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Macron Stadium (ATT 17,541) 1st March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Bolton Bolton Wanderers vs Blackburn Rovers Blackburn

Bolton 4

Medo (23)
J Mason (45+1)
J Spearing (47)
A Moritz (90+2)

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Sky Bet Championship: Bolton thrash Blackburn 4-0 at the Reebok Stadium

Last Updated: 01/03/14 5:31pm

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Jay Spearing: Scored Bolton's third goal

Jay Spearing: Scored Bolton's third goal

Medo Kamara, Joe Mason, Jay Spearing and Andre Moritz all netted as Bolton thrashed Blackburn 4-0 in their Championship clash at the Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers sent local rivals Rovers to their biggest league defeat of the campaign to make it two successive home wins for the first time this season.

Kamara headed Wanderers into the lead with Mason and Spearing adding one apiece either side of the break.

Moritz then scored from long range in injury time for the Trotters' biggest victory of the campaign.

The result ended a five-game unbeaten run for Rovers, putting a severe dent in their play-off push.

Home manager Dougie Freedman opted not to start Alan Hutton, who signed on a month long loan deal from Aston Villa this week. He did make two changes, with Zat Knight and Neil Danns coming into the side for Matt Mills and Darren Pratley.

Meanwhile, visiting boss Gary Bowyer was without Josh King, Dickson Etuhu and Tim Cairney. But Corry Evans made his return from a four-month injury layoff off the bench.

Bolton started stronger in a typically lively opening to a derby encounter. Danns had a powerful strike tipped over the bar by Paul Robinson and then Mark Davies' shot was cleared off the line.

Blackburn hit back through Marcus Olsson's curling effort from the outside of his boot. That called Adam Bogdan into action with a strong save.

However, Wanderers then took the lead that their early probing seemed to merit. Danns made himself enough space on the left flank so that he could find Kamara in the box, who then placed his header perfectly past Robinson back into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Mason missed a golden opportunity to double the lead when he was put through one-on-one with Robinson. The former England stopper saved Mason's first effort, before the on-loan striker placed his rebound excruciatingly wide.

But, shortly after, Mason made amends, producing a half-volley on the turn which caught Robinson by surprise as it nestled into the bottom left corner seconds before half-time.

Wanderers then carried through that momentum into the second half and ended the contest in controversial circumstances.

And it was Trotters captain Spearing - who was loudly jeered throughout by the visiting support - who scored it.

The former Liverpool midfielder smashed a thunderous volley from 25 yards into the underside of the bar, with the ball then bouncing down over the line and clear.

However, the game went on, with referee Paul Tierney only awarding the goal around half a minute later to the disgust of the Rovers players.

Olsson then had another opportunity to claw a goal back, but he failed to provide Blackburn with any sort of consolation, with his shot across the deck fizzing agonisingly the wrong side of the post.

Moritz then put the icing on the cake with his long-range blast beating Robinson low down to rub further salt in the visitors' wounds in the dying embers of the game.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 45 87
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 45 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25