Match Preview


Monday, 6 February 2023

Rovers host Wigan Athletic on Monday night – a match which is being screened live on Sky Sports and it therefore brings back memories of a couple of huge low points in the club’s recent history. Can Rovers bring some good times on a Monday night against bottom-of-the-table Latics?

It was Monday 23rd December 2019 when Bradley Dack suffered in first serious knee injury which ruled him out for over a year. With Dack now back to full fitness and form, he will more than anyone be wanting to put on a good performance.

Curiously, the two teams were in practically identical positions in the table before that match as they are now: Rovers just outside the play-off positions and Wigan rock bottom. Despite an excellent run of five wins from six in the lead up to the match in 2019, the result was a dour goalless draw.

Monday 7th May 2012 provided one of the worst nights in the club’s history. That was the rain-soaked night when relegation from the Premier League was confirmed. Antolín Alcaraz scored a late header to secure Wigan’s safety – the chicken on the pitch got the only cheer of the day as vitriol poured from the stands.

One man who played in 2012 will be at Ewood – Paul Robinson. He would appear to be attending as a pundit for Sky Sports.

On the back of a disgraceful and tumultuous ten days – which has seen racism at the Birmingham match and the debacle of transfer deadline day – it’s vitally important that Rovers put on a convincing display and also break that Wigan curse.

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