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12 March 2019 Venue Ewood Park Attendance

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Report: Rovers 3 Wigan Athletic 0

The hosts turn on the style to earn a victory against the Latics with a dominant display

12 March 2019

Danny Graham bagged a brace to help Rovers to a comprehensive victory against Wigan Athletic as Tony Mowbray's side got back on track with a win and a clean sheet at Ewood Park.

Bradley Dack's close range finish completed the rout in tough conditions as Rovers earned a vital three points against the Latics.

Graham got the ball rolling from the spot in the first half, and completed his brace early in the second 45 minutes after taking advantage of a defensive mishap.

Another error led to Dack's 15th goal of the season late on, and it could have been more for Rovers, who turned on the style on home turf.

There was a debut for Tyler Magloire on the night, with the young defender earning a maiden outing in the first team for the man who joined the club's Academy aged just 9.

The defender's inclusion was one of three changes to the team from Saturday's encounter against Preston North End, with Amari'i Bell and Lewis Travis the other pair of alterations.

The latter duo come in for Corry Evans and Richie Smallwood, whilst Magloire made his first appearance in the first team in place of injured skipper Charlie Mulgrew.

It was the visitors who had the first opportunity of the night, but Nick Powell saw his free kick drift comfortably over after just seven minutes of play.

A couple of minutes later and Harrison Reed fired over after the loan midfielder played a neat one-two with the returning Bell.

The hosts were beginning to take control, and Jamie Jones did well to stay big and deny Dack soon after when the playmaker sneaked in behind the Wigan backline.

Rovers were dealt yet another defensive blow midway through the half when Bell couldn't carry on after picking up a hip injury and was replaced by Craig Conway.

But with under 10 minutes to go until half time Rovers were awarded a penalty after Reed was felled in the box by young Latics right back Reece James.

In Mulgrew's absence, up stepped Graham, who confidently placed past Jones and into the roof of the net to hand the hosts the lead.

Graham went close to his and Rovers' second of the night just five minutes later, sneaking in around the back and rounding Jones, but the angle was too acute and the chance went.

But Rovers went into the break ahead, which was just about deserved on the balance of the first 45 minutes at a chilly Ewood Park. 

Paul Cook made a change at the break with Callum McManaman entering the action in place of Gavin Massey, and the change almost paid immediate dividends for the visitors, but McManaman's cross from the right was headed just wide of the target by Powell.

However, it was Rovers that got the next goal of the game, with Graham snaffling up a half-chance after Chey Dunkley failed to deal with a long ball forward from David Raya, with the striker in the right place to cooly slot past Jones.

Wigan had to commit more men forward, and did, with Lee Evans curling wide from range on the hour mark.

Substitute Josh Windass had two quick attempts to pull a goal back, but after stinging the palms of Raya, the ball came back into his path from another McManaman cross, Ryan Nyambe did just enough to get a touch on the former Rangers man's near post effort.

There was nearly a rare goal for Derrick Williams with 21 minutes left of the clash, but after turning well in the box the Irishman dragged his effort wide of Jones' left-hand post.

Soon after and a lovely flowing move from Mowbray's men saw substitutes Joe Nuttall and Joe Rothwell combine, before the latter found Dack, who could only curl over the upright from 12 yards out.

Dack again went close moments later, but after a lofted Conway cross found him, the playmaker could only tamely head at Jones.

Another chance came and went for Rovers to put the game to bed, with Nuttall firing into the gloves of Jones after being fed by Dack.

But finally, Dack eventually got reward for his performance, capitalising on a mix up between Jonas Olsson and Jones to slide in and add a third of the night.

And that was to be that as Rovers deservedly ran out comfortable victors and return to winning ways in style in front of the home faithful.

Rovers: Raya, Nyambe, Magloire, Williams, Bell (Conway, 26), Reed, Travis, Bennett (c), Dack, Armstrong (Rothwell, 63), Graham (Nuttall, 63).

Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Smallwood, Brereton, Evans.

Goal: Graham pen, 38, 54, Dack, 86

Booked: Conway, 44, Williams, 79, Rothwell, 88

Wigan Athletic: Jones, Morsy (c), Olsson, Dunkley, James, Robinson, Jacobs (Windass, 60), Massey (McManaman, 46), Evans, Powell (Clarke, 80), Garner.

Unused substitutes: Walton, Kipre, Gibson, Naismith.

Booked: Dunkley, 42, Olsson, 42, Garner, 78, James, 85

Referee: Chris Kavanagh.

Attendance: 12,763 (1,126 away)

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