Wigan Athletic 2 Blackburn 1

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EMMERSON Boyce popped up with a last-minute winner as Wigan Athletic picked up three precious points from this Lancashire derby.

Blackburn had got off to the perfect start when left-back Tommy Spurr drilled home from close range after eight minutes.

Emmerson Boyce celebrates his late winner

Emmerson Boyce celebrates his late winner

But their hopes of holding on took a massive hit when Grant Hanley was rightly sent off on the half-hour mark for catching Nick Powell with a flailing arm.

After that it was a question of whether Latics could make their one-man advantage count.

And - in the nick of time - they managed to do that.

Substitute Grant Holt scored the equaliser midway through the second half on his return from a knee injury.

And in the first of five added minutes, Boyce got his head to Ben Watson’s free-kick to send the DW into raptures.

Latics: Carson; Shotton, Rogne, Barnett, Perch; McClean, McArthur, Watson, Beausejour; Gomez; Powell.

Subs: Nicholls, Boyce (for Shotton, 62), Garcia, McCann (for McArthur, 83), Espinoza, Holt (for Rogne, 57), Dicko.

Blackburn: Kean; Kane, Kilgallon, Hanley, Spurr; Lowe, King, Evans, Cairney; Best, Rhodes.

Subs: Eastwood, Marshall (for Evans, 90), Williamson (for Best, 40), Taylor (for Cairney, 83), Marrow, Morris, Judge.