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Blackburn Rovers were dragged back into the relegation dogfight after an uninspiring performance allowed the home team to take early control, a Wheater double ensuring Bolton would climb out of the drop zone.


Lowe, Dann, Hanley, Martin O


Formica, Gamst, Marcus O

Hoilett, Yakubu

With pre-match tributes for Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton side were always going to be fired up for the Lancashire Derby. This showed early on as Bolton managed to move the ball well, targeting the Rovers flanks whilst Blackburn were guilty of giving away possesion time and time again.

Martin Petrov and Ryo Miyaichi caused the early havoc down the flanks, skipping past their man only to find the end product did not find the striker. So once this route was tested, Petrov decided to take it in his own hands, powering a drive from 25 yards, fortunately straight at Paul Robinson.

Blackburn failed to settle into the game however controversy struck mid way through the half as Junior Hoilett surged into the box. After darting past two men, Hoilett danced his way into the Bolton 18 yard box before being brought down by Steinsson, referee Andre Marriner waving play on the the fury of the travelling supporters.

It turned out to be a game changer with Rovers soon guilty of some very sloppy marking. A corner was only half cleared by Rovers, Petrov returning the ball back into the box for Wheater to head home unmarked. 1-0 Bolton

Blackburn Rovers almost clawed one back immediately, Marcus Olsson turning his man before a delightful cross saw Yakubu power his header inches wide. The opportunity proved to be one of the best for Rovers as Bolton soon doubled their advantage. Miyaichi sent in corner, David Wheater pouncing once again, an open header from 10 yards. Bolton 2-0

The second half brought more of the same. Ngog should of put the game beyond doubt, heading over from 6 yards whilst Davies was next to try his luck, forcing a save out of Robinson. The game took a big turn 60 minutes in as Rovers drew one back. A Gamst Pedersen long throw was arrowed into the goal mouth, Nzonzi rising highest and flicking into the net, 2-1.

The momentum changed as Rovers started to increase the tempo and find themselves in attacking positions. However a lack of killer instinct saw half chances go astray as Rovers just could not penetrate the solid Bolton defence. Bogdan looked sloppy in goals so the aerial bombardment continued, however Hanley, Yakubu and Nzonzi all managed to steer headers from close range over.

David Dunn came on for Formica in an attempt to break through the defence however Bolton held firm, claiming the Lancashire Derby and climbing out of the drop zone.

Bolton 2-1

Date:Saturday March 24 2012
Time: 11:32PM

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Definitely not at the races and a very sobering afternoon in all. Such a shame.
Mikey Delap
25/03/2012 09:22:00
Very disappointing performance. A win would of really secured our future... even a draw could of limited the damage with qpr and wolves losing
25/03/2012 10:15:00
Gutted, we were so close to being virtually safe, especially after QPR lost. I thought the penalty was blatant and the referee looked as if he didn't want to give it. Fair play to Bolton though they exploited our weaknesses in defence. It's about time Kean started using subs to impact a game. Unless it's forced through injury or red cards he tends to bring only one player on per game.
25/03/2012 12:04:00
I hope you guys survive the drop and i think you will Kean has done a good job considering...question is what will next season be like with those two chicken humpers?
only 1 spurs
25/03/2012 18:16:00
As far as the penalty goes, it gives me no pleasure to say that Junior is probably reaping what he's sown there, he's got a bit of a flaky relationship with gravity at times.
26/03/2012 10:13:00
@irishrover - i think you have a point with the penalty as Hoilett was clearly playing for it, however there was contact so it's irrelevant. It was a clear penalty according to the rules. The best players go down when there's contact, the worse ones look silly and get booked for diving. The ref didn't award a penalty and didn't book him either, so I question the referees decision.
26/03/2012 14:43:00
Obviously not saying it's not a penalty, it's nailed on. Only saying that knowing Junior as I do, I wouldn't have been surprised on slow-mo viewing to see that he'd dived, and he's got a deserved reputation for it which may have played on the ref's mind.
26/03/2012 19:11:00
You might have a point there TIR, sorry if the post came across a bit snappy it wasn't meant to be in that context mate. the refs shouldn't let things like that and the occasion cloud their judgement though, some of the decisons from a few of the officials over the weekend were awful. The sooner we get goal line tech and video replays the better for clubs like ours.
27/03/2012 10:58:00
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