• Date: Sat 26 December 2009
  • Venue: The JJB Stadium
  • Ref: Clattenburg, M
  • Attendance: 20,243
Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic

Rodallega (53)

1 - 1
Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers

McCarthy (30)

Wigan Athletic vs Blackburn Rovers

Team Lineups

Wigan Athletic

Chris Kirkland
Paul Scharner
Emmerson Boyce
Titus Bramble
Mario Melchiot
Maynor Figueroa
Hendry Thomas
Charles N'Zogbia
Garcia Jordi Gomez
Jason Scotland
Hugo Rodallega

Blackburn Rovers

Paul Robinson
Christopher Samba
Gael Givet
Ryan Nelsen
Michel Salgado (Morten Gamst Pedersen, 77)
Pascal Chimbonda (Lars Jacobsen, 67)
Steven N'Zonzi
Keith Andrews
David Hoilett
Benni McCarthy
Franco di Santo (Jason Roberts, 72)

Match Report
Benni McCarthy's first goal in 14 league appearances was not enough to earn Blackburn a first win in eight matches as Wigan clung on for a point at the DW Stadium. McCarthy broke the deadlock on 30 minutes from close range but his opener was cancelled out by Hugo Rodallega, who powered a header past Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson. Former England keeper Robinson was called into early action, scrambling across his line to spare Chris Samba's blushes after the Rovers defender almost put the ball in his own net. McCarthy, linked with a move away from Ewood Park in January, then netted his first Premier League goal of the season on the half-hour mark to give Rovers the lead. The South African forward was on hand to turn home from the edge of the six-yard box as he converted Ryan Nelsen's header on, to leave Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland stranded. Wigan finally sprung to life on the stroke of half-time when Jason Scotland stung Robinson's palms but the hosts were much-improved after the break. On 53 minutes, Scotland held the ball up well and fed the lively Charles N'Zogbia, who crossed for Colombia forward Rodallega to head home his seventh league goal of the season. N'Zogbia threatened again just minutes later, again bursting through on the overlap before rifling a low left-footed shot just past Robinson's left-hand post. With ten minutes remaining, McCarthy might have pinched the points with an acrobatic overhead kick from Samba's flick-on, but Kirkland produced an excellent reaction save to keep the scores level. In the dying stages, Blackburn resorted to route one football but it almost paid dividends for Sam Allardyce's men as Keith Andrews shot just wide after the Wigan defence had failed to clear their lines. And McCarthy almost latched onto another flick from Samba following Robinson's clearance as Rovers laid siege to the Latics goal but Roberto Martinez's side held firm to grind out a point.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Wigan 1 Blackburn 1: Both teams have to settle for a point apiece as Rodallega cancels out McCarthy's earlier effort for Rovers.

90

Gomez breaks for Wigan. He feeds Rodallega, who cuts inside and shoots, but it's deflected away for a corner.

90

Blackburn send the free-kick into the area. Kirkland comes for it and misses it, but Bramble clears.

90
Yellow Card
 

Thomas picks up a yellow card for Wigan.

90

Scharner heads the ball away from Kirkland and Blackburn gain a corner as the two Wigan men collide.

90

There will be a minimum of four minutes added time at the end of the match.

89

Corner for Wigan. They swing the ball in and it's headed away for another corner. Late pressure for the visitors to survive.

88

Good defending by Hoilett foils N'Zogbia as he tries to get behind the Blackburn defence.

86

Effort from Andrews goes just wide. Kirkland watched it away, but it was very close to nestling in the corner.

85
Yellow Card
 

N'Zogbia is fouled by Samba and another Blackburn man finds himself with a caution.

83

Good ball forward for Gomez. He gets caught in two minds and his effort across goal is neither a cross or shot and the chance is gone for Wigan.

82

Overhead kick from McCarthy. Kirkland spreads himself well and makes a fine save from close range.

81

McCarthy shoots from just outside of the box, but he fires a few yards wide and Wigan have a goal-kick.

80

It's been a reasonably entertaining half, but neither side look likely to break the deadlock.

79

Foul by Gomez on Givet and Blackburn get a free-kick just inside their own half.

78
Yellow Card
 

N'Zogbia goes down under a challenge from Pedersen and the substitute gets a yellow card, just a minute after coming on.

77

Rodallega gets above Nelsen at the far post, but his header is straight into the arms of Robinson.

76
Substitution
 

Blackburn substitution: Pedersen comes on for Salgado.

75

Rodallega curls the corner towards the far post and Boyce almost gets on the end of the cross, but he can't quite get there and it's out for a goal-kick.

75

Wigan win a corner, but it looks like N'Zogbia is struggling for the home side.

73

Samba gives Wigan a throw-in as he blasts the ball into touch under no pressure.

71
Substitution
 

Blackburn substitution: Di Santo exits the field and on comes Jason Roberts.

69

Long ball forward towards Rodallega, who races to beat Nelsen to the ball, but the Blackburn man puts it out for a throw-in.

67
Substitution
 

Blackburn substitution: Chimbonda goes off and is replaced by Jacobsen.

66

Wigan win the ball back again and launch another attack, but N'Zogbia's effort across goal is just wide.

65

Scharner breaks forward for Wigan. He gets towards the edge of the Blackburn goal, but he's just dispossessed as he goes to shoot and Blackburn counter attack.

63

Corner to Blackburn. It's taken by McCarthy, but Samba commits a foul on Kirkland and it's a free-kick to Wigan.

62

Good play between N'Zogbia and Scotland. N'Zogbia tries to run at the Blackburn defence, but he takes on one player too many and is dispossessed.

58

N'Zogbia crosses, but he over-hits it and it's out for a throw-in to Blackburn on the far side.

56

It's been a much better start to the second half for Wigan and Blackburn have barely come out of the changing room.

54

Gomez finds Rodallega, who works the ball to Scotland. He has a great chance to put Wigan in front, but his effort is poor and it's a comfortable save for Robinson.

52
Goal
 

Wigan 1 Blackburn 1: Rodallega gets above his man to head into the far corner and it brings the home side level.

52

Corner is met by Boyce but he can't get the direction on his header and the danger is cleared.

51

N'Zogbia cuts into the area. He finds Gomez, but he delays the shot and it's deflected wide for a corner.

50

Foul on Rodallega and Wigan have a free-kick. It's been a decent start to the second half by the home side.

49

Cross into the Blackburn area is turned behind by Samba and Wigan have a corner.

48

Good play by N'Zogbia, who earns his side a throw under pressure from three defenders.

48

N'Zonzi gets forward and strikes from the edge of the area, but it's just wide of the upright.

47

McCarthy looks to get behind the Wigan defence but he's adjudged to have strayed offside.

Second half
 

Blackburn get the second half underway.

Half time
 

Wigan 0 Blackburn 1: McCarthy's close range effort gives Blackburn a half-time lead in a largely uneventful first half.

45

There will be a minimum of two minutes of added time at the end of the first half.

45

Wigan almost equalise right on the stroke of half-time. There's a scramble in the Blackburn box which ends with a decent save by Robinson and Chimbonda follows up to clear.

44
Yellow Card
 

Chimbonda slides in on Rodallega and it's a yellow card for the Blackburn man.

43

Ball forward looks for N'Zonzi, but the Blackburn man just strays offside.

42

Scharner does well down the right and crosses into the Blackburn area. The ball eventually finds Gomez, but his shot is way over Robinson's goal.

40

Shot by Andrews but it hits his own player and deflects away for a goal-kick.

39

Long diagonal ball towards Scotland, but Robinson comes out well to claim.

38

Scotland holds the ball up well. He finds Figueroa, who crosses, but it's poor from the Wigan man.

35
Yellow Card
 

Poor tackle on Melchiot by Givet and the Wigan man stays down injured. Givet stays down also, but the referee gives the Blackburn man the yellow card once he gets to his feet.

33

Wigan are struggling to settle in possession since they conceded the goal.

31

Half chance for Wigan. Scharner gets to the ball about 12 yards out, but his header is just off target and it's a goal-kick to Blackburn.

29
Goal
 

Wigan 0 Blackburn 1: The free-kick is played into the area by Andrews. The ball gets headed back across goal by Nelsen and McCarthy was on hand to side foot home and give Blackburn the lead.

28

Foul by Rodallega on Salgado and it's a free-kick to Blackburn about 15 yards inside the Wigan half.

26

Di Santo does well down the wing. He cuts inside and the ball runs to Hoilett as the Wigan defence switch off, but Boyce does well in the end to see the ball out for a goal-kick.

24

Salgado goes down looking for a foul. The referee doesn't give the free-kick, but luckily for the Spaniard he doesn't see it as a dive, or the Blackburn man could have received his marching orders.

23

Hoilett crosses into the Wigan box, but it's over-hit and out for a goal-kick.

21

Foul by Givet on N'Zogbia. Free-kick to Wigan.

19

N'Zogbia breaks into the box, but Chimbonda does well to get force him out and the danger is gone.

17

Thomas shoots from distance but Salgado blocks for the visitors.

16

Free-kick 30 yards out. Gomez takes, but it deflects away off the wall and out for a corner to Wigan.

15

Foul by Nelsen on Gomez as he tried to break away from the Blackburn man. He's lucky not to end up joining Salgado in the referee's book.

14
Yellow Card
 

Salgado pulls his man back. It's a 3rd foul of the afternoon already and the referee shows him the yellow card.

13

After both sides almost putting into their own goal, the game has settled down and there's been little else to report.

11

Scharner crosses into the Blackburn box, but it's poor and drifts beyond everyone.

9

Almost an own goal by Samba to give Wigan the lead. He deflects the ball goalwards but Robinson gets back well to clear the ball away from goal.

5

Blackburn so nearly take the lead. McCarthy does well to pull the ball back across goal. Thomas sticks out a leg and diverts it beyond Kirkland, but it goes just wide of the post and the referee somehow sees it as a goal-kick.

4

Free-kick by N'Zogbia into the Blackburn area to the back post looking for Boyce, but it's over-hit and out for a goal-kick to Blackburn.

2

Positive early start from the visitors, who have been really struggling for goals in the past six games.

1

Robinson comes to the edge of his area to collect the ball but he doesn't allow the ball to enter the penalty area and he almost gets himself in trouble under pressure.

Kickoff
 

Wigan get this game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Today’s hosts do, however, have the worst defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded 38 goals in their opening 17 games.

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Conversely, Wigan have scored in all bar one of their last 11 games and have won every game where Hugo Rodellega has been on the score sheet.

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In eight Premier League games to date, Blackburn have the edge of today’s opponents, winning five and drawing two.

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Despite reaching the last four of the Carling Cup, Blackburn have not won in six games and have managed only one goal in that time. They now sit just three points above the relegation zone.

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The home side have hired a snow plough to ensure that the game does get lost to the weather as did Monday’s postponed match against Bolton.

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Blackburn are still without leading scorer David Dunn.

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Wigan continue to be without Mohamed Diame, ruled out with a knee injury, but Roberto Martinez has no fresh injury concerns for today’s game.

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Blackburn team line-up: Robinson, Chimbonda, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Salgado, Nzonzi, Andrews, Hoilett, McCarthy, Di Santo

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Wigan team line-up: Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, Boyce, Figueroa, N'Zogbia, Scharner, Thomas, Gomez, Scotland, Rodallega