In one of their best games of the season, Wigan secured three badly needed points against Blackburn Rovers.
Before the Rovers knew what hit them, Wigan was up 3-0 in the space of 30 minutes. Heading into the second half, Blackburn looked to be in a hole they couldn't dig themselves out of.
But Roque Santa Cruz would have something to say about that.
The Paraguayan striker seemed to hit nearly everything he touched in the final 45, and ended the night with a hat-trick. By the 61st minute, the teams were even.
The third goal came just after Brett Emerton had been set off for Blackburn. The midfielder had been involved in rough play all day.
Wigan, to their credit, rallied well after the Blackburn comeback.
Marcus Bent, in a quest for his own hat-trick, hit home a header off a Luis Antonio Valencia cross to make it 4-3. The assistant referee missed an obvious offsides on Bent's next goal, allowing Julius Aghahowa to find Bent for the winner, and his third of the evening.
Aghahowa was a substitute for the injured Emile Heskey, who seemed to roll his ankle and had to be carted off of the field.
All told, the game showcased everything great about English football—goals, grit, and drama.
Wigan next face Fulham on the 22nd of December. The Rovers welcome Chelsea at home.