Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • April 30, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's wait for an away win in the Premier League continues as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Wanderers have gone eleven league games without victory on their travels, with defeat to their Lancashire rivals their tenth loss in that run.

Martin Olsson scored the only goal of the game on 20 minutes, toe-poking a shot beyond the reach of Adam Bogdan to move Rovers four points clear of the relegation zone with just three games remaining.

Rovers had the first chance of the game with just two minutes on the clock, as Olsson's deep cross was headed back across goal by Brett Emerton, only for Benjani to stab the ball wide of the target from close range.

The hosts were back on the attack five minutes later, with Emerton shooting straight at Bogdan, who came in for Jussi Jaaskelainen, who had conceded nine goals in his last three appearances for the Trotters.

Rodrigo sent a shot narrowly wide of the target moments later, before Wanderers had Paul Robinson to thank for blocking a goalbound Olsson strike with his head, despite knowing little about it at the time and walking away a little dazed.

Wanderers came close to breaking the deadlock on 19 mintues when Michel Salgado's poor clearance fell at the feet of Rodrigo, who smashed a half-volley off the post when he perhaps should have worked the goalkeeper.

It was a chance missed for the visitors as Rovers took the lead just moments later. Picking up on a poor ball from Rodrigo, Salgado found Olsson, who cut inside the area before sending a toe-poke into Bogdan's bottom corner.

Olsson was back on the ball on 25 minutes and after seeing an initial shot blocked, he followed it up with a low strike which was superbly turned around the post by Bogdan.

A moment of madness from Bogdan almost allowed Olsson a clear run on goal just after the half hour, but David Wheater was alert to prevent the danger from advancing any further and Bolton survived.

Emerton thought he had a clear run on goal ten minutes before the break, but a fantastic sliding challenge from Zat Knight denied the Australia international a clear sight of goal.

Matt Taylor struck a free-kick straight at a Blackburn wall in first half stoppage time and the visitors left the field to a chorus of boos from their supporters in the Darwen End.

Bolton had the first opportunity of the second half, with Rodrigo spooning the ball over the crossbar with a volley on his weaker right foot, before Emerton almost embarrassed Bogdan with a curling free-kick from the left flank, which landed on the top of the Wanderers net.

With Wanderers struggling to get themselves back into the game, Owen Coyle introduced Lee Chung-Yong on the hour, replacing Rodrigo, who had come closest to scoring for the Trotters in the first period.

Rovers raced forward after the change though and should have doubled their lead on 62 minutes, only for Benjani to miscontrol the ball inside the six-yard box, allowing Bogdan to pounce on the loose ball.

Benjani was replaced by Nikola Kalinic immediately afterwards, while Wanderers replied with a double change as Martin Petrov and Ivan Klasnic came on for Matt Taylor and Johan Elmander.

Both sides saw a player enter the book as the game entered it's final 20 minutes, with Kevin Davies shown a yellow card for Wanderers and Olsson for the hosts.

Rovers had a great chance to seal the points on 78 minutes, with Steven Nzonzi beating Bogdan in the air, only to see his looping header sail narrowly wide of the empty goal.

Not satisfied with their 1-0 lead, Blackburn continued to press forward and when Morten Gamst Pedersen cut the ball back for Mame Biram Diouf ten minutes from time, the on-loan Manchester United forward should have sealed the points, but only succeeded in firing the ball over the crossbar and into the stands from 12-yards.

In a rare venture forward, Petrov hit the side netting for Bolton, before fellow substitute Klasnic shot wide in the 88th minute after receiving a knock-down from Davies.

Nzonzi somehow headed over the bar when found unmarked inside the six-yard box, but it wasn't to matter as Steve Kean's side moved away from the relegation trap door with their first victory in 11 games.

Bolton return to home soil next weekend when they host Sunderland at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday, their penultimate home game of the season as the campaign draws to a close.

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Salgado (Diouf 76), Samba, P Jones, Givet, Emerton, Nzonzi, J Jones, Olsson, Roberts (Pedersen 79), Benjani (Kalinic 64)
Subs Not Used: Bunn, Santa Cruz, Rochina, Hanley
Booked: P Jones, J Jones
Goals: Olsson 20

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Robinson, Wheater, Knight, Gardner, Rodrigo (Chung-Yong 60), Cahill, Cohen, Taylor (Petrov 68), Elmander (Klasnic 68), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Muamba, Blake, Alonso
Booked: K Davies

Referee: Mike Dean
Attendance: 28,985

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17 Bolton Wanderers 25 29
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