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Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

Gary Madine
Gary Madine's winner was his fourth goal of the season

Gary Madine scored the only goal as Bolton Wanderers ended a run of 17 games without a win by beating Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.

The striker volleyed in following Dean Moxey's long throw 13 minutes from time to earn Neil Lennon's side only their second league victory of the season.

Madine had earlier seen a shot cleared off the line by Marcus Olsson after Zach Clough hit the post.

Tom Lawrence saw a deflected shot hit the post for Blackburn late on.

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Despite that late scare, Bolton held on to claim their first victory since beating Wolves 2-1 on 12 September and, in the process, earn a sixth successive home win over their Lancashire rivals.

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Neil Lennon on Bolton v Blackburn

It also provided a welcome boost to a club that is facing a winding-up petition from Revenue & Customs and which has been placed under a transfer embargo.

Bolton remain bottom of the table going into the new year, but closed the gap on fourth-from bottom Rotherham, who face Fulham on Tuesday, to four points.

The home side should have been in front by half-time but, after Clough turned Moxey's cross against the post, Madine saw his follow-up shot blocked by Olsson.

Blackburn, who have now lost back-to-back games, saw Shane Duffy head wide after the break and were denied a late equaliser when Lawrence's goalbound shot deflected onto the post and back into the arms of home keeper Ben Amos.

Bolton boss Neil Lennon:

"It's been a long time coming. I thought we were good value for the win.

"We had to withstand a little bit of pressure and we got a little bit of luck at the end. We deserved that luck, we haven't any this season whatsoever.

"It's nice to see people walking out of the ground with a smile on their face. It was an important win and important to get a reaction after such a poor performance on Saturday."

Blackburn manager Paul Lambert:

"I knew at the time the Middlesbrough game was off that it was going to have an adverse reaction to us because people have that mindset.

"You're better playing so everyone else is at the same level. I knew the Middlesbrough game being off was a dangerous thing for us - being fresh never really entered my brain.

"We just never did enough to win the game. Since I've been here that's the most disappointing performance."

Bolton boss Neil Lennon
Bolton's victory over Blackburn was only the 15th win of Neil Lennon's reign as manager
Dean Holdsworth
Former Bolton striker Dean Holdsworth (centre), whose consortium has been linked with a takeover of the club, watched his old side beat Blackburn

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1Amos
  • 45Holding
  • 2Gouano
  • 31Wheater
  • 3MoxeyBooked at 55mins
  • 6VelaBooked at 59mins
  • 21PratleyBooked at 90mins
  • 7Feeney
  • 10Clough
  • 16DaviesBooked at 52mins
  • 14Madine

Substitutes

  • 8Spearing
  • 13Rachubka
  • 18Danns
  • 20Casado
  • 22Wellington
  • 23Dobbie
  • 25Wilson

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 2HenleySubstituted forTaylorat 88'minutes
  • 22DuffyBooked at 74mins
  • 5Hanley
  • 14OlssonBooked at 90mins
  • 32Conway
  • 21AkpanBooked at 53mins
  • 23Guthrie
  • 10Marshall
  • 8KoitaSubstituted forDelfounesoat 45'minutes
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forLawrenceat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Spurr
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 7Delfouneso
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Lawrence
  • 17Williamson
  • 19Taylor
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
18,048

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Booking

Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Booking

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Taylor.

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

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Adam Henley.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Prince (Bolton Wanderers).

Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

Attempt blocked. Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dean Moxey.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by David Wheater.

Foul by Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers).

Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Adam Henley with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dean Moxey.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Tom Lawrence replaces Jordan Rhodes.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Rob Holding (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Booking

Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Zach Clough.

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

Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dean Moxey.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway.

Attempt missed. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

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

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough23154434122249
2Derby23138235132247
3Hull24135634171744
4Brighton23111113123844
5Burnley24118534231141
6Ipswich2310763330337
7Sheff Wed249963528736
8Brentford2410683633336
9Birmingham2410682826236
10Cardiff238962825333
11Wolves248793132-131
12Reading2486102928130
13QPR247982931-230
14Leeds237972325-230
15Nottm Forest237882322129
16Blackburn2361072220228
17Preston2461081921-228
18Huddersfield2467112836-825
19Fulham235993641-524
20MK Dons2464142032-1222
21Rotherham2363142838-1021
22Bristol City2449112243-2121
23Charlton2447132041-2119
24Bolton24211111937-1817
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