Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

  • October 06, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bradley Dack scored the only goal as Blackburn Rovers emerged victorious over Bolton in a Lancashire derby at the University of Bolton Stadium.

With 22 minutes on the clock, Dack pounced to slot home from close range after Harrison Reed's initial attempt in a goalmouth scramble had been blocked on the line by Joe Williams.

Wanderers desperately pushed forward in search of a late equaliser and were awarded a penalty with two minutes to play, only for the referee's assistant to overrule the decision for an offside against substitute Christian Doidge.

Four days on from defeat at Stoke City, Phil Parkinson made one change to the Bolton side as he reverted back to the team that started against Derby County last weekend - with David Wheater returning to the defence at the expense of Marc Wilson.

With the action underway, it was Rovers who began the brighter as Derrick Williams' header from a Joe Rothwell free-kick was gathered by Remi Matthews inside the opening five minutes.

Dack looked to have broken clear of the Trotters defence on the quarter-hour, only for last-ditch challenges from Wheater and Williams to deny in a run on goal.

The Blackburn playmaker conceded a free-kick at the other end on 18 minutes, from which Josh Magennis saw Bolton's first effort deflect behind.

Wanderers were on top at this stage, with Craig Noone next to have a shot charged down, before Williams volleyed narrowly off-target with David Raya beaten.

The deadlock was broken midway through the half, though, with Reed seeing an initial effort blocked on the line before Dack pounced to slot Rovers ahead from six yards.

The hosts came close to getting themselves back into the game just before the half-hour, with Noone and Pawel Olkowski combining well before spreading the play to Will Buckley, who cut in from the left before seeing his goalbound effort tipped wide by Raya.

Magennis seemed certain to score from the resulting corner, getting his head to a cross from Erhun Oztumer, but Raya stuck up a hand to make an outstanding reaction save.

He came even closer with the half drawing to a close, capitalising on a defensive mistake to head to ball up and over Raya, only to see the ball headed off the line by Charlie Mulgrew - ensuring Rovers took their 1-0 advantage into the interval.

Yanic Wildschut was introduced at the start of the second period, with Buckley making way for the on-loan Norwich City midfielder, as Bolton looked to add some extra muscle to their left-hand side.

Content with their lead, Rovers sat back after the restart but were almost pegged back by a freak goal from Olkowski on 55 minutes - with the Polish defender sliding into a challenge which saw the ball loop up, forcing Raya to claim on his line.

It wasn't until midway through the half that the next chance of note arrived, with Williams selling a dummy to the Rovers defence that allowed Wildschut to run in unopposed down the left. However, with Magennis in the middle, the winger opted to slide the ball in at the near post where it was comfortably gathered by Raya.

Former Bolton loanee Adam Armstrong, now on as a substitute for Blackburn, broke free of Jonathan Grounds before bringing Matthews into a near-post save with 10 minutes to play, while Christian Doidge, himself on from the bench, came close with a header that was turned behind at the other end.

Wheater headed wide from the resulting corner, moments before Wanderers were awarded a penalty as Doidge went down inside the box.

The referee's attention was quickly directed towards his assistant, however, who overruled the decision for an offside against the Trotters forward and instead awarded a free-kick to the visitors.

Five minutes of added time passed by without incident as Blackburn won at Bolton for the first time since 2009, ending a run of six consecutive home wins for Wanderers over their near neighbours.

Parkinson's side drop to 16th following their latest defeat - six points clear of the bottom three.  They return to action in two weeks' time, when they face Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Grounds (Doidge 78), Hobbs, Wheater, Olkowski, Lowe, J Williams, Buckley (Wildschut 45), Oztumer, Noone (Dyer 67), Magennis
Subs Not Used: B Williams, Vela, Wilson, O'Neil
Booked: Magennis, Lowe, J Williams

Blackburn Rovers: Raya, Bennett, Lenihan, Mulgrew, Williams, Rodwell (Smallwood 59), Reed, Palmer (Armstrong 70), Dack, Rothwell (Evans 59), Graham
Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Bell, Brereton, Conway
Booked: Williams, Reed, Raya
Goals: Dack 22

Referee: Darren Bond
Attendance: 15,461

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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16 Cambridge United 25 30
17 Bolton Wanderers 25 29
18 Lincoln City 25 28
19 Fleetwood Town 25 28
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