Bolton loss piles pressure on Kean

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Blackburn boss Steve Kean was booed down the tunnel for possibly the last time as his Rovers side lost their relegation duel with Bolton 2-1 at Ewood Park.

Mark Davies gave the visitors the perfect start with his fourth-minute opener and Nigel Reo-Coker doubled Bolton's lead before the break.

Aiyegbeni Yakubu did pull one back for Rovers in the middle of a much-improved second-half display but it was not enough.

Christopher Samba got his clearance all wrong inside his own penalty area and David Ngog had enough time to recover his position deep inside the home penalty area, then cut a pass back to an unmarked Davies, who stroked a first-time effort beyond Paul Robinson.

Stand-in skipper Gary Cahill did not catch his half-volley right from Zat Knight's knockdown, otherwise Rovers would have been in even bigger trouble.

Ivan Klasnic then started the move that ended with Bolton bagging their second, finding Nigel Reo-Coker with a deft touch. Reo-Coker then found Martin Petrov, who raced down the left wing before crossing back to the midfielder, who despite having his back to goal, had enough time to turn and drill a low shot into the bottom corner.

Owen Coyle's euphoria on the touchline contrasted sharply with the desolation of Kean, who heard more calls for his head, with the Blackburn supporters also venting their anger at the owners, Venky's, who they blame for landing the club in the mess they were in.

Rovers came so close to giving Kean something to shout about early in the first half, with Junior Hoilett pulling the ball back to Steven Nzonzi whose effort flew just over with Jussi Jaaskelainen nowhere.

Cahill blocked Yakubu's shot on the turn, then Mauro Formica and Simon Vukcevic were replaced by Ruben Rochina and David Goodwillie. The move paid instant dividends as Goodwillie came in from the left and flicked a pass through to Yakubu, who slotted home with ease.

Samba wasted Rovers final chance with a header just wide in the final minute of stoppage time and Kean strode away like a condemned man.

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