Blackburn Rovers suffered their second successive home defeat in the space of five days as local rivals Bolton Wanderers stomped to victory on Wednesday.
Kevin Davies found the net with less than two minutes on the clock in a lacklustre first half. The visitors then doubled their lead midway through the second half Chris Eagles, who was inspiring throughout, forced Robinson into a fine save as Lee tapped in from close range.
Jordan Rhodes headed home his tenth of the season with the clock running down but it was little too late for Blackburn as Berg’s men faltered again.
Rovers got off to the worst possible start. Chris Eagles drifted in from the right wing, unchallenged, to supply Davies with a defence splitting pass and the former Rovers striker hammered the ball past Robinson from six yards out.
The great start spurred the away side on as Dougie Freedman’s men, unbeaten in his first five games, dominated the half.
Chris Eagles went close twice to doubling the lead before the half hour mark, first stinging the palms of Robinson with a venomous strike from range before narrowly missing the target with a speculative volley from the left flank.
Bolton opted to field three central midfielders, outnumbering Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu in the heart of midfield. Former Rovers midfielder Keith Andrews was made to look like an Irish Iniesta as he dictated play from the middle of the park. And it was the Irish man who came close just after the half hour mark. Stephen Warnock, another former Rovers player, provided a low cross into the path of Andrews, but the midfielder’s side footed effort rebounded off the back of a teammate as the ball look destined to hit the back of the net.
There was no respite for Rovers as Bolton applied more pressure late in the first half. Robinson was forced into another fine save as Zat Knight hooked the ball towards goal after the Blackburn defence failed to clear Jay Spearing’s free-kick.
On the stroke of half-time Blackburn had a rare sight of goal. Martin Olsson’s cross from the left found Danny Murphy, unmarked, at the back post but the midfielder lacked composure, lashing the ball over from six yards out. And it came as little surprise when the half time whistle was met by loud boos from the home fans.
After the interval Blackburn played with more purpose spraying the ball around well but to not avail. And it was Robinson who was forced into action again as Butterfield tried his look from range which required a fingertip save from the former England international.
Moments later Bolton had a second. Robinson superbly tipped Chris Eagles’ free-kick onto a post but the Rovers number one could do nothing about Lee’s follow up, tapping in from close range.
Colin Kazim-Richards replaced the ineffective Josh King and the Turkish international made an instant impact. Cutting back on his right foot, Richards found Rhodes in acres of space and the Scottish international gifted Rovers a lifeline with a well timed header to set up a tense finale.
With five minutes added time Blackburn went In search of an unlikely equaliser. And it nearly came through Jordan Rhodes as Danny Murphy found the striker in the box but the record signing could only bundle the ball into the side netting as Bolton held on for a well deserved three points leaving Blackburn fans fuming at their team’s recent performances.
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