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Latics fight back to earn draw

McClean on target again for Wigan

Wigan Athletic came from a goal down to draw 1-1 in a tight local derby against Blackburn at the DW Stadium.

Martyn Waghorn and William Kvist made first starts under Malky Mackay , while Ben Watson also played from the outset, while transfer target Shaun Maloney dropped to the bench.

Initially though, the changes made little difference as Wigan once again made a dreadful start, going 1-0 behind inside 15 minutes. Corry Evans finding himself with plenty of space and time on the edge of the box to fire a terrific shot high past Scott Carson.

Once again, Latics were poor in the first half losing out in the midfield battle and creating few goalscoring opportunities – and the frustration almost spilled over just before half time, when James McClean was lucky not to see red for a late challenge on Marcus Olsson.

Shaun Maloney replaced Adam Forshaw at half time to try and inject some spark into Wigan’s play and it was his cross which led to the home side’s equaliser on the hour mark. Waghorn won the free kick 30 yards out and Maloney’s inch-perfect delivery found McClean rising to head Wigan level at 1-1.

Leon Barnett’s goal-line block from Jordan Rhodes moments later kept the home side in the game and with William Kvist adding more drive to the side going forward it appeared they may grab a winner.

In the end though neither side could create the critical opening and the points were shared, leaving Latics 5 points adrift of safety at the foot of the Championship table.

Have a listen to Malky Mackay's post match reaction, Mackay asked first whether goal scorer James McClean should've been sent off in the first half for a foul on Marcus Olosson.

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