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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 August, 2003, 16:01 GMT 17:01 UK
Yorke rescues Blackburn
Bolton 2-2 Blackburn

Graeme Souness (centre) joins in with the Blackburn goal celebrations
Graeme Souness (centre) was delighted with the goal
Dwight Yorke headed an injury-time equaliser as 10-man Blackburn earned a point against Bolton in a thrilling derby at the Reebok Stadium.

Youri Djorkaeff and Kevin Davies had put Bolton ahead as they looked for their first win in nine attempts over Graeme Souness' side.

Bolton's 2-0 half-time lead delighted most in the record Reebok Stadium crowd of 27,423, but Matt Jansen's early second-half strike kept Rovers in the game.

Bolton looked safe as Blackburn debutant Steven Reid was sent off on 88 minutes, but there was still time for Yorke to have the final say.

Rovers, riding high after their opening-day thrashing of Wolves, were shocked early on.

Referee Andy D'Urso awarded a penalty on three minutes after an unnecessary foul by Lucas Neill on Wanderers' skipper Jay-Jay Okocha, and Djorkaeff made no mistake from the spot.

Djorkaeff, who had already sent a chip just over the bar, was making his first start of the season after recovering from a hairline fracture of the cheekbone.

KEY MOMENTS
3 mins: Djorkaeff's penalty puts Bolton ahead
25 mins: Davies doubles the lead with his first Bolton goal
50 mins: Jansen's fine strike gives Blackburn hope
88 mins: Reid sent off on Rovers debut
90 mins: Yorke heads Blackburn level

The Frenchman's impressive start inspired Bolton and Henrik Pedersen went close, before Neill's was booked for tripping Ricardo Gardner.

Yorke and David Thompson both had efforts for Blackburn, but the home fans were soon celebrating again as Davies opened his Bolton goal account against his former club.

Davies latched on to a sublime through pass by Djorkaeff and made no mistake from six yards.

Bolton continued to press and Pedersen almost added a third on the half-hour but Brad Friedel parried his shot.

It was a dominant display from Sam Allardyce's men, and with Djorkaeff pulling the strings in midfield, Blackburn were struggling to make any sort of impact.

A looping header from Thompson on the stroke of half time almost gave Blackburn a lifeline, but the ball drifted just wide with Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen stranded.

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Bolton opened the second half strongly with Okocha and Bruno N'Gotty going close, but Jansen finally gave Blackburn some joy on 50 minutes, firing a superb first-time shot home.

Suddenly Blackburn were on top and Yorke had two chances to equalise, first heading wide before shooting straight at Jaaskelainen when clear.

Ivan Campo had to block a Thompson shot for Blackburn, while Djorkaeff attempted to ease the pressure with a 30-yard free-kick which Friedel had to save.

Bolton's Nicky Hunt forced another save from Friedel, before goalscorer Jansen was replaced by Andy Cole by Rovers' boss Graeme Souness.

Tempers flared late on as Rovers tried for an equaliser, and Reid was sent off for an over-zealous challenge - but Yorke had the final say.


Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Hunt, N'Gotty, Laville, Gardner, Nolan (Frandsen 66), Campo, Okocha (Giannakopoulos 84), Djorkaeff, Davies, Pedersen (Barness 77).
Subs Not Used: Poole, Jardel.

Booked: Nolan, Davies.

Blackburn: Friedel, Neill, Martin Taylor, Amoruso, Gresko (Reid 76), Thompson, Tugay, Flitcroft (Grabbi 76), Emerton, Yorke, Jansen (Cole 61).
Subs Not Used: Kelly, Johansson.

Sent off: Reid (88).

Booked: Neill, Flitcroft, Emerton, Thompson.

Attendance: 27,423

Referee: A D'Urso (Essex).




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