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Report: Rovers 2 Bolton Wanderers 0

Goals from Ben Brereton and Adam Armstrong earn a fourth consecutive win for Tony Mowbray's men

22 April 2019

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Ben Brereton's first goal in Rovers colours set Tony Mowbray's side on their way to a fourth consecutive win in the Championship against Bolton Wand

Brereton struck just before the half hour mark against the Trotters to hand Rovers the advantage at the break.

Adam Armstrong added a second of the afternoon four minutes after the interval to ensure a comfortable second half for the hosts who bossed possession and could have had more goals had it not been for visiting goalkeeper Ben Alnwick.

There were also home debuts for Academy graduates John Buckley and Dan Butterworth, in what will be seen as a positive afternoon for Mowbray's men.

The boss named three changes to his team from the one that started three days earlier at Queens Park Rangers, with Ryan Nyambe, Jack Rodwell and Brereton coming in for the hosts in place of Elliott Bennett, Corry Evans and Danny Graham.

It was the visitors who had the first opportunity of the game as the returning Sammy Ameobi cut in from the right before seeing his left-footed attempt fly a few yards over the top of Jayson Leutwiler's upright.

Bolton were dealt an early blow when Mark Beevers was forced off with a hamstring injury, with Marc Wilson coming on to replace the experienced central defender.

Soon after and Leutwiler was called into action again, this time having to keep hold of a low drive from Wanderers starlet Luca Connell.

Rovers were struggling to create, but just before the half hour mark it was Brereton who got off the mark with his first goal for the club.

After neat play between playmakers Joe Rothwell and Bradley Dack, Brereton was in and cooly slotted a left-footed finish beyond Alnwick and into the bottom corner to hand the home side the lead.

Rovers were forced into a change at the break, with Lewis Travis heading off through injury and being replaced by Elliott Bennett.

The dangerous Ameobi tested Leutwiler from range just seconds into the half before Armstrong grabbed his ninth of the campaign against one of his old sides.

After Dack slipped in Rothwell, Alnwick was there to tip the ball away, but it fell kindly to Armstrong who finished from close range just five minutes into the second half.

Armstrong went in search of his second of the afternoon soon after, but his curling effort was straight down the throat of Alnwick.

John Buckley was on for his home debut with 25 minutes remaining, replacing Rodwell in the heart of the Rovers midfield.

Another Academy graduate was on soon after as Dan Butterworth earned a league debut for Rovers, coming on for Dack.

The youngster was straight into the action and a direct run from the teenager saw him drift past Jack Hobbs before firing inches past Alnwick's left-hand post.

A moment later and Alnwick was called upon once more, this time using his feet to push away Brereton's low attempt after Rothwell's threaded pass found him in the box.

Bennett's strike from range was then held well by Alnwick, with Brereton waiting to pounce as Rovers upped the ante in the final 10 minutes.

But whilst dominating the ball, Rovers had to make do with just the two goals and saw the game out comfortably in the end to register another three points and a fourth consecutive victory in the Championship.

Rovers: Leutwiler, Nyambe, Lenihan (c), D. Williams, Bell, Rodwell (J. Buckley, 65, Travis (Bennett, 46), Armstrong, Dack (Butterworth, 76), Rothwell, Brereton.

Unused substitutes: Raya, Graham, Mulgrew, Conway.

Goals: Brereton, 30, Armstrong, 50.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Taylor (c), Beevers (Wilson, 11), Donaldson, Ameobi, Noone, Hobbs, Connolly, J. Williams (Murphy, 39), Brockbank (Muscatt, 75), Connell.

Unused substitutes: B. Williams, Oztumer, W. Buckley, Magennis.

Referee: Andy Woolmer.

Attendance: 14,495 (1,163 away)


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