Wigan 1-0 Blackburn: Nathan Broadhead nets second-half winner as the Latics pick up first home win of the season to move into the top half of the Championship
- Nathan Broadhead put Wigan in front just after the hour mark from close range
- Wigan managed to hold on to get their first home win of the season
- They have now moved into the top half of the Championship table
- Meanwhile, Blackburn remain just outside the play-offs in seventh place
Blackburn’s bizarre see-saw form struck again as Wigan claimed their first home win since April in a dire Lancashire derby.
Jon Dahl Tomasson’s team knew at the start of the night that a win would have seen them go into the weekend games sharing top spot with early pace-setters Norwich and Sheffield United, but Nathan Broadhead’s goal continued their see-saw sequence of results.
Rovers have now won seven and lost seven of their 14 games, veering from victory to defeat in their last ten, and never looked like beating a competitive Latics side.
Nathan Broadhead pounced from close range to hand Wigan all three points at home
Broadhead celebrates after putting Wigan in front against Blackburn on Tuesday night
Wigan (3-4-1-2): Amos 6; Kerr 7, Whatmough 8, Tilt 6; Darikwa 7, Power 8, Naylor 6, McClean 6 (Bennett 90); Keane 7 (Fletcher 83, 6); Broadhead 7 (Aasgard 67, 6), Wyke 7 (Magennis 83, 6)
Booked: Naylor, McClean
Manager: Leam Richardson
Blackburn (3-4-1-2): Kaminski 6; Hyam 5, Ayala 5 (A Wharton 67, 6), S Wharton 6; Hedges 5 (Brittain 45, 7), Travis 6 (Dack 83, 6), Morton 6, Pickering 6; Szmodics 5 (Dolan 45, 6); Hirst 5 (S Gallagher 53, 6), Brereton Diaz 5
Booked: Brereton Diaz
Manager: Jon Dahl Tomasson
Everton loanee Broadhead was in the right place to snap up the rebound when Will Keane had muscled Rovers’ on-loan Liverpool midfielder Tyler Morton off the ball, with a surreptitious handful of shirt, and tried to chip keeper Thomas Kaminski.
That stole the limelight from Ben Brereton Diaz, on a day when AC Milan’s name was added, by Italian reports, to the long list of his admirers as his contract nears its final six months.
The Chile international scored twice against Rotherham at the weekend but had a poor game, muscled out of his stride by a vigorous Latics team who had not tasted victory at the DW Stadium since they beat Accrington in their promotion surge back in April.
Wigan took the game to Rovers from the off, Tom Naylor driving a shot just past the post and flashing a diving header past Thomas Kaminski’s near post, while on-loan Everton youngster Nathan Broadhead danced past two defenders on the right before forcing a good save from the Blackburn stopper.
Will Keane had the best effort of the first half, robbing a dawdling Scott Wharton and homing in on goal, only for Kaminski to beat away his shot.
Ben Brereton Diaz tried to bring Blackburn back into the game but was unable to find the net
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