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Macron Stadium (ATT 24,471) 12th December 2010 - Kick off 13:30 Ref: M Clattenburg

Bolton Bolton Wanderers vs Blackburn Rovers Blackburn

Bolton 2

M Davies (S/O 56)
F Muamba (65)
S Holden (88)


Blackburn 1

M Diouf (87)

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Holden the hero for Bolton

Bolton climb into top six with derby win

Last Updated: 12/12/10 5:21pm

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Muamba is mobbed after opening the scoring

Muamba is mobbed after opening the scoring

Stuart Holden's late goal earned 10-man Bolton a battling 2-1 win over Blackburn in their local derby at the Reebok Stadium to send them back into the top six.

Man of the match: Stuart Holden. The American capped a superb all-round display with a brilliant winning goal. Goal of the match: Holden takes the honour with a stunning volley from Kevin Davies' knock-down which flew past Rovers keeper Paul Robinson. Change of the match: Owen Coyle was forced to make a tactical switch following Mark Davies' sending off and he brought on Fabrice Muamba who went on to open the scoring. Moment of the match: Mark Davies was sent off for Bolton, but instead of damaging the Trotters it seemed to galvanise the home side as they went on to win the game. Talking point: Can Bolton secure a place in Europe this season? Should Blackburn spend big in January to bolster their squad? SKY BET ODDS Blackburn are 12/1 to be relegated this season following their defeat to Bolton. Bet now.

American midfielder Holden hit the winner two minutes from time just seconds after Blackburn substitute Mame Diouf had cancelled out Fabrice Muamba's opener for Bolton.

After a dour first half the game burst into life when Mark Davies was sent off for a second bookable offence after catching Blackburn midfielder Phil Jones with his elbow.

Despite the numerical disadvantage Bolton broke the deadlock on 65 minutes when Muamba cut inside Ryan Nelsen and drilled his shot low past Paul Robinson.

Blackburn looked to have salvaged a point when Jason Roberts fed Diouf inside the box and the on-loan Manchester United man lifted the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen on 87 minutes

But Holden had the last word when he volleyed home Kevin Davies' knock-down just a minute later to send the home fans into raptures.

It was a dramatic way for Coyle's men to bounce back after last week's disappointing loss at Manchester City, with Holden the only change in favour of Muamba, who started on the bench.

Rovers, on a high after their win over Wolves, fashioned the first chance in the opening minute with Roberts flicking a cross by El-Hadji Diouf just wide.

But Coyle's men soon grew into the occasion and began to look the better side, with Mark Davies drilling a low shot at Robinson and Morten Gamst Pedersen's cross almost finding Martin Olsson.

Petrov turned provider to fire in a superb low cross in the 10th minute, with the stretching Kevin Davies almost connecting on the edge of the six-yard box.

A mazy run from the impressive Petrov ended in a low shot the wrong side of Robinson's right-hand post in the 21st minute as Bolton continued to press.

An incisive through ball by Bolton defender Paul Robinson sent Johan Elmander tearing clear down the right flank only for him to be tripped by Jones, who was booked by referee Mark Clattenburg.


But Blackburn improved as the half went on. Roberts almost raced clear on to a Jones through ball after 34 minutes but was pulled down by Zat Knight, who was fortunate to escape with a booking.

Then Pedersen's dangerous free-kick was parried by Jussi Jaaskelainen into the path of Gael Givet, who miscued horribly off target from the corner of the six-yard box.

Tempers began to fray in a ragged start to the second half after Gary Cahill had seen a shot blocked at point-blank range and former England goalkeeper Robinson parried well from Holden.

Davies was issued a second yellow card by Clattenburg for his apparent elbow on Jones, then Martin Olsson and Elmander were booked in quick succession.

Rovers sought to exploit their extra man advantage with Christopher Samba's header booted off the line by Kevin Davies, and Givet firing the rebound high and wide.

Bolton grabbed the lead out of nowhere when substitute Muamba - with virtually his first touch of the match - finished superbly when afforded too much space on the right.

Rovers' push for an equaliser left space at the back and Kevin Davies almost capitalised when he directed a Petrov cross just wide in the 75th minute.

Rovers did grab their equaliser three minutes from time when a superb touch by Roberts played in Mame Biram Diouf to squirt a left-footed effort past Jaaskelainen.

But the home side grabbed the points straight after the restart when striker Davies headed a long ball into the path of Holden, who controlled superbly before lashing his winner past Robinson.

Bolton WanderersTeam StatisticsBlackburn Rovers
01st Half Goals0
5Shots on Target6
4Shots off Target7
4Blocked Shots9
3Yellow Cards3
1Red Cards0
62.7Passing Success65.8
82.4Tackles Success84.6
46Territorial Advantage54

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