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Blackburn   1 - 0   Bolton

Martin Olsson scores for Blackburn
Olsson lashes in his second goal of the season for Blackburn

By Phil Dawkes
BBC Sport

Blackburn boosted their chances of avoiding relegation as Martin Olsson's goal gave them a deserved victory over Bolton at Ewood Park.

The Swedish full-back was a constant threat down the left and scored in the 20th minute with a low 20-yard drive.

Olsson also had a shot headed off the line by Paul Robinson, while Bolton's Rodrigo Moreno fired against a post.

Rovers remained marginally the better side after the break but had to survive some nervous moments before the end.

The points were the first earned by Steve Kean's men in six home matches, leaving them three points and three places above third-from-bottom Wigan.

Blackburn's players huddled before kick-off in a gesture of solidarity and defiance at their predicament at the lower end of the Premier League table.

Keeping the faith was the order of the day and Rovers boss Kean remained loyal to the strike pairing of Benjani and Jason Roberts, who have just six goals between them this season, for the second game running.

Kean confident of avoiding drop

The move almost paid off when Roberts' early cross was headed down at the far post by Brett Emerton but Benjani was unable to make any meaningful contact from a scramble in front of goal.

In their current predicament, Blackburn will take goals from any source and it was full-back Olsson, given license to attack down the left by his manager and further encouraged to do so by lax Bolton defending, who scored once and should have had more.

He had the game's first meaningful effort when he flashed a shot wide from long range and shortly after saw an angled drive headed off the line by Wanderers defender Paul Robinson, with keeper Adam Bogdan beaten.

The away side failed to heed the warning and were punished in the 20th minute when they firstly gave away possession and then, after the ball had been fed to Olsson, failed to close him down before he unleashed a well-struck shot that nestled into the bottom corner of the net.

Olsson had another chance later in the half when teed up by Michel Salgado's cross, but this time Bogdan was able to claw the Swede's 12-yard shot past the post.

There was an air of resignation about Bolton, whose lacklustre display was at odds with their manager's assertion that they still have plenty to play for this season.

And Owen Coyle will need to lift his team if what has been a good season overall is not defined by an FA Cup semi-final hammering by Stoke and a slump that followed it.

Coyle looking for strong finish

Their only worthwhile efforts of the first half came from midfielder Moreno, who flashed a shot wide in the third minute and then hit a post from 10 yards out after Salgado's miscued headed clearance had fallen to him.

A quick piece of thinking by Emerton almost gave Blackburn the perfect start to the second half but while his free-kick from the left wing caught Bogdan out, it flew narrowly over the bar.

Blackburn had enough chances to make the last quarter of the match more comfortable for themselves, but they spurned a number of good opportunities to maintain the frgility of their lead.

Steven Nzonzi twice put headers wide when he should have done better, while substitute Mame Diouf miscued a shot from the edge of the area after Bolton's Gary Cahill had stabbed Morten Gamst Pedersen's cross into his path.

Wanderers substitute Martin Petrov then had the chance to claim a point for his side, but he struck his shot from an angle into the side-netting and they were unable to fashion another chance to prevent a 10th defeat in 11 away matches.

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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 1-0 Bolton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Olsson 20

    Blackburn

    Substitutes

    Bolton

    Substitutes

    Ref: DeanAtt: 28,985
    BLACKBURN
    BOLTON

    Possession

    • Blackburn 55%
    • Bolton 45%

    Attempts on target

    • Blackburn 8
    • Bolton 3

    Attempts off target

    • Blackburn 9
    • Bolton 8

    Corners

    • Blackburn 3
    • Bolton 10

    Fouls

    • Blackburn 7
    • Bolton 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:33 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+3:28 Tamir Cohen is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
    • 90:00+3:08 Martin Petrov produces a cross, Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 90:00+2:36 The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Steven Nzonzi goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 90:00+0:47 Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.
    • 90:00+0:07 Effort from the edge of the box by Martin Olsson goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 90:00+0:02 A cross is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Paul Robinson.
    • 88:47 Steven Nzonzi has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 87:48 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Ivan Klasnic goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • Correction - 86:48 Martin Olsson takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
    • 86:48 Martin Olsson takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
    • 85:44 Morten Gamst Pedersen has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 85:15 Martin Petrov crosses the ball, Martin Olsson makes a clearance.
    • 84:29 Corner taken by Martin Petrov from the left by-line, Steven Nzonzi makes a clearance.
    • 83:22 Chung-Yong Lee crosses the ball, Brett Emerton manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:35 Martin Petrov produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 81:50 The ball is sent over by Jermaine Jones.
    • 80:37 A cross is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Mame Diouf produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 78:40 Direct free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
    • 78:40 Substitution Jason Roberts leaves the field to be replaced by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • 78:40 Paul Robinson fouled by Mame Diouf, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 78:21 The ball is swung over by Chung-Yong Lee, save by Paul Robinson.
    • 77:39 Headed effort from inside the area by Martin Olsson misses to the left of the target.
    • 76:54 Tamir Cohen challenges Nikola Kalinic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • Correction - 75:43 David Wheater makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 75:43 Substitution Mame Diouf replaces Michel Salgado.
    • Correction - 75:43 Corner taken by Jermaine Jones from the left by-line,
    • 74:43 David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
    • 74:43 Substitution Mame Diouf comes on in place of Michel Salgado.
    • 74:43 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Jones from the left by-line,
    • 72:10 Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Robinson from left channel, clearance made by Steven Nzonzi.
    • 72:10 Booking Jermaine Jones is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 71:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ivan Klasnic by Jermaine Jones.
    • 71:25 Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:25 Booking Booking for Kevin Davies for unsporting behaviour.
    • 71:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Kevin Davies.
    • 70:15 Handball decision goes against Chung-Yong Lee. Direct free kick taken by Phil Jones.
    • 67:21 Adam Bogdan takes the direct free kick.
    • 67:21 Substitution Johan Elmander goes off and Ivan Klasnic comes on.
    • 67:21 Substitution Matthew Taylor goes off and Martin Petrov comes on.
    • 67:21 Steven Nzonzi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tamir Cohen.
    • 65:21 Zat Knight gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Givet. Jermaine Jones has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 64:37 Christopher Samba fouled by Matthew Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 63:47 Substitution Nikola Kalinic is brought on as a substitute for Benjani Mwaruwari.
    • 63:33 The ball is swung over by Martin Olsson.
    • 62:16 Corner taken by Matthew Taylor, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
    • 61:35 Jermaine Jones produces a cross, save made by Adam Bogdan.
    • 61:22 A cross is delivered by Martin Olsson, clearance by Tamir Cohen.
    • 60:05 The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson.
    • 59:12 Adam Bogdan takes the indirect free kick.
    • 59:12 Substitution Chung-Yong Lee joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rodrigo Moreno.
    • 59:12 The offside flag is raised against Benjani Mwaruwari.
    • 56:04 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Taylor, Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 55:52 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Michel Salgado gets a block in.
    • 55:28 Jermaine Jones takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.
    • 52:44 Jason Roberts is ruled offside. Adam Bogdan takes the indirect free kick.
    • 51:30 The ball is crossed by Rodrigo Moreno.
    • 50:40 Johan Elmander is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
    • 48:53 Foul by Rodrigo Moreno on Martin Olsson, free kick awarded. Brett Emerton produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 47:29 Paul Robinson produces a cross, Effort from deep inside the area by Rodrigo Moreno misses to the left of the target.
    • 45:29 Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Johan Elmander results in a free kick. Phil Jones takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:48 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+2:14 Corner taken by Matthew Taylor, Christopher Samba fouled by Johan Elmander, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 45:00+0:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Gardner by Benjani Mwaruwari. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Matthew Taylor.
    • 44:19 Corner from the left by-line taken by Matthew Taylor, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.
    • 42:28 Brett Emerton produces a cross, save by Adam Bogdan.
    • 37:36 Matthew Taylor takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Christopher Samba.
    • 34:39 Kevin Davies challenges Steven Nzonzi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 34:06 The assistant referee flags for offside against Brett Emerton. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.
    • 32:51 The assistant referee signals for offside against Benjani Mwaruwari. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
    • 31:32 The referee blows for offside against Jason Roberts. Adam Bogdan takes the indirect free kick.
    • 31:09 Martin Olsson sends in a cross, clearance made by Zat Knight.
    • 29:32 Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor, Headed effort from inside the area by David Wheater misses to the right of the target.
    • 27:11 The ball is crossed by Michel Salgado, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
    • 25:28 Michel Salgado crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Steven Nzonzi misses to the left of the goal.
    • 25:01 Corner taken by Brett Emerton from the left by-line.
    • 24:43 Martin Olsson takes a shot. Adam Bogdan makes a save.
    • 24:34 The ball is delivered by Brett Emerton, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
    • 23:09 Johan Elmander produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
    • 21:48 The assistant referee flags for offside against Benjani Mwaruwari. Adam Bogdan takes the indirect free kick.
    • 19:50 The assist for the goal came from Michel Salgado.
    • 19:50 GOAL - Martin OlssonBlackburn 1 - 0 Bolton Goal scored by Martin Olsson from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-0 Bolton.
    • 19:38 Martin Olsson sends in a cross, clearance by Matthew Taylor.
    • 19:31 Brett Emerton sends in a cross.
    • 18:33 Corner taken right-footed by Brett Emerton, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
    • 18:03 The offside flag is raised against Rodrigo Moreno. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 17:04 Free kick taken by David Wheater.
    • 17:04 Booking Phil Jones is shown a yellow card.
    • 16:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodrigo Moreno by Phil Jones.
    • 16:14 The ball is crossed by David Wheater, clearance by Christopher Samba.
    • 15:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Benjani Mwaruwari on Gary Cahill. Gary Cahill restarts play with the free kick.
    • 14:18 Adam Bogdan fouled by Benjani Mwaruwari, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Bogdan takes the direct free kick.
    • 13:41 Martin Olsson takes a shot. Clearance by Paul Robinson.
    • 11:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Jermaine Jones. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • Correction - 10:27 A cross is delivered by Brett Emerton.
    • 10:27 The ball is crossed by Johan Elmander.
    • 9:32 Gael Givet delivers the ball, clearance by Gary Cahill.
    • 8:11 Long range shot by Rodrigo Moreno goes wide right of the goal.
    • 7:41 Jason Roberts is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
    • 6:45 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Shot by Tamir Cohen from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
    • 6:26 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Brett Emerton.
    • 6:04 Martin Olsson produces a cross, Shot from 18 yards from Brett Emerton. Save by Adam Bogdan.
    • 4:56 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor played to the near post, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
    • 4:49 The ball is swung over by Kevin Davies, clearance made by Martin Olsson.
    • 3:46 Rodrigo Moreno takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jones. Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, Jermaine Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 2:57 Martin Olsson has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 1:15 A cross is delivered by Martin Olsson.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 30 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 34 39 73
    2 Chelsea 35 38 70
    3 Arsenal 34 31 64
    4 Man City 33 21 59
    5 Tottenham 34 7 55
    6 Liverpool 34 12 52
    7 Everton 35 5 48
    8 Bolton 35 0 46
    9 Fulham 35 7 45
    10 Stoke 35 0 43
    11 West Brom 35 -14 43
    12 Newcastle 34 1 41
    13 Aston Villa 35 -13 41
    14 Sunderland 35 -13 41
    15 Blackburn 35 -14 38
    16 Birmingham 34 -17 38
    17 Blackpool 35 -22 35
    18 Wigan 35 -23 35
    19 Wolves 34 -23 33
    20 West Ham 34 -22 32

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