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Bolton Wanderers 4-0 Blackburn Rovers

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman

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.

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.

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Post-match Bolton manager Dougie Freedman on win

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."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1Bogdan
  • 15Baptiste
  • 5Ream
  • 6Spearing
  • 12Knight
  • 31Wheater
  • 44Kamara
  • 18DannsSubstituted forMoritzat 85'minutes
  • 26Mason
  • 29JutkiewiczSubstituted forTrotterat 87'minutes
  • 16DaviesBooked at 51minsSubstituted forLee Chung-yongat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Hutton
  • 7Eagles
  • 11Hall
  • 14Moritz
  • 17Trotter
  • 24Lonergan
  • 27Lee Chung-yong

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 27Henley
  • 3Spurr
  • 19TaylorSubstituted forEvansat 45'minutes
  • 6Lowe
  • 4KilgallonSubstituted forKaneat 73'minutes
  • 32Conway
  • 17WilliamsonSubstituted forVarneyat 45'minutes
  • 39GestedeBooked at 5mins
  • 11Rhodes
  • 14Olsson

Substitutes

  • 2Kane
  • 13Eastwood
  • 15Varney
  • 23Dabo
  • 26Lenihan
  • 29Evans
  • 30Rittenberg
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
17,541

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home24
Away12
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 4, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Goal!

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

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

Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

Hand ball by André Moritz (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

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

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. André Moritz replaces Neil Danns.

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

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

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

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

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

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Substitution

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

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

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

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

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Substitution

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester33235562323074
2Burnley331812352262666
3Derby33187860421861
4QPR32169738261257
5Nottm Forest331413654391555
6Wigan321571041301152
7Reading331491051381351
8Brighton32131093427749
9Ipswich33121294437748
10Blackburn321210103839-146
11Watford331112104839945
12Leeds32128124440444
13Huddersfield33127144544143
14Middlesbrough33913114137440
15Sheff Wed32912113938139
16Bournemouth32109134251-939
17Birmingham3399153942-336
18Bolton33812134149-836
19Blackpool33811142948-1935
20Doncaster3379172853-2530
21Millwall33610173161-3028
22Charlton3069152441-1727
23Yeovil3268182848-2026
24Barnsley32511163056-2626
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