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Blackburn 1-0 Bolton: Immediate Reaction

Wanderers threw away a point at Blackburn after gifting their opponents yet another last minute goal

Neil Lennon will be frustrated by his side's last minute woes
Neil Lennon will be frustrated by his side's last minute woes
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Bolton Wanderers fell to a 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers by conceding a last minute goal for the third time in a month and for the fifth time in their last ten matches, after a dire 90 minutes at Ewood Park.

Jordan Rhodes was the match winner for the hosts with the last kick of the match, after Wanderers switched off from a corner and didn't even bother to mark the striker.

If there was one person I would bother to mark when Blackburn have a last minute corner, it would be Jordan Rhodes. So how our defence has failed to do that and yet again throw away points is absolutely beyond me.

Wanderers have now conceded a costly last minute goal from a winning or level position five times since the end of January. James Henry's late screamer earned Wolves a draw at the Macron, then in the next match Philippe Coutinho scored a 90th minute winner to knock us out of the FA Cup. Ten days later Wanderers conceded a last minute winner to Watford's Troy Deeney and then Jamie Mackie's last minute equaliser earned Reading a point at the Macron. It is simply unforgivable for Wanderers to have thrown away six points and lost their FA Cup status as a result of these last minute goals.

In reality neither team deserved to win tonight's match at Ewood Park, both were as bad as each other. But to be fair to Blackburn, at least they had a bit of a go. Ben Amos was again brilliant in goal, making fine saves from Chris Brown, Tom Cairney and Jordan Rhodes in the second half, and his opposite number Jason Steele saved from substitute Craig Davies when he was clean through on goal and should have scored.

Wanderers failed to create anything of note throughout the match, and the age-old problem of lacking a player with an ounce of creative quality was painfully obvious. Loan signing Giles Coke is a waste of space, Liam Feeney was abysmal from set pieces, youngster Saidy Janko struggled to get involved and Neil Danns couldn't get on the ball. Heskey tried hard and Le Fondre was unlucky a couple of times, but the strikers had a thankless task as there was a total lack of support from midfield.

We should have been going back to Bolton with a vital point and 0-0 should have been the full-time scoreline. And it would have been if only our defence could concentrate for 90 minutes.