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Match Report: Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Bolton Wanderers (Bolton Fan's Perspective)

By Rob
Wednesday 21st December 2011
Bolton Wanderers took a huge step towards Premier League survival while putting a dent in the hopes of rivals Blackburn Rovers with a 2-1 victory at Ewood Park.

A top class first half performance coupled with a poor display by the hosts ensured Wanderers climbed above Blackburn in the league table, leaving them just 2 points away from survival going into Christmas. But a return to the kind of performance Bolton fans have become accustomed to in the second half saw Blackburn almost scramble at least a point from the match.

Bolton took an early lead in the game following an unsurprisingly anxious and frantic start to proceedings. On 5 minutes David Ngog pounced on Chris Samba's failed clearance following a frenetic goalmouth scramble and teed up Mark Davies to fire home past stranded home goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

The Bolton lead was doubled on the half hour mark with a move of rare quality in a game that defined the six-pointer it represented. The recalled Martin Petrov, who impressed on his return to the Wanderers starting line-up, broke down the left wing and squared the ball to Reo-Coker, who turned brilliantly in the box and stabbed the ball past Robinson into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Wanderers threatened to increase their lead several times before the end of the first half but Blackburn just about held strong and departed for half-time at 2-0 down to a cacophony of boos and jeers from the home support aimed at underfire boss Steve Kean.

The hosts rallied after half-time and laid siege on the Bolton penalty area. Stephen N'Zonzi almost halved the deficit just after half time when his floated 25-yard effort narrowly edged over the bar. But the hosts finally forced their way back into the game when the lively Junior Hoilett fed the ball into Yakubu who got away from Gary Cahill to ease the ball into the Bolton net.

The goal filled Blackburn with hope and they threw the kitchen sink at an equaliser, but their efforts weren't enough to break a relatively brittle Bolton defence. The visitors should have made the 3 points concrete when Petrov again broke down the left and squared the ball across the box but Reo-Coker wasn't able to stretch far enough to double his match tally, and then when substitute Darren Pratley got free in the penalty area but could only fire wide.

Rovers departed the match to a rounding set of boos from the home fans and manager Steve Kean's role at the Ewood Park helm now looks virtually untenable. But the visitors showed a great deal of steel in holding onto the winning position their excellent first half display presented them. The result should fuel confidence in the Bolton side, although a 5-0 demolition of Stoke City failed to fuel confidence in the side so it remains to be seen whether this can be a season changing performance for The Trotters.

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