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Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Bolton Wanderers: Ben Brereton grabs first Rovers goal

Ben Brereton had gone 26 games without a goal since joining Blackburn
Ben Brereton had gone 26 games without a goal since joining Blackburn

Ben Brereton broke his Blackburn Rovers duck to set up his side's fourth straight victory as they saw off relegated Bolton Wanderers at Ewood Park.

Brereton had failed to find the net in 26 previous appearances, but the 20-year-old pounced to put Blackburn ahead on the half-hour mark.

Adam Armstrong added a second early in the second half to give the hosts breathing space.

Rovers could have won by more, with Brereton, Joe Rothwell and Dan Butterworth all going close.

Bolton, whose fate had been sealed by their defeat to Aston Villa on Friday, had the better of the early exchanges as Callum Connolly and Luca Connell both came close.

But Rovers gradually began to apply pressure and Brereton had one attempt blocked by Jack Hobbs before Bradley Dack played him in to tuck a left-footed finish into the far corner.

Dack was also involved in the home side's second goal five minutes after the restart, playing in Joe Rothwell, whose shot was saved by Ben Alnwick but fell for Armstrong to hook into the net.

Alnwick denied Brereton a second late on, while teenager Butterworth, who came on for his league debut with 15 minutes remaining, fired a chance wide.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray was 'delighted' with Brereton's performance, he said:

"Brereton's had limited time. I have said all season, I'm sure he enjoys his time here.

"I see him laughing and joking with the lads every day. I know that (Danny) Graham and Dack have really warmed to him, because he is a young boy.

"I try to put it into context. If you think of Armstrong being a young boy, this kid's two years younger than Armstrong. But he's a wonderful footballer and that's why he's here.

"That's why we invested the money, not necessarily for today, but for tomorrow, by that I mean the start of next season.

"I'm delighted for Brereton to score his goal. It was a great goal against a team making it difficult."

Bolton Wanderers assistant manager Steve Parkin said:

"The result is disappointing. I think we've had enough of last third opportunities to get on the score sheet and make the game tighter than it looked.

"We've had good opportunities to score goals in the first half and second half. I'm just disappointed that we didn't get one of course.

"The quality in this division, they've left Danny Graham out and put another striker on (Brereton) that cost the best part of £6 million.

"His first opportunity, he's scored. And I think that this is the level and quality of this division. You do have to take your chances because sooner or later, if you don't, then you can suffer."

Line-ups

Blackburn

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Leutwiler
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 3Williams
  • 17Bell
  • 27TravisSubstituted forBennettat 45'minutes
  • 5RodwellSubstituted forBuckleyat 65'minutes
  • 7Armstrong
  • 23DackSubstituted forButterworthat 76'minutes
  • 8Rothwell
  • 19Brereton

Substitutes

  • 1Raya
  • 10Graham
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 31Bennett
  • 32Conway
  • 34Butterworth
  • 39Buckley

Bolton

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Alnwick
  • 36BrockbankSubstituted forMuscattat 75'minutes
  • 14Hobbs
  • 5BeeversSubstituted forWilsonat 11'minutes
  • 3Taylor
  • 48Connell
  • 10Ameobi
  • 21WilliamsSubstituted forMurphyat 39'minutes
  • 17Connolly
  • 12Noone
  • 8Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 7Oztumer
  • 11Buckley
  • 15Murphy
  • 18Wilson
  • 27Williams
  • 28Magennis
  • 41Muscatt
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
14,495

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.

  8. Post update

    Foul by John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Brereton.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Butterworth (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Daniel Butterworth replaces Bradley Dack.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Joe Muscatt replaces Harry Brockbank because of an injury.

As It Stood

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1Norwich442513689553488
2Sheff Utd442510974393585
3Leeds442571270462482
4West Brom4422111184582677
5Aston Villa442015980582275
6Derby4318131263521167
7Middlesbrough441813134539667
8Bristol City431812135649766
9Sheff Wed441615135657-163
10Swansea43188176057362
11Nottm Forest441515145954560
12Preston441612166461360
13Hull44179186365-260
14Blackburn441611176165-459
15Brentford4415131669591058
16Stoke441120134350-753
17Birmingham441417136357650
18Wigan441212204963-1448
19QPR44139225169-1848
20Reading441016184864-1646
21Millwall431013204761-1443
22Rotherham44816205079-2940
23Bolton4488282976-4732
24Ipswich44416243373-4028
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