600 Up - Latics 2 Blackburn 1
You can say what you like but winning on a Sunday off the back of a Thursday night Europa League game is a rarity for most teams, but not for the Latics it would seem as they once again followed up a historic night in Europe with a great victory in the Championship
After the pounding of Maribor it was a slight surprise to see Latics boss Owen Coyle make just two changes to the starting line-up as Callum McManaman was out with injury and James McClean took his place in the side, whilst Thomas Rogne replaced Emmerson Boyce in defence, otherwise it was as you were as the Latics entertained one of the divisions form sides, Blackburn Rovers
A game with lots of incident and plenty chances saw Blackburn take the lead on 7 minutes when a free-kick was pumped into the Latics box, Scott Carson challenged Leon Best for the ball but could only deflect it into the path of the oncoming Tommy Spurr who rifled home from 8 yards
On 37 minutes Blackburn were down to 10 men, Nick Powell harried Rovers defender Grant Hanley who stiff armed the young striker in the face, Stuart Attwell had no hesitation in reaching for the red card and Hanley was rightly given his marching orders
Latics pressed for an equaliser, McArthur, Gomez and Powell all going close, but it was Blackburn keeper Kean who nearly levelled the score up when under pressure from Leon Barnett at a corner, the shotstopper fumbled only for the ball to hit the post then come back into his grateful arms
Owen Coyle shuffled the pack on 57 minutes, bringing on Grant Holt for centre back Thomas Rogne, this allowed Beausejour to drop to left back and James McClean to switch from the right to the left wing, whatever he is, McClean isn't a right winger, suddenly from being uncomfortable in an unnatural position the Republic of Ireland international found space and pace as he ran at the Rovers defence
The Latics were dominating play and they were rewarded with the equalising goal when Jordi Gomez swung over a corner, Holt won the header and the ball pinged about before nestling in the net via a deflection off Spurr, 1-1
Powell nearly gave the Latics the lead when from another corner he had the audacity to try a back flick, the ball struck Kean's leg as it headed goalwards and bounced to safety, but Emmerson Boyce stole the show in the dying moments of the game
On for the tiring Shotton, Boyce powered a header from a Ben Watson free kick into the top corner of the goal to give the Latics the points and keep up their record of winning every game that follows a European night.
This win was also the clubs 600th league win since joining the football league in 1978
Unused subs - Nicholls, Espinoza, Garcia, Dicko
Blackburn - Kean, Kane, Hanley, Kilgallon, Spurr, Cairney (Taylor 83), Lowe, Evans (Marshall 90), King, Best (Williamson 41), Rhodes
Unused subs - Morris, Judge, Marrow, Eastwood
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