled the second half and yet found a way to lose the game.

"They won the game 2-0, we can't argue about it, and yet I felt as if anybody was going to win second half we were probably the dominant team.

"We were probing, but not enough efforts at goal, not enough threat ultimately and we paid for it."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Byrne
  • 21KipreBooked at 90mins
  • 6Fox
  • 3Robinson
  • 20Williams
  • 5Morsy
  • 7PilkingtonSubstituted forEvansat 57'minutes
  • 30DowellSubstituted forJacobsat 73'minutes
  • 9Lowe
  • 19MooreSubstituted forGarnerat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Evans
  • 12Pearce
  • 14Garner
  • 17Jacobs
  • 23Jones
  • 27Mlakar
  • 33Naismith
  • 37Balogun
  • 38Gelhardt

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 31Bennett
  • 27TravisSubstituted forJohnsonat 65'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 8RothwellSubstituted forDavenportat 83'minutes
  • 22HoltbySubstituted forArmstrongat 64'minutes
  • 9GallagherSubstituted forSamuelat 64'minutes
  • 20BreretonSubstituted forGrahamat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Johnson
  • 6Smallwood
  • 7Armstrong
  • 10Graham
  • 12Samuel
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 18Davenport
  • 41Carter
Referee:
Darren England

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 2, Blackburn Rovers 0. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Williams with a through ball following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Kieffer Moore.

Booking

Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers).

Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieffer Moore.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jacob Davenport replaces Joe Rothwell.

Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers).

Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by David Marshall.

Attempt saved. Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Jamal Lowe (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Joe Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham replaces Ben Brereton.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Antonee Robinson.

Attempt saved. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Evans.

Foul by Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers).

Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Michael Jacobs replaces Kieran Dowell.

Foul by Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers).

Jamal Lowe (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Nyambe with a cross.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Joe Williams tries a through ball, but Jamal Lowe is caught offside.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieran Dowell (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Bradley Johnson replaces Lewis Travis because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Armstrong replaces Lewis Holtby.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Dominic Samuel replaces Sam Gallagher.

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As It Stood

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2West Brom391914664382671
3Brentford391991167333466
4Fulham391810115243964
5Nottm Forest381613949391061
6Cardiff39151595751660
7Preston39169145249357
8Derby391512125452257
9Blackburn391511135548756
10Swansea391414114946356
11Millwall391316104643355
12Bristol City381510135256-455
13QPR39148175864-650
14Reading391310164845349
15Sheff Wed381310154750-349
16Birmingham391213145160-949
17Wigan391211164250-847
18Charlton39129184654-845
19Middlesbrough391014153950-1144
20Stoke39127205058-843
21Hull39119195267-1542
22Huddersfield38119184560-1542
23Luton39116224572-2739
24Barnsley39911194362-1938
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