Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 28, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's troubles in front of goal continue, after they registered another blank in a goalless draw at Blackburn Rovers.

After ending a club-record run of six games without a goal in last Saturday's 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest, Wanderers struggled to trouble Rovers goalkeeper David Raya but did have the best opportunity when substitute Emile Heskey had a shot cleared off the line in the closing stages.

Referee Paul Tierney was quick to hand out yellow cards in a scrappy affair at Ewood Park and a red arrived in stoppage time, when Dorian Dervite was sent from the field for a second bookable offence.

Going into the game, Neil Lennon made one change to the side that started against Forest last time out, as Liam Feeney came in at the expense of Tom Walker. Juan Manuel Casado took up a place on the bench, 24 hours after his arrival from Almeria was confirmed.

Rovers started the better of the two teams, with Grant Hanley heading over a Tommy Spurr free-kick inside the opening two minutes.

Dean Moxey was the first player to enter the referee's notebook for a challenge on Jordan Rhodes seven minutes in, before Wanderers saw two penalty appeals turned down in a matter of moments.

First, Zach Clough went to ground inside the Blackburn box, but, to his credit, rose to his feet to keep the ball in play, just seconds before Mark Davies was seemingly tripped by the outstretched leg of Craig Conway. Neither decision was given by the match referee, who ordered play to continue on both counts.

Rhodes flashed a near-post header inches wide of Ben Amos' right-hand post at the midway point of the half, after latching on to a cross from Conway, before another ball into the Bolton box from the Rovers midfielder flew across the face of goal with no player attacking.

In-demand forward Rhodes headed over again just after the half-hour, minutes before Wanderers were fortunate to keep 11 men on the field when Wellington Silva lashed out following an innocuous altercation with Adam Henley - an action which earned him a booking.

Nathan Delfouneso cut in from the right before bending a shot wide of Amos' far post with five minutes of the half remaining, while Gary Madine opted to pass at the other end after doing well to bring a crossfield ball from Silva down and into a shooting position.

Neil Danns dragged an effort wide from the edge of the box in the final moments of the half, which ended with the two sides going in level at the interval.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which started with Prince-Desir Gouano doing well to get in the way of a goalbound strike from Ben Marshall.

Moxey then tried his luck at the other end, but his shot was charged down following neat build-up play involving Davies and Silva, moments before the latter saw a curling attempt fly over the top of Raya's crossbar.

A succession of yellow cards were to follow as the game passed the hour, as Corry Evans went in the notebook for a foul on Silva, before Davies followed suit for Bolton after blocking off the run of substitute Fode Koita.

Hanley then became the third player in the space of just four minutes to be cautioned, after a horrific tackle from behind that left Silva requiring treatment off the field of play.

Moxey's desire to get on the scoresheet continued midway through the half, as he dragged another shot wide of goal from 25 yards, before Amos was alert at the other end to tip an inswinging free-kick behind.

Blackburn came close to breaking the deadlock from the resulting corner, as Spurr saw a header cleared off the line by Davies before Koita fired over the top from the rebound that followed.

Lennon was left fuming with the officials after Clough appeared to be fouled on the halfway line on 73 minutes, only to be penalised and a free-kick given the other way. The Wanderers boss reacted by kicking over a water cooler in the technical area, while Clough was visibly furious with referee Tierney on the field.

Gouano looked set to score his first Bolton goal with six minutes remaining, but the ball just wouldn't fall at his feet from a Feeney knockdown and Rovers pounced to clear the danger.

The home side had the ball in the net three minutes later, with Koita correctly having a goal ruled out for offside, moments before Heskey, who had earlier come on as a substitute for Silva, saw a shot cleared off the line by Shane Duffy after Raya had spilled a Clough cross back into the danger zone.

Wanderers were forced to go on the defensive in added time, however, as Dervite, who had been booked for a body-check five minutes earlier, was shown a second yellow card by Tierney and sent for an early bath.

Blackburn failed to capitalise on their man advantage, though, as Bolton held out to claim a point on their travels.

The draw fails to lift Lennon's side out of the relegation zone and positive results for Fulham and Rotherham United on Saturday could see Wanderers go into the international break at the foot of the table.

They return to competitive action in a fortnight, when they play host to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Macron Stadium. Before that, however, they face Motherwell at Fir Park in a testimonial match for Keith Lasley next Saturday.

Blackburn Rovers: Raya, Spurr, Duffy, Hanley, Henley, Conway, Evans (Guthrie 68), Marshall (Koita 59), Lowe, Delfouneso (Barrow 78), Rhodes
Subs Not Used: Steele, Olsson, Kilgallon, Lawrence
Booked: Duffy, Evans, Hanley

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Moxey, Dervite, Wilson, Gouano, Davies, Feeney, Silva (Heskey 79), Clough, Danns, Madine
Subs Not Used: Dobbie, Casado, Spearing, Vela, Fitzsimons, Finney
Booked: Moxey, Silva, Davies, Danns, Dervite
Sent Off: Dervite

Referee: Paul Tierney
Attendance: 14,632

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17 Bolton Wanderers 25 29
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