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David Goodwillie sends in a cross, Christopher Samba has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Effort from inside the area by Darren Pratley misses to the right of the target.
David Dunn crosses the ball.
The ball is sent over by David Hoilett, Gary Cahill gets a block in.
Foul by David Goodwillie on Paul Robinson, free kick awarded. Zat Knight takes the free kick.
David Hoilett has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Jason Lowe by Martin Petrov results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Tuncay Sanli. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by David Goodwillie, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Jason Lowe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Martin Petrov produces a cross, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
Darren Pratley produces a cross, Morten Gamst Pedersen gets a block in. Martin Petrov takes a short corner.
David Dunn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker. David Dunn is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Gary Cahill.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Ruben Rochina. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by David Hoilett.
Ruben Rochina has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
Ivan Klasnic goes off and Darren Pratley comes on.
David Hoilett takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
A cross is delivered by Martin Petrov, save made by Paul Robinson.
A cross is delivered by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
Jason Lowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Petrov. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The ball is swung over by Martin Petrov.
Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a cross, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball, Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Nigel Reo-Coker gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Zat Knight.
Martin Petrov crosses the ball, clearance made by Grant Hanley.
Effort from 20 yards by David Dunn. Blocked by Zat Knight. Tuncay Sanli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Strike on goal comes in from David Dunn from the free kick, comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Tuncay Sanli is brought on as a substitute for David Ngog.
Martin Petrov produces a cross.
Ruben Rochina takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight. Effort from outside the penalty box by David Dunn goes wide right of the goal.
David Goodwillie takes a shot. Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by David Ngog.
Ayegbeni Yakubu finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Blackburn 1-2 Bolton.The assist for the goal came from David Hoilett.
David Goodwillie replaces Mauro Formica. Ruben Rochina is brought on as a substitute for Simon Vukcevic.
Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Zat Knight. Gary Cahill takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Martin Petrov, Steven Nzonzi makes a clearance.
Mark Davies sends in a cross, Martin Petrov takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Nzonzi. Outswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
Centre by David Hoilett, Zat Knight gets a block in.
Foul by David Ngog on David Dunn, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from left channel, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by David Hoilett, clearance by Zat Knight.
Paul Robinson is brought on as a substitute for Marcos Alonso.
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen played to the near post, Gretar Rafn Steinsson makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Martin Petrov, Grant Hanley gets a block in. Martin Petrov takes the outswinging corner, David Dunn makes a clearance.
Corner from left by-line taken by Martin Petrov.
Effort on goal by Steven Nzonzi from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
David Hoilett has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
David Dunn concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Reo-Coker. Marcos Alonso takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Zat Knight. Simon Vukcevic takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
Simon Vukcevic fouled by Nigel Reo-Coker, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
David Ngog challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
The official flags David Hoilett offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The referee gives a free kick against David Ngog for handball. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
David Ngog takes a shot. Grant Hanley gets a block in.
Effort on goal by Simon Vukcevic from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Martin Petrov delivers the ball, Nigel Reo-Coker fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-2 Bolton.Martin Petrov provided the assist for the goal.
A cross is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
A cross is delivered by Simon Vukcevic, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Ivan Klasnic results in a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov, Steven Nzonzi makes a clearance.
Martin Petrov crosses the ball, Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes a shot. Blocked by Grant Hanley. Corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line, Gary Cahill produces a mishit left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is sent over by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, Morten Gamst Pedersen gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov, clearance by Christopher Samba.
Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
David Dunn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ivan Klasnic. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Marcos Alonso, Steven Nzonzi manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
Unfair challenge on Martin Petrov by Jason Lowe results in a free kick. Jason Lowe booked. Direct free kick taken by Marcos Alonso.
Nigel Reo-Coker has a drilled shot. Blocked by Grant Hanley. Inswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov.
Mauro Formica gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Mauro Formica goes into the book. Free kick crossed left-footed by Martin Petrov, clearance made by Jason Lowe.
Christopher Samba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Simon Vukcevic fouled by Ivan Klasnic, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Jason Lowe, Header by Ayegbeni Yakubu from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Nigel Reo-Coker, Christopher Samba makes a clearance. Mark Davies grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Blackburn 0-1 Bolton.David Ngog provided the assist for the goal.
The offside flag is raised against David Ngog. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Martin Petrov played to the near post, David Dunn makes a clearance.
Rovers short of defenders for crunch clash
Blackburn will be without a quartet of experienced defenders for the relegation clash with Bolton at Ewood Park.
Scott Dann has been ruled out for six weeks with a groin injury, joining Ryan Nelsen, Michel Salgado and Gael Givet on the sidelines.
The one piece of good news for Rovers, who remain second-bottom following their home defeat by West Brom on Saturday, is that Junior Hoilett has recovered from a hamstring strain and is available.
Boss Steve Kean insists he will not turn his back on the fight even though his fate may already have been sealed.
Although the basement battle with Bolton has been billed as do-or-die for Kean and opposite number Owen Coyle, the Scots do appear to be in contrasting positions.
Coyle is under pressure but it is not believed his job is under imminent threat.
Kean on the other hand appears to have reached the point of no return.
The Scot faced the media on Monday with his young son in attendance.
It can hardly have been a pleasant experience for the lad given his father was grilled repeatedly about Blackburn's plight, second bottom with 10 points, and the banner headlines in the local paper demanding that he is sacked immediately.
There was even talk of a Roy Hodgson-like situation, recalling the former Liverpool boss gave a pre-match briefing to the Reds' in-house channel prior to an FA Cup trip to Manchester United in January, only to be ousted before the game actually took place.
Yet, for all Kean's faults, evidently he has not lacking in mental fortitude.
"I would never back away," he said.
"When we win I come up and answer questions. If we lose or draw it is not something I would ever run away from.
"You have to face up to the responsibility. People deserve that respect.
"It doesn't keep me awake at night but it is a difficult situation.
"I won't turn my back on it though. I think we can get through it and when we do I will know how tough it has been and be determined not to go there again.
"In a strange way, we can use it as a deterrent not to go on a run like this and turn things around."
Bolton defender David Wheater serves the final game of a four-match suspension.
Defender Sam Ricketts will step up his bid for a first-team comeback with a game for the reserves this week.
Midfielder Stuart Holden has returned to the club from the United States after undergoing rehabilitation on a serious knee injury, but manager Coyle will select from the same squad which lost at Fulham on Saturday.
Coyle is taking no notice of the unwritten rule which states the team bottom of the table at Christmas will almost certainly be relegated.
In the previous 19 years of the Premier League only one side - West Brom in 2004/5 - have managed to survive having been in last place come December 25.
And if Bolton fail to win at Ewood Park they will have the Christmas curse hanging over them for the rest of the season.
But for the ever-positive Coyle, the lessons of recent history have little significance.
"Facts and stats are whatever you want to make of them," he said. "My focus is only the game, looking to get those [three] points.
"There is no getting away from the fact that we are absolutely disappointed with where we are.
"Even given the circumstances with injuries and suspensions I don't think anyone would have envisaged the points return we would have from the games we have played.
"We are not looking for excuses and the bottom line is we have to change it and we are the only ones who can do that.
"The position we are in doesn't lie and we have to get ourselves out of that and the only way we can do that is by winning games and moving up the league.
"The talking has to stop and we have to go and deliver on the pitch and we have players capable of winning the game."
Rovers bottom at Christmas
Blackburn hit rock bottom of the Premier League and the pressure was turned up on manager Steve Kean following a calamitous 2-1 loss to Bolton at Ewood Park.
Already under intense scrutiny, with the local paper calling for his head on Monday, the Scot was roundly abused by the home fans from the moment Mark Davies struck his fourth-minute opener.
Nigel Reo-Coker added another before the break and, although Yakubu pulled one back in the middle of a much-improved second-half display, Bolton leapfrogged their relegation rivals, who will spend Christmas Day rooted to the bottom of the table.
Only one side has avoided being relegated in May from that position and it is hard to see Kean inspiring Blackburn the way Bryan Robson famously did at West Brom.
As the first-half drew to a close, it was hard not to feel sorry for Kean.
All alone in the technical area, in the rain, he cut the figure of a very lonely man.
The Rovers fans had abandoned their two-game pledge to get behind their players on Saturday, just as Peter Odemwingie's shot hit the back of the net to condemn them to another defeat against West Brom.
And any hope of the fragile peace being restored was wrecked after just four minutes.
It had already become clear Bolton were more atuned to the task in front of them when Christopher Samba made a hash of a clearance and David Ngog had enough space inside his box to regain his feet and slide a pass back to Davies.
The midfielder had not scored for over a year. On this occasion, his aim was true and he found the bottom corner, beyond the despairing grasp of Paul Robinson.
Cue the anti-Kean venom, which came rippling down the stands from all sides.
The response was a good deal more passionate than anything Kean's players could muster.
Shorn of a full defence due to injury, Rovers were a pitiful sight.
Gary Cahill, named skipper after Owen Coyle took the brave decision to axe Kevin Davies, screwed a glorious chance to double Bolton's lead wide.
But it was only a matter of time before the visitors struck again.
Ivan Klasnic's deft touch found Reo-Coker, who continued his forward charge after releasing Martin Petrov down the left.
When Reo-Coker collected the cross, he had his back to goal. But he got the better of Morten Gamst Pedersen far too easily and, yet again, Robinson was beaten to his bottom corner.
The response was predictable.
Watching from the comfort of his home, Manchester United striker Michael Owen found it particularly distasteful, as he outlined on Twitter, although the Rovers fans did, at times, widen their abuse towards their owners, Venky's, who they blame for all the mess.
The Bolton contingent gleefully made it worse, chanting 'You should have kept Big Sam' in honour of their former boss, sacked by Blackburn 12 months ago to make way for Kean. Their Blackburn counterparts quickly joined in.
It was unpleasant to say the least, and the noise continued as soon as Kean returned for the second-half.
His team came so close to giving him something to shout about though, with Junior Hoilett pulling the ball back to Steven Nzonzi, whose effort flew just over with Jussi Jaaskelainen nowhere.
It was the start of a far better period for Rovers, who pulled one back midway through the half when Hoilett cut in off the left flank and found Yakubu with a slide-rule pass that invited the neat finish.
Rovers piled forward looking for the equaliser, with Samba going close and a couple of Hoilett crosses fizzing across the box.
But the second would not come. And in truth it probably would not have mattered anyway as the Rovers fans unleashed more anger at the final whistle.
Kean waited for a while, then turned, took a quick look skywards, and walked away. With trips to Liverpool and Manchester United ahead, maybe for the last time.
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