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Stalemate at Ewood

14 September 2012

Rovers Under-21s 0-0 Bolton Under-21s

Rovers' Under-21 side still have to wait for their elusive first win of the season after a goalless draw against Bolton.

Under the floodlights at Ewood Park on Friday evening, chances were at a premium in a game that Rovers edged but couldn't find the clinical touch in front of goal.

Reserve-team boss Gary Bowyer was able to name a strong squad for the Barclays Under-21 Premier League clash with Bolton Wanderers.

Polish international goalkeeper Grzegorz Sandomierski got his first outing in a Rovers shirt, as did central defender Nuno Henrique.

Fellow Portuguese youngsters Fabio Nunes and Edinho also got some match time under their belts.

Despite both sides having some lively attacking talent the first half was very slow to get going. Tom Eaves headed wide for the visitors, whilst Josh Morris could have tested Jay Lynch in the Bolton goal after taking down a Nuno Henrique cross-field pass well but his right foot shot lacked purchase.

Bolton captain Adam Blakeman fizzed an effort narrowly over before a fiercely drilled ball into the six yard box was just about forced behind by the Bolton stopper.

Grzegorz Sandomierski had little to do in the opening exchanges but he was called into action at the midway point of the first half. The Polish goalkeeper more than equal to a shot from Dyllon Wolstenholme.

As the half drew to a close it was Rovers looking the likelier of the two sides to break the deadlock. Fabio Nunes firing narrowly wide on the half volley before Osayamen Osawe was denied by Lynch after good approach play from Nunes.

The last action of the half saw a free-kick to Bolton in a dangerous position but Jack Sampson headed Adam Blakeman's free-kick wide.

Nuno Henrique almost gave Rovers the lead six minutes into the second half when the Portuguese defender rose to meet a corner from the right. The impressive Jay Lynch made a vital save and in the ensuring scramble Osayamen Osawe couldn't force the ball home as it slowly rebounded off the foot of the post.

Rovers continued to press, this time with the lively Josh Morri, cutting onto his favoured left foot to shoot by his low effort is well saved.

Whilst Morris was an attacking threat on one flank, Fabio Nunes was likewise on the opposite, two particularly fierce second half centres deserved better there was no-one in the six-yard box to capitalised.

Coach Gary Bowyer threw on Jamie Maclaren, Kellen Daly and Darragh Lenihan in an effort to find an elusive goal, and whilst Josh Morris went close with a free-kick from the right corner of the area, and a deflected Adam Henley centre that Lynch did well to palm away went close, they couldn't break the deadlock.

Rovers continued to press into added time but the game ended goalless.

ROVERS: Sandomierski, Henley, R. Hanley (sub Daly 63 mins), Fernandez, O'Connell (c), Henrique, Fabio Nunes, Edinho, Osawe (sub Maclaren 75 mins), O'Sullivan (sub Lenihan 70 mins), Morris.

Subs not used: Urwin, Wylie.

Goals: None.

Booked: None.

BOLTON: Lynch, Hampson, Kellet, McQuade, Threlkeld, Blakeman (c), Sampson, Maher, Eaves (sub Odelusi 46 mins), McKee (sub Dennis 46 mins), Wolstenholme (sub Woodland 71 mins).

Subs not used: Fielding, Kelly.

Goals: None.

Booked: None.

Attendance: 385.

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