cn174 Posted January 24, 2010 Share Posted January 24, 2010 It is a little under a month since we last met at the JJB. Hopefully everyone has recovered from trying to walk across the ice sheet of a carpark. Whether people have recovered from some of our performances in the meantime is another matter. Unfortunately my plan for this preview has gone a bit to pot, so you’ll have to make do with what I’ve thrown together. Rovers-fans-happiness-o-meter A lot has happened since we last played Wigan, very little has been that good. As I have been making silly graphs half of the day for work, I thought I'd carry on and make a Rovers graph. A bit more happening in the positive part of the graph wouldn't go a miss!! Wigan at Home Home games against Wigan have generally been decent affair, in fact we are still unbeaten. I don’t remember the cup tie from 1986 but I do remember the FA Cup game from 1998. It was personally a big game for me and my Latics supporting friend as it was the first game we’d ever played against each other (that we could remember anyway). Mossy was convinced that Wigan were going to turn us over, but he was wrong as Rovers won 4-2. Here is the match report that Lee wrote, which is still available thanks to the Wayback Machine. Blackburn Rovers strolled into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a convincing victory over hardworking Wigan Athletic. Rovers started slowly but took the lead after twenty minutes, when a great run and cross by Jeff Kenna was turned into his own net by Wigan defender Pat McGibbon - although initially it was credited to Chris Sutton.From that moment, the result was never in doubt as Rovers strolled about Ewood Park with great confidence. Towards the end of the first half, Kevin Gallacher was found unmarked on the edge of the area and chipped the Wigan 'keeper to give Rovers a 2-0 lead at half time. In the second half, Rovers were quickly on the score sheet again, Tim Sherwood placing a delightful shot into the top corner of the goal. Rovers were in total control and were toying with their Lancashire rivals, and it was no surprise after 60 minutes that they made it four - Superb work by my man of the match Damien Duff saw him run rings round a couple of defenders to whip in great cross which was deflected into his own goal by a Wigan defender - but strangely, this time the goal was credited to Kevin Gallacher. Rovers were quickly dealt a double blow - impressive Frenchmen Patrick Valery, making his first start for three months slipped on the wet turf and Blackburn fan David Lee chased away to tuck the ball past the outstretched arm of Tim Flowers. Almost from the kick-off David Lee was released down the right and he whipped in a cross for David Lowe to add another goal for Wigan. After that Wigan huffed and puffed, but they couldn't break through, and Rovers comfortably played out the final twenty minutes to progress into the next round. Rovers lined up: Flowers; Kenna, Hendry, Henchoz, Valery; Ripley (sub Bohinen - sub Beattie), Sherwood, Flitcroft, Duff; Gallacher (sub Wilcox), Sutton. Subs not used: T. Pedersen, Fettis. What we’d give now for a midfield of Ripley, Sherwood, Flitcroft and Duff!! 2005/2006: Jason Roberts opened the scoring for Wigan (wish he'd go back!). Shefki Kuqi scored a controversial goal late on to equalise for Rovers. Reid crossed the ball in, Lucas Neill barged into Filan who fumbled the ball for Shef to slot it home. 2006/2007: Things started badly when Emile Heskey (is sh!t my Lord!) put Wigan ahead after two minutes. Thankfully Bentley scored just before half time before Benni scored the winner thanks to Roberts tapping it round an out-rushing Kirkland. 2007/2008: Roque Santa Cruz had his scoring boots on again, scoring his 14th and 15th of the season. Samba was sent off after fouling Heskey. Roberts scored the middle goal for Rovers. 2008/2009: In the first of the 'taking back Ewood' games last season Ryan Nelsen scored his first goal for Rovers after 140 appearances for the club. Benni scored his 12th goal of the season. 2009/2010: Rovers win 3-0 COME ON YOU BLUES!!! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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