Date:Tuesday May 8 2012
Blackburn Rovers bid farewell to the English Premier League with yet another lacklustre performance, leaving the home fans in tears wondering exactly how their club degenerated from a mid table outfit to absolute garbage.
Steve Kean decided to send out an untested 4-3-3 formation, with Yakubu and Hoilett joined up front by Modeste, leaving a plethora of space in midfield.
Orr, Givet, Dann, Martin O
Gamst, Lowe, Dunn
Hoilett, Yakubu, Modeste
With barely any possession, Blackburn Rovers struggled to impact on the game early on. Wigan were more then happy to move the ball around in midfield, utilising Moses and Di Santo as outlets to hold play up as required, allowing McCarthy and co to push on in support. Blackburn managed to do the opposite, pushing the long ball on every opportunity before haplessly giving it away.
What proved to be the most entertaining moment of the half was the wild Chicken chase as Yakubu and El Habsi attempted to catch the stray Rooster, sent out onto the field by some Cheeky Protesters with a Rovers flag attached, an obvious dig at owners Venkys.
Of the first half chances, Di Santo had the best of the opportunities, squeezing in between Dann and Orr before his tame effort was parried by Robinson. Rovers failed to create, with their only ventures into the Wigan box often coming from Paul Robinson free kicks, or poor Morten Gamst Pedersen corners.
David Dunn came off minutes before the break with a strain, Marcus Olsson pushing into defence whilst Martin was moved further up the park.
Half Time 0-0.
Paramedics appeared to be called in at the break as initial word was that Gael Givet had a recurrence of the Heart Palpatations suffered a few weeks back. However that was scoffed as Givet climbed over into the dugout, with either a hamstring strain or a half time incident with the Bald One forcing his substitution, Petrovic entering the pitch.
Blackburn Rovers turned it up a notch early in the first half, but failed to create any clear opportunities. A Gamst Pedersen corner saw the ball fall to Hoilett, who in turn appeared to be fouled, however Mr Clattenburg waved play on. Down the other end, Moses was awarded a Yellow card for simulation, whilst Petrovic decided to clean out McArthur as he surged up field on a counter.
That proved to be the first and last opportunity Blackburn would create as once again, Rovers conceded to a set piece via some very sloppy marking in the heart of defence. Beausejour sent the corner in for Alcaraz to head home at the far post, giving Wigan all 3 points and sending Rovers into the Championship.
Date:Tuesday May 8 2012
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