Saturday March 24, 2012 Day 30 Finished Reebok Stadium

Bolton Wanderers 2 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

  • Wheater 29’, 35’
  • N'Zonzi 56’

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  1. Bolton hold on to beat Blackburn

    Bolton hold on to beat Blackburn

    Bolton held on to beat Blackburn 2-1 at home in their first Premier League match since Fabrice Muamba's collapse. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+5' And that is the end of the match - Bolton earn a crucial 2-1 win to move out of the Premier League relegation zone. Table
    • 90+4' More chaos in the box but a free-kick is given to Bolton to take the pressure off. Marcus Olsson booked for complaining about a challenge in the box.
    • 90+4' He is unmarked at the back post and goes for a flying header... over his head!
    • 90+4' Free-kick to Blackburn - last chance! Up comes Robinson...
    • 90+3' Head tennis in the Bolton box. Hoilett crosses low and it is hacked away.
    • 90+2' Four on four for Bolton. Petrov goes to the corner though and between him and Pratley they win a throw.
    • 90+1' Poor play from Bolton as they look to keep the ball in the corner and Blackburn will pump forward again.
    • 90' Three minutes to be added on. Blackburn applying pressure.
    • 89' Attacking throw for Blackburn again. Pedersen with it. He gives it to Martin Olsson and, upon receiving the ball back to feet, sends in a cross which Yakubu heads over!
    • 88' This would put the Trotters two points behind Blackburn with a game in hand.
    • 87' Bolton have retreated deep. Long ball into the danger zone which Bogdan punches away... if in doubt, that is the way to go! Free-kick given against Dunn anyway.
    • 86' This time Bogdan takes a clean catch into his midriff to relieved applause.
    • 85' Hoilett with a mazy dribble to get into the box and shoot... the ball takes a deflection and lands on the goal for a corner.
    • 84' Yakubu in a dangerous position but Reo-Coker clears the danger. Long throw comes in... Bogdan drops the ball under no pressure whatsoever but gets away with it!
    • 83' Wanderers able to slow things down as Miyaichi strays offside.
    • 82' Rovers have conceded 35 PL away goals – more than any other club in the division.
    • 81' Tense in the last 10 minutes as fans look at watches. Will their weekends be made or ruined late on?
    • 80' Hoilett delivers low from the right and Yakubu tries to leave it for Dunn at the near post - but top defending sees Bolton earn a goal-kick.
    • 80' Pratley with a free header from eight yards that is wide of the far post! Another chance goes begging for Bolton.
    • 79' Bolton change: Ivan Klasnic, who scored the winner against QPR a fortnight ago, on for N'Gog.
    • 78' Lowe back to defend in front of Pratley and concede a corner.
    • 77' Bogdan claims solidly this time from a long throw. The home fans must have had hearts in mouths there.
    • 76' Bolton have lost nine of their 14 PL home matches this season – only Wolves (10) have lost more home matches this season. Blackburn have also lost nine at home.
    • 75' Hoilett does well to fight for the ball in the corner with Ricketts, but concedes a goal-kick. And collides with the corner flag for his trouble.
    • 74' The Olsson twins combine to defend and concede a throw. Steinsson's following cross should be cleared easily, but Pedersen makes a hash of it.
    • 73' Rovers corner. Petrov's kick is headed away by Pedersen.
    • 72' Marriner was referee for Bolton's 5-0 home defeat to Manchester United on September 10 and reffed Blackburn’s 4-3 home win against Arsenal on September 17 and 7-1 defeat at the Emirates on February 4.
    • 71' It is dangerous and Ricketts has clear from in front of his own keeper. When Marcus Olsson volleys back in from 25 yards, it takes a nick off N'Gog and runs out of play... Marriner gives a goal-kick though!
    • 70' Rovers counter. Martin Olsson with a cross to the far side but Hoilett is nowhere to be seen... Ricketts concedes a corner though.
    • 69' Petrov looks to drive to the far post but the ball is blocked. His cross from the following throw is poor.
    • 68' Bolton in control of the match again.
    • 67' Goal at Anfield, and it is a big one... Premier League latest: LIVE
    • 66' Petrov down the line for Davies, who uses quick feet to come inside and play back to Petrov on the edge of the box - his right-footed strike is woeful. Petrov is making his 50th PL appearance for Bolton; he has scored four goals.
    • 66' Bogdan now up to take the free-kick resulting from the offside.
    • 65' Blackburn change: Dunn on for Formica in an attacking midfield position.
    • 64' N'Gog limps off but returns moments later. Bogdan is now hurt after Yakubu accidentally caught him in a challenge. The Yak was offside.
    • 63' Meanwhile David Dunn has stripped off for Blackburn. Excellent attendance of 26,901 today at the Reebok.
    • 62' N'Gog down with cramp. The match has gone quiet after a period of end-to-end action.
    • 61' Bolton are unbeaten when scoring first this season in the division – six wins and one draw. The only other teams unbeaten after netting the opening goal are Manchester United and Fulham.
    • 60' Martin Olsson keeps the ball alive when a goal-kick seemed likely and cuts back for Hoilett... he completely misses the ball as he tries to control it! Hoilett has scored three goals in his last two Premier League outings - all in the second half. He won't add to them like that.
    • 59' Pratley dinks a cross to the far side where Robinson claims.
    • 58' Bolton are looking to win back-to-back PL matches for the first time in 11 months, since beating West Ham and Arsenal in April 2011. Blackburn are looking to win back-to-back PL away matches for the first time since March 2009.
    • 57' Game on at the Reebok. Cross from the right for Bolton... Davies misses an absolute sitter! Miyaichi's cross was inch-perfect and the unmarked midfielder nodded wide of the goal from six yards.
    • 56' GOAL FOR BLACKBURN! N'Zonzi with a flicked header from a Pedersen long throw! 2-1 Bolton.
    • 56' Hoilett held off by Reo-Coker and the home skipper clears for a throw.
    • 55' Very late tackle by N'Gog on Formica's standing leg. He is lucky not to be booked.
    • 54' Miyaichi's kick is turned behind for another corner. Wheater seems to be dragged down by Dann... no penalty given. And a few players, starting with Mark Davies, fall over their own feet in the following moments.
    • 53' N'Gog works his way towards the box and Pratley takes over to earn a corner.
    • 52' Hope for Blackburn in this stat: Bolton have kept only one clean sheet in their last 17 PL matches – the 0-0 home draw with Arsenal on February 1. /// Sorry about the spam below. stuarthargreaves16: "Yet again we see a match turn on the decision of a ref­ about time we had replays"
    • 51' Petrov with another exquisite cross from the left that N'Gog meets well - but the header is just over the bar from just outside the six-yard box.
    • 51' Long throw is flicked on by Steven Nzonzi... the ball is dipping under the crossbar and Bogdan claims.
    • 50' Olsson is back on as Rovers earn territory down the left in the form of throw-ins.
    • 49' Miyaichi evades one challenge and earns half a yard of space with a stepover before curling a shot well off-target. Positive play.
    • 48' Play restarts with Olsson off the pitch still being seen to. There are 5,000 Blackburn fans inside the ground today.
    • 47' Away left-back Martin Olsson is down hurt near the touchline. He was competing for the ball with Miyaichi.
    • 46' The second half begins, with Rovers now kicking from left to right.
    • - Blackburn are out early. And here come Bolton. Miyaichi has run the greatest distance so far in this match, followed closely by Marcus Olsson. No changes at the break.
    • - Here is the tribute that greeted the players as they came out. Pic: The Muamba tribute
    • - Drop me a line on Twitter with your thoughts on the game or Fabrice Muamba. Contact/follow Jon Symcox on Twitter
    • 45+2' The half-time whistle. Bolton 2-0 Blackburn, but Rovers should have had a penalty at 0-0.
    • 45+1' Hanley flicks on and out for a goal-kick. He should have left it for a man behind him.
    • 45+1' Steinsson catches Marcus Olsson late. Blackburn will pump this into the mixer.
    • 45' One minute to be added on.
    • 44' Pedersen with a corner to the far side which Scott Dann sneaks around the back to stoop and head wide. Their second corner to Bolton's six.
    • 43' Morten Gamst Pedersen with a long throw which Bogdan comes for again - and again spills! He is confident in coming for them, but struggling to keep hold of them today. Bolton survive.
    • 42' Blackburn have caught up a bit in the possession stakes, now 48-52 against them.
    • 41' Awkward for Robinson, but he calmly boots the bouncing ball out for a throw-in. Rovers will be annoyed at that denied penalty claim at 0-0 - it was a definite pen.
    • 40' Blackburn win a corner which Bogdan claims on the second ball.
    • 39' Wheater stat: he is the only player in the Premier League to be red carded twice in the Premier League this season.
    • 38' Miyaichi running at defenders on the right to win a corner. He will take it... Wheater looking good for it before Pratley takes it off his head! What price a hat-trick for the defender before today's game?
    • 37' Bolton have lost seven of their eight PL matches this season without Muamba in the team (87%). They have lost 12 of their 20 PL matches with him in the side (60%).
    • 36' They are Wheater's first Premier League goals for three and a half years. London buses and all that.
    • 35' SECOND GOAL FOR BOLTON! Miyaichi with the corner... and Wheater is there to direct another header past Robinson from six yards out for 2-0!
    • 34' Pratley leads the counter, giving the ball to Petrov. He flashes a cross-cum-shot across goal.
    • 34' Massive tackle from Bolton captain Nigel Reo-Coker to stop Mauro Formica as he looks to get in behind for Blackburn.
    • 33' Marcus Olsson with a cracking delivery from the left for Rovers which finds Yakubu all alone... his stooping header is wide of the near post! He should have scored.
    • 32' Excellent delivery from the left by Bolton which again skims off a Blackburn head and Darren Pratley gets a header on goal... just over the bar.
    • 31' Jason Lowe with a hefty challenge to dump Petrov off the pitch, but no free-kick is given to Bolton.
    • 30' Big goal for Bolton, potentially, as they seek to move out of the bottom three.
    • 29' GOAL FOR BOLTON! Petrov's delivery from the left skims off a Blackburn head and Wheater is there to nod into the corner!
    • 27' Marcus Olsson using his pace down the left to cross and Yakubu slides... the ball is just ahead of him.
    • 26' Wigan have a penalty at Anfield! Latest Premier League action: LIVE
    • 25' The Bolton subs are wearing Fabrice's number 6 on their bibs today, while there are flags around the stadium with his name on them.
    • 24' Wanderers have the best head to head record amongst current bottom five clubs in the table, winning four of their six meetings and losing only once. The away side have won two, drawn two and lost two of their six PL matches against fellow current bottom five clubs in the table. They are unbeaten in all three away matches against them.
    • 23' Blackburn denied a stonewall penalty! Junior Hoilett on the rampage went between three Bolton players in the box and Steinsson took him out - nothing given!
    • 22' Petrov knocked off the ball by a solid challenge but when Blackburn bring it out, N'Gog challenges back.
    • 21' Bolton have won four and lost seven of their 11 PL matches against fellow North-west clubs this season, including four of their five at home. Rovers have won one of their eight PL matches against fellow North-west clubs this season – 3-2 at Manchester United on New Year’s Eve.
    • 20' Rovers deal with that set-piece, but Bolton's tails are up again. They have had 57 per cent of the possession so far.
    • 19' Sam Ricketts with a storming run down the left then a great sliding tackle when he loses the ball. That gives Petrov the chance to whip a long cross which Martin Olsson guides out for a corner with a diving header under pressure from Miyaichi.
    • 18' Grant Hanley strong in an aerial challenge which puts N'Gog on the deck. He sits waiting for a free-kick that never arrives.
    • 17' Tricky feet from N'Gog to weave into the box near the touchline on the left, but he is crowded out.
    • 16' Better from Steve Kean's side who are now pressing higher up the pitch. Wheater with a long diagonal ball that Steinsson cannot keep in.
    • 15' Bolton are one short of scoring their 100th top flight home goal against Blackburn.
    • 14' Marcus Olsson wins a corner off Steinsson near the corner flag - but Marriner awards a goal-kick. The linesman is on the other side.
    • 13' Ryo Miyaichi, Bolton's teenager on loan from Arsenal, looks for N'Gog down the flank. Poor pass.
    • 12' Robinson with a mammoth free-kick near halfway that Adam Bogdan spills under pressure, but it is a man in a white shirt that is there to clear.
    • 11' The greater attacking play coming from the home side. This low cross come to nought again, but Wanderers are playing well.
    • 10' Bolton are looking to complete the PL double over Blackburn for the first time, and the first in the league since 1977-78.
    • 9' Petrov with a rasping drive from 30 yards out that Robinson beats away - and his defence clears. It swerved wickedly... the Bulgarian hasn't scored a league goal in 16.
    • 8' Yakubu anticipating a ball in to feet, but David Wheater is across to intercept and clear for Bolton.
    • 7' This is indeed a huge game in the relegation battle. Bolton are right in the thick of it, while Blackburn have moved clear in recent weeks. Table
    • 6' Martin Petrov picks a pass through the Blackburn defence for David N'Gog... he is onside and slides for the ball, but Paul Robinson gets down to it first.
    • 5' Bolton working the right side. Gretar Steinsson whips a cross in that is long but earns a corner.
    • 4' A very slow start. /// Over to John: "This game is massive. There'll be whippets, flat­ caps and mushy peas everywhere. Borlton t win." Contact me on Twitter to leave a though on the game. Contact/follow Jon Symcox on Twitter
    • 3' Today's referee is Andre Marriner from the West Midlands. Bolton have the joint-most red cards in the Premier League this season (5).
    • 2' Blackburn, wearing yellow, pushed back into their own corner in the opening moments.
    • 1' The game gets under way, with Bolton kicking from left to right.
    • 14:57 Muamba clapped by the fans while the fans chant his name over and over. Coyle: Muamba's fight can inspire
    • 14:55 The Reebok is bathed in sunlight. The teams emerge to a lovely MUAMBA 6 message written in the stand by fans holding placards. Muamba faces long recovery, say family
    • 14:50 Bolton have failed to score in four of their last six Premier League games. Premier League latest: LIVE
    • 14:45 Blackburn have drawn 99 games away from home in Premier League history. Rovers took just 10 points from their first 17 Premier League matches, but since Christmas they have taken 18 points from 12 games. Cold War at Ewood Park as survival hopes grow
    • 14:40 Victory over QPR in their last league game ended a run of four consecutive defeats for Bolton. Premier League fixtures and results
    • 14:37 Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has confirmed Muamba will remain with the club "as long as he wants". Gartside issues Muamba pledge
    • 14:35 Bolton mustered just two shots on target in their 2-1 win over Blackburn at Ewood Park earlier this season. Defeat to Bolton in the last match between the two at the Reebok signalled the end of Sam Allardyce’s era at Blackburn and the appointment of Steve Kean. Blackburn team page
    • 14:29 Blackburn are unchanged from the win over Sunderland. Gael Givet is this time not fit enough for the bench due to a slight hamstring strain, with Simon Vukcevic taking his place.
    • 14:27 Bolton, playing their first game since Fabrice Muamba's heart attack at Spurs, go with the same starting line-up they named against QPR a fortnight ago.
    • 14:25 Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Miyaichi, Ngog, Petrov; subs: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Eagles, Knight, Kevin Davies, Klasnic, Sordell /// Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe, Dann, Hanley, Martin Olsson, Formica, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Marcus Olsson, Hoilett, Yakubu; subs: Bunn, Dunn, Modeste, Petrovic, Orr, Goodwillie, Vukcevic
    • 14:20 Bolton have won just two of the last 10 Premier League meetings with Blackburn, but those two victories have come within the last three encounters. Bolton team page
    • 14:15 Welcome to coverage of the Premier League clash between Bolton and Blackburn from the Reebok Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 80' Pratley with a free header from eight yards that is wide of the far post! Another chance goes begging for Bolton.
    • 57' Game on at the Reebok. Cross from the right for Bolton... Davies misses an absolute sitter! Miyaichi's cross was inch-perfect and the unmarked midfielder nodded wide of the goal from six yards.
    • 56' GOAL FOR BLACKBURN! N'Zonzi with a flicked header from a Pedersen long throw! 2-1 Bolton.
    • 54' Miyaichi's kick is turned behind for another corner. Wheater seems to be dragged down by Dann... no penalty given. And a few players, starting with Mark Davies, fall over their own feet in the following moments.
    • 51' Petrov with another exquisite cross from the left that N'Gog meets well - but the header is just over the bar from just outside the six-yard box.
    • 35' SECOND GOAL FOR BOLTON! Miyaichi with the corner... and Wheater is there to direct another header past Robinson from six yards out for 2-0!
    • 33' Marcus Olsson with a cracking delivery from the left for Rovers which finds Yakubu all alone... his stooping header is wide of the near post! He should have scored.
    • 32' Excellent delivery from the left by Bolton which again skims off a Blackburn head and Darren Pratley gets a header on goal... just over the bar.
    • 29' GOAL FOR BOLTON! Petrov's delivery from the left skims off a Blackburn head and Wheater is there to nod into the corner!
    • 27' Marcus Olsson using his pace down the left to cross and Yakubu slides... the ball is just ahead of him.
    • 23' Blackburn denied a stonewall penalty! Junior Hoilett on the rampage went between three Bolton players in the box and Steinsson took him out - nothing given!
    • 14:25 Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Miyaichi, Ngog, Petrov; subs: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Eagles, Knight, Kevin Davies, Klasnic, Sordell /// Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe, Dann, Hanley, Martin Olsson, Formica, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Marcus Olsson, Hoilett, Yakubu; subs: Bunn, Dunn, Modeste, Petrovic, Orr, Goodwillie, Vukcevic

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.3 4
      Defenders
      5 5
      Goals ×2 8.8 9
      6.3 6
      5 7
      Midfielders
      4.5 7
      9.3 7
      6.7 7
      5 6
      6.3 8
      Strikers
      Substitution Out79′ 8.1 6
      Subs
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      Goalkeeper
      6 6
      Defenders
      Yellow Card 4.3 5
      1.5 5
      1.5 6
      1.5 6
      Midfielders
      Goal 5.8 7
      1.5 6
      Substitution Out65′ 2 6
      Yellow Card 1.5 7
      Strikers
      3 6
      5.7 5
      Subs
      Substitution In65′ - 6

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