Wigan Athletic showed everything needed to prove they are up for the fight by recording a convincing 4-3 win over Blackburn Rover, a flattering score to say the least for the visitors.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE – DW STADIUM – Saturday 5th February 2011

McCarthy 35,56
Rodallega 50
Watson 65 (pen)

Roberts 23
Samba 58
Dunn 81 (pen)

In what could have been a season ending day for Latics, they stepped up to the plate and showed that they have what it takes to be a Premier League Football Club.

On a day that registered the most goals ever scored on a Premier League day, Wigan and Blackburn contributed 7 of the 41 goals scored.

The scoreline could have been a lot more convincing for Latics, but the three points are what counts and although results went a bit strange elsewhere, it was enough to get us away from the relegation zone for a while.

With performances like the ones over the last few games, we can take on the next few games with confidence at a high.

The pitch also deserves a mention as it held very well after an extremely large amount of rain fell over a short period of time.

Mohammed Diame got the first piece of an action packed game by jinking himself into a shooting position only to see his effort go marginally over the bar. Charles N’Zogbia next won and took a free kick just outside of the area and forces the Robinson to a good save

The visitors then came into the game a bit and in a ten minute spell threatened lots without getting actual shots on target That all changed though as Figueroa went awol leaving Bret Emerson on the right loads of time to pick his cross.

Jason Roberts, an old Latics hero, scored for the second time this season against us adding to the goal he scored at Ewood Park. It was all too easy for the veteran striker and he again showed Latics the respect of not over celebrating his strike.

When was the last time we came from behind to win, well a goal usually is enough to undo us, but this time it was the trigger to spur us on. Rodallega had a shot blocked by Neilsen’s arm, but the ref decided that it shouldn’t be a penalty.

Watson came more into the game and hi cross was dealt with by Bret Emerson, with Hugo lying in wait on the six yard line. From the resulting throw in Latics got the break they deserved as Boyce takes the throwing to send Moses off on a run into the right side of the box.

The youngster pulled the ball back to Boyce whose shot was parried by Robinson straight into the path of James McCarthy who made no mistake of belting the ball in for 1-1 from a really tight angle. Diame could have sent us into the break in the lead, but he mistimed his run and was flagged for off side.

Latics stated the second half as they finished the first and it wasn’t long before Hugo Rodallega did get his goal and it was from an unusual route, of the one variety. Al Habsi sent a kick downfield, Moses flicked it n with his head and the Colombian did the rest by rounding Samba and Robinson to slot home.

Things got even better as McCarthy doubled hid tally for the game and sent Latics 3-1 up with a cracker. N’Zogbia sent in a pile driver that was well save by Robinson, the rebound came straight back to Charles who passed to McCarthy.

The young Scot flicked the ball up with his right foot before volleying home from 12 yards sending the DW Stadium nuts. Unfortunately as the crowd was still cheering, Latics switched off and left Christopher Samba for an easy header for 3-2.

Straight away though, we got our own back as the Blackburn fans were still celebrating their goal. Diame was fed through on goal but was clattered down by Salgado, the referee this time had no option but to give the penalty and Ben Watson stepped up to blast the kick in for 4-2.

The last 20 minutes was a right onslaught, as Latics pressed to get a fifth and to go out of sight, Rodallega had a shot well saved by Robinson whilst N’Zogbia had his run into the box halted by a last ditch Samba tackle.

The rout was halted as we stupidly and clumsily breathed on Dunn, at first it looked outside the box but the ref gave the penalty, which Dunn then scored. It didn’t affect the result as we carried on with Cleverley, McArthur and di Santo all having chances.

But the damage was already done and but better prowess in front of goal and two soft goals and a dubious penalty, it could have been a lot better scoreline.

It sets up us nicely to go to Anfield where we have to have the belief that we can get something…

Cockney Latic Man of the Match: James McCarthy
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
Attendance: 18,567
26 Ali Al Habsi 1 Paul Robinson
17 Emmerson Boyce 27 Michel Salgado
3 Antolin Alcaraz 4 Christopher Samba
2 Steve Gohouri 6 Ryan Nelsen
31 Maynor Figueroa 3 Martin Olsson
27 Mohamed Diame 2 Jermaine Jones
10 Charles N’Zogbia 7 Brett Emerton
4 James McCarthy 12 Morten Gamst Pedersen
20 Hugo Rodallega 30 Jason Roberts
11 Victor Moses 23 David Hoilett
8 Ben Watson 21 Benjani
12 Mike Pollitt 13 Mark Bunn
13 Steven Caldwell 15 Steven N’Zonzi
23 Ronnie Stam 31 Grant Hanley
16 James McArthur 17 Keith Andrews
14 Jordi Gomez 8 David Dunn
15 Tom Cleverley 11 Vince Grella
7 Franco Di Santo 41 Mame Biram Diouf
23′ Goal Jason Roberts
35′ Goal James McCarthy
50′ Goal Hugo Rodallega
56′ Goal James McCarthy
58′ Goal Christopher Samba
60′ Player Off Brett Emerton
Player On David Dunn
60′ Player Off Benjani
Player On Mame Diouf
65′ Yellow Card Michael Salgado
65′ Goal Ben Watson (pen)
67′ Player Off Victor Moses
Player On Tom Cleverley
73′ Yellow Card Jermaine Jones
78′ Player Off Jermaine Jones
Player On Steven Nzonzi
81′ Goal David Dunn (pen)
82′ Player Off James McCarthy
Player On James McArthur
88′ Player Off Charles N’Zogbia
Player On Franco di Santo
90′ Yellow Card Franco di Santo

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