Matchday live: Bolton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers

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  • WELCOME to the Reebok Stadium for this afternoon's Championship clash between Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers. Follow all the action with our matchday live blog.

4:53pm

FULL-TIME Bolton 4 Rovers 0.

4:51pm

The Bolton sub rounds off a truly shocking afternoon for Rovers as he beats Paul Robinson from 25 yards.

4:51pm

GOAL 4-0 Bolton. Andre Moritz. 90 mins.

4:43pm

SUB for Bolton. Andre Moritz on, Neil Danns off. 85 mins.

4:40pm

Joe Mason slices an effort just wide for Bolton. 82 mins. 3-0.

4:36pm

SUB for Bolton. Chung-Young Lee on, Mark Davies off. 77 mins. 3-0.

4:32pm

SUB for Rovers. Todd Kane on for Matt Kilgallon. Visitors now have ZERO recognised centre-backs on the field. 73 mins. 3-0.

4:30pm

Rudy Gestede heads wide from Tommy Spurr long throw-in. 72 mins. 3-0.

4:22pm

Attendance is 17,541 (2,743 away).

4:21pm

Big chance for Rovers to get back into it but Jordan Rhodes misses it. The stand-in skipper spread the ball out wide to Markus Olsson and got back in the box to meet the left-back's cross. But the striker headed in an inch past the post. 63 mins. 3-0.

4:17pm

So nearly 4-0, excellent Neil Danns robs the ball off sub Corry Evans, advances and then plays in Lukas Jotkiewicz, who drags a right-footed effort just past the post. 58 mins. 3-0.

4:11pm

Zat Knight nods Jay Spearing corner wide. Paul Robinson had it covered. 52 mins. 3-0.

4:11pm

BOOKED Mark Davies for Bolton. 51 mins. 3-0.

4:09pm

Jay Spearing with a superb 25-yard shot which came back off the underside of the bar and was adjudged to have crossed the line.

It took a while to give it, though, as Bolton initally attempted to turn in the rebound.

The linesman awarded it - and from here it looked a good decision.

4:06pm

GOAL 3-0 Bolton. Jay Spearing. 47 mins.

4:05pm

Second half is under way. Rovers have made two changes. Lee Williamson and Chris Taylor are off, Luke Varney and Corry Evans are on.

3:48pm

HALF-TIME Bolton 2 Rovers 0.

3:48pm

Joe Mason may have made a hash of that chance moments ago but he makes no mistake after Rovers fail to clear their lines, dragging a shot from just inside the area past Paul Robinson and in at the far post.

3:47pm

GOAL 2-0 Bolton. Joe Mason. 45 mins.

3:44pm

Paul Robinson saves Rovers big style. Lee Williamson caught on the ball in midfield and his robbed by Jay Spearing, who plays Joe Mason clear through on goal. But the on-loan Cardiff City striker's first effort is saved by Robinson, and his second - a more difficult chance - went wide. Massive let-off for the visitors. 42 mins. 1-0.

3:39pm

Lively Neil Danns cuts inside and fires in a fierce left-footed drive that Paul Robinson parries away. Power on it nearly knocked the Rovers keeper off his feet. 38 mins. 1-0.

3:33pm

Tremendous effort from fully 30 yards from Markus Olsson. The ball was worked across the park to the left-back, who ambitious effort drifted just over Adam Bogdan's cross bar. 1-0. 32 mins.

3:27pm

It is the first goal Rovers have conceded in 314 minutes of football.

3:26pm

After Rovers' best spell of the game, the hosts - who started like a house on fire - take the lead through a Medo header, the midfielder stooping low to divert a cross from Neil Danns - after he turned Adam Henley inside out - back across Paul Robinson and into the back of the net.

3:24pm

GOAL 1-0 Bolton. 23 mins.

3:20pm

Much better from Rovers, who are really coming into this game. Craig Conway scampers away down the left before cutting back inside and sending over an inviting cross which Rudy Gestede should have got a head to. 19 mins. 0-0.

3:18pm

Another good save from Adam Bogdan, this time denying Jordan Rhodes. Jason Lowe played a good ball over the top which Zat Knight could only nod into the path of Rovers stand-in skipper Rhodes, who controlled it and forced a stop out of the Bolton keeper. Frantic stuff. 17 mins. 0-0.

3:15pm

Stunning save from Adam Bogdan denies Markus Olsson. The left-back was involved in the move which led to the chance - and which fell to him after Craig Conway's cross was only half-cleared. Olsson arched a first-time effort toward goal which Bogdan did brilliantly to palm aside. 13 mins. 0-0.

3:11pm

Quite brilliant goal-line block by Matt Kilgallon denies a certain Bolton goal to Mark Davies who in the space on the left, drifts past Adam Henley and fires in a shot that beat Paul Robinson - but not the covering centre-back. 10 mins. 0-0.

3:08pm

BOOKED Before that save Rovers striker Rudy Gestede was cautioned for a soft foul on Zat Knight.

3:07pm

Good save Paul Robinson, back-pedalling to turn a deflected Neil Danns drive past the post. Strong start from Bolton. 6 mins. 0-0.

3:04pm

Medo's free kick deflected wide for a corner, from which Tim Ream's header went way over. 4 mins. 0-0.

3:03pm

We aee under way and Bolton have a free kick 20 yards from goal. 3 mins. 0-0.

2:54pm

The teams are:

Bolton: Bogdan, Baptiste, Knight, Wheater, Ream, Spearing, Medo, Davies, Danns, Mason, Jutkiewicz. Subs: Lonergan, Hutton, Hall, Eagles, Chung-Yong, Moritz, Trotter.

Rovers: Robinson, Henley, Kilgallon, Spurr, Olsson, Taylor, Lowe, Williamson, Conway, Rhodes, Gestede. Subs: Eastwood, Kane, Varney, Dabo, Lenihan, Evans, Rittenberg.

2:54pm

Bolton have also been forced to make two changes to the team which started their 2-0 home triumph over Watford last Saturday.

Zat Knight and Neil Danns replace the injured Matt Mills and Darren Pratley.

 

2:54pm

Rovers will be without both captain Grant Hanley and star midfielder Tom Cairney.

And in a further blow for Rovers boss Gary Bowyer, who was already without Josh King and Ben Marshall, David Dunn is not fit enough to take his place on the bench after picking up a minor injury after last Saturday’s vital 1-0 victory at Reading.

But it is hoped that Dunn, along with Hanley, who has a calf problem, and Cairney, who hurt his ankle against Reading, will return for next Sunday’s East Lancashire derby at home to Burnley.

Skipper Hanley’s absence means Bowyer has just one fit and available centre-back in Matt Kilgallon.

Kilgalon will be joined in the heart of the Rovers defence by Tommy Spurr.

Ever-present Spurr’s position at left-back will be taken by Markus Olsson, for whom it will be his first league start of the season.

Chris Taylor comes in for Cairney.

Top-scorer Jordan Rhodes will captain Rovers.

Midfielder Darragh Lenihan, 20, and striker Dean Rittenberg, 17, have been named on Bowyer’s bench.
 

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3:52pm Sat 1 Mar 14

stick to football says...

Thats what happens when you cut your squad to a minimum without proper replacements being found. Plenty of time since Dann left - sorry GB your recruitment programme does not look so good - never saw Spurr as a Centre Back
At least we can relax and play football for enjoyment now - the play offs are a mere pipedream
Thats what happens when you cut your squad to a minimum without proper replacements being found. Plenty of time since Dann left - sorry GB your recruitment programme does not look so good - never saw Spurr as a Centre Back At least we can relax and play football for enjoyment now - the play offs are a mere pipedream stick to football
  • Score: 8

4:03pm Sat 1 Mar 14

speedie_rovers_legend says...

Yeah and yeovil are beating reading puts our result in perspective, your tatics are pp gary, but I guess with fans like ours who come on here patting you on the back , they are easily pleased, I know what would have happened if your name was steve lol, we are a ppoor team going nowhere.
Yeah and yeovil are beating reading puts our result in perspective, your tatics are pp gary, but I guess with fans like ours who come on here patting you on the back , they are easily pleased, I know what would have happened if your name was steve lol, we are a ppoor team going nowhere. speedie_rovers_legend
  • Score: 1

4:10pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Roverthere says...

speedie_rovers_legen
d
wrote:
Yeah and yeovil are beating reading puts our result in perspective, your tatics are pp gary, but I guess with fans like ours who come on here patting you on the back , they are easily pleased, I know what would have happened if your name was steve lol, we are a ppoor team going nowhere.
Idiot!
[quote][p][bold]speedie_rovers_legen d[/bold] wrote: Yeah and yeovil are beating reading puts our result in perspective, your tatics are pp gary, but I guess with fans like ours who come on here patting you on the back , they are easily pleased, I know what would have happened if your name was steve lol, we are a ppoor team going nowhere.[/p][/quote]Idiot! Roverthere
  • Score: 0

4:12pm Sat 1 Mar 14

speedie_rovers_legend says...

Resign now bowyer!!!!!!!!!!!!
Resign now bowyer!!!!!!!!!!!! speedie_rovers_legend
  • Score: -2

4:13pm Sat 1 Mar 14

speedie_rovers_legend says...

Roverthere wrote:
speedie_rovers_legen

d
wrote:
Yeah and yeovil are beating reading puts our result in perspective, your tatics are pp gary, but I guess with fans like ours who come on here patting you on the back , they are easily pleased, I know what would have happened if your name was steve lol, we are a ppoor team going nowhere.
Idiot!
Idiot
[quote][p][bold]Roverthere[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedie_rovers_legen d[/bold] wrote: Yeah and yeovil are beating reading puts our result in perspective, your tatics are pp gary, but I guess with fans like ours who come on here patting you on the back , they are easily pleased, I know what would have happened if your name was steve lol, we are a ppoor team going nowhere.[/p][/quote]Idiot![/p][/quote]Idiot speedie_rovers_legend
  • Score: -3

4:15pm Sat 1 Mar 14

speedie_rovers_legend says...

speedie_rovers_legen
d
wrote:
Roverthere wrote:
speedie_rovers_legen


d
wrote:
Yeah and yeovil are beating reading puts our result in perspective, your tatics are pp gary, but I guess with fans like ours who come on here patting you on the back , they are easily pleased, I know what would have happened if your name was steve lol, we are a ppoor team going nowhere.
Idiot!
Idiot
You are just the type of short sighted idiot I am referring .
[quote][p][bold]speedie_rovers_legen d[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roverthere[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedie_rovers_legen d[/bold] wrote: Yeah and yeovil are beating reading puts our result in perspective, your tatics are pp gary, but I guess with fans like ours who come on here patting you on the back , they are easily pleased, I know what would have happened if your name was steve lol, we are a ppoor team going nowhere.[/p][/quote]Idiot![/p][/quote]Idiot[/p][/quote]You are just the type of short sighted idiot I am referring . speedie_rovers_legend
  • Score: -1

4:18pm Sat 1 Mar 14

eddyo says...

So, Rovers starting line-up is: Robinson, Kilgallon, Spurr (out of position), Conway, Rhodes, Gestede.
*
You cannot carry 5 others GB (Henley, Olsson, Taylor, Lowe & Williamson).
So, Rovers starting line-up is: Robinson, Kilgallon, Spurr (out of position), Conway, Rhodes, Gestede. * You cannot carry 5 others GB (Henley, Olsson, Taylor, Lowe & Williamson). eddyo
  • Score: 6

4:19pm Sat 1 Mar 14

stefjam says...

It was only a matter of time before only having 2 recognised centre halfs would be seen as a barmy decision with half a season to go ! pathetic running of the football club is just never ending !
It was only a matter of time before only having 2 recognised centre halfs would be seen as a barmy decision with half a season to go ! pathetic running of the football club is just never ending ! stefjam
  • Score: 6

4:21pm Sat 1 Mar 14

speedie_rovers_legend says...

Batterd by a team in the bottom half just about sums up good old gary, 19 shots for bolton and not one corner for rovers , time for venkys to act.
Batterd by a team in the bottom half just about sums up good old gary, 19 shots for bolton and not one corner for rovers , time for venkys to act. speedie_rovers_legend
  • Score: 1

4:24pm Sat 1 Mar 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

hehehehehehehehe
hehehehehehehehe DoggydogNo1
  • Score: -2

4:25pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Oh dear how sad never mind.
Oh dear how sad never mind. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -2

4:40pm Sat 1 Mar 14

speedie_rovers_legend says...

Wonder what excuses gary is writing tonight.
Wonder what excuses gary is writing tonight. speedie_rovers_legend
  • Score: 3

4:47pm Sat 1 Mar 14

peely says...

All the happy clappers will be able to say " we've come a long way since last season" - Oh no we haven,t , we come from being a bottom of championship club to a bottom half of championship club ! Wowee big deal !
All the happy clappers will be able to say " we've come a long way since last season" - Oh no we haven,t , we come from being a bottom of championship club to a bottom half of championship club ! Wowee big deal ! peely
  • Score: 7

4:55pm Sat 1 Mar 14

A Darener says...

People were saying Burnley would struggle later in the season because of lack of depth of squad.....looks more like it is our problem!
People were saying Burnley would struggle later in the season because of lack of depth of squad.....looks more like it is our problem! A Darener
  • Score: 7

4:57pm Sat 1 Mar 14

speedie_rovers_legend says...

Game set and resign gary you are clueless, batterd at bolton , not one corner , and reading who gary was raving last week could not beat yeovil with eight yes 8 men, truly shocking result today , excuses none resign!!!!!!!!
Game set and resign gary you are clueless, batterd at bolton , not one corner , and reading who gary was raving last week could not beat yeovil with eight yes 8 men, truly shocking result today , excuses none resign!!!!!!!! speedie_rovers_legend
  • Score: 2

4:58pm Sat 1 Mar 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Well Venkys and Bowyer you sold Dann and did not replace him you thought you could muddle through( (WRONG). You gambled you lost big time. Season over and i said months ago its about 1 game if we lose that i think you will lose the backing of the majority of supporters. Shocking.
Well Venkys and Bowyer you sold Dann and did not replace him you thought you could muddle through( (WRONG). You gambled you lost big time. Season over and i said months ago its about 1 game if we lose that i think you will lose the backing of the majority of supporters. Shocking. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 4

5:00pm Sat 1 Mar 14

speedie_rovers_legend says...

Roverthere wrote:
speedie_rovers_legen

d
wrote:
Yeah and yeovil are beating reading puts our result in perspective, your tatics are pp gary, but I guess with fans like ours who come on here patting you on the back , they are easily pleased, I know what would have happened if your name was steve lol, we are a ppoor team going nowhere.
Idiot!
Happy clapper idiot
[quote][p][bold]Roverthere[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedie_rovers_legen d[/bold] wrote: Yeah and yeovil are beating reading puts our result in perspective, your tatics are pp gary, but I guess with fans like ours who come on here patting you on the back , they are easily pleased, I know what would have happened if your name was steve lol, we are a ppoor team going nowhere.[/p][/quote]Idiot![/p][/quote]Happy clapper idiot speedie_rovers_legend
  • Score: 1

5:03pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Manuel Hung says...

Now shut the **** up you bunch of no dads!!

Ha ha ha!!!
Now shut the **** up you bunch of no dads!! Ha ha ha!!! Manuel Hung
  • Score: 0

5:05pm Sat 1 Mar 14

stick to football says...

We have nothing to loose this season but it is time Venkys spoke to the fans - up front as to how they plan to run the club in the future.
Venkys investment has gone the club are not Premiership class so just because we are not in the drop zone is not sufficient

Well done Burnley - the table doesnt lie and I am sure their budget is no bigger than Rovers have. Next Sunday could be challenging to all at Ewood - pride passion and performance is crucial.
We have nothing to loose this season but it is time Venkys spoke to the fans - up front as to how they plan to run the club in the future. Venkys investment has gone the club are not Premiership class so just because we are not in the drop zone is not sufficient Well done Burnley - the table doesnt lie and I am sure their budget is no bigger than Rovers have. Next Sunday could be challenging to all at Ewood - pride passion and performance is crucial. stick to football
  • Score: 7

5:12pm Sat 1 Mar 14

johnley says...

i see burnley won again
i see burnley won again johnley
  • Score: 1

5:13pm Sat 1 Mar 14

johnley says...

i see burnley won again,,
i see burnley won again,, johnley
  • Score: 1

5:15pm Sat 1 Mar 14

johnley says...

did i say burnley won again,,,yes i think i did you muppets
did i say burnley won again,,,yes i think i did you muppets johnley
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Sat 1 Mar 14

A Darener says...

I hope that Dunny will spell it out to all the players just what this derby match means to the Rovers fans. We have to concede that Burnley are looking very likely to get promotion barring a disastrous run of results. So it is imperative that we at least maintain our superiority over them for another year. The gloating that would ensue if they were to gain the upper hand would be very difficult to take, they are bad enough at the moment with the likes of WLUVS and his aliases taunting us on these pages. It is all very well to say ignore them but it is difficult.
I hope that Dunny will spell it out to all the players just what this derby match means to the Rovers fans. We have to concede that Burnley are looking very likely to get promotion barring a disastrous run of results. So it is imperative that we at least maintain our superiority over them for another year. The gloating that would ensue if they were to gain the upper hand would be very difficult to take, they are bad enough at the moment with the likes of WLUVS and his aliases taunting us on these pages. It is all very well to say ignore them but it is difficult. A Darener
  • Score: -1

5:19pm Sat 1 Mar 14

FCBurnley says...

No doubt GB will say he was proud of the lads and how unlucky you were. My only worry is that it is all a dream and I wake up. See you Sunday. Oh forgot to say we won again. Is that 5 points clear of third ? and we are HOW MANY clear of 10th.
No doubt GB will say he was proud of the lads and how unlucky you were. My only worry is that it is all a dream and I wake up. See you Sunday. Oh forgot to say we won again. Is that 5 points clear of third ? and we are HOW MANY clear of 10th. FCBurnley
  • Score: 0

5:21pm Sat 1 Mar 14

PatrickBateman2 says...

Our season starts now and ends next Sunday that is all that matters now please get another centre half in before then and please have Williamson locked up for impersonating a footballer.
Our season starts now and ends next Sunday that is all that matters now please get another centre half in before then and please have Williamson locked up for impersonating a footballer. PatrickBateman2
  • Score: 1

5:21pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Yeah_nice_one! says...

Pathetic sh*t
Pathetic sh*t Yeah_nice_one!
  • Score: 2

5:23pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Yeah_nice_one! says...

Yeah and btw to all who think were gonna beat burnley ...c'maaaan get a grip!
Yeah and btw to all who think were gonna beat burnley ...c'maaaan get a grip! Yeah_nice_one!
  • Score: 5

5:24pm Sat 1 Mar 14

happiness says...

First time I've missed our game at the Reebok in years and thank god I did. Paying £27 at Boro was bad enough to watch some awful football but I was never going to pay a ridiculous £33 to watch half a Rovers reserve team lie down and die against another awful team. I feel sorry for the ones who went. You were robbed!! I do blame Bowyer for not getting any cover for Hanley but obviously nobody is to blame for the ridiculous amount of injuries to our best and key players. Everybody, me included, said that Burnley would fade in the new year because of the size of their squad. But they never have any injuries to any of their best players. Not saying they don't deserve to be where they are but they are having so much luck with injuries. If they don't end their 35 year wait next week, they want shooting. If Ciarney and Especially for me, Hanley aren't back for next week, then I can't see the Burnley fans baying for the final whistle and hanging on to a one goal lead like last season. Here's hoping!!
First time I've missed our game at the Reebok in years and thank god I did. Paying £27 at Boro was bad enough to watch some awful football but I was never going to pay a ridiculous £33 to watch half a Rovers reserve team lie down and die against another awful team. I feel sorry for the ones who went. You were robbed!! I do blame Bowyer for not getting any cover for Hanley but obviously nobody is to blame for the ridiculous amount of injuries to our best and key players. Everybody, me included, said that Burnley would fade in the new year because of the size of their squad. But they never have any injuries to any of their best players. Not saying they don't deserve to be where they are but they are having so much luck with injuries. If they don't end their 35 year wait next week, they want shooting. If Ciarney and Especially for me, Hanley aren't back for next week, then I can't see the Burnley fans baying for the final whistle and hanging on to a one goal lead like last season. Here's hoping!! happiness
  • Score: 4

5:47pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Manuel Hung says...

F@@@ing looooosssseeeerrrrss
sss!!!!!


Ha ha ha ha ha !!!!
F@@@ing looooosssseeeerrrrss sss!!!!! Ha ha ha ha ha !!!! Manuel Hung
  • Score: 2

7:00pm Sat 1 Mar 14

look.up.blackburn. says...

BOWYER OUT!
BOWYER OUT! look.up.blackburn.
  • Score: 2

10:32pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Liverpool Rover says...

Went to the Reebok this afternoon. Complete waste of £33. I shall not risk another exorbitant amount watching them away from home again this season. Poor show, and I dread next Sunday
Went to the Reebok this afternoon. Complete waste of £33. I shall not risk another exorbitant amount watching them away from home again this season. Poor show, and I dread next Sunday Liverpool Rover
  • Score: 1

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