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Free kick awarded for a foul by David Dunn on Steve Gohouri. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Hugo Rodallega. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Franco Di Santo booked. Franco Di Santo is ruled offside. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
Christopher Samba concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Gohouri. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Franco Di Santo on Martin Olsson. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Franco Di Santo replaces Charles N'Zogbia.
Short corner worked by David Dunn.
The ball is crossed by Michel Salgado, Mame Diouf takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
James McArthur is brought on as a substitute for James McCarthy.
Emmerson Boyce concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Penalty awarded for a foul by Emmerson Boyce on David Dunn. David Dunn scores a placed penalty. Wigan 4-3 Blackburn.
Foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
James McCarthy produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Jermaine Jones goes off and Steven Nzonzi comes on.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Shot by Mame Diouf from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Jermaine Jones booked. Foul by Jermaine Jones on Mohamed Diame, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ben Watson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McCarthy by David Dunn. Emmerson Boyce takes the free kick.
Mame Diouf is ruled offside. Ali Al Habsi takes the direct free kick.
Jason Roberts challenges James McCarthy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Emmerson Boyce takes the free kick.
Tom Cleverley on for Victor Moses.
The assist for the goal came from Mohamed Diame.
Michel Salgado goes into the referee's book. Ben Watson scores a penalty. Wigan 4-2 Blackburn.Michel Salgado gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame.
Benjani Mwaruwari goes off and Mame Diouf comes on. David Dunn on for Brett Emerton. Antolin Alcaraz fouled by David Hoilett, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Christopher Samba grabs a headed goal from close in. Wigan 3-2 Blackburn.Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Morten Gamst Pedersen provided the assist for the goal.
James McCarthy fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wigan 3-1 Blackburn.Assist by Charles N'Zogbia.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line played to the near post, Close range header by Christopher Samba goes wide of the left-hand post.
The referee blows for offside. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
Mohamed Diame challenges Martin Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Nelsen takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Hugo Rodallega from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Wigan 2-1 Blackburn.The assist for the goal came from Victor Moses.
A cross is delivered by Victor Moses, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
Benjani Mwaruwari is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Michel Salgado by Mohamed Diame results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Centre by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Antolin Alcaraz makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Jason Roberts results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.
Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Christopher Samba. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Antolin Alcaraz misses to the left of the goal.
Jermaine Jones is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Ben Watson takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Victor Moses. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
James McCarthy scores a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Wigan 1-1 Blackburn.Assist by Emmerson Boyce. Emmerson Boyce takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
Ben Watson takes a inswinging corner.
Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line to the near post, Jermaine Jones has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Charles N'Zogbia results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from left channel.
The referee gives a free kick against Victor Moses for handball. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Jason Roberts scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Wigan 0-1 Blackburn.Brett Emerton provided the assist for the goal.
Ben Watson takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame by Jermaine Jones results in a free kick.
Corner from right by-line taken by Ben Watson.
Unfair challenge on Antolin Alcaraz by Benjani Mwaruwari results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson to the near post, Brett Emerton makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame by Brett Emerton. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
Centre by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Ali Al Habsi.
Unfair challenge on Jermaine Jones by Mohamed Diame results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Paul Robinson, clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Hugo Rodallega manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, Steve Gohouri makes a clearance.
Shot from just outside the box by Morten Gamst Pedersen goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Mohamed Diame. Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Ali Al Habsi.
Charles N'Zogbia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jones. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
Jermaine Jones challenges Charles N'Zogbia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charles N'Zogbia has an effort direct from the free kick.
Benjani Mwaruwari takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, clearance made by Ben Watson.
Shot by Mohamed Diame from a long way out goes over the net.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Nelsen.
Watson highlights need to win
Ben Watson has conceded Wigan are in serious trouble of relegation from the Barclays Premier League and must win nearly half of the remaining fixtures to be safe.
With 13 matches left, the Latics are 19th and just two points ahead of bottom club Wolves, who have a game in hand.
It is a perilous situation and Watson admits a drastic upturn in form is required.
They have won just four matches this season - a figure the midfielder thinks they must more than double between now and May.
He told the Evening Post: "We know we need to start winning games if we are to get out of trouble. There are only 13 games left, and we probably need five or six wins from somewhere. It'll be a tall order but that's got to be the aim.
"Every game from now on is going to be like a cup final, but it's a challenge we'll relish. It won't be easy but we'll take it one game at a time and we'll give it our best shot."
Blackburn are first up at the DW Stadium and with heavy hitters Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool following them in the league programme, it already has the look of a must-win fixture.
Wigan drew 2-2 with West Brom in midweek, and although Marc-Antoine Fortune's late equaliser was hard to take, Watson has taken heart from the performance.
"Blackburn have looked good in the last few weeks, but if we can continue playing like we did at West Brom we shouldn't have any problems," he added.
"We had chances to kill the game off at 2-1, we failed to do so, and we got punished. The frustrating thing is we looked so comfortable after coming back (from behind) and we should have killed the game off."
Blackburn manager Steve Kean paid tribute to former chairman John Williams as he made final preparations for the team's visit to Wigan.
Williams has left after 14 years and he becomes the second high-profile departure from Ewood Park since the Venky's takeover following the sacking of Sam Allardyce in December.
In a press conference broadcast on Sky Sports News, Kean said: "He has been here a very long time. He's done a fantastic job over the years, at times tough times financially for the club.
"He's led the club through so it's disappointing that he has decided to stand down.
"I've always had a great relationship with John, probably more when I was first-team coach I had more contact with him.
"I've not really had as much contact in the last couple of months as I did in my other job. I wish him all the best and I'm sure he would wish us all the best."
Blackburn are ninth and will be looking for their fourth away win when they make the short trip to the Latics as they attempt to make up for their 1-0 home defeat to Tottenham in midweek.
Defender Chris Samba, who has committed himself to the club until summer 2015, told the club's official website, www.rovers.co.uk: "We were unlucky, we just didn't get that lucky bounce. We didn't deserve to lose, but we did everything we could, we played very well.
"Saturday is an important game for us. We want to get back to winning ways and we are going to be ready to be on the front foot to win the game."
McCarthy at the double to lift Latics
James McCarthy scored twice in a thrilling encounter at the DW Stadium as Wigan beat Blackburn 4-3 to end their eight-game winless run in the Barclays Premier League and climb out of the bottom three.
The hosts were second best for much of the first half and Blackburn deservedly took the lead through Jason Roberts, only for McCarthy to draw Wigan level 10 minutes before half-time.
The game really got going in the second half as Hugo Rodallega and McCarthy put the Latics two goals ahead before Christopher Samba pulled one back. Ben Watson and David Dunn then netted a penalty apiece as Wigan held on for a priceless victory.
Wigan welcomed back captain Antolin Alcaraz after three weeks out injured and Victor Moses was also handed a rare start, while Blackburn included Brett Emerton after he returned from Asian Cup duty with Australia.
Rovers have looked a decent outfit under Steve Kean and were hoping to get back to winning ways after successive defeats at the hands of Aston Villa and Tottenham.
And it was certainly the visitors who provided most of the attacking threat in the early stages as Ali Al Habsi was forced to repel a barrage of balls fired into his box.
The Latics keeper also did well to keep out a fierce free-kick from Morten Gamst Pedersen, while Wigan relied mostly on set-pieces and counter-attacks.
So it was no surprise when Rovers took the lead in the 23rd minute through former Latics striker Roberts.
A lovely ball from Junior Hoilett found Emerton in acres of space down the right and he took the ball to the byline before pulling it back for Roberts, who could not miss from three yards.
Rovers continued to press and Benjani Mwaruwari should have done better with a header in front of goal from another terrific delivery by Pedersen, but in the 35th minute Wigan shocked their opponents by drawing level.
Victor Moses did brilliantly to jink into the box and set up Emmerson Boyce for a shot that was saved by Paul Robinson, but the rebound fell for McCarthy, who tucked the ball away from a tight angle.
The pitch was cutting up very badly in the rain, but that did not stop Rodallega giving Wigan the lead less than five minutes into the second half.
Moses' flick-on from Al Habsi's goal-kick caught out Samba, allowing Rodallega a run on goal, and the Colombian neatly sidestepped Robinson before slotting in a precise finish.
There was no doubt which team was on top now and six minutes later Wigan netted their third courtesy of some brilliant skill by McCarthy.
Charles N'Zogbia was central to the goal, the midfielder first seeing a shot well saved by Robinson and then picking up the rebound. N'Zogbia eventually played in McCarthy, who juggled the ball from right to left foot before guiding a shot just inside the far post.
Just when Wigan seemed to have taken a stranglehold on the game, though, Blackburn pulled one back, and it could not have been simpler as Pedersen's corner picked out the head of the towering Samba.
The defender's goal came less than two minutes after McCarthy's strike, but incredibly they found themselves facing a two-goal deficit again in the 65th minute.
Rovers' complaints were understandable as Michel Salgado was adjudged to have tripped Mohamed Diame just inside the area, but Watson exploited the situation fully by sending Robinson the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Two minutes later Tom Cleverley replaced Moses for his first appearance after a month out injured, with Blackburn bringing on Mame Biram Diouf and David Dunn.
Diouf had a decent opportunity to reduce Rovers' arrears when he found space on the right of the area but he was closed down quickly by a mass of Wigan defenders and could only shoot wide.
Blackburn did manage a third in the 81st minute, though, and again it came from the penalty spot. Boyce lunged in recklessly on Dunn and the substitute picked himself up to slot the spot-kick beyond the outstretched arm of Al Habsi.
Rovers pushed hard for an equaliser through five minutes of injury time but this time Wigan stood firm to hold onto the three points that lifted them out of the relegation zone.
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