Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • January 28, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton surrendered a two goal lead as Blackburn came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Ewood Park.

First half goals from Matt Taylor and Kevin Davies had given Wanderers a deserved lead at the break, but goals after the restart from Stephen Warnock and Benni McCarthy meant the game ended all square.

McCarthy had a penalty saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen with the game at 2-1, but it was the South African who had the final laugh.

The game started on a quiet note, with Rovers' Jason Roberts having the first half chance of the game, shooting tamely at Jaaskelainen with less than a minute on the clock.

Things continued to be quiet, but it suddenly burst in to life with 15 minutes gone, as Bolton took a deserved lead.

Gretar Steinsson played in Ariza Makukula, who appeared to be offside, and he knocked the ball across the six-yard box for Taylor to tap home his sixth goal of the season.

Bolton appeared to take control of the game, looking comfortable at the back, but without creating any clear cut chances at the other end.

Then, just ten minutes before the break, Wanderers doubled their advantage through a former Rovers player and a man Sam Allardyce brought to Bolton.

Steinsson's low cross evaded the run of the returning Kevin Nolan, and although Paul Robinson blocked an initial shot from Davies, he was powerless to prevent the rebound from crossing the line.

Keith Andrews tried his luck in stoppage time, the closest Blackburn came in the opening period as Wanderers went in 2-0 to the good.

After the break, Bolton looked to defend their lead, allowing Rovers to attack through a crowded midfield and defence.

But the home side finally found a way through, as McCarthy sent the ball through to the overlapping Warnock who got in behind Steinsson before firing a shot into the roof of Jaaskelainen's goal to make the score 2-1.

Blackburn then had a fantastic opportunity to pull level just five minutes later as substitute Roque Santa Cruz was upended inside the area by Jaaskelainen, who was shown a yellow card for the foul.

The Finn made amends for the error by stopping McCarthy's resulting spot kick and reacting quickest to deny Santa Cruz from scoring from the rebound.

However, McCarthy had the final say as he earned Rovers a point four minutes from time.

Roberts managed to win the ball inside the Wanderers area, and after seeing an effort blocked by Jaaskelainen, McCarthy was on hand to sent the ball home from just two yards.

Captain Ryan Nelsen almost won it for the hosts in stoppage time, but his header came back off the post as Bolton managed to hold on, when at one stage they looked like taking all three points.

The point moves Gary Megson's side up to 14th in the Premier League table and they host Tottenham Hotspur at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Ooijer (Santa Cruz 58), Samba, Nelsen, Warnock, Emerton, Andrews, Grella, Pedersen (Tugay 57), Roberts, McCarthy
Subs Not Used: Bunn, Villanueva, Givet, Simpson
Booked: Emerton, Grella, Roberts
Goals: Warnock 66, McCarthy 87

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Puygrenier, Samuel, K Davies, Muamba, Nolan, Basham, Taylor, Makukula (M Davies 74)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Smolarek, Gardner, Riga, Shittu, A O'Brien
Booked: Jaaskelainen, M Davies, Puygrenier, Steinsson
Goals: Taylor 15, K Davies 35

Attendance: 25,205
Referee: Mike Dean

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