MATCHDAY LIVE: Blackburn Rovers v Wigan Athletic
Updated 2:13pm Saturday 3rd May 2014 in Sport
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- WELCOME to Ewood Park for Blackburn Rovers' must-win final match of the Championship campaign at home to play-off bound Wigan Athletic. Keep up to date with the score with our matchday live blog.
FULL-TIME Rovers 4 Wigan 3. Brighton are in the play-offs, Rovers finish two points behind in eighth on 70.
Rudy Gestede, on a hat-trick, blazes over cross from sub Liam Feeney.
Craig Conway, man of the match.
Four minutes injury-time.
Great finish, from 20 yards, but Nicky Maynard had too much time to execute it.
GOAL 3-4 Wigan. Nicky Maynard. 87 mins.
Craig Conway, who now has a hat-trick of assists, swings over a free kick and Jordan Rhodes nods in from six yards. That's the Rovers' top-scorer's 25th goal of the season.
GOAL 4-2 Rovers. Jordan Rhodes. 83 mins.
Tom Cairney cross controlled by Jordan Rhodes, who then brings a sharp save out of Scott Carson.
Craig Conway free kicks hits Michael Keane and Matt Kilgallon, from inside the six-yard box, can't turn it in, with the keeper saving at the second attempt.
Tom Cairney, with a swerving, dipping 25-yard drive, forces Scott Carson to palm the ball around the post.
Josh King exchanges passes with Tom Cairney and sends over a cross which Jordan Rhodes heads over. Difficult chance.
Rob Kiernan blazes over for Wigan, who are playing much better in the second half.
Rudy Gestede thunders a header against the bar from a Craig Conway corner. From the follow-up, Jordan Rhodes overhead-kicks over.
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James McClean, who shouldn't be on the pitch, blasts home from close range. Reading have equalised, also.
GOAL 2-3 Wigan. James McClean. 59 mins.
Brighton have equalised. That puts them up to sixth on goal difference above Reading and Rovers.
Second half is under way.
Craig Conway loses his composure after Tom Cairney sent him scampering away down the left.
Grant Hanley clears off the line from Nicky Maynard after James McClean fires just wide. Some, some game.
Surely not? Just the four goals needed now as Rudy Gestede magnificently heads in a Craig Conway cross.
GOAL 3-1 Rovers. Rudy Gestede. 35 mins.
Good save from Scott Carson, tipping over Jordan Rhodes header from Craig Conway cross.
Brighton and Reading are both losing. So, as things stand, Rovers just need another five goals. Easy.
Rovers have a goal, headed in by Jordan Rhodes from a Craig Conway free kick, disallowed. No idea why.
Craig Conway then cuts inside on to his right foot and hammers just over, on the angle, from 25 yards.
Drew breath yet? Wigan equalised from a corner, which Nicky Maynard turned in, but two minutes later Rovers went back in front as red-hot Rudy Gestede collected a cut-back from Craig Conway and place a left-footed shot in at the near post.
GOAL 2-1 Rovers. Rudy Gestede. 19 mins.
GOAL 1-1 Wigan. Nicky Maynard. 17 mins.
What a goal Tom Cairney, who won the ball midway into the Wigan half and, after cutting inside, side-stepped two would-be challengers before sending a cool right-footed finish in off the post.
GOAL 1-0 Rovers. Tom Cairney. 13 mins.
Should be 1-0 Rovers, Jordan Rhodes seeing six-yard shot saved from point-blank range after perfect pull-back from Josh King. Should have hit it first time.
First shot of the match, from James McClean, saved by Paul Robinson.
We are under way.
Tom Cairney is named Rovers' player of the year.
Jason Lowe's match-winner against Middlesbrough at Ewood Park in November has been voted as Rovers' goal of the season.
Rovers: Robinson, Keane, Hanley, Kilgallon, Olsson, King, Evans, Cairney, Conway, Gestede, Rhodes. Subs: Eastwood, Lowe, Dunn, Varney, Williamson, Taylor, Feeney.
Wigan: Carson, Kiernan, Ramis, Caldwell, Crainey, Collison, Espinoza, McEachran, McClean, Maynard, Waghorn. Subs: Al Habsi, Holgersson, Maloney, McManaman, Beausejour, Barnett, Fortune.
Rovers have named an unchanged team for their must-win final match of the season at home to Wigan.
But Rovers can welcome back the David Dunn and Jason Lowe on to a substitutes’ bench which does not include Ben Marshall.
The fit-again Marshall, out for more than three months with ankle ligament damage, had hoped to be named in Rovers’ matchday squad.
Wigan, who secured their play-off place with a 1-0 victory at relegation-threatened Birmingham City on Tuesday, have made seven changes.
The Latics’ win over Birmingham leaves Rovers as rank 100-1 outsiders to join them in the top six.To make the play-offs Gary
Bowyer’s eighth-placed side have to beat fifth-placed Wigan and hope that sixth-placed Reading lose at home to promoted Burnley and seventh-placed Brighton & Hove Albion lose away to Nottingham Forest.
And if that was not hard enough, Rovers must also overturn a seven-goal swing on Reading
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