English Premiership

Rodallega inspires Wigan win

2011-04-16 19:30
Hugo Rodallega

Blackpool - Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega inspired Wigan to a crucial 3-1 win over fellow Premier League strugglers Blackpool here on Saturday to lift them out of the bottom three.

The 25-year-old scored the opening goal, making him Wigan's all-time leading scorer in the Premier League with 21 strikes.

Charles N'Zogbia doubled the visitors' advantage before a Neal Eardley own goal sealed what was only Wigan's third win in their 15 league games.

Defeat deepened the woes for the hosts, whose bright early start to the season is a dim memory after their 12th loss in the last 16 league matches saw them drop into the relegation zone for the first time.

Wigan went into the half-time break with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Rodallega and N'Zogbia.

Rodallega struck early on after he seized on N'Zogbia's through ball and made no mistake slotting past Matt Gilks -- who had been recalled by Ian Holloway in place of Ghanaian Richard Kingson -- in the hosts' goal.

Blackpool, who won the reverse fixture 4-0 on the season's opening day, gradually fought their way back into the match but their morale was shattered close to half-time when N'Zogbia popped up to score his fifth league goal of the campaign.

The 24-year-old Frenchman scored a fine individual effort, dispossessing Blackpool's Scottish playmaker Charlie Adam and then dribbling past three home defenders before calmly beating Gilks.

Wigan rammed home their superiority in the second half as Mohamed Diame saw his shot take a massive deflection off Eardley to leave Gilks helpless.

Blackpool managed a consolation goal through leading scorer DJ Campbell, who reacted fastest to Matt Phillips's cross to poke home his 10th Premier League goal of the season past Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.

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