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Match Report: Blackburn 3-1 Wigan Athletic

Well all the hype and positivity around the squad has now hit rock bottom following two back to back wins and the transfer deadline day, we all expected more going into this one. Not the result that followed.

Tony Marshall

Two changes for Wigan going into the game. One forced following the departure of James McArthur as William Kvist comes into take his place, and new 'super' striker Andy Delort as he lined up alongside Callum McManaman. Fair changes by the gaffer (Uwe Rosler) as he looks to spice things up.

The first half was a very drab affair. Latics looked to  have the upper hand as we controlled a large slice of possession, but we couldn't make it count in the opposing half. The first half was very much a typical post international break game, both teams looking to build into the game and not giving much away.

It was on the 37 minute though that Wigan could have taken the lead. Callum McManaman going down in the box and referee Roger East giving the penalty. Up stepped defender Ivan Ramis to take the spot kick, however he blasted the ball over the goal.

That spurred us into life and Callum McManaman found that extra gear, first to force a great save out of Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson. Then Macca turned provider for Emmerson Boyce, but our captain could only head the ball over as the game closed in on half time.

Wigan though continued were they left off and kept hold of the ball and pressurized the Blackburn defense. Eventually it paid off with James Perch getting his first goal of the season with the defender volley home a poor Blackburn clearance.

The lead wouldn't last long.

Ben Marshall scoring his first of two goals as he and Jordan Rhodes turned on the class to score three and change the game.

Marshall's first goal was a long range effort, the ball falling to him comfortably following an Emyr Huws header, the winger letting the ball drop before firing home. His second, which would come after a Jordan Rhodes goal, was of even better quality as he curled the ball right past the reaches of Scot Carson.

Rhodes could have scored a second himself after going through on goal. Yet the striker managed to slice his shot wide of the goal and save Wigan blushes.

A game yet again where we dominated possession we failed to close out the game and subsequently lost it. We need to find that killer instinct away from home.