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Wigan Athletic vs Blackburn Rovers. Sky Bet Championship.

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Wigan Athletic 2

  • L Evans (80th minute)
  • M Jacobs (94th minute)

Blackburn Rovers 0

    Wigan 2-0 Blackburn: Latics edge closer to safety after seeing off Rovers

    Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at the DW Stadium

    Saturday 27 June 2020 19:33, UK

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    Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan and Blackburn.

    In-form Wigan moved five points clear of the Championship relegation zone after late efforts from substitutes Lee Evans and Michael Jacobs earned them a 2-0 home win over Blackburn.

    Evans fired in off the bar from close range in the 80th minute after Rovers goalkeeper Christian Walton failed to claim a cross from Antonee Robinson, and Jacobs then slotted home in stoppage time.

    The result sees 17th-placed Wigan's unbeaten run extend to an eighth game as they made it back-to-back wins since the resumption.

    Blackburn, meanwhile, drop a place to ninth and are now outside the play-off berths by four points.

    Image: Wigan celebrate beating Blackburn 2-0 on Saturday

    Latics boss Paul Cook named an unchanged starting line-up from last weekend's 2-0 win at Huddersfield.

    Counterpart Tony Mowbray made two adjustments from their 3-1 victory against Bristol City, with Joe Rothwell and Ryan Nyambe coming in for injured duo Corry Evans and Joe Rankin-Costello.

    While there were no supporters present at the ground, there was the semblance of a small crowd created by a few hundred cardboard cut-outs of fans and former players displayed in one of the stands.

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    Wigan went close early on when Blackburn captain Elliott Bennett lost possession under pressure from Anthony Pilkington, and Kieffer Moore struck narrowly wide from the edge of the box, and three minutes later Cedric Kipre headed off-target as he connected with a corner.

    The visitors then steadily started to exert some pressure of their own and Rothwell sent a free-kick a few inches over the bar from around 25 yards out just before the half-hour mark.

    As the interval approached, Jamal Lowe burst into the Blackburn box but was unable to conjure a proper effort before being crowded out, and Stewart Downing then brought a fine save out of David Marshall at the other end with a curling free-kick.

    After Sam Gallagher headed over for Rovers in the opening moments of the second half, Wigan skipper Sam Morsy cracked a fierce shot wide from distance and seconds later Pilkington struck an effort too high.

    Downing then tried his luck with another free-kick and the ball flew the wrong side of the post.

    Mowbray brought on Adam Armstrong and Dominic Samuel and the pair almost created a goal within minutes, the latter just failing to connect with the former's cross from the left.

    It was then Wigan's substitutes who took centre-stage as Cook's men secured victory late on.

    First Evans took full advantage when Walton could not hold on to Robinson's delivery from the left. The loose ball fell to Evans, who controlled on his thigh before rifling in.

    And after Marshall dealt with a Samuel header, Jacobs then raced clear in added time and drilled the ball past Walton.

    What the managers said...

    Wigan's Paul Cook: I genuinely felt Blackburn had taken control in the second half, and we go and score that goal at a vital time. Great credit to the players - they have this never-say-die attitude at the minute. The goal late on gives it, in my opinion, a totally false scoreline - it was never a 2-0, comfortable win. But we are delighted with the three points.

    "If we can keep winning the next couple of games, we'll be in a fantastic position. If we don't, then the whole picture changes. There's a long way to go and we'll keep focused."

    Blackburn's Tony Mowbray: "It's very disappointing because we sensed an opportunity in our next two away games to give ourselves a platform but it wasn't to be. I think we created some half-chances really. It's frustrating for us because I feel we controlled long spells of the game.

    "Wigan are doing exceptionally well and are unbeaten in their last six. They have good players and a good team and a game that I never thought we were going to lose, we never even ended up drawing."

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