English Premiership

Blackburn down Bolton

2011-04-30 19:02
Martin Olsson (AFP)

Blackburn - Blackburn halted their slide towards Premier League relegation when Martin Olsson's first-half goal earned them a potentially priceless 1-0 win over Lancashire rivals Bolton on Saturday.

It was Rovers' first win in 11 league games stretching back to January and eased the pressure on beleaguered boss Steve Kean.

After an edgy start, the home side dominated and ultimately deserved their victory on a tense afternoon at Ewood Park.

But Rovers made hard work of it by missing a series of chances to kill the game off in the second-half and Bolton, though below their best, were always capable of nicking an equaliser.

But ultimately it was the Swede Olsson, never a prolific goalscorer since joining the club five years ago, who was the hero.

Both teams struggled to cope with the blustery conditions and Rovers looked nervous early on.

They almost fell behind after ten minutes when Rodrigo Moreno's snapshot flashed past Paul Robinson's left-hand post.

Bolton fans taunted Rovers supporters with cries of 'You should have kept Big Sam' - a reference to the former Wanderers manager controversially sacked by Blackburn's Indian owners last December.

It generated some sympathetic applause from the Ewood faithful, who had watched their team slide into relegation trouble on the back of a 10-match winless run.

But the mood almost changed when Olsson's fierce shot was saved by Adam Bogdan before the Bolton 'keeper scooped the loose ball away as Mwaruwari Benjani tried to bundle it over the line.

Blackburn's luck was in again when Moreno beat Robinson for a second time only to see his shot smack an upright.

But it was Olsson who made the breakthrough after 20 minutes. Goals from the Swede have been as rare as hen's teeth since he joined Rovers in 2006 and his only other Premier League strike this season was against Liverpool in January.

Olsson took Michel Salgado's pass and glided past David Wheater before toe-ending his shot into the bottom corner of the net from 16 yards.

Bogdan ought to have kept it out, but the Hungarian - making his first Premier League appearance since last September - redeemed himself four minutes later when he prevented Olsson adding a second.

The Rovers man was again allowed far too much space, but Bogdan smothered his close-range shot.

The home side continued to press and Benjani wasted a chance after being teed up by Olsson before he was replaced by Nikola Kalinic.

Bolton skipper Kevin Davies endured a frustrating afternoon, starved of service and easily kept in check by the Blackburn defence, and was finally booked for raising his arm in a heading challenge with Phil Jones which left the Rovers man clutching his face.

Jones almost had his revenge when his long free-kick forward was misjudged by Bogdan and met by Steven Nzonzi but his header drifted wide.

Rovers wasted a simple chance to kill the game off nine minutes from time when defender Chris Samba miskicked substitute Morten Gamst Pedersen's cross in front of goal. The ball ran kindly to Mame Diouf, but the substitute blazed over from ten yards.

Read more on:    epl


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

28 November 2015
Manchester City v Southampton, Etihad Stadium 17:00
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United, Selhurst Park 17:00
Sunderland v Stoke City, Stadium of Light 17:00
Aston Villa v Watford, Villa Park 17:00
Bournemouth v Everton, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Leicester City v Manchester United, King Power Stadium 19:30
29 November 2015
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea, White Hart Lane 14:00
West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion, Boleyn Ground 16:05
Liverpool v Swansea City, Anfield 18:15
Norwich City v Arsenal, Carrow Road 18:15
05 December 2015
Stoke City v Manchester City, Britannia Stadium 14:45
Arsenal v Sunderland, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Swansea City v Leicester City, Liberty Stadium 17:00
Manchester United v West Ham United, Old Trafford 17:00
Southampton v Aston Villa, St. Mary's Stadium 17:00
West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur, The Hawthorns 17:00
Watford v Norwich City, Vicarage Road 17:00
Chelsea v Bournemouth, Stamford Bridge 19:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


30 of the world's greatest golfers will be heading to the Gary Player Country Club for this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge - now in its 35th year. For all the latest news, player profiles, hole-by-hole descriptions and past winners, be sure to check out Sport24's dedicated section.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.