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Brendon Mitchell

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  1. 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.

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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    Quote Message: 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. from Neil Lennon Bolton Wanderers manager on Sky Sports
    Neil LennonBolton Wanderers manager on Sky Sports
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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    Quote Message: I think there was a lot of commitment from both teams and it was a passionate derby. from Gary Bowyer Blackburn Rovers manager on Sky Sports
    Gary BowyerBlackburn Rovers manager on Sky Sports
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    Quote Message: 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. from Jordan Rhodes Blackburn Rovers striker on Sky Sports
    Jordan RhodesBlackburn Rovers striker on Sky Sports
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    Conflicting views from the fans, it seems...

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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    Ewood Park

    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

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

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    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.

  9. 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'.

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    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.

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    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?

  13. 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.


    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.

  15. 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.

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    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.

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    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?


    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.

  19. 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.

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    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.

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    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.


    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    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. 

  23. 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)
  24. 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.

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    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
  26. 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.


    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

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

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    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.

    Neil Lennon
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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    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?

  37. 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

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    As the clock ticks towards half-time, Neil Danns has Bolton's first effort on goal, but drags it wide from 25 yards.

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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    As a neutral, even I'm beginning to implore the two sets of forward players to produce something worth shouting about.

    Gary Madine brings the ball down on the right-hand side of Blackburn's penalty area but then pulls the ball back behind the arriving black Bolton shirts.

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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    Frustration is growing inside Ewood Park. Nathan Delfouneso does really well to work himself a yard of space in the the penalty area but, instead of trying to pick out one of his four Blackburn team-mates, he fires a left-footed shot well wide. Hopeless.

  44. YELLOW CARD (Wellington Silva)

    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    Bolton's Brazilian winger Wellington Silva goes into the book now for having a little nibble at Adam Henley off the ball. That didn't look great, on Silva's part. Blackburn come forward down the right.

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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    Now Craig Conway pops up on the left and curls another cross in for Jordan Rhodes, whose header goes a yard or so high and a yard or so wide.

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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    Typically, in a game not exactly high on quality, a misplaced pass allows Craig Conway in down the right-hand side for Blackburn - but his cross is struck too powerfully for Jordan Rhodes to reach.

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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    Bolton have only mustered one goal and 11 shots on target across their opening four games, and they've not offered a huge amount here as of yet either.

    They're enjoying a decent little spell of possession inside the Blackburn half now, though. The Rovers defence holding strong.

  48. CLOSE!

    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    A real chance, at last!

    Blackburn's Nathan Delfouneso gets forward down their right, tees full-back Adam Henley up for the cross, but Jordan Rhodes can't quite direct his near-post header on target. Much better from the home side.

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    A fabulous cross from Liam Feeney almost presents Gary Madine with an opportunity, but Shane Duffy stoops to head behind for a corner.

    But then, as has been the pattern thus far, defence comes out on top of attack and 19-year-old Blackburn goalkeeper David Raya will clear.

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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    Those couple of penalty shouts aside, this one hasn't really got going just yet, has it?

    It has been a good while since these two played out a goalless draw, mind you...


    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    Now, two penalty appeals in the space of 10 seconds for Bolton. The second, which came after Mark Davies went down under the challenge of Craig Conway, looked a half-decent shout - but referee Paul Tierney isn't interested.

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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    At last this game is just starting to open up a little, perhaps? The hosts get the ball clear and launch a speedy counter-attack, and even force a corner - but Gary Madine wins a cheap free-kick by his own corner-flag and it all amounts to nothing much.

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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    At last Bolton work their way into the final third through the lively Liam Feeney, and his attempted cross is blocked behind for a corner.

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    Tommy Spurr launches a long throw into the Bolton penalty area and, although it's temporarily cleared, Blackburn hurl the ball back in once more and Shane Duffy, up from centre-half again, directs a header comfortably wide.

    No clear-cut chances to tell you about just yet.

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  56. YELLOW CARD (Dean Moxey)

    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    The first yellow card of the evening goes to Bolton full-back Dean Moxey, who slides in on Jordan Rhodes but fails to get a touch on the ball.

    The challenge was right in front of the two dugouts - I wonder whether Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer's heart was momentarily in his mouth, with Rhodes only just back from an ankle injury?

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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    Ben Marshall, operating from the left tonight, gets to the byline and tries to pick out a cross - but it drifts harmlessly out of play. Blackburn have started marginally the better.

    Ben Marshall (right)
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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    And from the subsequent set-piece Shane Duffy, up from the back, sends a header a foot or so over the crossbar.

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    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    Only 15 miles or so separate these two North West rivals and, as you'd well expect, a decent number of Bolton fans have made the trip to Ewood Park. Blackburn have a free-kick on the right-hand side, around 10 yards from the penalty area.

  60. KICK-OFF

    Blackburn 0-0 Bolton

    Right then, let's get things moving. Plenty of empty seats inside Ewood Park tonight, although by the looks of things a good few people are still making their way to their seats. Bolton, kicking from right to left, get us under way.

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    Blackburn v Bolton (19:45 BST)

    There will be a one-minute's silence to remember those killed in the Shoreham Air disaster last weekend.

  62. Teams are out

    Blackburn v Bolton (19:45 BST)

    The two teams are out at Ewood Park. Blackburn in their usual blue and white, Bolton in their black away kit. Kick off is just a few moments away.

  63. Line-ups

    Blackburn v Bolton (19:45 BST)

    Bolton Wanderers
  64. Line-ups

    Blackburn v Bolton (19:45 BST)

    Blackburn Rovers
  65. Team news

    Blackburn v Bolton (19:45 BST)

    The headline team news from Ewood Park is that star striker Jordan Rhodes is back in Blackburn's starting XI following an ankle injury.

    He's one of four changes, with Adam Henley, Jason Lowe and Corry Evans also back in the Rovers side.

    Neil Lennon has made just one change to his Bolton team, as Liam Feeney replaces Tom Walker in midfield.

    Emile Heskey is on the Trotters' bench.

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    Blackburn v Bolton (19:45 BST)

    With 42 games still to go, there's more than enough time to begin a charge up the table.

    But what are these two sides capable of achieving this season? And who'll edge it tonight?

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    Blackburn v Bolton (19:45 BST)

    Bolton fans

    Yet how quickly that fresh optimism can fade.

    That's what four league games without a win and a League Cup defeat by lower-league opposition will do for you.

    Tonight, however, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers have an opportunity to start afresh. To win and to climb out of those relegation places. To kick-start their season.

    This evening's Championship action gets under way at 19:45 BST at Ewood Park. 

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    Blackburn Rovers fans

    You just can't beat the opening weekend of the football season.

    Following a long, boring summer, with friendlies nobody really cares about and no international tournament to fill the void, whatever the weather every fan turns up with that warm, fuzzy feeling of renewed vigour and hope that this will be their team's season.