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Match report: Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Blackburn last won successive matches in November. Photo credit: Ronnie Macdonald

Blackburn moved two points clear of the relegation zone with a slender 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Wigan at Ewood Park.

A solitary strike from Marvin Emnes just before the hour mark handed new Rovers boss Tony Mowbray his second straight win following the mid-week victory against Derby.

Just after 20 minutes Michael Jacobs ran free on the edge of the box but dragged his effort wide.

The home side had their fair share of the ball in the first half but they struggled to carve out any clear-cut chances against a stubborn Latic’s back line.

Omar Bogle had a chance to work goalkeeper Jason Steele but his effort was comfortable for the Rovers stopper before Jacobs directed an arrowing shot wide of the target.

Emnes broke the deadlock in the 58th minute, receiving Steele’s precise pass before bamboozling the Wigan defenders and firing beyond Wigan goalkeeper Matt Gilks at his near post.

Charlie Mulgrew had a chance to put the game to bed, swerving his free-kick agonisingly wide before Wigan’s Jamie Hanson spurned a great chance to score a late equalizer, skewing an effort the wrong side of the post.

Blackburn Rovers: Steele, Nyambe, Lenihan, Mulgrew, Williams, Feeney ( Mahone, 57), Lowe, Guthrie, Conway ( Graham, 57), Emnes ( Bennett, 61) and Gallagher. Subs not used: Raya, Hoban, Joao and Tomlinson.

Wigan Athletic: Gilks, Buxton, Morsy, Connolly (Grigg, 72), Bogle, MacDonald (Power, 8), Jacobs (Obertan, 70), Tunnicliffe, Warnock, Hanson and Burn. Subs not used: Perkins, Gilbey, Evans and Weir.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire)

Attendance: 13,165 (1965)

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