As you may have gathered by now, Bolton Wanderers did not have a match this weekend. That means that the only thing for Bolton fans to do was sit back and watch their relegation rivals take to the field. All three of our rivals in action today were on the road in, what was on paper, one of the easier weekends they faced:
Swansea v. Blackburn Rovers at the Liberty Stadium
Hit the jump for a quick breakdown of each match and find out just where we stand halfway through this round of fixtures.
Sunderland 0-0 Wolves
A number of late opportunities for each team failed to hit the back of the net as Sunderland and Wolves played out a scoreless draw. In the 81st minute, Simon Mignolet denied Steven Fletcher his game-winning header. Then, with one minute left in regulation time, Sebastian Larsson missed an absolute sitter. Stephane Sessengon fired in a cross right at the death that Larsson got on the end of but somehow hit it sky high from a position where it looked easier to score. Just seconds later, Wolves came close again thanks to substitute David Edwards' dipping volley. It was just wide though and Wolves would leave with just a point.
WBA 1-0 QPR
West Brom needed just one goal to send QPR back to London empty handed. A thunderous strike by Graham Dorrans who hit it from 30 yards out was the difference. Rangers had a number of chances from Bobby Zamora but he simply could not hit the target. West Brom came close to doubling their advantage twice with Billy Jones hitting the post in the 57th and Shane Long going just wide in stoppage time.
Swansea 3-0 Blackburn
Swanselona carved their way through Blackburn Rovers thanks to the dribbling and passing technique that has been so successful for them this year. Gylfi Sigurdsson opened the scoring in the 37th minute with an absolutely brilliant curling effort from a tight angle. An awful clearance from Scott Dann on 43 minutes allowed Scott Sinclair to make a quick-footed run into the box. He found Danny Graham center who laid it off to Nathan Dyer, allowing him to place it past Paul Robinson for 2-0. Scott Dann would double his misery in the 63rd minute as a Gylfi effort hit off the post and deflected off of Scott Dann and into the back of the net.
Despite the fact that Wolves left with a point for their troubles, Saturday's results went as well as they possibly could for Bolton Wanderers. As things stand going into Sunday and Monday's fixtures, Bolton remain in 18th place on 29 points. Blackburn sit in 19th on 28 with Wolves in 20th on just 23 points. QPR and Wigan remain two points above Bolton, on 31, in 16th and 17th places, respectively. Aston Villa is still relatively safe in 15th place and on 35 points. At the end of this weekend, Bolton Wanderers will have two games in hand on QPR, Wolves, Wigan, and Blackburn.
Villa will travel to Old Trafford on Sunday to face a Manchester United side desperate to answer Manchester City's thumping 6-1 win at Norwich and come back from their loss to Wigan midweek. Wigan make their way to the Emirates take on Arsenal.