Tuesday 25 July 2017

Resilient Latics reap rewards

WIGAN 4 BLACKBURN 3

Eleanor Crooks

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez praised his side for combining quality with resilience as they ended their eight-game winless run in the Premier League in a thrilling 4-3 victory over Blackburn.





Things were looking bleak for the Latics when they went behind to Jason Roberts' opener midway through the first half, but James McCarthy equalised, and two more well-worked goals from Hugo Rodallega and McCarthy again put Wigan in control.

Christopher Samba pulled one back straightaway before Ben Watson and David Dunn each netted a penalty, but the hosts held on to climb out of the relegation zone.

"The performance deserved the win. Probably the first 20 minutes we couldn't get into the tempo of the game, the pitch was allowing Blackburn to be direct and we couldn't cope with that," said Matinez afterwards.

"Then we conceded a goal out of trying to play football and getting caught but I'm pleased that we reacted in the right manner.

"It didn't affect our philosophy and the way we want to play, and from then on I've seen three of the best goals you're going to see in the Premier League. That's a side of any squad that is the biggest compliment you can pay. I'm proud of the players that they've been able to show the quality we all know they've got," said the Spaniard.

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