Wigan Athletic 3-0 Blackburn Rovers

13 Aug

Will Grigg, Nick Powell


Will Grigg scored 25 league goals for Wigan last season

Will Grigg scored his first league goal of the season to set up Wigan’s victory against Blackburn and their first win since returning to the Championship.

Max Power’s scuffed shot allowed Grigg to pounce and nod the Latics ahead.

Yanic Wildschut hit the bar for the hosts before Nick Powell curled a free-kick from 25 yards into the top corner to double the advantage.

Michael Jacobs’ cross then caused havoc as defender Shane Duffy bundled the ball into his own net to make it 3-0.

Gary Caldwell’s Latics, who announced the signing of Shaun MacDonald from Bournemouth before kick-off, earned their first win of the season in their first home game of the campaign.

Defeat is Rovers’ second in as many league games this season, leaving them without a point under boss Owen Coyle.

Powell, who signed on a free transfer from Manchester United in July, gave Wigan a deserved 2-0 lead after Dutchman Wildschut hit the woodwork.

Coyle faced the Latics for the first time since he left the club in December 2013, but Wigan only compounded his side’s poor start to the season, with Rovers conceding seven goals in two matches.

The visitors rarely threatened, with their first shot on target coming in the 85th minute as Wigan comfortably extended their unbeaten run against Blackburn at the DW Stadium to eight games.

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 3, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Attempt blocked. Max Power (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yanic Wildschut.

Stephen Warnock (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Perkins.

Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

Foul by Tim Chow (Wigan Athletic).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic).

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jack Byrne (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Craig Morgan tries a through ball, but Michael Jacobs is caught offside.

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Craig Davies replaces William Grigg.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Perkins (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Tim Chow replaces Luke Burke.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luke Burke (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Max Power (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).

William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Burke (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Sam Gallagher replaces Danny Graham.

Own Goal by Shane Duffy, Blackburn Rovers. Wigan Athletic 3, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Attempt blocked. Craig Morgan (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Max Power with a cross.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Michael Jacobs replaces Nick Powell.

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Stephen Warnock.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Attempt blocked. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Jack Byrne (Blackburn Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Darragh Lenihan.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dan Burn.

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