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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BLACKBURN ROVERS

27 November 2018

Latics prepare to face Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship.

  • Wigan Athletic host Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Latics look to build on 0-0 draw with Reading on Saturday.
  • Tony Mowbray's Rovers arrive on the back of a 4-1 defeat to Preston North End.

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WIGAN ATHLETIC V BLACKBURN ROVERS
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2018
DW STADIUM
KICK-OFF 7.45PM

Latics return to Sky Bet Championship action for the second time in five days at the DW Stadium when Tony Mowbray's Blackburn Rovers visit on Wednesday evening.

Mowbray's men arrive at the DW off the back of a 4-1 defeat away to Preston North End last Saturday and with just one victory in their last five outings, whilst Paul Cook's Latics are aiming to build on their 0-0 draw at home to Reading.

MATCH INFORMATION - OFFICIALS

Referee - Keith Stroud
Assistant Referee 1 - Paul Hodskinson
Assistant Referee 2 - Daniel Leach
Fourth Official - Jeremy Simpson

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEAGUE

Head to Head Wigan Athletic v Blackburn Rovers

EARLY TEAM NEWS

Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Tuesday morning, Latics boss Paul Cook gave the latest news on his squad, including an update on Everton loanee and USA international Antonee Robinson.

"Jedi (Antonee Robinson) had an operation and will be out for around 10 weeks, but I was very happy with how Kal Naismith filled in for him on Saturday.

"We do have a genuine need for a left back come January and that's something we're already looking at."

Playmaker Nick Powell was forced off after 64 minutes in Saturday's 0-0 draw against Reading, but his manager is keeping his cards close to his chest with regards to team selection on Wednesday night.

"When you've got the injuries like we've had recently it's important not to give too much away."

Latics continue to be without longer term injured players Gavin Massey (hamstring), Michael Jacobs (hamstring) and Chey Dunkley (knee), but saw the welcome return of Will Grigg from his hamstring issue on Saturday.

For Tony Mowbray's Blackburn, Elliott Bennett will miss the visit to the DW Stadium due to suspension after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season in their 4-1 defeat at Preston North End on Saturday, whilst Dominic Samuel (ACL) and Ben Gladwin (knee) remain long term injuries.

Corry Evans missed Saturday's visit to Deepdale, but could be recalled.


FIXTURE THROWBACK - SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER

PLAYED FOR BOTH QUIZ



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Match Reports

REPORT: LATICS 3 – 1 BLACKBURN ROVERS

28 November 2018

Goals from Gary Roberts, James Vaughan and Callum McManaman seal superb Latics win in North West derby at the DW Stadium.

  • Report: Wigan Athletic 3 – 1 Blackburn Rovers
  • Goals from Gary Roberts, James Vaughan and Callum McManaman seal fine victory for Paul Cook’s side
  • Latics up to 15th in the Sky Bet Championship ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bolton Wanderers

WIGAN ATHLETIC 3
Roberts 37
Vaughan (pen) 54
McManaman 85

BLACKBURN ROVERS 1
Burn (OG) 82

Attendance: 10,777 (2,148 away)

Latics produced a dominant display to defeat North-West rivals Blackburn Rovers 3-1 in the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday night.

Gary Roberts gave Latics a first-half lead with a fine long-range strike before a James Vaughan penalty and Callum McManaman finish – either side of an unfortunate Dan Burn own goal – earned Paul Cook’s side all three points.

Vaughan and Lee Evans returned to the starting XI for Latics, in place of Darron Gibson and Josh Windass, albeit the latter was into the action early, replacing Nick Powell who went off injured.

After a tense start to the game, Latics asserted control after the half hour and thought they may have gone ahead but for some rotten luck as Vaughan saw an effort cleared off the line, Burn hit the crossbar and Cedric Kipre headed wide – all in the same move.

It took just a further four minutes for Latics to get in front, though, as Roberts collected the ball 30 yards from goal, drove forwards and beat David Raya with a fine curling effort, which clattered in off the inside of the post.

Substitute Windass almost got a second as he forced Raya into a smart save just before half-time after being played in behind by Nathan Byrne.

Cook’s side started the second-half in a similarly bright fashion as Windass broke down the right and played in Vaughan, who connected cleanly with his first-time effort but Raya was on hand to save.

Adam Armstrong was denied a leveller by Christian Walton in the penalty area before Latics’ second came at a crucial time. It was a long ball by Walton which freed Windass in behind and he was brought down by Rodwell as he looked to pull the trigger in the area. Vaughan confidently stepped up and fired home the goal

Burn headed wide from a Kal Naismith cross as Latics searched for a third with both Evans and Vaughan also firing off target when well-placed.

Latics were in for a nervy finish when Burn unfortunately diverted the ball into his own net eight minutes from time after a Blackburn set-piece but a fine team third sealed the points soon after.

It came from a brilliant piece of skill and composure from Windass, who crossed for McManaman to finish at the back post.

Latics: Walton, Byrne, Morsy (Capt), Vaughan (McManaman 78), James, Roberts (Connolly 78), Naismith, Kipre, Powell (Windass 21), Burn, Evans
Subs: 
Jones, Gibson, Grigg, Garner

Blackburn Rovers: Raya, Nyambe (Conway 78), Reed, Rodwell, Smallwood (Brereton 61), Armstrong, Graham (Williams 45), Mulgrew (Capt), Bell, Dack, Evans
Subs: 
Leutwiler, Rothwell, Downing, Palmer

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