Wigan manager Roberto Martinez saluted his side's attacking style as they secured a thrilling 4-3 victory over Blackburn at the DW Stadium today. The Latics trailed Jason Roberts' opener midway through the first half but James McCarthy equalised, and two more well-worked goals from Hugo Rodallega and McCarthy again put Wigan in control.
Christopher Samba pulled one back straight-away before Wigan's Ben Watson made it 4-2 with a penalty. David Dunn netted a spot-kick of his own but Wigan were not to be denied and they held on to climb out of the relegation zone thanks to their first win in nine games.
Martinez said: "The performance deserved the win. Probably the first 20 minutes we couldn't get into the tempo of the game, the pitch was allowing Blackburn to be direct and we couldn't cope with that. Then we conceded a goal out of trying to play football and getting caught but I'm pleased that we reacted in the right manner."
"It didn't affect our philosophy and the way we want to play and from then on I've seen three of the best goals you're going to see in the Premier League. I'm proud of the players that they've been able to show the quality we all know they've got. Then we've been able to close the game out, and in the last 15 minutes we were resolute, we concentrated and we showed a great maturity to get the three points."
Blackburn have now lost three league games in a row and boss Steve Kean was left to rue his side's failure to make more of their early advantage. "We made a very good start and even after the goal we had a couple of opportunities where we could have increased the lead," he said.
"It's disappointing to score three goals away from home and come away with nothing but I think it was going to be about the team who made the least amount of mistakes on a tricky afternoon, and fair play to Wigan, they got a bit of momentum and they pushed us. "But I thought we showed good character to come back."