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14:04 5th February 2011


Latics take the points in DW thriller!

McCarthy 34, 55
Rodallega 50
Watson 65 (pen)

Roberts 23
Samba 58
Dunn 81 (pen)

Report by Paul Chialton

A goal-fest at the DW Stadium and a massive win for Latics who came from behind to take the lead and hold on in dramatic fashion against local rivals Blackburn Rovers.

Two goals from the superb James McCarthy, a record equalling goal from Hugo Rodallega and a Ben Watson penalty were enough to wrap up all three points for the home side in a thrilling match.

Despite falling behind to former player Jason Roberts on the half-hour mark the determination and spirit Roberto Martinez's men showed was inspiring, powered on by a roaring home support.

McCarthy was stunning and levelled soon after Roberts' opener, an goal that owed much to Victor Moses' creativity on the wing.

Cutting inside the winger teed up Emmerson Boyce whose low shot was saved superbly but into the path of the Irish midfielder who finished from a tight angle.

A great response that struck belief back into the team to go in search of more.

Latics had looked threatening on the attack all afternoon and got their rewards shortly after the break when Rodallega pounced on a loose ball at the back, got there before Paul Robinson and finished into an empty net.

The goal is the Colombian's 20th Premier League strike, and the one that equals Henri Camara's top-flight record.

The drama hadn't finished there, as barely five minutes later McCarthy was on hand yet again to find the back of the net, controlling in a congested area before volleying into the bottom left corner.

Rovers captain Christopher Samba hit an instant response to peg Latics back, heading home from a corner.

But not prepared to sit back the home pushed for yet more goals, intent on seeing the game out and wrapping things up.

They got their chance when Momo Diame was tripped inside the area by Michel Salgado, penalty!

Up stepped Ben Watson to blast down the middle and surely seal the win, only it wasn't to be that simple.

A David Dunn penalty ten minutes before time restored a tense score-line for Latics, but they hung on and fought till the death for three crucial points.

Antolin Alcaraz, Steve Gohouri, every man at the back defended for their lives to weather the Rovers storm and stood tall to make sure the points stayed in Wigan.

An afternoon to remember then at the DW Stadium where Latics oozed fight, character and determination to claim three points and battle out of the bottom three.

Al Habsi; Boyce, Gohouri, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Diame, Watson; N'Zogbia, McCarthy (McArthur, 83), Moses (Cleverley, 67); Rodallega

Subs: Pollitt, Di Santo, S. Caldwell, Gomez, Stam

Blackburn: Robinson; Jones (Nzonzi, 79), Olsson, Samba, Nelsen, Emerton (Dunn, 60), Gamst Pedersen, Benjani (Biram Diouf, 60), Hoilett, Salgado, Roberts

Subs: Bunn, Grella, Andrews, Hanley

    Data provided by Press Association