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  • Kalinic (41), Roberts (73), Givet (84)
  • Date:2010-02-21
  • Kick-off:12:00
  • Venue:Ewood Park
  • Attendance:23888
  • Referee:Foy, C

Live Commentary

90mins

BLACKBURN 3-0 BOLTON: A great win for Rovers, who rise into mid-table. Its back to the drawing board for Bolton though as their goal drought continues.

90mins

Just three added minutes for Bolton to endure.

86mins

Nikola Kalinic gets a standing ovation as he jogs off to be replaced by David Dunn.

84mins

BLACKBURN 3-0 BOLTON: It's game over now - Diouf's cross from the right is flicked home by GIVET, who was left unmarked in the area.

75mins

Gretar Steinsson is booked for a crude challenge on Nikola Kalinic.

72mins

BLACKBURN 2-0 BOLTON: Bolton fail to clear a corner properly and when the ball is lobbed back in JASON ROBERTS is unmarked 8 yards out and he volleys past Jaaskelainen.

72mins

Chance for Blackburn! Pedersen's corner is met by N'Zonzi, but his goalbound header is well tipped over by Jaaskelainen.

69mins

Johan Elmander jogs off with Ivan Klasnic replacing him.

67mins

It's a full scale blizzard now at Ewood Park, making conditions difficult for the players, the crowd are doing their best to liven things up though.

63mins

Bolton are exerting all the pressure now as the snow starts to come down in Lancashire, can Rovers ride the storm?

60mins

It's Blackburn's turn to make a change now with Jason Roberts replacing David Hoilett.

59mins

Matt Taylor also comes off with Mark Davies replacing him.

59mins

Changes for Bolton, Fabrice Muamba comes off for Vladimir Weiss.

58mins

Another great save from Robinson! Davies plays in Chung-Yong Lee who turns and fires in a snaphot that Robinson parries away.

58mins

Another Pedersen free-kick finds Kalinic unmarked at the far post but he tamely heads wide, that was a good chance.

53mins

Blackburn hit back and force acouple of corners in quick succession, but Jussi Jaaskelainen claims comfortably both times.

48mins

More good goalkeeping from Robinson, Gardner chases Muamba's through-ball but Robinson bravely rushes out to claim the ball at his feet.

45mins

We are underway again at Ewood, though with a different referee - Chris Foy picked up a calf injury so is replaced in the middle by Lee Probert.

45mins

BLACKBURN 1-0 BOLTON: That's it for the first half, Kalinic's goal lit up the game after things looked to be deteriorating into a scrappy affair. Do Bolton have enough to hit back in the second half?

45mins

Two minutes of time to be added on at the end of this half.

42mins

Goal! Blackburn 1-0 Bolton. A long ball from Steven N'Zonzi is headed down by Hoilett into the path of KALINIC whose low drive is deflected past Jaaskelainen.

40mins

Good save! Chung-Yong Lee cross finds Matt Taylor at the far post and his low shot is well blocked by Paul Robinson.

39mins

He tried to run it off but to no avail, Ryan Nelsen finally hobbles off to be replaced by Vince Grella, lets hope it's not too serious.

35mins

Nelsen is still limping after that awkward fall, it looks like he will be subsituted soon.

33mins

Pedersen curls in a 25-yard free-kick towards goal but it goes two yards over the bar.

31mins

Ryan Nelsen is made of tough stuff, he jogs back on after some treatment, a little gingerly admittedly.

28mins

Ryan Nelsen goes down clutching his knee after jumping with Johan Elmander, it looks like he landed badly on his right leg, it doesn't look good.

25mins

Zat Knight slips and gifts the ball to David Hoilett but Jussi Jaaskelainen is alert ot the danger and he scampers out of his area to clear for a throw.

20mins

The best chance of the game so far falls to Rovers! Keith Andrews sees his header from a corner cleared off the line before Kalinic hits the re-bound against the post.

17mins

Things have settled down a bit now though its interesting to compare the two contrasting styles - Coyle's short passing game versus Allardyce's more direct, set-piece driven approach.

13mins

Another Pedersen free-kick narrowly avoids the head of Kalinic in the box while at the other end Fabrice Muamba fires a shot over, lively start here at Ewood.

10mins

The ball is in the net at the other end, but once again the goal is correctly ruled out, a high Matt Taylor boot meaning Johan Elmander's strike is chalked off.

8mins

Pedersen is once again at the heart of Blackburn's attacks, this time he whips in a free-kick onto the head of Nikola Kalinic , but Jussi Jaaskelainen does well to save.

4mins

The ball is in the net - but the ref has diallowed it! Pedersen again with the long-throw that evades everyone and loops into the net, however referee Foy correctly gives the goal-kick.

3mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen launches a couple of long-throws into the box but Zat Knight does well to clear on both occasions.

0mins

Chris Foy gets the game underway at a very chilly Ewood Park.

0mins

Owen Coyle names the same side that drew with Wigan in midweek but are boosted by the return of Ivan Klasnic who is fit enough for a spot on the bench.

0mins

Just the one change for Blackburn today with Canadian striker David Hoilett coming into the team in place of Brett Emerton, David Dunn is fit enough for a place on the bench while Chris Samba completes a two-match suspension.

0mins

Blackburn face Bolton at 12am on Sunday, February 21st.

Match Preview

Relegation-threatened Bolton Wanderers travel to Ewood Park on Sunday, hoping to end a poor run of results away from home in the Premier League.

The Trotters have picked up just two points from a possible 24 in their last eight matches on the road in the top-flight and face a Blackburn side full of confidence in front of their own supporters.

Sam Allardyce's side have won their last three games at Ewood Park in the league and will fully expect to increase that run to four.

Bolton travel with some hope however, as only one of the last 17 Premier League meetings between these two sides has seen the home side end victorious.

A strike from David Dunn and an own goal by Sam Ricketts sealed a 2-0 win for Blackburn in their Premier League meeting earlier this season, and Rovers' Swedish star Martin Olsson expects a similar result this time around.

Allardyce and his side have just returned from a training camp in Dubai and Olsson thinks that Blackburn will reap the benefits, saying: "It will be much better now, with warm weather and team bonding.

"I think it will make the team much closer and stronger. We got the three points against Hull and we will take that with us to Bolton."

Bolton will be missing influential defender Gary Cahill after it was discovered that he had a blood clot in his arm, but Zat Knight returned from injury in their midweek 0-0 draw at Wigan Athletic to replace him.

Striker Ivan Klasnic is also nearing a return, but this match could come too early for him to come back in to Owen Coyle's plans.


Match Report

Blackburn Rovers piled on the misery for Bolton as they took their run of form to 13 points from 18 and left Wanderers with just one win in 11 games thanks to a 3-0 win at Ewood Park.

Rovers' ex-Bolton boss Sam Allardyce had goals from Niko Kalinic, Jason Roberts and Gael Givet to thank for his side's biggest win of the season.

Rovers, looking for their fourth successive home win, brought in Junior Hoilett for the injured Brett Emerton, while Bolton, aiming to add to manager Owen Coyle's record of only one League win since he took over from Gary Megson, were unchanged.

Both teams had the ball in the net in the opening 12 minutes, but neither effort counted. On four minutes, a throw-in from Rovers' Morten Gamst Pedersen went straight into the Bolton net without being touched, while Bolton's Johan Elmander steered the ball into the Rovers goal after play had been pulled back for a foul by Matt Taylor on Michel Salgado.

In between, Bolton's Fabrice Muamba shot wide and it was Wanderers who earned the first corner of the game when Rovers' Givet did well to get to a Taylor cross before Kevin Davies and head it wide.

Rovers went close to opening the scoring from their first corner of the game on 20 minutes. Pedersen delivered it from the left and Givet's header from six yards out was kept out by Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen's feet on the line. From the rebound, Keith Andrews' shot came back off the left-hand post.

On 32 minutes, Pedersen fired a 20-yard free-kick over the bar after Bolton defender Paul Robinson had stopped Kalinic in his tracks with a clumsy challenge.

Blackburn suffered a major blow on 38 minutes when skipper Ryan Nelsen had to be replaced after failing to shake off an ankle problem suffered ten minutes earlier when he fell awkwardly in a challenge. Vince Grella came on and Keith Andrews switched to heart of the backline.

A minute later, Rovers keeper Robinson saved a shot from Taylor with his legs but on 41 minutes, Blackburn were ahead.

Hoilett's long-range pass from the right was touched down by Pedersen to Kalinic, who shot low past Jasskelainen from the edge of the box.

There was a change of referee at half-time, with Chris Foy having sustained a first-half injury and being replaced by fourth official Lee Probert.

Three minutes into the second half, Rovers keeper Robinson got down well to a block a clear run into the box by Ricardo Gardner.

A few minutes later, Blackburn went close to a second when Hoilett set off on surging long run through the centre, passed the ball out to Pedersen and met the return cross perfectly only to see his header well saved by Jaaskelainen.

At the other end, Bolton upped the pressure in pursuit of an equaliser and Robinson did well to fend away a 15-yard shot from Chung-Yong Lee.

But Blackburn added to their lead on 73 minutes when an overhead kick by Givet following a corner saw three Rovers players left onside in front of goal and substitute Jason Roberts shot home from point-blank range.

And Givet sealed Rovers' biggest win of the season when he headed in El-Hadji Diouf's cross from close range with five minutes to go.

Blackburn Rovers

Bolton Wanderers

Corners

83

Fouls

1612

Goal attempts

Shots off target

53

Offsides

42

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