Wigan claimed their first home win of the championship season by defeating the uninspiring Northwest Derby against Blackburn.
On-loan Everton striker Nathan Broadhead led Wigan’s goal to victory at home after Rovers goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski saved from Will Kane.
Rovers would have been back in the top six with a point but failed to score a shot on target, as top scorer Ben Brereton Diaz fired his best at the start.
They stayed in seventh, two places behind Latex Lim Richardson who jumped seven places from 16th to ninth by a narrow but deserved win
Wigan, who were promoted last season to the Champions League, started the evening by setting their worst home record after drawing three games and losing three of their six games at DW Stadium.
with the championship’s best pickup of 13 points from 18 away, belied their poor streak at home in the first half that they dominated with confidence, albeit without the constant pressure.
Tom Naylor sent a header sloping sloping away from a free kick close to the post from Max Power and a racy Broadhead cut off from the right only to shoot straight at Kaminski. The hosts’ best opener came from Blackburn’s mistake when he was ahead.
The hosts’ best opening came from Blackburn’s mistake, as top-ranked striker Kane stole past Rovers and advanced to launch a 20-yard shot that was clearly marked by the goalkeeper
But Kane’s provocation would have helped break the deadlock when Tyler Morton stole Blackburn’s trunk and Broadhead was on hand after Kaminsky’s gut stop. Rovers rarely threatened to equalize though Brereton Diaz should have done better than flash away from nearby Ben Amos center when he was found unmarked 15 yards away.
The defeat continued Blackburn’s up and down start under John D. Thomason – Rovers have rotated four wins and five defeats in their past nine games and are yet to draw this season.
They have lost five of their past six away matches, failing to score in every defeat and visiting Middlesbrough without a coach on Saturday, while Wigan also travels to the Northeast to face Sunderland.
Wigan Athletic boss Leam Richardson said to BBC Radio Manchester that It’s a credit to the players and, staff about the work ethic we have established.
They’re out of League One together, the boys work tirelessly and there’s a challenge every 72 hours a minute.
“If you’re going to be real, we probably worked hard enough to get the right result tonight because we faced a great team with some great players, a good manager and they asked a lot of questions. They are a good counter-attacking team and we had to take note of that in the middle of the field.