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Preview: Blackburn Rovers vs. Bolton Wanderers

21 April 2019

Bolton Wanderers take on Blackburn Rovers on Monday afternoon in the Sky Bet Championship. With that being said, bwfc.co.uk highlight five talking points to take into the clash.

  1. Squad Update

Coming off the back of Friday’s game against Aston Villa, Wanderers could be without duo David Wheater and Gary O’Neil.

Wanderers skipper went off in the first half with a leg injury and had to be replaced by Mark Beevers.

Furthermore, Gary O’Neil also had to be take off during the first period of Friday’s game, after a suffering a head injury in a collision with Neil Taylor.

  1. Game to Remember – Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Bolton Wanderers 22.10.06 (Ivan Campo)

Wanderers headed to Ewood Park in November 2006, to take on Mark Hughes’ Rovers side.

Nicolas Anelka played a delightful ball across to El Hadji Diouf, who headed the ball against the post.

Rovers responded through Zurab Khizanishvili, who header was cleared off the line by Wanderers midfielder Gary Speed.

Just past the hour mark, Wanderers took the lead through a powerful header by Ivan Campo that Brad Friedel was unable to stop.

Late into the game and Rovers won two penalties, which Jussi Jaaskelainen saved from both Benni McCarthy and Jason Roberts in empathic fashion.

To see the highlights, click the YouTube link below!

  1. New Face at Ewood Park

During the January transfer window, Rovers added a permanent signing to the club.

Having joined originally on loan in summer, Ben Brereton made his move to Ewood Park permanent in January.

He has been a regular member of Tony Mowbray’s side throughout this Sky Bet Championship season, making 23 appearances in the league so far.

He has made an impression on the international scene with England Under-19s, winning the age group’s European Championships in 2017.

As well as that, Brereton won the EFL Championship Apprentice of the Year in 2016/17, following his impressive season with Nottingham Forest.

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  1. Opponent’s recent form

When looking to Blackburn’s current form, they have won their last three matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

Their previous home game was a 2-0 victory against Derby County, with goals from Joe Rothwell and Bradley Dack achieving three points for Tony Mowbray’s men.

They currently sit 14th in the division, with 56 points on the board so far.

When looking to their home record in the last five games, Rovers have come away with six points in their five matches.

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Report: Blackburn Rovers vs. Bolton Wanderers

22 April 2019

Wanderers were defeated 2-0 by Blackburn Rovers on Monday afternoon, with goals coming from Ben Brereton and Adam Armstrong for the home side in this derby day clash.

Team News

Manager Phil Parkinson made three changes from the side that started against Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship.

Mark Beevers and Luca Connell come in for the injured duo of David Wheater and Gary O’Neil, along with Craig Noone replacing Will Buckley.

First Half

Sammy Ameobi had the first chance of the match for either side, with a rippling drive from distance just finishing off target.

Five minutes in and Wanderers had a glorious opportunity to take the lead through Callum Connolly.

A perfectly weighted cross into the Rovers’ penalty area found the Evertonian free at the back post, but unable to direct his header into the back of the goal.

Wanderers continued to ramp up the pressure, with Harry Brockbank laying off Luca Connell, who hit his shot first from the edge of the area, with Rovers ‘keeper Jayson Leutwiler dealing with the attempt comfortably.

With 20 minutes gone, Blackburn had their first chance of the game as Jack Rodwell hit a 25 yard shot that narrowly missed Ben Alnwick’s goal.

Ben Brereton nearly had Rovers ahead, but a superb block from Jack Hobbs set about a Wanderers counter attack.

Craig Noone went on to set up Clayton Donaldson, with the Jamaican having two chances saved by Luetwiler.

However on the half hour mark, Brereton put Rovers ahead with a well-placed finish into the bottom right corner.

Former Wanderers loanee Adam Armstrong nearly put Blackburn two ahead shortly before half time, with his close range effort blocked by first half substitute Marc Wilson.

Substitute Luke Murphy almost had the Whites back in this clash in added time, with a thunderous shot from a speculative distance that was inches from sending the travelling fans into the break with a goal.

Second Half

First chance of the half came to Rovers’ Armstrong, as he shrugged off a challenge from Craig Noone before having his shot blocked by Andrew Taylor.

Ameobi responded for Wanderers with a fierce strike from distance that save Leutwiler spill the original effort before clutching at the ball on the second attempt.

But, with just five minutes of the second period gone, Rovers doubled their lead as Armstrong latched onto a rebound from Ben Alnwick’s save, and slotted the ball home.

Following the restart, Connolly almost instantly responded for Phil Parkinson’s men as his shot from close range was saved well by Leutwiler.

Armstrong was starting to have more of an impact on this clash, with another 25 yard attempt at goal stinging the gloves of Alnwick.

It should have been a third goal for Blackburn just past the hour mark, with a menacing cross into the danger zone by Joe Rothwell found a waiting Brereton from inside six yard, only for the forward to surprisingly sky his effort over the crossbar.

Craig Noone nearly had a goal back from Wanderers 11 minutes from time, with a shot from close to the halfway line that almost caught out Jayson Leutwiler.

At the other end, a superb run from Dan Butterworth ended with a shot across the goalmouth that was nearly turned in Brereton at the far post.

Butterworth cut inside the box moments after, culminating in a shot that was saved by Alnwick comfortably.

Elliot Bennett had an effort saved well by Alnwick minutes later, with a long range effort finishing the grasp of the Wanderers shot stopper.

A minute from the end of regulation time, a Joe Muscatt cross was flicked on by Clayton Donaldson to Craig Noone, who saw his effort sail just wide of the target.

Noone followed this effort up with a free-kick that failed to hit the target, which ultimately was the last significant moment of this clash.

Full Time

Wanderers XI: Alnwick, Taylor (C), Beevers (Wilson 11), Donaldson, Ameobi, Noone, Hobbs, Connolly, J. Williams (Murphy 39), Brockbank (Muscatt 75), Connell.

Unused substitutes: B. Williams, Oztumer, Buckley, Magennis.

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Travel Club information for Blackburn and Nottingham Forest trips

18 April 2019

Bolton Wanderers would like to reiterate the need for supporters to book directly with the club's travel partners Tyrers for the Whites' remaining 2018/19 away games against Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest.

To do so, please call 01257 480 979 and press option two.

Coaches will be departing from the University of Bolton Stadium as usual, with a free drop-off at Bolton Interchange in the town centre on the return leg of the journey.

Travel is still available for Monday's trip to Blackburn Rovers, priced at £5 for bus or £11 for coach, departing at 12.45pm.

Bookings are meanwhile now being taken for the Trotters' final game of the season at Nottingham Forest, costing £20 per person with an 8.30am departure.

Bolton Wanderers would like to thank supporters for their assistance in this matter and constant support of the Travel Club.

Normal service will resume for the 2019/20 season.

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