Rovers- 3 Points Closer to Safety
In front of a vocal and rocking crowd, Blackburn managed to claim all 3 points in the Lancashire Derby, defeating fierce rivals, Bolton Wanderers, 1-0 thanks to a well struck effort from rising star Martin Olsson.
The pressure was on Blackburn, attempting to notch there first win since January, and steer the club away from the drop zone. David Dunn was forced to watch from the stands, whilst Steve Nzonzi returned after serving his 3 match suspension
Both teams applied pressure early on, with Bolton not about to bow down and provide their local neighbours any favours. Rodrigo went close early on, after picking up the scraps from Kevin Davies, however his powerful volley drifted inches wide of the post. Blackburn were on the attack as well, Martin Olsson proving to be an early thorn, dazzling pace and trickery on the left flank, forcing his way past his man and into the box twice. However the final effort was lacking, as stand in keeper Bogdan was forced into a fine save, whilst Bolton defender Paul Robinson followed up with a header off the line to prevent the young Swede.
Rodrigo continued to press for Bolton, and should of put the visitors up after 15 minutes. A misplaced header by Gael Givet fell straight into Rodrigo's path, however his volley from 6 yards struck the woodwork, Paul Robinson and Co breathing a sigh of relief. Blackburn did manage to take the lead, and it was through the pace and skill of Martin Olsson. The Swede picked the ball up down the left flank, ducked intowards the 18 yard box, before striking with the outside of the foot, and into the bottom corner of the net, giving Rovers a vital 1-0 lead after 25 minutes.
Rovers continued to press, with Salgado and Emerton holding their width on the right, and providing decent delivery into the box, though Benjani and Roberts just couldnt get onto the delivery. Rovers held the lead, 1-0 into the break
Blackburn needed a second, and Benjani was gifted an early chance, as Emerton found him from the deep, though the big target man just couldnt find his feet, Bogdan racing out to pick the ball from his toes. He soon made way, as Kalinic came onto the pitch.
Jermaine Jones and Steve Nzonzi bossed the midfield for Blackburn, the pair not giving Bolton any space, and shifted the ball wide as early as possible, giving Brett Emerton and Martin Olsson plenty of space and freedom
Rovers pushed further up the pitch, whilst Bolton started to attack, in vain as Blackburn became more dangerous on the counter, as Bolton left gaps. However Rovers could not capatalise, with substitute MB Diouf wasting the clearest of chances, blasting over from 8 feet, an opportunity which could of closed off the game.
Diouf was not the only player guilty of spraying a chance, Nzonzi headed wide whislt unmarked, Emerton's free kick dropped just over the crossbar, and Olsson struck another one, into the side netting.
But one goal was enough, as Blackburn held onto their 1-0 lead, and claimed a massive 3 points to put them 3 points outside the drop zone, and a superior goal difference.
Paul Robinson 7
Michel Salgado 8
Chris Samba 8
Phil Jones 7
Gael Givet 8
Jermaine Jones 8
Steve Nzonzi 8
Martin Olsson 9
Brett Emerton 7
Jason Roberts 6