Tuesday December 20, 2011 Day 17 Finished Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Bolton Wanderers

  • Aiyegbeni 67’
  • Davies 5’
  • Reo-Coker 30’

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  1. Bolton leave Blackburn bottom

    Bolton leave Blackburn bottom

    Bolton held on to defeat Blackburn 2-1 at Ewood Park and leapfrog their local rivals at the foot of the Premier League table. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • 90+5' That's it! Blackburn are bottom for Christmas! The fans near the dugout are having to be held back. Thanks for joining me for this pulsating basement battle - follow me on Twitter @liamhappe
    • 90+4' Another Bolton counter, and good play by Petrov before teeing up Pratley from the left! Wide of the far post! Straight up the other end from the goal kick. Samba! Also wide!
    • 90+3' Poor pass attempt from Reo-Coker and Blackburn attack again. Hoilett once more the man on the ball and he's unable to win even a corner with his cut-back.
    • 90+2' Petrov shoves Lowe down in the Rovers half. Another long free-kick is headed on by emergency extra striker Samba and half-cleared into the path of Hoilett... who curls a shot wide.
    • 90+1' FOUR minutes of added time.
    • 90' Blackburn free-kick from their own half is sent long but straight to the keeper, who keeps it at his feet until Hoilett runs forward and forces him to pick it up.
    • 89' Dunn's cross from the left is deflected by Davies into the grateful arms of Jaaskeleinen.
    • 88' Reo-Coker and Petrov fake a short corner to keep it penned in, before the latter hammers a cross into the danger zone. Rovers get it away, though.
    • 87' Pratley receives the ball long and low down the flank from the free-kick and holds it up until he's able to win his side a corner. Smart play to see out a result.
    • 86' Dunn goes into the book after fouling Reo-Coker on the right wing.
    • 85' The away side win a series of headers but the ball eventually ends up back with Robinson in goal.
    • 84' Hoilett's cross goes across goal but there's no team-mates there to connect.
    • 83' Rochina hashes a speculative effort well wide.
    • 82' It finished 2-2 at Molineux. A win for either side here would be a big boost in the relegation dogfight - but it's Bolton who look likeliest to do so with eight minutes remaining.
    • 81` Darren Pratley comes on for Klasnic in Bolton's final change.
    • 80' Poor back pass from Muamba. Overhit which causes Jaaskeleinen to slice his clearance into the back of a halved shirt! Hoilett tries his luck from 20 yards with the second ball but it's off target.
    • 79' Petrov's driven centre is just a little too inwards for Tuncay to connect with. Robinson does well to claim.
    • 78' Rochina tries to break away after Steinsson's cross is easily cleared, but gives the ball away within seconds.
    • 77' Replays show that Robinson JUST got a touch on the ball first before coming into Rochina. Atkinson was in a great position and made the right call.
    • 76' The hosts strive to keep attacking from the corner, but Bolton break through Tuncay and Petrov, who crosses low... Robinson's beat but two Bolton players fail to get a touch and prod it over the line!
    • 75' Great Blackburn move on the break ends with Goodwillie's clever first-time lay-off for fellow sub Rochina, but another replacement thwarts the shot in Robinson. Cries for a foul are waved away. YAKUBU! Deflected behind!
    • 74' But it's Dunn, not Pedersen who takes. It ends up straight in Jaaskeleinen's arms.
    • 73' The sub's first contribution is to give away a free-kick in Pedersen territory following Dunn's shot which was closed down.
    • 72' Another injury-related change as N'Gog is replaced by Tuncay. Not Kevin Davies, interestingly enough.
    • 71' Speaking of the Frenchman, he's now down after landing awkwardly on his left ankle. Martin Atkinson stops the play for another non-head injury to the frustration of the home fans.
    • 70' N'Gog certainly wants a penalty now. Feels he was caught as the ball comes his way, but again nothing is given.
    • 69' 2-2 now between Wolves and Norwich. Jackson put the Canaries ahead once more but the second Wolves equaliser came from Zubar.
    • 68' Goodwillie fires wide as Rovers look for a quickfire double.
    • 67' YAKUBU! Rovers are back in it! He beat the offside trap to get onto Hoilett's great through pass down the middle and timed his chip over the outrushing keeper perfectly.
    • 66' Petrov appears to win another corner, but the goal kick is given.
    • 65' Formica and Vukevic come off in a double switch for Rovers. In their place are Ruben Rochina and David Goodwillie.
    • 64' The hosts finally come forward, but Hoilett opts to turn and shoot instead of completing a 1-2 with Yakubu as the striker moves into space.
    • 63' Cries of penalty as N'Gog looks like he may have been tripped following it up, but the striker himself didn't even appeal which shows how much water that shout holds.
    • 62' Blackburn give the ball away and here come Bolton once more. Klasnic is clean through! Hanley thwarts him!
    • 60' Goalmouth scramble in the Bolton box! Hoilett weaves and twists on the left and his low cross just can't find its way over the line despite a number of efforts... but Bolton break! Early ball in from the right just misses the outstretched leg of N'Gog! Petrov on the other side! Put behind for a corner! Whew.
    • 59' Nzonzi tries to back-header this one across goal from the near post but it's blocked by a black shirt.
    • 58' Yakubu's cross from the left is headed away by Knight. Pedersen's long throw is headed out for another.
    • 57' Alonso limps off to make way for Paul Robinson, making it two players of that name currently on the pitch.
    • 56' Replays show Hoilett had the last touch, not Alonso. But from the exchange, the left-back is hurt. The Rovers fans are understandably miffed that the game was stopped despite it not being a head injury.
    • 55' Blackburn clear the corner and break, but Hoilett runs it into a 3-on-1 and Alonso concedes the corner.
    • 54' Petrov takes the corner once more, and it flashes across the Blackburn goal. It ends up back over that side to Petrov by way of N'Gog, and he wins another corner.
    • 53' Petrov does well to win his side another corner. Bolton defending with a strong offense at the moment.
    • 52' It's still 1-1 at Molineux, by the way. That game is about 15 minutes ahead of this.
    • 50' Low early cross from the left is almost back-heeled into Formica's path by Yakubu but he fails to read the play and Alonso gets it away.
    • 49' Davies receives treatment after taking a knock to the face as Nzonzi (legally) closed him down to keep the Rovers attack alive.
    • 48' Shouts of handball as Bolton clear the long throw by Pedersen but the hosts fight hard to regain possession quickly and Hoilett cuts back from the left to NZONZI! Millimetres over the crossbar!
    • 47' Dunn wins Blackburn an early attacking throw.
    • 46' Blackburn kick off the second half.
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    • 45+2' Vukevic and Nzonzi both fail to find space to whip in one last cross from the right... and there's the whistle. Cue mass booing from the home stands.
    • 45+1' Just the one minute of added time at the end of the half.
    • 45' Only two shots on target so far in this contest. Both were Bolton's, and both went in.
    • 44' Knight recovers well to dispossess Yakubu after initially losing out to the striker's upper-body strength. The ball falls to Hoilett, who fires well over.
    • 43' They are forced back, but win a free-kick just inside Blackburn's half. Dunn with the foul.
    • 42' Great work by Muamba to cut out a Rovers attack and here come Bolton on the break.
    • 40' Blackburn continue the attack and win their first corner, which Bolton get away.
    • 39' Robinson will punt a free-kick just inside his own half long into the area, where his counterpart Jaaskelienen punches clear.
    • 38' "You should have left with Sam" is the next tune from the Disgruntled Blackburn Fans' Official A Capella Band.
    • 37' Hoilett is caught offside.
    • 36' Here come Bolton again, though, and it could get worse for Rovers... N'Gog! Great block by Hanley!
    • 35' Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has equalised for Wolves at Molineux.
    • 34' Blackburn are fighting hard to find a way back into this one, though, and Hoilett tees up Vukevic! Side netting.
    • 33' Either way, the home fans are FURIOUS. Chanting "you're getting sacked in the morning" to their own club's gaffer. They might finally get their wish at this rate.
    • 32' The shot may have taken a deflection off the stretched foot of Pedersen.
    • 31' A great three-pronged counter by Reo-Coker, Petrov and Klasnic culminates with Petrov crossing low for Reo-Coker's pivoting shot low into the bottom corner.
    • 30' REO-COKER! It's 2-0!
    • 29' Hoilett tries to lob one over the back line to Yakubu, but Cahill volleys it clear.
    • 28' Lowe almost gets in from the right, but Alonso hacks it away in the nick of time.
    • 26' A fifth corner for the visitors now, but the attempted header hits the back of a defender and is cleared.
    • 25' Knight heads the delivery down for defensive partner Cahill to shoot over the bar. Goal kick.
    • 24' Samba beats Cahill to another good delivery from Petrov, who receives the ball back, moves to a more central position and has a cross/shot deflected behind for corner number four.
    • 23' Bolton break once more and win another corner.
    • 22' Possession continues to favour Blackburn at the moment, but in the final third they're not really testing the Trotters.
    • 21' It was Lowe doing the closing down two minutes ago, and Cahill the man to the rescue before things got ugly.
    • 20' Blackburn managing to sustain some possession now, they're finally settling into this game.
    • 19' Almost a scary moment for Bolton as the hosts charge down some defensive passing, but they regain their composure and get it out for a throw.
    • 17' Dunn fouls Klasnic, and Bolton work the free-kick in the centre of the park short.
    • 15' It's taken short this time, and wasted.
    • 14' Blackburn win their third attacking throw of the game, this one from the right-hand side.
    • 13' Mr. Atkinson has this season's current high for red cards shown by a referee with six, and he's already displayed two yellows thus far at Ewood.
    • 12' Lowe is booked after he pulls Petrov back as the away side begin a counter attack.
    • 11' Reo-Coker's deflected shot wins another corner for Bolton, which Petrov delivers well to the far post only for strong defending to deny N'Gog from reaching it.
    • 10' Formica gets the first yellow of the game for a late challenge on Steinsson on the right flank. The free-kick is headed away from goal at the expense of an attacking throw.
    • 9' Another long throw from the left by Pedersen, but Samba fouls his man and ends the attack.
    • 8' Pedersen whips a free-kick into the Bolton area from the halfway line, but Alonso gets the final header to clear.
    • 7' Yakubu heads off-target for the home side.
    • 6' That's his first league goal of the season and it could be a crucial one!
    • 5' But the pressure isn't over. N'Gog has it to the right of goal and passes backwards to Davies who skips inside his man... and SCORES!
    • 4' Bolton burst down the right and Reo-Coker receives a cut inside the area. He stays on his feet, heads towards the byline and aims for goal from a tight angle! Robinson saves!
    • 3' Blackburn attack now with a long throw aimed into the danger zone from the left. Samba heads towards goal but Jaaskelainen catches.
    • 2' The visitors start bright, and Lowe is forced to concede the first corner of the game which is cleared by the first man at the near post.
    • 1' Bolton get this crucial game underway!
    • 20:00 Some good news for fans of each club ahead of the get-go here - Andrew Surman has given Norwich an early lead at Wolves in tonight's other Premier League game, which kicked off at 19:45.
    • 19:55 Two sides with just 15 miles between them, the Lancashire derby has an extra dimension to it tonight. The teams are on the pitch and we are minutes from kick-off!
    • 19:50 Also over in blogs, Armchair Pundit reflects on his pre-season predictions compared to where the teams are positioned at the half-way stage. Pre-season predictions revisited
    • 19:45 Over in our blogs section, Early Doors analyses the potential impact of this crunch clash on the two managers, whose respective jobs could be on the line in this one after a string of poor results. Check it out: Kean v Coyle - Loser Leaves Town
    • 19:40 The man in charge this evening is Mr. Martin Atkinson.
    • 19:35 Minimal changes for both sides tonight, but the big story is Bolton skipper Kevin Davies dropping to the bench.
    • 19:30 TEAMS - Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe, Samba, Hanley, Pedersen, Hoilett, Dunn, Nzonzi, Vukcevic, Formica, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Petrovic, Rochina, Blackman, Goodwillie, Roberts, Henley. /// Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Alonso, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Petrov, Klasnic, Ngog. Subs: Bogdan, Robinson, Eagles, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Pratley, Boyata.
    • 19:25 Of course, the trend of the Premier League's lowest-ranked side come December 25 was bucked in 2004/05 by West Brom during one of the most exciting relegation dogfights in history. Can either of the North-West strugglers do the same if they lose out this evening?
    • 19:20 The losing team tonight will spent Christmas rooted to the foot of the table. That said, the home side's extra point thus far means a point will suffice to avoid flirting with the dreaded 'bottom at Christmas' curse. Full Premier League table
    • 19:15 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League basement battle between Blackburn and Bolton!
  • Summary

    • 90+4' Another Bolton counter, and good play by Petrov before teeing up Pratley from the left! Wide of the far post! Straight up the other end from the goal kick. Samba! Also wide!
    • 90+2' Petrov shoves Lowe down in the Rovers half. Another long free-kick is headed on by emergency extra striker Samba and half-cleared into the path of Hoilett... who curls a shot wide.
    • 80' Poor back pass from Muamba. Overhit which causes Jaaskeleinen to slice his clearance into the back of a halved shirt! Hoilett tries his luck from 20 yards with the second ball but it's off target.
    • 76' The hosts strive to keep attacking from the corner, but Bolton break through Tuncay and Petrov, who crosses low... Robinson's beat but two Bolton players fail to get a touch and prod it over the line!
    • 75' Great Blackburn move on the break ends with Goodwillie's clever first-time lay-off for fellow sub Rochina, but another replacement thwarts the shot in Robinson. Cries for a foul are waved away. YAKUBU! Deflected behind!
    • 67' YAKUBU! Rovers are back in it! He beat the offside trap to get onto Hoilett's great through pass down the middle and timed his chip over the outrushing keeper perfectly.
    • 62' Blackburn give the ball away and here come Bolton once more. Klasnic is clean through! Hanley thwarts him!
    • 60' Goalmouth scramble in the Bolton box! Hoilett weaves and twists on the left and his low cross just can't find its way over the line despite a number of efforts... but Bolton break! Early ball in from the right just misses the outstretched leg of N'Gog! Petrov on the other side! Put behind for a corner! Whew.
    • 48' Shouts of handball as Bolton clear the long throw by Pedersen but the hosts fight hard to regain possession quickly and Hoilett cuts back from the left to NZONZI! Millimetres over the crossbar!
    • 36' Here come Bolton again, though, and it could get worse for Rovers... N'Gog! Great block by Hanley!
    • 34' Blackburn are fighting hard to find a way back into this one, though, and Hoilett tees up Vukevic! Side netting.
    • 30' REO-COKER! It's 2-0!
    • 5' But the pressure isn't over. N'Gog has it to the right of goal and passes backwards to Davies who skips inside his man... and SCORES!
    • 4' Bolton burst down the right and Reo-Coker receives a cut inside the area. He stays on his feet, heads towards the byline and aims for goal from a tight angle! Robinson saves!
    • 19:30 TEAMS - Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe, Samba, Hanley, Pedersen, Hoilett, Dunn, Nzonzi, Vukcevic, Formica, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Petrovic, Rochina, Blackman, Goodwillie, Roberts, Henley. /// Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Alonso, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Petrov, Klasnic, Ngog. Subs: Bogdan, Robinson, Eagles, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Pratley, Boyata.

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