Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 21, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's relegation worries increased as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Nikola Kalinic gave Rovers a half-time lead before second half goals from Jason Roberts and Gael Givet secured the three points, leaving Wanderers routed in the bottom three and without a goal in five games.

The home side started brightly and pounded the Bolton goal early on, with Morten Gamst Pedersen finding the back of the net from a throw-in. The goal, however, wasn't given as the ball went untouched on its way in.

Owen Coyle's side responded and forced a corner after Matt Taylor's dangerous cross was diverted behind. Lee Chung-Yong's resulting corner was poor though and the chance was gone.

Moments later, Johan Elmander thought he had given Wanderers the lead but the goal was also chalked off for a foul on Michel Salgado in the build-up.

Fabrice Muamba was then the Bolton hero. First he cleared a goalbound header from Keith Andrews off the line before diverting Kalinic's overhead kick onto the post as the scores remained deadlocked.

A poor backpass from Zat Knight had Jussi Jaaskelainen on his toes, with the Finn rushing out of his goal to put the ball into the stands, 30-yards from his goal.

Pedersen then came close for the hosts, narrowly curling a free-kick over the crossbar after Paul Robinson had fouled Kalinic just outside the area.

Five minutes before the break, a good move from Bolton resulted in Taylor bringing a smart save out of Paul Robinson. But Wanderers lost possession and found themselves a goal down just a minute later.

David Hoillet's long ball picked out Pedersen who, with only Zat Knight covering, headed the ball into the path of Kalinic who fired past Jaaskelainen via a deflection off the Wanderers defender.

Just a minute later, Ricardo Gardner found himself clear on goal, but Robinson rushed off his line to win the race, taking a knock from the Jamaican in the process.

The final chance of the first half went the way of the hosts. Pedersen's cross from the left flank picked out the unmarked Hoilett but his diving header was pushed away by Jaaskelainen.

Bolton responded well after the restart and could have been level when Chung-Yong found himself in the clear, but Robinson produced a superb save to tip the ball to safety.

Unfortunately, the bright spell Wanderers were having wasn't producing any scoring opportunities. Substitute Ivan Klasnic sent a free-kick straight into the hands of Robinson midway through the second period, but that was the closest they came.

Jaaskelainen had to be alert to keep out a Steven Nzonzi header moments later but was helpless as Rovers doubled their lead 17 minutes from time.

A Pedersen corner wasn't cleared properly and Givet hooked the ball back into the area for Roberts to send past Jaaskelainen. There were calls for offisde but the goal stood.

Kevin Davies sent a tame shot wide of the post at the other end, but Rovers sealed the points on 84 minutes when Givet glanced an El-Hadji Diouf free-kick into the far corner with the aid of the post.

Klasnic saw a late effort roll into the hands of Robinson but it was not to be and Wanderers were well beaten on their travels yet again.

Bolton now occupy 19th spot in the Premier League and hit the road again on Wednesday night when they face Tottenham Hotspur in their FA Cup fifth round replay.

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Salgado, Nelsen (Grella 38), Givet, Olsson, Andrews, Nzonzi, Hoilett (Roberts 60), Pedersen, Diouf, Kalinic (Dunn 87)
Subs Not Used: Brown, Reid, Di Santo, Chimbonda
Goals: Kalinic 41, Roberts 73, Givet 84

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Ricketts, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong, Muamba (M Davies 59), Gardner, Taylor (Weiss 59), Elmander (Klasnic 69), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Cohen, A O'Brien, Wilshere
Booked: Steinsson

Attendance: 23,888
Referee: Chris Foy (Lee Probert 46)

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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2 Exeter City 2 4
3 Bolton Wanderers 2 4
4 Sheffield Wednesday 2 4
5 Accrington Stanley 2 4
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