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Summary

  1. Dervite sent off for two bookable offences
  2. Both teams still without a win this season
  3. Blackburn XI: Raya, Henley, Duffy, Hanley (c), Spurr, Marshall, Lowe, Evans, Conway, Delfouneso, Rhodes.
  4. Bolton XI: Amos, Wilson, Dervite, Gouano, Moxey, Davies (c), Danns, Feeney, Silva, Clough, Madine.

Live Reporting

By Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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That's a wrap

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Thanks for your company this evening. I'm sorry we couldn't bring you any goals, but there was still plenty to get our teeth stuck into during the closing stages there.

If you want to read some more about tonight's match, you can check out Tom Garry's excellent match report.

But, for now, it's goodnight from us.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

We played well. To keep a clean sheet away from home - I think we may have lost that game last season. I thought the referee had a really poor game, from our point of view anyway.

Neil LennonBolton Wanderers manager on Sky Sports

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

I think there was a lot of commitment from both teams and it was a passionate derby.

Gary BowyerBlackburn Rovers manager on Sky Sports

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Given the chances I think both sides will be slightly disappointed. As strikers you've got to hit the target, so I'll be working on that. It would've been nice to get all three points but it wasn't to be.

Jordan RhodesBlackburn Rovers striker on Sky Sports

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Conflicting views from the fans, it seems...

What a boring game of football! This has just drained the life and energy out of our Friday night! #bbcfootball

#bbcfootball I was hoping for a thriller, but perhaps in goals, rather than cards, but all the same, great drama as always from Championship

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Ewood Park
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FULL-TIME

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

There goes the final whistle. Bolton survive, Blackburn are left frustrated. A stalemate at Ewood Park.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

A rare pause for breath in the closing stages, as Liam Feeney receives some treatment after going tumbling under a heavy challenge from Craig Conway.

Time is ticking on Blackburn's late charge.

RED CARD (Dorian Dervite)

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

That's incredibly soft, but the referee has little option. 

Bolton defender Dorian Dervite, already on a yellow card, brings substitute Bengali-Fode Koita down in the corner - and receives his marching orders for the offence.

Dorian Dervite
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But the wall of black Bolton shirts just about repel the danger. I asked whether they'd take a draw earlier, and at this point I'd have thought the answer will be a resounding 'Yes'.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

The Blackburn Rovers fans sing 'Attack, attack, attack'.

And attack they shall. Lawrie Wilson concedes a free-kick, which Craig Conway will deliver into the box.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Tommy Spurr is ready to launch a long throw into the Bolton penalty area. 

Five minutes of additional time signaled.

Grandstand finish?

CLOSE!

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Oh, wow - and then at the other end how have Bolton not scored?

David Raya can only turn Gary Madine's low cross into the path of Emile Heskey, but the second-half substitute's shot is brilliantly blocked on the line by Shane Duffy.

He should've scored.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

A goal? At last? No! The flag is up!

Jordan Rhodes swivels on a sixpence inside the penalty area and his mishit shot falls to Bengali-Fode Kote, who slides it home - but it won't count.

YELLOW CARD (Dorian Dervite)

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

The corner is cleared, however, and then Dorian Dervite fouls Jordan Rhodes as Blackburn threaten to break.

The eighth yellow card to be shown this evening.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Dangerous from Gary Madine, who finds a pocket of space down the right hand side but can't beat Shane Duffy at the near post with his low cross. Bolton corner.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

We're into the final 10 minutes at Ewood Park. Given the starts both of these sides have made to the season, do you accept the point and the clean sheet at this stage? Or is that not enough?

SUBSTITUTION

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

And here comes Emile Heskey - the big ex-England forward is on!

Wellington Silva, one of seven players to have entered the referee's notebook, is withdrawn.

YELLOW CARD (Neil Danns)

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Neil Danns goes into the book for a foul on the far touchline now, just inside Blackburn's half. The yellow cards are stacking up, aren't they?

Mo Barrow replaces Nathan Delfouneso.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

I've never been a fan of players picking the ball up after they've decided they've been fouled but, in fairness to Zach Clough, it did look like he'd been clipped there.

The Bolton man is penalised, nonetheless, but Blackburn's set-piece is cleared.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

A shot on target! Although there's no doubting that it's more of a cross from Craig Conway - but Ben Amos is forced to turn it behind so I'm definitely calling it a shot on target.

Into the final 20 minutes.

SUBSTITUTION

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Jordan Rhodes is brought down just outside the penalty area wide on the right-hand side by Dorian Dervite. Decent position, this.

As we wait for the free-kick to be taken, Corry Evans is withdrawn for Danny Guthrie. 

YELLOW CARD (Grant Hanley)

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

And now, as Bolton try to hit the hosts on the break, Grant Hanley has gone into the book for a foul! Bolton are on the attack...

Grant Hanley (right)
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YELLOW CARD (Mark Davies)

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Mark Davies is the latest player to go into the book for a poor challenge. Just beginning to spice up a little at Ewood Park. Blackburn have a free-kick in an attacking position on the left.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Bolton have looked so much better in this second half, as Lawrie Wilson's cross from the right threatens but is just about cleared.

Lawrie Wilson
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YELLOW CARD (Corry Evans)

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Now Blackburn's Corry Evans goes into the book for a late challenge. Might've been a touch harsh, that.

Nathan Delfouneso has moved over to the left in the absence of Ben Marshall.

SUBSTITUTION

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Ben Marshall makes way for Bengali-Fode Koita. How will that change things for Blackburn?

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Bolton have enjoyed 58% of the possession in the opening 10 minutes or so of this second half, and it's certainly the most coherent and fluid they've looked at any point during this North West derby too.

Neil Lennon will be a wee bit happier with his players.

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A decent little spell this from the away side. Wellington Silva works the ball onto his left and whips a curling shot towards the top-right corner of the goal, but it drifts just wide.

We're getting closer, folks.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Here come Bolton Wanderers through Dean Moxey, whose low shot looks to be troubling the shots-on-target column at long last, only to be deflected wide.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Shane Duffy looks like he's on a one-man mission forward from set-pieces. The Blackburn defender rises highest from the subsequent corner, but can't guide his header on target.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Unlucky, Ben Marshall.

The number 10 shows great feet to come in off the left flank and on to his favoured right foot, but Prince-Desir Gouano blocks his effort away.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Here we go then. Blackburn Rovers, in their blue and white kit, get us under way in this second half. They're kicking towards their home end now, with Bolton, all in black, firing towards their travelling supporters.

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The quality in the Bolton squad is such a far cry from five years ago it's painful #bbcfootball

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Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

So, without a shot on target in that opening 45 minutes, will someone find the quality to break the deadlock?

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Bolton, meanwhile, haven't managed an away goal for three-and-a-half games now, a run that stretches back to last season.

Will big Emile Heskey save the day off the bench?

Rhodes to the rescue?

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

It's not been a period full of great chances, but the returning Jordan Rhodes has probably had the best of them from Blackburn's point of view, heading just wide on a couple of occasions.

He's managed four goals in six previous appearances against Bolton - but can he continue his wonderful goalscoring record in the second half?

Jordan Rhodes
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HALF-TIME

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

And there goes the half-time whistle. All we can do is hope for much better from both attacking forces after the break.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

To his credit, Gary Madine is such a handful. He heads Wellington Silva's cross just over the crossbar when, in all honesty, it looked like he had no chance of getting on the end of it.

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

Three minutes of time to be added on.

Blackburn full-back Tommy Spurr launches a cross into the area but that's terrific from Ben Amos, coming to claim under pressure.