Championship
BoltonBolton Wanderers4BlackburnBlackburn Rovers0
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.

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 forLeeat 77'minutes

Substitutes

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

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 4, Blackburn Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Goal!

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by André Moritz (Bolton Wanderers).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. André Moritz replaces Neil Danns.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).