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Macron Stadium (ATT 26,901) 24th March 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Marriner

Bolton Bolton Wanderers vs Blackburn Rovers Blackburn

Bolton 2

D Wheater (28, 35)


Blackburn 1

S N'Zonzi (56)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 4:54 pm, March 24th 2012

  1. A post-match huddle from the squad after what must have been a testing afternoon. Fabrice Muamba's name echoes around the stadium once again. Stay with us for a full report and all the post-match reaction.

  2. Two goals from David Wheater provide Fabrice Muamba with another get well message on an emotional afternoon at the Reebok. Coyle and his players unite on the pitch to applaud the supporters.

  3. 90+4

    Full-time at the Reebok Stadium!!

  4. 90+3

    Late drama as Robinson goes up for a free-kick, but Pedersen's kick is too deep. The ball comes back in, Blackburn feel Dunn was dragged down, but the flag was up for offside.

  5. 90+2

    Bolton break, but elect to run down the clock rather than cross.

  6. 90+1

    Ricketts wastes the free-kick as he boots it straight out of play.

  7. 90+1

    First yellow card of the match is Jason Lowe for pulling back Petrov, his 11th caution of the season.

  8. 90

    Three additional minutes will be played.

  9. 89

    Blackburn continue to press and Yakubu heads over from Pedersen's cross. Should have done better there.

  10. 87

    Another Pedersen throw is cleared. Robinson returns it with interest and Bogdan elects to punch this time, but Bolton have a free-kick and the chance to run down the clock.

  11. 86

    Pedersen's corner is claimed cleanly by Bogdan.

  12. 85

    Hoilett bursts into the box and his deflected shot loops up onto the roof of the net.

  13. 85

    I take back what I said earlier about Bogdan as he fumbles yet another Pedersen long throw, but gets aways with it a third time.

  14. 84

    Yakubu attempts to turn but is crowded out well by Reo-Coker in the box.

  15. 82

    Kean is stood pensively on the edge of his technical area chewing away as the clock ticks down.

  16. 80

    Yakubu is inches away from levelling as he tries to flick the ball home at the near post from Hoilett's great low cross.

  17. 79

    Free header for Pratley from Petrov's corner but he can't direct it on target. More poor defending from Blackburm.

  18. 79

    Change for Bolton with Ngog replaced by Ivan Klasnic.

  19. 79

    Good defending by Lowe as he heads over his own bar under pressure from Pratley.

  20. 78

    Another long Pedersen thrown and Bogdan comes out to claim well. His first-half jitters appear to be behind him.

  21. 76

    The name of Fabrice Muamba is being chanted around the Reebok Stadium once again.

  22. 75

    Blackburn break and Hoilett battles well with Ricketts, but cannot earn a corner.

  23. 73

    Bolton pinning Blackburn back a little at present as they chase back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

  24. 71

    Bolton under the cosh here as Pedersen's corner is cleared by Ricketts under his own bar before Martin Olsson's attempt from outside the box goes through a Forest of legs, taking a couple of deflections, and inches wide.

  25. 70

    Cheap corner given away by Ricketts and Blackburn have a chance to put some pressure on.

  26. 68

    Much better from Petrov as his powerful shot is blocked after good work from Miyaichi and Ngog.

  27. 67

    Davies shows good skill to reach the byline and then cut it back into the path of Petrov, who hits the ball horribly and sends it inches wide of the corner flag. Shocking.

  28. 66

    Bogdan is back on his feet and drives the free-kick he won down the field.

  29. 65

    Dunn joins the fray with Formica coming off.

  30. 65

    Now Bodgan is down after taking a blow from Yakubu. Ngog is back on the field.

  31. 64

    The game continues with Ngog limping to the sidelines for treatment. Blackburn are about to bring David Dunn on.

  32. 63

    Another hold-up in play as Ngog goes down holding his calf after leaping for the ball with Hanley.

  33. 61

    Great start to the second period, with Rovers now very much back in this contest and chances at both ends.

  34. 59

    Martin Olsson's low cross goes under the foot of Hoilett, with the Blackburn forward left to rue his poor control.

  35. 58

    Awful miss by Mark Davies as he heads wide from an unmarked position six yards out following a great run and cross by Miyaichi.

  36. 56

    Bolton switch off at the back and are made to pay as Pedersen's deep throw into the box is headed home by Nzonzi after he is allowed a free run to the near post.

  37. 56


  38. 55

    Ngog lucky not to go into the book for a late lunge on Formica. Very leniant from Marriner.

  39. 54

    Bolton appeal for a penalty after Wheater goes down under a challenge from Dann as he goes for Miyaichi's corner. Marriner is again unmoved.

  40. 53

    Bolton have started the second half well and Pratley earns a corner for the home side.

  41. 51

    Bolton close to going 3-0 up when Petrov whips in a perfect cross which Ngog meets well, but directs his header over the bar.

  42. 50

    Long throw by Pedersen is headed on by Nzonzi and Bogdan does well to claim underneath his bar under some pressure. Good handling when he needed it.

  43. 49

    There were no changes from either side at the interval and Martin Olsson has rejoined the fray.

  44. 49

    Miyaichi dances his way into a shooting position, but then gets it all wrong and fires way off target.

  45. 48

    Olsson is back on his feet on the sidelines, but appears to be moving very carefully, with the game going on.

  46. 46

    Early problem for Blackburn as Martin Olsson is down and appears to be in some pain, holding his left ankle, after a tangle with Miyaichi.

  47. 46

    Bolton get the second period under way.

  48. Bolton emerge for the second 45 minutes to warm applause from the home faithful.

  49. Blackburn are out early for the second period. Presumably with a flea in their ear from manager Steve Kean.

  50. 45+2

    Marriner brings the first half to a close. David Wheater's brace has given Bolton the lead on an emotional afternoon against Blackburn.

  51. 45+1

    Pedersen's long free-kick into the box is glanced wide of the goal by Hanley.

  52. 45+1

    Miyaichi's kick is far too deep, with Petrov's attempted return taking a deflection and looping into Robinson's hands.

  53. 45

    Corner for Bolton in the closing moments of the first half.

  54. 44

    Pedersen's corner is deep to the far post where Scott Dann's attempted diving header only finds the side netting with the angle always against him.

  55. 43

    Another butter-fingers moment from Bogdan as he comes to claim Pedersen's long throw but drops it, with his defence to the rescue once again.

  56. 42

    Great covering by Petrov and Ricketts brings the ball out of defence before being forced out of play near the halfway line.

  57. 41

    Pedersen's kick is floated in and the ball is comfortably claimed by Bogdan.

  58. 40

    First corner of the day for Blackburn.

  59. 38

    Another good ball from Miyaichi from the corner and Pratley just gets to the ball ahead of Wheater, with the Bolton team-mates getting in each others' way.

  60. 38

    Jinking run from Miyaichi and he earns another corner. Here comes Wheater again...

  61. 35

    Second goal of the afternoon for David Wheater, with the defender left completely unmarked to power his header from Miyaichi's corner beyond the helpless Robinson.

  62. 35


  63. 34

    Petrov flashes a shot across the face of goal and just wide with Robinson getting his fingertips to the ball.

  64. 33

    Great tackle from Reo-Coker to deny Formica after he looked the break through from Hoilett's pass.

  65. 32

    Blackburn are inches away from an equaliser as Yakubu's header flashes just wide of Bogdan's goal.

  66. 31

    Bolton go close to a second with Rickett's cross from the left headed narrowly over the bar by Pratley.

  67. 30

    Fabrice Muamba's name rings around the Reebok moments after Wheater's opening goal.

  68. 29

    Petrov's corner is half-cleared by Blackburn and when the Bolton man swings the ball back into the box after good work from Steinsson it is inadvertantly flicked on by Nzonzi with Wheater in space at the far post to head home.

  69. 29


  70. 28

    Marcus Olsson then bursts in behind the Bolton defence and fires in a low cross which Ream gets a crucial touch on to take it away from Yakubu.

  71. 27

    Martin Olsson tries to find his twin Marcus bursting down the right, but overhits the pass and it goes out of play.

  72. 25

    Easily Blackburn's best moment from Hoilett there, and he really should have been rewarded with a penalty as Steinsson stepped across him and clearly brought him down.

  73. 23

    Great run from Hoilett and he bursts into the Bolton area before going down under a challenge from Steinsson. The Blackburn man is adamant it should be a penalty, but the referee is not interested. Replays show it should have been a spot-kick.

  74. 22

    It's understandable given the circumstances, but for a derby game, this contest is lacking the usual spark you would expect. It is also rather short on quality.

  75. 21

    Steinsson's cross from the right is aimed for Ngog in the centre, but Robinson is out to gather with ease.

  76. 20

    Dangerous cross to the far post from Petrov and Martin Olsson has to stoop and head behind for a corner. Miyaichi's corner is deep and the ball eventually goes out for a goalkick.

  77. 18

    Hopeful and hopeless ball out of the Blackburn defence flies straight out for a goalkick.

  78. 17

    Good run by Ngog, but he eventually ends up going down a blind alley and is crowded out by the Blackburn defence.

  79. 15

    Dann picks out Marcus Olsson with a great long ball, but Steinsson gets back and it is a goal kick for the home side.

  80. 12

    Bogdan's lack of activity could be causing him a problem as he comes to gather a high ball but fumbles it before Sam Ricketts comes to the rescue and clears.

  81. 12

    Ngog finds Petrov and he fires a shot across the face of Robinson's goal, with no real threat.

  82. 11

    Scott Dann punts the ball forward and David Wheater has all the time in the world to head it back to Adam Bogdan, who has had nothing to do so far.

  83. 9

    Good hit from Petrov from outside the box but it is straight at Robinson and he manages to beat it away before the defence clears.

  84. 8

    Bolton are bossing possession and probing for openings in the Blackburn defence, who are standing firm so far.

  85. 6

    Petrov then threads the ball through towards Ngog, but it is slightly too heavy for the forward and Robinson is out to claim.

  86. 5

    Steinsson drills a dangerous ball across the face of goal and Formica turns it behind for a corner. Petrov's kick is headed away by Pedersen.

  87. 4

    Long and hopeful ball foward towards Ngog, but Robinson is quickly off his line to gather.

  88. 3

    Bit scrappy so far in the opening moments, but there is an excellent atmosphere in the Reebok Stadium.

  89. 2

    Andre Marriner is today's referee.

  90. 2

    David Ngog looks to play the ball across the box but Jason Lowe gets back to clear.

  91. 1

    Martin Olsson slides in hard on Miyaichi in the opening seconds.

  92. 1

    Blackburn get us under way.

  93. 15:00

    Captain Nigel Reo-Coker calls the Bolton side together for some final words in a pre-match huddle.

  94. 14:58

    After all that raw emotion, there is now a key Premier League match to be contested, and a local derby at that.

  95. 14:57

    The Blackburn fans are showing their solidarity, chanting Muamba's name.

  96. 14:55

    A mosaic reading 'Muamba 6' is held up by the home fans and the applause continues. You'd have to be made of stone not to be moved by this.

  97. 14:54

    'Something inside so strong' by Labi Siffre is played on the PA with messages of support showing for Muamba on the big screen - the whole ground breaks into spontaneous applause.

  98. 14:53

    The two teams are gathered in the tunnel ready to make their way out onto the pitch.

  99. 14:51

    Plenty of 'Pray for Muamba' T-shirts on show too.

  100. 14:50

    Banner in the crowd reads: Bolton's miracle man - Fabrice.

  101. 14:48

    The sprinklers are on to give the surface a nice slick feel under warm and sunny skies at the Reebok Stadium - kick-off is now just over 10 minutes away.

  102. Message from Sky Bet: Blackburn have drawn 99 games away from home in Premier League history and they are 12/5 to complete the century today. Wanderers are 6/4 to win this Lancashire relegation clash, with Rovers 17/10. Sky Bet tipster Jamie Redknapp has backed Yakubu to score today in his red hot tips at 6/4.

  103. 14:38

    Blackburn boss Kean has named an unchanged starting XI from their midweek win over Sunderland, while Owen Coyle goes with the players who started their success against QPR.

  104. 14:33

    Opta stat No.4: Victory over QPR in their last league game ended a run of four consecutive defeats for Bolton. They have failed to score in four of their last six Premier League games.

  105. 14:32

    Opta stat No.3: Blackburn took just 10 points from their first 17 Premier League matches, but since Christmas they have taken 18 points from 12 games.

  106. 14:31

    Opta stat No.2: Defeat to Bolton in the last match between the two at the Reebok signalled the end of Sam Allardyce's era at Blackburn and the appointment of Steve Kean.

  107. 14:30

    Opta stat No.1: Bolton have won just two of the last 10 Premier League meetings with Blackburn, but those two victories have come in the last three encounters.

  108. 14:29

    Here are a selection of Opta stats for you to digest prior to kick-off.

  109. 14:28

    All the Bolton players have done likewise.

  110. 14:26

    Nice touch from the Blackburn team as they come out to warm up with shirts bearing Muamba's name and his number six.

  111. 14:17

    Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe, Dann, Hanley, Martin Olsson, Formica, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Marcus Olsson, Hoilett, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Dunn, Modeste, Petrovic, Orr, Goodwillie, Vukcevic.

  112. 14:17

    Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Miyaichi, Ngog, Petrov. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Eagles, Knight, Kevin Davies, Klasnic, Sordell.

  113. 14:16

    Bolton's scheduled game with Aston Villa in midweek was understandably postponed, and Owen Coyle's men now find themselves in the bottom three after the victories for Rovers and QPR.

  114. 14:14

    Blackburn moved five points clear of the drop zone in midweek with their impressive 2-0 home win over Sunderland and will have their sights set on a third successive victory.

  115. 14:13

    Although the week's events have put football into perspective, it should not be forgotten that today's fixture will be key for both clubs in their fight against relegation from the Premier League.

  116. 14:08

    There will be a minute's applause prior to kick-off today as the home fans have an opportunity to show their support for Muamba, while a mosiac bearing his name will be held up.

  117. 14:01

    If you want to have your say on this afternoon's game, or pass on your best wishes to Muamba, then drop me a line to and I'll publish a selection of the best. You can also follow me on Twitter @skysportsrobp

  118. 13:58

    It is sure to be an emotional occasion with Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba still recovering in intensive care after suffering a cardiac arrest in the abandoned FA Cup clash with Tottenham last weekend.

  119. 13:56

    Good afternoon and welcome to our live and interactive coverage of today's Premier League clash at the Reebok Stadium.

  120. Kick-off is 1500 GMT.



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