Bolton Wanderers scored twice in each half to end Blackburn's five-match unbeaten run and move nine points clear of the Championship relegation zone.

Sierra Leone midfielder Mohamed Kamara headed Bolton ahead from Neil Danns's cross midway through the first period.

On-loan Cardiff City striker Joe Mason doubled the hosts' lead from close range seconds before the break.

Jay Spearing's 20-yard strike and Andre Moritz's powerful drive completed the scoring as Bolton cruised to victory.

Return to form for Bolton

Bolton's 2-0 home win against Watford on 22 February was their first win in nine games in all competitions, and first in the Championship since Boxing Day

Blackburn, without injured captain and central defender Grant Hanley, were looking for a second successive win to boost their hopes of finishing in the play-off positions - which they now trail by six points.

But it was the Trotters who took the early initiative as Kamara stooped low to head into the bottom corner after a neat combination between Lukas Jutkiewicz and Danns.

Dougie Freedman's side, who had only won three of their 16 home games in the Championship this season, were looking to move further away from the bottom three and took firm control just before the break.

Danns's volley was blocked and Mason - who had missed a good chance a few minutes earlier - scooped home.

Bolton were further in control soon after the restart as Spearing's shot from outside the penalty area bounced off the bar before crossing the line, and substitute Moritz completed the scoring from 20 yards.

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman:

"I think we deserved more but I was really pleased with our intent today. I can't sit here and praise one particular player because everyone played well.

"I think the fans deserve the credit today, though, because they've not had a lot to shout about this season and they pay good money.

"Blackburn are a good, decent team so don't be fooled by the result today. There was one little slip from us in the first half but apart from that it was some really good stuff that we played out there.

"It could have been more but I'll settle for 4-0. And, like I said, that was for the fans today."

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer:

"I thought the first goal was crucial. We had two very good opportunities and their keeper made two very good saves.

"But we're disappointed with the manner of the goals we've conceded, to be honest. It was out of the blue from the standards that we've set ourselves this season.

"Our results have been decent but it's a local derby and I did not think we displayed enough passion.

"We're also disappointed with the timings of the goals we've conceded. It was not acceptable from us."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Bolton Wanderers

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 05 Ream
  • 06 Spearing
  • 12 Knight
  • 31 Wheater
  • 44 Kamara
  • 18 Danns (Moritz - 85' )
  • 26 Mason
  • 29 Jutkiewicz (Trotter - 87' )
  • 16 Davies Booked (Lee Chung-yong - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Hutton
  • 07 Eagles
  • 11 Hall
  • 14 Moritz
  • 17 Trotter
  • 24 Lonergan
  • 27 Lee Chung-yong

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 27 Henley
  • 03 Spurr
  • 19 Taylor (Evans - 45' )
  • 06 Lowe
  • 04 Kilgallon (Kane - 73' )
  • 32 Conway
  • 17 Williamson (Varney - 45' )
  • 39 Gestede Booked
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 14 Olsson

Substitutes

  • 02 Kane
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 15 Varney
  • 23 Dabo
  • 26 Lenihan
  • 29 Evans
  • 30 Rittenberg
Ref: Paul Tierney
Att: 17,541

Match Stats

Shots

24 12

On target

9 4

Corners

5 0

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 4, Blackburn Rovers 0.

90:00 +3:37 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 4, Blackburn Rovers 0.

90:00 +3:20

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +2:30

Foul by Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers).

90:00 +2:30

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 4, Blackburn Rovers 0. André Moritz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

90:00 +0:12

André Moritz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:12

Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

87:19

Hand ball by André Moritz (Bolton Wanderers).

86:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

86:20

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

84:54

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

84:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. André Moritz replaces Neil Danns.

81:48

Medo (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:48

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

81:20

Attempt missed. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

81:02

Attempt blocked. Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80:08

Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:08

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

77:41

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

77:41

Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong replaces Mark Davies.

76:30

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

76:30

Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:00

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:00

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

74:37

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers).

74:37

Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:31

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

72:31

Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Todd Kane replaces Matthew Kilgallon because of an injury.

70:54

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

69:22

Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Joe Mason.

61:40

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Markus Olsson with a cross.

59:46

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Baptiste.

57:30

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Neil Danns.

55:00

Zat Knight (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:00

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

54:14

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

54:14

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:24

Hand ball by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers).

52:50

Attempt missed. Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

52:07

Attempt missed. Zat Knight (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross following a corner.

51:35

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Markus Olsson.

50:58

Attempt missed. Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.

50:25 Booking

Booking Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:05

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

50:05

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 3, Blackburn Rovers 0. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

46:33

Attempt blocked. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:49

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:49

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

45:00

Second Half begins Bolton Wanderers 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Corry Evans replaces Chris Taylor.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Lee Williamson.

45:00 +1:49 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

45:00 +0:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Blackburn Rovers 0. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

45:00 +0:17

Attempt blocked. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz with a headed pass.

41:47

Attempt missed. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

41:42

Attempt saved. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

38:49

Hand ball by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

37:56

Attempt saved. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Baptiste.

34:11

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

33:39

Medo (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:39

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

32:08

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Zat Knight tries a through ball, but Neil Danns is caught offside.

31:16

Attempt missed. Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Craig Conway.

30:14

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Craig Conway.

27:42

Foul by Zat Knight (Bolton Wanderers).

27:42

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neil Danns with a cross.

21:44

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

21:44

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:58

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:58

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

19:23

Attempt missed. Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway.

18:19

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

16:52

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

16:23

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

14:26

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Baptiste with a cross.

13:37

Attempt saved. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

13:32

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Zat Knight.

13:00

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

12:41

Attempt saved. Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top right corner.

11:41

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

11:24

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

11:24

Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:20

Delay in match Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

10:24

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Medo.

9:55

Medo (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:55

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

8:48

Attempt blocked. Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

6:56

Foul by Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers).

6:56

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:44

Attempt missed. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Zat Knight with a headed pass following a corner.

5:27

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

5:07

Attempt saved. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tim Ream with a headed pass.

4:11 Booking

Booking Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

3:57

Zat Knight (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:57

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

3:14

Attempt missed. Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross following a corner.

2:51

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Jordan Rhodes.

2:49

Attempt blocked. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:52

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:52

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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