Blackburn Rovers 4 v 1 Bolton Wanderers (Skybet Championship)
In the first of two Lancashire derbies, Blackburn Rovers eased past Bolton Wanderers at Ewood Park. Blackburn will be hoping they can continue this form after the international break, when they visit Turf Moor to take on Burnley.
Blackburn Rovers were the stronger of the two sides for the whole ninety minutes but it was Bolton who had the first shot of the afternoon, when David Ngog shot wide of Jake Kean’s goal after five minutes.
On eleven minutes, Jermaine Beckford shot straight at Kean in the Blackburn goal, following an excellent through ball from David Ngog.
Blackburn then had two excellent chances to take the lead through Jordan Rhodes and Josh King, it was Rhodes who had the first effort, which was tipped over the Bolton crossbar by Adam Bogdan.
The second effort fell to Josh King, who ran down the left wing before cutting inside and shooting from the edge of the box. The shot went through Grant Hanley’s legs but went straight into the arms Adam Bogdan.
The pressure started to build on the Bolton Wanderers goal and on twenty-six minutes Blackburn took the lead, Josh King went down the left flank, squaring the ball to David Dunn, who took on two Bolton defenders before slotting the ball passed Adam Bogdan.
A minute later and it was 2-0 to Blackburn, as Jordan Rhodes received the ball at the edge of the Bolton penalty area before side footing the ball passed Adam Bogdan in the Bolton goal.
On thirty-six minutes, Ben Marshall was denied a debut goal when he curled a shot towards the bottom left hand corner of the goal, Adam Bogdan saved well when he pushed the ball onto the post.
Bolton got one back on the stroke of half-time after Jay Spearing picked out an unmarked Alex Baptiste in the box and the ex-Blackpool man halved the deficit.
After the break, the Trotters were denied an equaliser by Todd Kane’s goal-line clearance after David Ngog unleashed a fifty-second minute shot following a rapid Bolton counter-attack.
On the hour, David Dunn was replaced by Corry Evans and nine minutes later he spectacularly volleyed Blackburn’s third goal from the edge of the Bolton penatly area.
Josh King then had two efforts on eighty and eighty-one minutes, his first shot went just wide of the left-hand post and his second effort went over the top of the Bolton goal.
Alex Baptiste then had a clearance charged down by Tommy Spurr, who cut into the penalty area and pulled the ball back to Jordan Rhodes who scored from five yards.
Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer said, “I thought we were very clinical today, we might have had a couple more in the first half. Jordan Rhodes is very important to us, he proved again what a quality finisher he is, it’s not just his goals but also his work rate”.
I would like to finish my article with a message for Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer, beware the DINGLES, up the Clarets.
Blackburn Rovers – Kean, Kane, Spurr, Hanley, Lowe, King, Dunn, Dann, Marshall, Cairney, Rhodes (Subs) Eastwood, Kilgallon, Best, Taylor, Morris, Judge, Evans
Bolton Wanderers – Bogdan, Mears, Baptiste, Knight, Wheater, Spearing, Pratley, Yong-Lee, Medo, Ngog, Beckford (Subs) Lonergan, Mills, Eagles, Hall, Moritz, Tierney, Davies
Goals – (Blackburn) Dunn (26), Rhodes (28,83), Evans (70) (Bolton) Baptiste (45)
Attendance – 15,882