Blackburn Rovers v Bolton Wanderers
Wednesday 28 November, 2012
Setting The Scene
Wanderers take on Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday evening with Dougie Freedman yet to taste defeat as Bolton gaffer after Saturday’s last-gasp point away at Brighton.
His team now go into a derby clash at Ewood Park with both sides searching for the consistency which would see them fulfil their pre-season tags of promotion contenders.
David Ngog’s late strike at the Amex, coupled with Adam Bogdan’s performance in the Whites’ net ensured a point on the South coast, taking the current unbeaten run to five matches.
Rovers’ new manager, Henning Berg, has also presided over five fixtures; with a win, two draws and two defeats to his name so far.
Saturday saw in-form Millwall take all three points from Ewood after a 2-0 win and Berg’s side will be looking for a response against Wanderers in what should be an exciting clash.
Following relegation from the Premier League last season, Blackburn have had endured a tricky few months. The much maligned Steve Kean resigned from his position as manager at the end of September after months of protests from the Ewood faithful despite Rovers sitting top of the Championship table at the time of his departure.
Eric Black took temporary charge until Berg was hired, embarking on his third spell at the club, having enjoyed two separate stints as a player and being part of the title winning Blackburn side of 1995.
One to Watch - Jordan Rhodes
Before vacating the hot seat, Steve Kean acquired the services of the Scotland international, whose burgeoning reputation has continued to grow during the start of his Rovers’ career.
Last season the striker scored an incredible 38 goals in League One for previous club Huddersfield, attracting the attention of a number of Football League clubs.
Kean convinced him to swap The John Smith’s Stadium for Ewood Park in a deal thought to be worth £8m and has picked up where he left off with nine goals already for his new club.
Dougie Freedman has no fresh injury concerns, having emerged unscathed from the weekend’s fixture. The only player not available is Mark Davies, who picked up a one match ban after collecting his fifth yellow card of the campaign on Saturday.
Stuart Holden, David Wheater, Andy Lonergan and Josh Vela (all knee) remain sidelined.
Blackburn have three absentees, with Fabio Nunes, David Dunn and Leon Best set to miss out for the hosts.
All Time Record
Man In The Middle – Stuart Attwell
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The Warwickshire-based official has taken charge of 19 games so far this season, issuing a total of 51 yellow cards and two red.
Tickets are available for purchase on the on the day of the game from the away turnstiles.
Supporters are advised to arrive at the ground early in order to allow ample time in which to purchase their tickets.