BBC Sport football

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 17:00 GMT, Saturday, 5 February 2011

Wigan   4 - 3   Blackburn

James McCarthy celebrates
McCarthy's superb individual effort made it 3-1 to Wigan

By Michael Da Silva

James McCarthy struck twice as Wigan moved out of the relegation zone with a thrilling win over Blackburn.

Jason Roberts put the visitors ahead, but McCarthy tapped in a leveller and Hugo Rodallega put the hosts ahead.

A brilliant solo effort from McCarthy made it 3-1 before Chris Samba struck to put Blackburn back in the match.

Ben Watson restored the Latics' two-goal lead with a penalty, which proved crucial as David Dunn's spot-kick for Rovers set up a frenetic finale.

Blackburn dominated the early stages of this compelling clash and could have been two goals ahead within the opening 15 minutes, with Al-Habsi forced into saves from Benjani then Pedersen, as Wigan struggled to handle Rovers' attacking threat.

Al-Habsi's opposite number, Paul Robinson, was also called into action, saving low to his left in the 21st minute after Ben Watson's free-kick evaded a crowd of bodies.

Martinez salutes 'complete' Wigan display

But it was Blackburn who took a deserved lead in the 23rd minute when the impressive David Hoilett picked out Emerton on the right, whose steaming run down the wing allowed him the time to cut his cross back to Roberts, who got in front of his marker to tap in at the near post.

Blackburn could, and should, have doubled their lead barely a minute later but Benjani failed to make a decent connection with his header, after Pederson picked him out with a free-kick from the left.

Wigan survived a handball shout when the ball appeared to strike the arm of Steve Gohouri following Benjani's miss, with the Latics managing to escape a sustained period of Blackburn pressure without further damage.

Infact, Wigan reacted defiantly to going behind and it was no surprise that Charles N'Zogbia was central to the home side's equaliser, as the Frenchman created space for Emerson Boyce to shoot after a surging run from the right.

Boyce's powerful low drive from 15 yards was saved well by Robinson, but McCarthy was first to react to the rebound, adjusting his body well to steer home from close range.

Rovers started the second half brightly, but were punished for some shoddy defending when Samba and the onrushing Robinson were unable to combine to clear a long ball to safety.

Rodallega nipped in to take advantage of their hesitation, sweeping the ball into the empty net with his left foot, giving Wigan a 2-1 lead and, with 20 goals, becoming Wigan's record goalscorer in the Premier League.

With Blackburn on the ropes, McCarthy doubled his tally for the afternoon with a sublime piece of skill and finish.

N'Zogbia rolled the ball into McCarthy who flicked the ball over Jermaine Jones with his right foot before volleying in with his left from 8 yards.

But just as Wigan were looking comfortable, they gave Blackburn hope of a comeback, allowing Samba to meet Pederson's corner and power in a header at the near post, making it 3-2.

With the game becoming increasingly stretched, Steve Kean, who had gambled by leaving top scorer Mame Diouf on the bench, introduced the on-loan striker on the hour.

But as Blackburn eyed an equaliser with Diouf now leading the line, Rovers fell further behind.

Kean vows to work on Blackburn defence

Watson restored Wigan's two-goal advantage from the penalty spot after Diame was clumsily tripped by Salgado in the box.

Rovers remained committed to their attacking game and, in the 75th minute, Diouf missed a golden opportunity to make it 4-3 when he dragged his shot wide from 15 yards.

With the rain failing to relent and the pitch continuing to deteriorate, Blackburn narrowed Wigan's lead in the 81st minute.

David Dunn, another second half substitute, made it 4-3 with the second penalty of the afternoon, sending Al-Habsi the wrong way after an ill-advised challenge by Boyce has sent Dunn tumbling just inside the box.

Blackburn pumped long balls towards Diouf as they became increasingly desperate to salvage a point, but Wigan held on for a win that may prove crucial in their quest for Premier League survival.

Live text and stats

 

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wigan 4-3 Blackburn FT
(HT 1-1)
  • McCarthy 35
  • Rodallega 50
  • McCarthy 56
  • Watson (pen) 65
  • Roberts 23
  • Samba 58
  • Dunn (pen) 81

Wigan

Substitutes

Blackburn

Substitutes

Ref: DeanAtt: 18,567
WIGAN
BLACKBURN

Possession

  • Wigan 58%
  • Blackburn 42%

Attempts on target

  • Wigan 7
  • Blackburn 5

Attempts off target

  • Wigan 4
  • Blackburn 4

Corners

  • Wigan 4
  • Blackburn 9

Fouls

  • Wigan 11
  • Blackburn 12
  • Final Result
  • 95:22 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Dunn on Steve Gohouri. Direct free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 90:00+3:23 Hugo Rodallega is caught offside. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 90:00+2:05 The assistant referee flags for offside against Franco Di Santo. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:05 Booking Booking for Franco Di Santo for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+0:58 Christopher Samba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Gohouri. Ali Al Habsi takes the direct free kick.
  • 89:37 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 89:13 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 88:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Franco Di Santo on Martin Olsson. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 87:30 Substitution Franco Di Santo joins the action as a substitute, replacing Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 83:48 Short corner taken by David Dunn.
  • 83:07 Michel Salgado produces a cross, Mame Diouf takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 81:41 Substitution James McArthur is brought on as a substitute for James McCarthy.
  • 81:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmerson Boyce on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 80:27 GOAL - David DunnWigan 4 - 3 Blackburn Placed penalty scored by David Dunn. Wigan 4-3 Blackburn.
  • 79:49 Emmerson Boyce challenges David Dunn unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
  • 78:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 78:21 Effort on goal by James McCarthy from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 77:56 Substitution Steven Nzonzi replaces Jermaine Jones.
  • 75:16 The offside flag is raised against Mame Diouf. Ali Al Habsi takes the indirect free kick.
  • 74:32 Mame Diouf produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 73:54 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 72:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Jones on Mohamed Diame. Free kick taken by Ben Watson.
  • 72:50 Booking Jermaine Jones receives a yellow card.
  • 70:50 David Dunn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McCarthy. Emmerson Boyce takes the free kick.
  • 69:54 Mame Diouf is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 68:32 Foul by Jason Roberts on James McCarthy, free kick awarded. Emmerson Boyce takes the direct free kick.
  • 66:22 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Tom Cleverley coming on for Victor Moses.
  • 64:46 The assist for the goal came from Mohamed Diame.
  • 64:44 Michel Salgado gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame.
  • 64:44 GOAL - Ben WatsonWigan 4 - 2 Blackburn Ben Watson scores a penalty. Wigan 4-2 Blackburn.
  • 64:09 Booking Caution for Michel Salgado.
  • 59:21 David Hoilett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antolin Alcaraz. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 59:21 Substitution David Dunn comes on in place of Brett Emerton.
  • 59:21 Substitution Mame Diouf on for Benjani Mwaruwari.
  • 57:24 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Morten Gamst Pedersen provided the assist for the goal.
  • 57:24 GOAL - Christopher SambaWigan 3 - 2 Blackburn Christopher Samba grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Wigan 3-2 Blackburn.
  • 55:43 Assist by Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 55:43 GOAL - James McCarthyWigan 3 - 1 Blackburn James McCarthy fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wigan 3-1 Blackburn.
  • 55:28 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 53:43 Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen to the near post, Close range headed effort by Christopher Samba goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 51:32 Benjani Mwaruwari is ruled offside. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
  • 51:00 Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson. Ryan Nelsen takes the free kick.
  • 49:11 Assist by Victor Moses.
  • 49:11 GOAL - Hugo RodallegaWigan 2 - 1 Blackburn Hugo Rodallega grabs a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Wigan 2-1 Blackburn.
  • 48:49 The ball is crossed by Victor Moses, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
  • 47:33 The referee blows for offside against Benjani Mwaruwari. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
  • 45:50 Unfair challenge on Michel Salgado by Mohamed Diame results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:25 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+1:14 The ball is sent over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Antolin Alcaraz manages to make a clearance.
  • 44:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Jason Roberts. Antolin Alcaraz takes the free kick.
  • 42:38 Unfair challenge on Christopher Samba by Charles N'Zogbia results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 41:03 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson, Headed effort from inside the area by Antolin Alcaraz misses to the left of the goal.
  • 40:46 Handball by Jermaine Jones. Direct free kick taken by Ben Watson.
  • 38:31 The official flags Victor Moses offside. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 34:08 Emmerson Boyce provided the assist for the goal. Emmerson Boyce takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 34:08 GOAL - James McCarthyWigan 1 - 1 Blackburn James McCarthy grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Wigan 1-1 Blackburn.
  • 32:44 Corner taken by Ben Watson.
  • 25:03 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line played to the near post, Close range headed effort by Jermaine Jones clears the crossbar.
  • 24:25 Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Olsson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from left channel.
  • 23:42 The referee gives a free kick against Victor Moses for handball. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 22:41 Assist by Brett Emerton.
  • 22:41 GOAL - Jason RobertsWigan 0 - 1 Blackburn Goal scored by Jason Roberts from close in low into the middle of the goal. Wigan 0-1 Blackburn.
  • 20:40 Ben Watson takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • Correction - 19:56 Jermaine Jones challenges Mohamed Diame unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 19:56 Mohamed Diame fouled by Jermaine Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Watson takes the direct free kick.
  • 19:42 Inswinging corner taken by Ben Watson from the right by-line.
  • 18:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antolin Alcaraz by Benjani Mwaruwari. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
  • 17:15 Ben Watson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Brett Emerton.
  • 16:03 Brett Emerton challenges Mohamed Diame unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 14:43 A cross is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 13:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamed Diame on Jermaine Jones. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Paul Robinson from own half, clearance by Maynor Figueroa.
  • 12:16 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Hugo Rodallega manages to make a clearance.
  • 10:07 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Steve Gohouri manages to make a clearance.
  • 9:22 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
  • 8:12 David Hoilett fouled by Mohamed Diame, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 6:01 Charles N'Zogbia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jones. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 3:53 Jermaine Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia. Charles N'Zogbia shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 3:27 Benjani Mwaruwari takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
  • 2:39 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, Ben Watson manages to make a clearance.
  • 1:54 Effort on goal by Mohamed Diame from long range goes over the bar.
  • 0:38 The ball is crossed by Ryan Nelsen.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

Live text and data provided by The Press Association.



Print Sponsor



Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 25 31 54
2 Arsenal 25 27 50
3 Man City 26 20 49
4 Chelsea 24 25 44
5 Tottenham 25 8 44
6 Sunderland 26 1 37
7 Liverpool 25 2 35
8 Bolton 26 -1 33
9 Stoke 25 -1 33
10 Newcastle 25 2 31
11 Blackburn 26 -8 31
12 Fulham 26 0 30
13 Everton 25 -1 30
14 Aston Villa 26 -15 29
15 Blackpool 25 -11 28
16 West Brom 25 -17 26
17 Wigan 26 -18 26
18 Birmingham 23 -10 24
19 West Ham 25 -17 24
20 Wolves 25 -17 24

see also
Saturday football as it happened
05 Feb 11 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
05 Feb 11 |  Football
Blackburn 0-1 Tottenham
02 Feb 11 |  Premier League
West Brom 2-2 Wigan
01 Feb 11 |  Premier League


related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.