Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Blackburn Rovers

  • November 22, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton fell to their fourth defeat in a row as they lost 2-0 against fierce Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers at the Reebok Stadium.

A superb David Dunn lob and a comical own goal from Sam Ricketts either side of the break gave the visitors all three points, despite the absence of their boss Sam Allardyce.

Rovers started well and Dunn tried an early effort but shot narrowly wide following a slip by Ricketts.

Franco Di Santo saw a goalbound shot deflect off Andy O'Brien and Matt Taylor flashed an effort wide at the other end as both sides went in search of the opening goal.

Midway through the first half, Dunn capitalised on a mix up in the Wanderers defence before outjumping Jussi Jaaskelainen only to see his header cleared off the line by Gary Cahill.

Ricardo Gardner and Kevin Davies soon came close for the hosts before Taylor saw a long range free-kick take a wicked deflection before crashing back off the crossbar.

Bolton's luck was well and truely out as just 30 seconds later, the visitors had broken and taken the lead at the other end.

After being released by Di Santo, Roberts picked out the run of Dunn who lobbed the ball over Jaaskelainen and into the top corner of the net.

Taylor twice had chances to pull Bolton level, with a dipping free-kick forcing Paul Robinson into conceding a corner before heading wide just moments later.

El-Hadji Diouf, on his first return to the Reebok Stadium, almost scored against his old club just after the break. Gavin McCann's poor clearance fell straight to Diouf who volleyed past Jaaskelainen only for McCann to make amends by heading the ball off the line.

Moments later, Ricketts crossed from the right only for Gardner to somehow fire wide from 8 yards with his weaker right foot.

Kevin Davies also failed to hit the target from close range after getting his head to a Jlloyd Samuel cross as Wanderers looked for a route back into the game.

However, it was Blackburn who turned the tide and Jaaskelainen had to be alert to deny Di Santo on 64 minutes after he had been played in by Dunn.

After clearing off the line from Diouf earlier in the game, McCann was in the right place again soon after, this time preventing Roberts' close range header from crossing the line.

But, on 73 minutes, the game was over as a huge mix-up between Jaaskelainen and Ricketts resulted in Blackburn's second goal.

Brett Emerton's long ball looked harmless, but as Jaaskelainen came rushing out of his goal, Ricketts headed the ball back only to realise his intended target wasn't there and the ball made its way into the back of the net.

Emerton tried his luck just two minutes later but Jaaskelainen was alive to the danger and made the block.

With time fast running out, substitute Ivan Klasnic rounded Robinson and sent the ball goalwards only for Ryan Nelsen to clear the ball off the line.

As the four minutes of stoppage time ended, a chorus of boos echoed round the ground as Wanderers find themselves deep in relegation trouble after yet another defeat.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, A O'Brien, Samuel, Taylor, Muamba, McCann (M Davies 69), Gardner (Chung-Yong 69), Elmander (Klasnic 66), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Knight, Steinsson, Basham
Booked: Taylor, Muamba

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Chimbonda, Samba, Nelsen, Givet (Jacobsen 36), Dunn (Grella 85), Nzonzi, Emerton, Diouf, Di Santo (McCarthy 71), Roberts
Subs Not Used: Brown, Andrews, Kalinic, Salgado
Booked: Dunn
Goals: Dunn 32, Ricketts 73(og)

Attendance: 21,777
Referee: Mike Dean

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3 Bolton Wanderers 2 4
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