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A ‘real honour’ for Joseph’s Goal Ambassador Roberto Martinez

Former Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez said he was honoured to be part of a charity game between his former club and Manchester City that will raise awareness of a rare genetic disorder.

Joseph’s Goal is a Wigan charity in aid of Joseph, a brave boy who has Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH), very rare life-limiting genetic disorder that severely affects his development.

To help raise funds for research, Martinez was part of a start-studded line up as legends from both Wigan and City went head to head at Ashton Town AFC on Saturday afternoon.

Famous faces included the likes of Emmerson Boyce, Paul Scharner, Nathan Ellington and Georgi Kinkladze.

Speaking before the game, Martinez said: “Joseph’s Goal as a charity is a fantastic opportunity to sometimes take stock of life and almost look into the power of the figure of Joseph.

“He’s such a brave boy and everyone around him shares so much love and that opportunity to help people around the community has been a real strength of the charity and if we can be involved it’s a real honour.”

Martinez watched the game from the sidelines with former colleague and Wigan man Graham Barrow. Copyright: Alastair Hancock

Almost five years to the day, then Wigan captain, Boyce carried out Joseph onto the Wembley pitch on the day Latics lifted the FA Cup trophy.

Before the charity legends match, Boyce said: “I keep calling Joseph my lucky mascot! He’s been a big part of Wigan history let alone personally for me and I’m just happy to play my part today and hopefully it can encourage more people to take part in raising awareness and supporting the charity.”

THE MATCH

The match was hosted by Ashton Town AFC at Edge Green Street and both teams were all led out by hero Joseph Kendrick.

The teams line up for photographs. Copright: Alastair Hancock
The line-ups. Copyright: Mark Hayes

Wigan opened the scoring through Ellington. Famously known as the ‘Duke’, Ellington lobbed the keeper from the edge of the box to give Latics a 1-0 lead.

It was 2-0 before the break as Scharner got in on the act. Gary Teale caused trouble on the left side and his cross found the head of the Austrian who powered home.

City got on the score sheet after half time as Ashton Town Manager, David Dempsey put a bullet header into the back of the net from close range.

Dempsey levelled the scoring soon after as he capitalised on a loose pass in the Wigan defence and he found the bottom left corner with a cool finish.

Jason Jarrett put Wigan back in front at 3-2 after he slotted the ball past the keeper in a one on one inside the area.

The game then turned on its head when City equalised through Chris Shucker before Dempsey got a hat trick to make it 4-3 with a just a few minutes remaining.

However, it was not over there as Ellington forced a draw with a free kick masterclass, as he found the top left corner to make it 4-4.

The game went to penalties and after City missed three and scored two and Wigan scored three and missed one, it was down to Boyce, a Joseph’s Goal Ambassador to give Latics a victory.

Wigan won the match 4-2 on penalties!

After the game, Paul Kendrick, Latics reporter for Wigan Today, said: “It was brilliant – such a good game! It’s great that the lads can come and enjoy occasions like this and obviously the fans got a real treat of football as well.”

WHAT’S NEXT?

Paul, who is dad to Joseph Kendrick, said: “It was unbelievable! Ashton Town put this on for us every year and each year we think it can’t get any better and it’s just got even better. We’re grateful to everyone at Ashton Town, Mark Hayes especially and they never disappoint and we’re already thinking about next year and how we can do better.

“It’s been an amazing month and so hectic but we’ll probably have a sit down with the charity trustees over the next few weeks and we’ll certainly be having a legends game around the same time next year and it’s what events we can fit in now for the rest of the year.”

KEEPING A WATCHFUL EYE

During interviews before the match, some of the Wigan Legends revealed that they had been keeping up to date with the club’s success, as Paul Cook’s men were crowned Champions of League One last weekend.

Former Latics goal machine Nathan Ellington, said: “I’ve been watching Wigan and seen a few games so it’s good to see the team going back up and hopefully they can continue it again next season.

“I’ll never forget about the Wigan fans as they were the best times of my career with them so it’s always good to see them again.”

Martinez, now Belgium boss, said: “It’s been a really good period for Wigan Athletic – getting promoted and winning the League One trophy, it’s been a remarkable campaign. What Paul Cook has done and the players and one the youngest Chairman’s in the league I think it’s a very good reason to celebrate for every Wigan Athletic fan.

“I follow every scoreline and I’ve had the opportunity to see a few games live and it’s just impressive how quickly Paul Cook has put a team together that really understands Wigan Athletic and they play for the Wigan Athletic heart and I just hope that success can be promoted into the Championship because it’s a really exciting year ahead!”

For more information on Joseph’s Goal or to donate to the charity, visit the website.

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Late leveller for Wigan concludes thriller against Scunthorpe

Wigan Athletic lost ground on the top of League One as they rescued a point in an epic 3-3 draw against Scunthorpe United at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

The Latics could only gain salvage a draw in what was their 400th league match at the DW Stadium, as substitute Gary Roberts made it all square four minutes before the end.

Wigan went ahead through Chey Dunkley’s header but the home side were pegged back soon after as Tom Hopper equalised.

Paul Cook’s side then took the lead again through Will Grigg but in a similar situation to the first, Hopper made it 2-2 with a quick reply.

Former Latics loanee Ivan Toney came back to haunt his ex-teammates, as he put United in front for the first time. However, Roberts, who came off the bench just minutes before, scored the goal that saw the game conclude 3-3.

The DW Stadium

A return for Toney

In terms of team news, David Perkins and Reece James came back into the Wigan side, as Gavin Massey was dropped to the bench whilst Callum Elder was rested.

For Scunthorpe, on-loan Newcastle striker Ivan Toney made his return to the DW Stadium after he played for the Latics earlier on in the season.

An exhilarating first half 

Wigan started the game well with constant pressure inside Scunthorpe’s half.

The first chance fell to Will Grigg as Max Power’s deflected shot found the Irishman in the penalty area but his shot on the half volley just went wide.

Power then worked well with David Perkins to find Byrne on the right side. The right back’s cross met the head of Michael Jacobs but his effort went over.

The home side’s chances paid off in the 12th minute as Chey Dunkley headed past former Latics man Matt Gilks. Power’s corner was greeted by the centre back whose glancing header beat the keeper and found the back of the net to give Wigan the lead.

However, Scunthorpe replied three minutes later through Tom Hopper. The striker’s header looped over Christian Walton from close range, as he was denied by the post just seconds before.

Wigan responded well to United’s equaliser as Power’s deliveries into the box caused all sorts of problems in the Iron’s line. His corner was headed over the bar by Dunkley before a powerful cross fizzled past the goal line.

Two minutes before the break, Wigan fired back in front through Will Grigg. The striker’s shot from inside the box deflected off a Scunthorpe defender and ended up in the back of the net with Gilks watching on.

Jacobs almost gave his side a comfortable lead as his 30-yard strike forced a save from Gilks on his left post.

The visitors levelled things up again two minutes into added time at the end of the first half. Neal Bishop’s cross was headed by Hopper and his leaping effort went over Walton in what was an almost carbon copy of his first.

A dogged second half by both sides

Wigan came out in the second half on the front foot as they had two chances in quick succession.

Grigg knocked the ball down to Jacobs in the area but as the ball came off his knee, it was cleared off the line by Bishop.

Nick Powell then struck from the edge of the box but his shot just went wide of the post.

Wigan got their fourth corner, with just five minutes gone of the second half as Dan Burn rose the highest but he saw his effort go wide of the far post.

A skilful run down the left edge by Jacobs opened up space in the Iron defence. His ball into the box found Power at the back post but his header was parried away by Gilks.

Ironically, after all of Wigan’s dominance, it was Scunthorpe who went ahead. Ivan Toney put his side in the driving seat for the first time as he scored from close range. A Josh Morris cross was met by the head of Ryan Yates but his effort hit the bar before the ball came to Toney who volleyed past Walton into the right corner.

The Latics looked for a instant reply and it nearly came through Grigg as the ball fell to him in the area but his shot went wide of the right post.

In the 86th minute, Wigan found their equaliser through substitute Gary Roberts. Centre back Dan Burn found Roberts on the left side and he executed the time and space he had to slot a deflected shot into the right corner of the net.

A dramatic finish rounded off a breathless game of League One action at the DW Stadium as the game finished 3-3.

A point earned or two points dropped?

The point for Wigan sees them consolidate 3rd place in the Sky Bet League One table.

However, Paul Cook’s men lose ground on first place, as Blackburn are now eight points clear of Wigan. The Latics do have four games in hand over Rovers and two over Shrewsbury who sit in 2nd place on 71 points.

As for Scunthorpe, it is a point which cements their place in the top six, as they now hold a five point gap between 7th place Peterborough, although they have played two games more.

The managers thoughts

Latics boss, Paul Cook told Wigan Athletic after the game: “It wasn’t a great day for us today in any shape or form but great credit to the players – you’ve got to give them that.

“We never looked like getting a point and we’ve dug a point out that come the end of the season…could prove to be crucial.”

Cook praised Scunthorpe as he said: “There’s no easy games in this division. We’ve played against a very good side today and we took a point.

“Am I pleased with the point? No, but at the end of the day do we have to take it from a losing position? Yes – there’s plenty of games to go.”

Iron chief, Graham Alexander told Scunthorpe United: “My thoughts are the same as the players, we’re disappointed we didn’t take the three points because we felt the performance warranted it, as we came to a fantastic club doing exceptional things and scored three goals.

“We could have had more, and I thought it was a fantastic game of football.”

Alexander added: “We’re still in a fantastic position and showed today that we have nothing to be scared of.”

Forward Gary Roberts, who saved his side a point with the sixth goal of the game, spoke to Wigan Athletic about the frustration of his team’s performance, Scunthorpe’s attacking intent and Tuesday’s game against Bradford City.

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Wigan back to winning ways in league

Wigan Athletic beat Rochdale 1-0 at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon to resume their promotion push after two consecutive league defeats.

 

The DW Stadium

Both teams went into the game on the back of FA Cup 5th Round shocks as the Latics famously beat Manchester City 1-0 on Monday night, while Dale drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The game was set up nicely to be entertaining, however, it was not one for the neutral with just the one goal from Michael Jacobs separating the two sides.

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Team news

Wigan made seven changes to the famous side that dumped Manchester City out of the FA Cup, as Jamie Walker, James Vaughan and Jay Fulton all made their first starts for the club.

Donervon Daniels returned to the Latics starting 11 after his loan at Rochdale ended in January.

Dale made one change to the side that drew with Spurs as Ollie Rathbone replaced Joseph Rafferty.

The first half

Wigan’s first real opportunity resulted in a goal as Michael Jacobs opened the scoring. The skipper latched onto a through ball put into the box by Jamie Walker and the skipper finished neatly passed keeper Josh Lillis and into the bottom right corner.

After that goal the game started to open up as the Latics went close to furthering their lead. James Vaughan’s header looped over the top of the crossbar before Jamie Walker cut inside onto his right and forced a stop from Lillis.

The pressure continued from Wigan with half an hour played as Ryan Colclough got away from his man and fired a 20-yard strike just over the bar.

Rochdale had chances themselves as Ian Henderson, who scored against Tottenham, was through on goal. The striker lashed a shot from the edge of the box and it just went wide of Christian Walton’s right post.

Wigan went straight up the other end and almost made it 2-0 as Jamie Walker was one on one with Lillis. The Scotsman took it around the keeper but his touch let him down as there was a Rochdale man in front of the goal to block his effort out.

The second half

The home side resumed their dominance in possession early on in the second half as Jacobs came close to getting a brace. The winger switched feet and came inside onto his left foot and he got a powerful shot away but Lillis palmed it away.

A chance for both sides then followed as Vaughan got on the end of Jay Fulton’s cross with a header but Lillis held comfortably.

The visitors quickly attacked and Henderson was able to get a free header at the far post but his attempt, to the relief of Walton, just went over the top.

Some good work down the right side by substitute Gavin Massey allowed him to find Max Power on the edge of the box but the midfielder blew his shot way over.

Power came a lot closer a few minutes later as he stepped up for a free kick on the right side, a couple of yards from the penalty area. His effort rattled the top of the crossbar and the Latics were unlucky not to extend their one goal advantage.

The away side responded and went on the counter attack. Right back Scott Wiseman got a free header away at the back post which just went wide of the goal.

Despite a nervy ending for the Latics, they held onto the win and resumed their hope of automatic promotion back to the Championship.

What does it mean for the table? 

Wigan remain in third place as both Blackburn and Shrewbury won in their respected games against Walsall and Charlton.

The Latics are three points behind first place Rovers but they do have three games on the teams above them with Wigan and Blackburn set to face off next Sunday.

As for Rochdale, they sit bottom of League 1 on 26 points, however, they do have five games in hand on 19th place Northampton who have 38 points.

Wigan: 1. Christian Walton, 6. Max Power, 7. Jamie Walker (11. Gavin Massey), 8. James Vaughan (9. Will Grigg), 12. Donervon Daniels, 17. Michael Jacobs (CAPT), 22. Chey Dunkley, 26. Reece James, 27. Ryan Colclough (4. David Perkins), 28. Jay Fulton, 33. Dan Burn

Non-used subs: 23. Jamie Jones, 10. Devante Cole, 14. Alex Bruce, 18. Gary Roberts

Rochdale: 1. Josh Lillis, 4. Jim McNulty (19. Steven Davies), 6. Harrison McGahey, 10. Callum Camps (30. Billy Knott), 12. Scott Wiseman, 14. Ollie Rathbone (31. Sam Hart), 16. Matty Done, 21. Ryan Delaney, 27. Andy Cannon, 32. Mark Kitching, 40. Ian Henderson

Non-used subs: 7. Stephan Humphrys, 15. Joe Thompson, 17. Bradden Inman, 22. Brendan Moore

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FA Cup 5th Round: Wigan Athletic 1-0 Manchester City

Wigan Athletic defied the odds after beating Manchester City 1-0 in the FA Cup…again.

Will Grigg’s goal gave the Latics a famous victory over the Premier League leaders at the DW Stadium on Monday night and City’s hopes of a quadruple winning season are now over.

In what was a heroic, defensive performance by the League One side, Wigan were given a helping hand when referee Anthony Taylor showed a red card to Fabian Delph before half time.

City created numerous chances throughout the match but could not convert and Wigan fans started to believe as the atmosphere grew around the stadium.

In a moment of madness in the City defence, Irishman Grigg raced away and placed the ball past the watching Claudio Bravo to send Wigan through to the FA Cup Quarter Final where they will host Southampton.

The DW Stadium

In terms of team news, Wigan skipper Sam Morsy had to miss out due to picking up 10 yellow cards this season.

Janaury signings Devante Cole and James Vaughan and re-called Donervon Daniels were all cup tied.

For City, Leroy Sane, David Silva and Fabian Delph all came into the starting 11, as the trio returned from injury in Tuesday night’s win against Basel in the Champions League.

City started the game at a blistering pace as Sergio Aguero’s header just went over Christian Walton’s crossbar inside the opening two minutes.

Latics keeper Walton then made a fine save at his right post, as Ilkay Gundogan picked the ball up before releasing a strike on the edge of the box. Walton did well to palm the ball away.

Wigan did create chances too as Nathan Byrne dribbled into the area and pulled the ball back to the waiting Will Grigg and Gary Roberts but Bravo was there to deny a shot.

Grigg came close again three minutes later, as he held off John Stones before getting a left footed shot away but it hit the side netting of the left post.

The visitors had another chance to take the lead, this time through Fernandinho as Stones knocked the ball down on the far post to the Brazilian but he fired his effort over the crossbar.

Wigan held firm after more City pressure. Danilo flew the ball wide of the left post and just minutes later, Aguero’s powerful shot was saved excellently by Walton.

Arguably, the defining moment in the game was when Anthony Taylor showed Fabian Delph a red card just before the break. Delph’s challenge on Max Power was reckless but as the Wigan players ran over to the referee, Taylor switched his mind after initially giving Delph a yellow card.

Although a man short, City continued their dominance in possession and the introduction of Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne seemed to nerve the home crowd.

After countless balls into the box and heroic blocks, Wigan’s defence stood strong.

Then, the moment came for Grigg. A mix up in City’s back four allowed Grigg to latch onto the ball down the left side and he opened his body up to curl the ball past Bravo and into the net. The famous song, ‘Will Grigg’s on Fire’ could be heard all around the stadium, as Wigan took an unexpected lead.

There was danger late on for the home side, as Chey Dunkley headed out for a corner but the ball just missed the outskirts of the post.

After a nervous four minutes of injury time, Wigan held on for the victory and dumped the favourites Manchester City out of the FA Cup.

The Latics have now beaten three Premier League sides (Bournemouth, West Ham and Man City) in this season’s FA Cup and the home faithful will be dreaming of another Cup win, as they are now just 90 minutes away from a semi-final tie at Wembley.

For City, their poor FA Cup record against Wigan goes on, as the Latics have now won the last three meetings, including the famous Final win in 2013 and the Quarter Final triumph at the Etihad Stadium the season after.

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Salford Secure Quarter Final Spot After Scintillating Win

Salford men’s team beat UCLan 40-18 at Leigh Sports Village on Wednesday afternoon to reach the Quarter Final stage of the Northern Conference Cup.

Leigh Sports Village

After winning the BUCS Northern 2A League last week, Salford were on the look out for more glory, as they took a 30-4 lead going into half time. Conor Mulcahy, Reece Cumiskey, Dan Munt, Will Nelson and Tom Johnson all went over for Salford whilst Connor Johnson got UCLan’s only try of the first half.

Two tries in quick succession early on in the second 40 for Todd Fenlon gave UCLan hope of a revival, however, Joe Woolley replied quickly with a great solo effort.

Josh Hill made sure of the win late on for Salford before Fenlon got his hat-trick for UCLan but it was only consolation.

Due to it being a cup game, the tie was played at Leigh Sports Village but Salford seemed at home straight away as Conor Mulcahy scored an early try. He burst through the UCLan defence and found a gap to run into and went over in front of the sticks. Josh Hill converted to give Salford a 6-0 lead.

UCLan replied soon after as Connor Johnson bulldozed his way past two Salford men on the left side to go over. Jordan Williamson missed the kick and Salford had a two point advantage.

With just over 20 minutes on the clock, Salford extended their lead through a Reece Cumiskey try. A short pass by Josh Hill found Cumiskey who went through a gap and eased over the line. Hill added the extras to make it 12-4.

Two minutes later and Salford were in again this time through Dan Munt. Mulcahy found a gap in the UCLan defence and found the supporting Munt who raced away and out paced the chasing pack to score. Hill made it 18-4 with the kick.

A fourth try then followed for Salford as Will Nelson darted over. A brilliant pass by Joe Woolley allowed the centre to run 60 metre’s down field, untouched, and score. Hill added the two points to give Salford a 24-4 lead.

Just before the break, Tom Johnson went over for Salford. A break inside their own half allowed Salford to attack down the left and Hill found Johnson and the winger eased over the line. Rob Downing converted the kick to give his side a 26 point advantage.

UCLan fought back in the second half as Todd Fenlon scored within two minutes of the restart. The centre touched down on the right side after finding a gap but Williamson could not add the extras.

Fenlon got his second try three minutes later with a carbon copy of his first. Williamson’s kick just went wide of the post but UCLan reduced the score gap to 18 points.

Salford skipper Joe Woolley replied with a try almost immediately. The hooker ran from dummy half and found a gap in the UCLan defence to go over in front of the sticks. Hill added the two points and Salford went 36-12 in front.

Salford secured the win in the 68th minute through Hill as the UCLan defence were unable to bring him down in the left corner. Woolley took the kick and missed but Salford were 40-12 ahead.

In the final minutes of the match, Fenlon went over to get his hat trick for UCLan. After a few disagreements between players from both sides, Fenlon played on and scored the try. Williamson converted but Salford went home 40-18 winners and now go through to the Quarter Final stage of the Northern Conference Cup.

After their win today, the league triumph and the upcoming ‘two cities’ challenge with Manchester University, Joe Woolley said: “We’re on for the treble and its something we all want to do. The lads are training hard in the gym and putting the effort in every week  and its really good to see. I’m a proud captain today!”

The Salford team celebrate the win

After the game, UCLan coach Andy Procter said: “I thought Salford were better than we were and their team had some good players that took advantage of us as we were a bit weak in certain areas but I thought we did well in the second half and stuck to our structure.”

Salford will play The University of Leeds or Leeds Trinity University in the Quarter final stage and Coach Alex Davidson believes: “It’s going to be tough either way and the joy of today was that we knew what we were up against and we knew what the opposition was like.

“Next week we are going into the unknown as we don’t know what they’re like…and that’s the case of the cup; we end up playing teams from the other side of the Pennines and it makes it exciting and little bit different!”

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Wigan ease past Salford

Wigan Warriors comfortably beat Salford Red Devils 12-40 at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday night in Round One of the 2018 Betfred Super League.

AJ Bell Stadium

It was Salford who took an early lead through Kris Welham, however, seven tries without reply followed for the Warriors, as both Oliver Gildart and Liam Marshall got two tries each, while Tom Davies, Morgan Escare and Tony Clubb added to Wigan’s total score.

The Red Devils did get some consolation late on with a Niall Evalds effort but the Cherry and Whites eased past their local opponents to get the first two points of the new campaign.

The team sheet

In terms of team news, Salford’s Jack Littlejohn made his debut, as Luke Burgess also came for his second stint at the club. Dan Sarginson made his Super League return for Wigan but new signing and Australian Gabe Hamlin missed out.

With one eye set on the historic game against Hull FC in Australia next week, the Warriors looked set for a tricky night when Kris Welham entered a gap in the defence and eased over the line to give Salford an early lead.

However, Wigan replied soon after with youngster Tom Davies going over in the corner after a string of passes on the right edge. The visitors were in control in the 16th minute as Oliver Gildart latched onto a clever kick by George Williams and touched down to put his side in front.

Things got worse for Salford just before the break as George Griffin was sent to the bin by referee Robert Hicks for a dangerous tackle.

Wigan raced away instantly in the second half through a Morgan Escare try, as the fullback collected the ball from a neat kick put through by Liam Marshall.

Liam Marshall then extended the Warriors’ lead to 6-26 with two tries in quick succession. The first came from an accurate Sam Tomkins kick into the in-goal line and the winger was there to touch down in the corner.

The kicking game proved to be the difference as Marshall got his brace after chipping the ball over Salford’s last man to dart over the line.

Salford’s defence on the right side looked to be under pressure again as Marshall ran down the line and found the supporting Gildart who strolled through for his second of the match.

Prop Tony Clubb rounded off Wigan’s tally late on as his bulldozed his way past two Salford men and over the line.

Despite Salford’s Niall Evalds getting the last try as he dived over in the left corner, Wigan went on to claim a dominant win over the Red Devils.

Heading into the first ever Super League game played outside of Europe next week in Wollongong, Australia, the Warriors are in full confidence and sit in 3rd place in the Betfred Super League table.

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Wigan Athletic 0-0 Blackburn Rovers

Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers drew 0-0 in a highly competitive match at the DW stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the wet and windy conditions, both sides contributed to an entertaining game of football, although there were no goals.

The big turning point in the match was when Elliot Bennett picked up a second yellow card to see him sent off 15 minutes into the second half.

However, after a number of chances, Wigan could not capitalise with the extra man and Blackburn held on to secure a hard-earned point.

FIRST HALF

In what was a relatively quiet start, the game sprung into life in the 23rd minute as Wigan claimed for a penalty. Striker Ivan Toney went down in the box but referee Darren England waved away.

Gavin Massey had a good chance to put Latics ahead with seven minutes remaining of the first half, however, his shot was well saved at the near post by keeper David Raya.

Two minutes later, Nick Powell’s 25 yard strike was the closest the home side came to scoring. Powell managed to find space from distance but his shot just went wide of the post.

SECOND HALF

The visitors came out in the second half brightly as Bradley Dack chased onto a through ball and had a speculative shot from distance. Jamie Jones in the Wigan goal had it covered as the ball went looped over the bar.

A brilliant run by winger Craig Conway on the left side found Dack in the middle who jumped the highest but headed over the bar.

Seconds later and it was a carbon copy with Conway finding Dack with a quick-fire cross. Dack missed a golden opportunity as his powerful shot just going over.

After numerous pressure from Rovers, Elliott Bennett was sent off for a second bookable offence with over 30 minutes still left to play.

Wigan then attacked the away side’s defence as Powell fed Callum Elder in the box but the left back’s driving shot was kept out by Raya.

A few minutes later and Powell troubled Raya as his cross turned into an effort on goal as the ball seemed to be creeping in the top corner. Raya held comfortably but could not keep it in play.

With 15 minutes to go, ten men Blackburn had a great chance to go in front through Hardy Chapman. The on-loan midfielder breezed past Nathan Byrne and got a shot away at Jones who denied him.

Latics then went up the other end and came close to breaking the deadlock, as Massey’s 20 yard thunder strike hit the right post.

Two big chances then game for the blue and whites as Max Power’s corner bundled to far post and was just inches away. Sam Morsy had an attempt from distance which just went over the bar.

After a number of chances from both sides, the game somehow finished 0-0.

That draw sees Wigan now just one point behind leaders Shrewsbury as they are now unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions. Blackburn are now 7th in the Sky Bet League One table.

Wigan: Jones; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, Elder; Power, Morsy (Capt); Jacobs, Powell, Massey (Colclough 79); Toney (Roberts 79).
Subs: Sarkic, Perkins, Bruce, Hunt, Evans

Blackburn Rovers: Raya; Nyambe, Williams, Downing, Mulgrew; Smallwood, Whittingham, Dack (Graham 63), Bennett, Conway (Caddis 77); Antonsson (Chapman 60).
Subs: Leutwiler, Gladwin, Evans, Harper.

 

Alastair Hancock