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Summary

  1. Gary Madine volleys in Bolton's winner
  2. Bolton's second league win of the season
  3. Ends a run of 17 games without a victory
  4. Rovers' sixth successive loss at Bolton

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By Nathan Middleton

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

FT: Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

So despite their financial worries, Bolton head into the New Year with three points and a first win in 18 games thanks to Gary Madine.

Work head for Paul Lambert, but with his first transfer window about to open at Blackburn you would imagine he might be given room to bring in some players.

If you missed anything today, you can read the run down on Steve Marshall's match report.

Thanks for your company this afternoon.

All over at Roots Hall

FULL-TIME | Southend United 0-4 #Millwall. What a way to end 2015! Report and reaction to follow from Roots Hall...

FULL-TIME | Southend United 0-4 #Millwall. What a way to end 2015! Report and reaction to follow from Roots Hall...

Bolton reaction

FT: Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

I'm thrilled for everyone associated with the club today. We've been through a hard time, as have the players considering they haven't been paid but the response they gave was fantastic. It's a big three points and one we've been waiting for, for a long time.

Bolton manager Neil LennonSky Sports

Today and tomorrow

FT: Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

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That is just about it for our coverage from the Championship today, but stay with BBC Sport for the rest of the matches from the second tier as well as the Premier League and Football League here.

We'll be back with another festive dose of Championship action tomorrow as we have four games on our live text:

  • Brighton v Ipswich
  • Cardiff v Nottm Forest
  • Fulham v Rotherham
  • Leeds v Derby

Bolton reaction

FT: Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

The goal has been a long time coming. We've been in a lot of games this season and not got what we've deserved. Hopefully that's a bit of the late Christmas present for the fans.

Bolton striker Gary MadineSky Sports

MAN OF THE MATCH

FT: Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

It's tremendous, obviously being a local derby as well. We just needed a win and hopefully this can help us into the New Year now. We just had to produce a performance as it was embarrassing the other day at Rotherham.

Bolton defender David WheaterSky Sports

FT: Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on BBC Radio 5 live

That is a huge win for Bolton and could be just the tonic that Neil Lennon needed at such a crucial time of the season. Can they now go on and get themselves to safety?

FULL-TIME

Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

Bolton have beaten Blackburn thanks to a wonderful goal from Gary Madine.

A hugely entertaining Lancashire derby and the Wanderers have a second win of the season. They still sit bottom of the table but that will be a massive relief to Neil Lennon and everyone who follows the club.

Tom Lawrence hit the post late on for Rovers who played their part in an open match.

Gary Madine
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Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

Liam Feeney wins a free-kick for Bolton battling with Marcus Olsson on the halfway line and is that enough for Bolton to secure three points?

Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

Nathan Delfouneso's cross is headed out to Liam Feeney but the Bolton winger loses possession.

Chris Taylor has a couple of goes at getting the ball in but it is blocked and then hacked away.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

So, so close for Blackburn...

Ben Marshall's drive, Chris Taylor sets up Tom Lawrence but his shot takes a deflection and hits the post but bounces back into the arms of Ben Amos. 

That was almost in slow motion as it went towards goal.

INJURY TIME

Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

Another five minutes to be added on here... where has that come from?

No bother, another five minutes to enjoy!

Zach Clough and Blackburn Rovers Danny Guthrie
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Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

One way traffic right now with only Jason Steele inside the Blackburn half.

Ben Marshall's stretching foul though gives Bolton a relieving free-kick away.

SUBSTITUTION

Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

Chris Taylor on for Adam Henley, the man whose hand Josh Vela's strike hit, for Blackburn.

Can the forward inspire something for the visitors?

Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

Another Blackburn half chance.

The free-kick comes in and Grant Hanley's header takes a deflection on its way towards goal but Ben Amos is alert enough to change direction and take the ball in.

CLOSE!

Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

Bolton charge forward on the counter attack now with space in behind.

The cross comes in from the right and Josh Vela smashes it in first time, it hits the hand of the Blackburn defender as it looked to be heading towards goal - that touch sends it just wider for a corner and the referee ignores the penalty appeals.

GOAL (O'Brien)

Southend 0-4 Millwall

It's turning into a rout in League One as Millwall score their fourth at Roots Hall.

This time, Steve Morison holds the ball up brilliantly before playing in his strike partner Aiden O'Brien who slots home calmly.

This would end a run of three straight League One defeats for Neil Harris' side.

Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

Neil Lennon
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Another view of the Gary Madine goal it was such a good volley on the spin to give Bolton the lead.

Right now though they are having to withstand a number of Bolton attacks, with the management feel the need to change things up?

Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

Bolton sitting deeper and deeper at the moment. 

Paul Lambert's side are parked in the Wanderers half and have two corners, the second of which Grant Hanley heads over.

Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

Tom Lawrence opts for power over placement on the edge of the six yard box and it flies over the crossbar from Craig Conway's right wing cross.

Blackburn throwing longs of red shirts forward for the final 10 minutes or so.

Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Gary Madine backed into Shane Duffy, he used his strength, controlled the ball on his chest and set himself for the perfect volley. It was a brilliant finish from Madine.

Gary Madine scores past Shane Duffy
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GOAL (Madine)

Bolton 1-0 Blackburn

What a stunning goal from Gary Madine!

Another long throw from Bolton as Dean Moxey launches it in and Madine controls it up on his chest and then in one movement spins around to prod it home.

His fourth goal of the season but could the Wanderers be heading into 2016 with a second win of the campaign?

Gary Madine
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SUBSTITUTION

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

You don't expect this with Blackburn chasing a winner.

Rovers top scorer Jordan Rhodes is taken off and Tom Lawrence replaces him.

YELLOW CARD

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

Zach Clough
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Zach Clough has again looked the brightest spark for Bolton today.

He smartly turns on the halfway line but Shane Duffy hacks him down and is the latest player to be shown a yellow card.

Both teams preparing substitutions...

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

Zach Clough and Gary Madine combining well for Bolton inside the opposition area but Madine's left-footed strike is really weak and is easily gobbled up by Jason Steele.

Bolton are the lowest scorers in the Championship this season with 18 goals in 24 games... so far.

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

Ben Marshall with an excellent drive down the left wing before putting up a cross to attack.

Bolton keeper Ben Amos comes to gather but spill under pressure, however his defenders help him clear upfield.

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

Blackburn have looked dangerous from a couple of set pieces this afternoon. 

A corner this time and Shane Duffy is put under pressure to head over the Bolton bar.

Blackburn stat
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Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

Bolton have really got an alternative weapon from their full-backs as Dean Moxey joins Rob Holding in chucking in a long throw.

As Blackburn heads it out, Zach Clough cannot get his strike through the laces and it loops up and over.

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Blackburn are the side providing the attacking threat going forward, but Bolton are still showing great energy.

Zach Clough and Blackburn Rovers Grant Hanley
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Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

More Blackburn pressure and after Ben Marshall's shot is blocked it falls to left-back Marcus Olsson.

His clean strike though is only a yard away from Ben Amos and the former Manchester United trainee gathers calmly.

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

The tempo of the first half has reared its head and we've got a really good game here, Gary Madine heading over a right wing cross now for the hosts.

Off the pitch, former Bolton striker Dean Holdsworth's at the Macron Stadium today. He's reportedly leading a consortium to buy the Wanderers who are £172.9m in debt.

Dean Holdsworth is in the stands
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And elsewhere...

We're back under way in League One at Roots Hall where Millwall lead Southend 3-0.

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

Bolton Wanderers Zach Clough and Blackburn Rovers Shane Duffy
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At the other end Zach Clough gets himself running at the last Blackburn defender.

He drops a couple of shoulders to try and work a yard of space but is forced to shift the ball onto his weaker left foot and it's a tame effort into the side netting.

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

It's been all Rovers for the past couple of minutes. 

Craig Conway and Doneil Henry combine well down the right again but after a couple of crosses it falls to Hope Akpan who smashes over.

CLOSE!

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

Shane Duffy with Blackburn's best effort of the game.

After Dean Moxey is booked for his sliding challenge on Craig Conway, the Blackburn winger gets up to curl the ball into the box and finds the glancing head of Duffy but it goes a couple of yards wide.

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on BBC Radio 5 live

I felt there was a foul much earlier than when Mark Davies went over. He was pulled back but then decided to fall over without much contact. The referee should have seen the initial tug on his shirt.

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

Nearly a comedy of errors between Bolton pair Ben Amos and Prince Gouano.

Gouano tries to just hold off the advancing Blackburn attackers and as Amos runs out to smash the ball clear it goes straight into Prince but out into touch.

YELLOW CARD

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

Moments later, Hope Akpan joins Mark Davies in the book for scything down Josh Vela. No doubt about that one.

YELLOW CARD

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

Mark Davies is the first to go in the book in the Lancashire derby. 

He takes a backheel into the box, his touch is heavy and then with two players going down he collapses a little too easy for the referee and is booked from simulation.

Bolton 0-0 Blackburn

We're yet to break into some of the free flowing football of the first half.

Bolton enjoying the majority of possession the opening stages of this 45 minutes though.