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  • May 7, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 26144
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  • And that’s it. Blackburn are relegated and we see contrasting emotions as Alacaraz’s solitary goal sees the hosts go down to the Championship and Wigan gain survival. As the final whistle blew, a handful of fans made their way onto the pitch to let the hosts’ players know what they think, with many surrounding captain Paul Robinson. It’s been a very trying season for Rovers and many will glad for it to be over, but the 1995 champions did not do themselves any favours tonight with that performance and Wigan have deservedly won this game. Steve Kean will no doubt make comment about the penalty that never was, but it can’t be guaranteed that they will have taken all three points.
  • And that's full-time.
  • 87'
    Assist Jean Beausejour
  • 87'
    Goal A. Alcáraz
    Alacraz looks to have won it for Wigan and Blackburn look to be heading down to the second-tier of English football for the first time in 13 years. It's his second goal in the last 18 months, and what a time to get it! It's a simple goal, a header from a corner that Paul Robinson just can't keep out.
  • 85'
    SubstitutionFranco Di Santo Conor Sammon
  • 82'
    Top stuff from Paul Robinson as the Blackburn captain denies Wigan a goal three times in as many seconds. Moses goes through and looks to have a good size of the goal to aim at, but the ‘keeper gets in the way. A second effort is made instantly and Robinson saves again, before the ball gets loose and the former Leeds United man pounces to hold onto the ball.
  • 80'
    SubstitutionBradley Orr David Goodwillie
  • 80'
    Wigan seem to be a little more reserved now and look to be sitting back on the ball as Blackburn up the urgency in their game, but right now, it’s not enough.
  • 76'
    Neither side now looking as though they will break the deadlock, with chances on goal all but dried up. Blackburn as facing relegation in the face and have just over 10 minutes to keep their Premier League status for at least one more game.
  • 72'
    Yellow Card Victor Moses
  • 72'
    A penalty shout for Wigan now, as Moses seemingly falls over after pressure from his marker, but the Wigan attacker can be seen to feign his foul in the replays and the referee tells the player to get up and is booked for his deception.
  • 69'
    Wigan get a chance from a free-kick as Pedersen is booked for a clumsy challenge on Maloney. The Lactics man steps up to the set-piece, but cannons the ball into the Blackburn defenders and out for a corner.
  • 67'
    Yellow Card M. Pedersen
  • 64'
    It can be confirmed that Givet has suffered a hamstring scare and nothing more.
  • 62'
    Blackburn should have a penalty, but it’s not given. A crazy few moments inside the Wigan area fails to see any player get a hold of the ball. Boyce looks to be able to clear, but is ambushed by Hoilett and the Lactics man snaps at the attacker’s calf and brings him down. If the hosts miss out on victory by a single goal tonight, you know Steve Kean will be fuming.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Radosav Petrović
  • 59'
    Encouraging scenes as Givet takes his seat on the substitute bench and looks fine.
  • 58'
    Franco Di Santo and Moses work dangerously together once more, this time just in front of the Blackburn goal. The lone striker nods the ball down for latter and strikes on the volley, but a lack of accuracy once more ails any chance of opening the scoring.
  • 54'
    Big chance falls to Yakubu! The ball comes into the Wigan area from a corner, Dann gets his head to it and the ball falls at the feet of the striker who immediately shoots, but is blocked effectively from two Wigan defenders guarding the goalline.
  • 52'
    Football wise, Blackburn have started fiercely, as they need to look to get anything from this game. Wigan, however, still look dangerous when on the ball and we might just have much of the same from the first-half.
  • 49'
    There’s been another note of interest just after the second-half got underway, with more information from our reporter at the scene, Alex Fisher: “We've just had an intruder who was not even tracked by a steward! Could've been very dangerous. As it is he just threw his season ticket towards the bench, the Wigan bench!! His appearance was not as good as the chickens.”
  • 46'
    SubstitutionG. Givet Radosav Petrović
    Givet has not returned to the pitch and has been replaced by Petrovic. The Blackburn defender is thought to be fine, but obviously not feeling well enough to continue this game.
  • 45'
    The players are back out and Blackburn get the second-half underway.
  • There’s a delay to the second-half as the Wigan players look a little confused as they look to head back out. There’s unconfirmed reports that Gael Givet has had to have some emergency treatment, with details still unknown.
  • Blackburn go into their dressing room as a relegated team as it stands, knowing that they have a vast amount of work to do if they want to get a win tonight. Wigan’s dominance seems to be set around two dynamics; firstly the solid pairing of James McCarthy and James McArthur who are bossing the midfield battle and getting the Lactics’ engine moving in the middle. Secondly, the combination of Victor Moses and Franco Di Santo up front looks to be an element that the hosts just can’t handle at times. It feels as though that this match will end up a bore draw unless this partnership finally comes to fruition, because Steve Kean’s side look far from getting themselves on the scoresheet.
  • Half-time at Ewood Park.
  • 45' + 2'
    Edgy moment for Blackburn, as Wigan quickly get the ball into the hosts’ area through a series of passes, but the final ball is lacking in accuracy.
  • 44'
    SubstitutionDavid Dunn Marcus Olsson
    There’s just a couple of minutes left in this half, but it seems David Dunn will not be able to see them out, with Marcus Olsson coming on to replace the midfielder.
  • 41'
    As we near half-time, Blackburn are still struggling to get a grip on this game and Wigan are capitalising on possession with their extra men in midfield who are constantly overruling their opponents in the middle of the park.
  • 37'
    Best chance of the game falls to Wigan and it’s wasted. Di Santo whips in a fantastically good ball from the right and all Moses has to do is nod past Robinson, but the attacker’s effort is terribly poor and merely glances at the ball, leaving for an easy tidy up from the Blackburn defence.
  • 34'
    A terrific chance passes Wigan by as the ball is curled into the Rovers’ box from a free-kick and is headed to the back post where Moses agonisingly sees the ball drift behind him as the attacker misjudges his run and would have been free to shoot from close-range having got onto it.
  • 31'
    There seems very little Blackburn can do to get Wigan off the ball and Steve Kean must be getting pretty edgy on the touchline knowing that his team need all three points here today, but with the way they’re currently playing, there’s little hope of that.
  • 28'
    Free-kick now for Blackburn. Pedersen tees it up after some deliberation with Dunn and Yakubu and the Norwegian goes for goal from distance, but the winger’s effort is pretty poor and sails over Al Habsi’s goal.
  • 24'
    Some tenacious football from Victor Moses who does wonderfully to keep the ball in on the far touchline, before dodging the ball around Dann and has a shot on the angle, but Robinson saves and the ball is cleared for a corner.
  • 21'
    The Lactics are doing well to restrict activity in their own third and Blackburn can only shoot from arms length at the moment, with David Dunn having a 25 yard effort soar over Al Habsi’s bar and the Wigan ‘keeper is yet to be tested fully.
  • 17'
    Blackburn not looking particularly engaging so far in this game and Roberto Martinez’s side are certainly the most active on the ball.
  • 14'
    The visitors are seeing a lot of possession in this first 20 minutes of the game and Di Santo has a chance on goal once more after the striker latches onto a cross from Boyce on the right, but this time the 23-year-old doesn’t test Robinson.
  • 11'
    Yakubu at the other end tries his luck from just outside the Wigan box, but the striker just can’t keep his effort down and his shot screws over the bar.
  • 9'
    Wigan go close to opening the scoring, as Blackburn leave the door open for Di Santo and the striker shoots at Robinson who saves impressively from close-range, but the Wigan man should have made it harder for the former England international.
  • 8'
    There seems to be an extra, well let’s say individual on the pitch, as a chicken donning a miniature Blackburn flag makes its way into Ali Al Habsi’s area. The Lactics goalkeeper is called upon to stop the creature in its tracks and a steward takes the home fan away to safety. Very bizarre.
  • 5'
    Victor Moses eases off a shot from distance to try and be the first to test a goalkeeper, but the attacker’s shot wonders high and wide.
  • 3'
    Both outfits looking quite attacking in nature in these early moments and, in their position, who can blame them. The two teams have sent out aggressive formations, with Wigan relying on their three at the back system that has seen them see off some of the biggest sides in the league.
  • 1'
    And we're off.
  • The players are in the tunnel, it’s nearly time.
  • And Wigan: Al Habsi; Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa; Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour; Maloney, Moses; Di Santo. Subs: Crusat, Watson, Pollitt, Gomez, Sammon, Rodallega, Diame.
  • Here’s your squads for this evening’s game, starting with Blackburn: Robinson; Orr, Dann, Givet, Martin Olsson; Lowe, Pedersen, Dunn, Hoilett; Yakubu, Modeste. Subs: Formica, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Rochina, Marcus Olsson, Goodwillie, Kean.
  • Roberto Martinez’s outfit, on the other hand, can both relegate their opponents as well as guarantee their own safety tonight with a victory at Ewood Park. With their current run of performances, they’re the team that arguably deserve top-flight status next season above the rest.
  • It was a vital day for teams at both ends of the table on Sunday and now we need to shift the focus back to the teams at the bottom end tonight, with the hosts Blackburn requiring nothing else but a win against the Lactics in order to be able to keep fighting till the last day of the season.
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