Wigan Athletic 1 Blackburn Rovers 1

Malky Mackay
Malky Mackay

JAMES McClean’s third goal in four league matches secured a point for Wigan Athletic in a feisty Lancashire hotpot against Blackburn.

The Irishman was in the right place at the right time to head home substitute Shaun Maloney’s free-kick just after the hour mark.

McClean was perhaps lucky to have been on the pitch, having slid in on Markus Olsson just before half-time and appearing to catch the Rovers man as he cleared the ball.

The incident incensed the Rovers side, but referee Mike Jones elected instead to show McClean a yellow card - and the ex-Sunderland man took full advantage.

Earlier, Rovers had taken the lead with a superb strike from Corry Evans after Latics couldn’t clear their lines from a corner.

But the home side stuck at their task and were rewarded when McClean rose highest to nod past Jason Steele.

With Maloney and Emyr Huws already off the bench, Malky Mackay went for broke by throwing on Andy Delort for the final half an hour.

But try as he might, the Frenchman couldn’t quite work himself into a goalscoring position and make himself a hero.

Indeed, it was the visitors who came closest to nicking it in the final quarter.

First Jordan Rhodes saw a shot headed off the line by Leon Barnett, after Josh King had rounded Scott Carson.

Then, in the closing stages, Jason Lowe had a header hacked clear by Maloney, who was playing just 24 hours after the collapse of his proposed move to Leicester.