• Date: Wed 27 January 2010
  • Venue: Ewood Park
  • Ref: Mason, L
  • Attendance: 22,190
Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers

Pedersen (20)

Kalinic (76)

2 - 1
Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic

Caldwell, G (57)

Blackburn Rovers vs Wigan Athletic

Team Lineups

Blackburn Rovers

Paul Robinson
Gael Givet
Ryan Nelsen
Brett Emerton
Martin Olsson
Pascal Chimbonda
Morten Gamst Pedersen
Steven N'Zonzi
El Hadji Diouf (Franco di Santo, 77)
David Hoilett (Steven Reid, 54)
Nikola Kalinic (Jason Roberts, 78)

Wigan Athletic

Vladimir Stojkovic
Gary Caldwell, G
Paul Scharner
Titus Bramble
Mario Melchiot (Emmerson Boyce, 67)
Maynor Figueroa
Hendry Thomas (Jason Scotland, 86)
Charles N'Zogbia
James McCarthy (Scott Sinclair, 86)
Mohamed Diame
Hugo Rodallega

Match Report
Blackburn Rovers banished the memory of their Carling Cup exit a week ago by boosting their Premier League position with a 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic. Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic, who scored twice in the 6-4 Carling semi-final defeat by Aston Villa last week, headed the winner 14 minutes from time - his first league goal for the club. Man-of-the-match Morten Gamst Pedersen, who set up the winner from a corner, had earlier given Rovers a first-half lead before Gary Caldwell headed an equaliser early in the second half. Blackburn were without the suspended Chris Samba and the injured David Dunn, with youngster David Hoilett coming into the team which beat Fulham 10 days ago in place of Benni McCarthy, who is on the brink of a move to West Ham. Serbian Vladimir Stojkovic made his league debut in the Wigan goal in place of the injured Chris Kirkland, while Paul Scharner returned to midfield after injury and skipper Mario Melchiot played despite a broken nose. Blackburn gave notice of their intentions as early as the fourth minute as Kalinic hit the post from close range after a cross from the left by Hoilett had been touched back at the far post by Steven N'Zonzi. On 20 minutes, Rovers were ahead when Stojkevic could only parry a free-kick from 35 yards by Brett Emerton and Pedersen lashed the ball high into the top left-hand corner from 20 yards out for his fifth goal of the season. Hoilett shot into the side-netting on 35 minutes for Rovers following a cross from Emerton but a couple of minutes later, Wigan had their best chance so far when James McCarthy and Scharner both just failed to get a touch on a free-kick from the left by Hugo Rodallega. Just before the break, Charles N'Zogbia won the ball off El-Hadji Diouf on the Wigan right and set Rodallega clear on goal but the Wigan striker was ruled offside. Wigan equalised 11 minutes into the second half as Caldwell stooped low to head in from a left-wing corner by McCarthy after Rodallega had had a shot blocked by ex-Wigan man Pascal Chimbonda. Blackburn went desperately close to a second on 62 minutes when Pedersen rose high at the far post to meet an Emerton cross from the right but saw his header come back off the crossbar. Eight minutes later, Rovers went close again when Chimbonda headed wide at the far post from a free-kick from the left by Pedersen. Rovers got the reward for their dominance on 76 minutes when Kalinic put them back in front with his first league goal for the club after five strikes in seven cup matches. He stooped low on the edge of the six-yard box to head a right-wing corner from Pedersen diagonally into the bottom left-hand corner. Blackburn went close to adding to their lead two minutes from time when Emerton had a shot blocked after a surging break down the left from Martin Olsson.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

FULL TIME: BLACKBURN 2-1 WIGAN. A decent game at Ewood tonight but Rovers had just a little too much for Wigan with Pedersen the major tormentor.

Yellow Card

Paul Robinson collects a late yellow card for time wasting.


Rovers are finishing the stronger side as they look to round off the evening with a third goal but Emerton is denied this time.


Jason Roberts has the change to seal the points as he gets in on goal but Vladimir Stojkovic makes a superb save to deny him.


Scott Sinclair is also coming on for Wigan now in place of James McCarthy.


Roberto Martinez throwing caution to the wind now as Hendry Thomas is replaced by Jason Scotland.

Yellow Card

Steven N'Zonzi finds himself in the book for late sliding tackle on Scharner.


Could Kalinic's last action prove to be the decisive winning goal here? Wigan look a little flat now so maybe it will be.


A double change for Rovers now as Kalinic and Diouf head off to be replaced by Jason Roberts and Franco Di Santo.


BLACKBURN 2-1 WIGAN. It was coming! Nikola KALINIC gets himself on the end of a devilish Pedersen cross to head Rovers ahead again.


Rovers have swung about six crosses into the box in the last two minutes here but Wigan have dealt with all of them. Pressure is mounting though!


Pedersen twists his man inside and out before delivering a delicious far post cross but Chimbonda somehow manages to head wide of goal.

Yellow Card

Mohamed Diame picks himself up a yellow card.


Wigan pushing forward now with Paul Scharner finding himself in the box but his cross is easily cut out by Chimbonda.


Wigan make their first change now but its in defence as Emmerson Boyce replaces Mario Melchiot.


Both managers could be looking to change something as the pace of the game drops off, fresh legs seem to be required.


On the balance of play they probably deserved the equaliser but Sam Allardyce will be disappointed that Caldwell got to the ball so easily in the six yard box.

Yellow Card

The first yellow card is issued to Steven Reid for a late challenge.


BLACKBURN 1-1 WIGAN. All square! James McCarthy curls a delightful ball in and CALDWELL beats Robinson to it to head the Latics level.


Hugo Rodallega is not afraid to let fly from anywhere but again he has a shot blocked on the edge of the box, Nelsen this time.


A change now for Rovers as David Hoilett is replaced by Steven Reid, once again on the comeback trail.


Both sides are struggling to keep the ball at the moment so chances are not in abundance.


Wigan have come out like they mean business again here and are putting Rovers on the back foot as Figueroa gets to the byline but his cross is too long.


Bright restart from Wigan as Hendry Thomas gets himself forward on the right but his cross is well stopped by Robinson.

Second half

The second period is underway at Ewood Park. What does the second half have in store for us here?

Half time

HALF TIME: BLACKBURN 1-0 WIGAN. Wigan have probably enjoyed the better of the game but Rovers have the lead and Kalinic has also hit a post.


Rovers look like they have steadied the ship then as Wigan run out of ideas a little and both sides need half-time now.


Nikola Kalinic hasn't had a kick for about 15 minutes but he gets himself into the game now with a smart turn but his shot is well blocked by Bramble.


At long last the Blackburn midfield have managed to get hold of the ball but they have their defenders and goalkeeper to thank for still holding a slender lead.


Rovers just can't keep the ball out of their own defensive third at the moment and Diame is the latest to sting the palms of Robinson.


Another effort on target for the Latics with Rodallega smashing a long range free-kick on target and Robinson can only parry it over his cross bar for another corner.


All hands to the pump now for Rovers as Robinson superbly denies N'Zogbia but then needs help from Chimbonda on the line to stop James McCarthy.


A scramble in the box sees Olsson block Rodallega's shot on the edge of the six yard box before N'Zonzi throws himself in the way of Scharner's effort.


It's become a bit scrappy in the last few minutes as Rovers try to consolidate their lead.


Great chance to level for Wigan! N'Zogbia's corner curls in towards the near post and Scharner rises highest to meet it but can't keep his header down.


How will Roberto Martinez's side respond to going behind? They have looked dangerous on occasion so far but Rovers have grabbed the lead.


BLACKBURN 1-0 WIGAN. Well would you look at that! Stunning strike from PEDERSEN from outside the penalty area and Rovers lead.


Morten Gamst Pedersen has had a funny couple of seasons as he drifts in and out of form almost week by week but he has looked dangerous so far tonight.


End to end stuff now as Wigan win a couple of corners in quick succession but Rovers break out and N'Zonzi sees a shot blocked by Melchiot.


A lively enough start here at Ewood Park with both sides looking to attack when they opportunity presents itself.


Good pressure in the last few minutes from Rovers who seem to have exploded into life all of a sudden.


They are hitting their stride now though it seems as a sweepig move down the left sees Kalinic presented with a glorious chance but he can only hit the inside of the post. Escape for Wigan.


Blackburn just struggling to get going on this freezing night in the North West but they are holding on well at the moment.


Wigan have made a very bright start as N'Zogbia's corner causes a few problems until Hoillett eventually hammers clear.


FIrst shot of the game comes almost immediately as Hugo Rodallega strikes from the edge of the box and only narrowly misses the target.


Lee Mason is in charge today and he gets us underway at Ewood.

Awaiting Kickoff

Wigan: Stojkovic, Melchiot, Caldwell, Bramble, Figueroa, Thomas, Diame, N'Zogbia, Scharner, McCarthy, Rodallega.

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Blackburn: Robinson, Chimbonda, Nelsen, Givet, Olsson, Emerton, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Pedersen, Diouf, Kalinic.

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Roberto Martinez has been frustrated so far in his attempts to recruit Marco Ruben from Villarreal but Maynor Figueroa plays despite some reports he had gone on strike at the Latics.

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Big Sam Allardyce's latest recruit, Basturk, has not been given clearance to feature tonight so with Benni McCarthy seemingly on his way out a good performance is needed from Nikola Kalinic.

Awaiting Kickoff

Welcome to Ewood Park for the Lancashire derby as Blackburn Rovers entertain Wigan Athletic.