Blackburn Rovers have added to Lancashire rivals Bolton Wanderers’ woes by beating the recently-relegated club 2-0 at Ewood Park this afternoon.
Ben Brereton and Adam Armstrong were on target for Rovers in a match which saw visiting fans make their feelings known to under-fire Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson.
The first half very much had an end of season feel to it with the game being played at a relatively slow pace and with few clear cut chances being created.
It was Bolton Wanderers who started the brighter of the two sides with Sammy Ameobi sending an effort from range over the bar and Callum Connolly heading wide from a Craig Noone cross when he really should have tested home keeper Jayson Leutwiler.
Luca Connell and Ameobi both struck efforts straight at Rovers keeper Leutwiler later in the half as Parkinson’s side continued to search for the opening goal before Blackburn Rovers took the lead with a slick move which saw Bradley Dack tee up Brereton who slotted the ball home when left one-on-one with Wanderers keeper Ben Alnwick.
The visitors again went close to scoring in first half stoppage time but a rasping drive from substitute Luke Murphy went narrowly over the bar.
Ameobi was the first player to register a shot in the second half but his low effort from outside of the box was smothered by Leutwiler at the second attempt.
It was Tony Mowbray’s side who were to take a firm grip on the proceedings moments later though when they scored their second goal of the game. Joe Rothwell saw his shot from six yards blocked before Armstrong scrambled in the rebound.
Another good chance then went begging for the visitors when Connolly could only shoot straight at Leutwiler when just yards from goal before Rothwell whipped an effort into the gloves of Alnwick at the other end.
Blackburn Rovers really should have been celebrating a third goal just after the hour but Brereton couldn’t get enough direction on the ball following a cross from the right by Rothwell.
Connolly then spotted Leutwiler off his line but failed to loop his shot under the Rovers crossbar before substitute Dan Butterworth drove a dangerous effort across goal for the home side which went just wide and Alnwick saved a Brereton effort with his legs.
Elliott Bennett then struck a shot from the edge of the box at Alnwick before Noone summed up a hopeless afternoon in-front of goal for the visitors as he thrashed two late efforts into the stand, one from open play and one from what was a promising free-kick position.
The 2-0 victory for Blackburn Rovers sees the club continue their push for a top half of the table finish in the Sky Bet Championship.