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  • Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Wigan: Gamst Pedersen spectacular volley

    A spectacular volley from Morten Gamst Pedersen and a late header from Nikola Kalinic gave Blackburn a 2-1 win over Wigan at Ewood Park.

    Wigan had worked their way back into the game courtesy of a Steven Caldwell header, but could not contain Rovers as the second half wore on.

    Wigan began the game shakily, and a failure to clear their lines just five minutes into the match saw the ball bobble to Kalinic, whose poke at goal met the right hand post.

    Blackburn continued to apply pressure and broke the deadlock after 20 minutes. A long free-kick was punched limply by Vladimir Stojkovic and the ball fell to Pedersen whose superb swerving volley rocketed through the mass of players in the penalty area and into the corner of the goal.

    Rovers failed to capitalise on their advantage, and Wigan grew more dangerous, especially from set pieces, where Hugo Rodallega's curling deliveries created good chances for Steven Caldwell and then Paul Scharner.

    Wigan started the second half as brightly as they had ended the first, and with 57 minutes on the clock Caldwell raced on to a corner and got enough of his head on the ball to beat Paul Robinson.

    The Latics had their rhythm disturbed by an injury to Mario Melchiot just after Pedersen saw his header loop over Stojkovic and hit the crossbar.

    Gradually the home side recovered control of the game, and after several dangerous corners from Pedersen, it was Kalinic who got his head to the ball and restored Blackburn's lead with a clinical finish.

    Wigan made a double substitution, bringing on Jason Scotland and Scott Sinclair to increase their options up front, but despite their pressure the chances kept falling to the hosts.

    With just a minute of normal time remaining Franco di Santo, on for El Hadji Diouf, missed a clear-cut opportunity after being fed a low cross from Jason Roberts.

    It made no difference, however, and Blackburn duly claimed the three points which lift them above Stoke into 11th place in the table.
    Mark Patterson / Eurosport



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