Derby delight for rampant Rovers

Rovers were good value for the victory that keeps their survival

bid well on course with a win over manager Sam Allardyce’s former

club Bolton, who remain firmly entrenched in the relegation mire.

Rovers made a good start and had the ball in the net as early as

the third minute when Morten Gamst Pedersen’s long throw sailed

straight in. But the referee quite rightly ruled that nobody had

touched the ball and play resumed with a goalkick. Johan Elmander

also saw a strike chalked off at the other end after Matt Tayor was

adjudged to have fouled Michel Salgago in the build-up. In an open

game, Jussi Jaaskelainen then had to be alert when twice scampering

from his goal, while Paul Robinson made a good save to deny Taylor

as play again switched down the other end. But Rovers opened the

scoring after 41 minutes when El-Hadji Diouf’s long ball was

knocked into Kalinic’s path by Pedersen and the striker’s fierce

drive beat Jaaskelainen from the edge of the box. The second period

started amidst increasingly heavy snowfall and Rovers were soon on

the attack with Jaaskelainen producing a fine save to keep out

Junior Hoilett’s flying header. But Bolton were denied again when

Lee Chung-Yong’s shot on the turn drew a fine diving save from

Robinson. But the match was made safe after 73 minutes when the

Trotters made hard work of clearing a corner and a high ball back

into the box found lurking Rovers subsititute Roberts, who

sidefooted home a volley from eight yards. And victory was secured

six minutes from time when Diouf floated a teasing cross in from

the left flank and Givet stole a march on his marker to glance his

header in-off the post from six yards. The win consolidates

Blackburn’s place in 12th, while Bolton remain 18th and one point

from safety.