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Result: Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers share points at Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers share a goalless draw in their Championship match at Ewood Park.

Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers have shared a draw at Ewood Park following a goalless 90 minutes in the Championship, despite the visitors finishing the match a man short.

Dorian Dervite of Bolton Wanderers is sent off by referee Paul Tierney during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers at Ewood park on August 28, 2015© Getty Images

Ben Amos had to be alert early on as the home side forced a free kick just outside the box, but Shane Duffy was unable to test the keeper with his header after Thomas Spurr lifted it over the wall.

The Trotters thought that they should have been awarded two penalties midway through the opening period when Zach Clough and Craig Conway both went down under pressure in the box, but the referee was not interested in their appeals.

Jordan Rhodes started to pose a threat in the Bolton box for Blackburn on his return from injury, but the Scottish international twice headed over following promising crosses from Conway and Ben Marshall.

Bolton started to see more of the ball shortly before half time, but Gary Madine failed to connect with Wellington, before heading the ball wide himself a couple of moments later.

Blackburn were on the hunt early in the second half, with Marshall unleashing a low strike which was blocked by Prince Gouano, before Conway saw his follow-up deflected over.

Grant Hanley of Blackburn Rovers holds off a challenge from Zach Clough of Bolton Wanderers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers at Ewood park on August 28, 2015© Getty Images

The visitors were soon pressing down the other end though, with Wellington running at the Blackburn area before curling an effort towards the top corner, but he lacked the accuracy to test David Raya.

Amos had to make the first save of the night almost 70 minutes into the tie as Spurr whipped in a dangerous-looking free kick, but the Bolton keeper was able to tip it over, before Mark Davies made a clearance off the line to deny Spurr from the resulting corner.

Both sides started to show an increasing urgency as the game headed into the final 10 minutes, with neither side having secured a win in the league this season coming into tonight's tie.

Blackburn briefly thought that they had opened the scoring when Bengali-Fode Koita put the ball in the back of the net after a Rhodes effort was blocked, but the substitute's low strike was chalked off for an offside in the build up.

Bolton immediately charged down the other end where Emile Heskey almost powered it home for Neil Lennon's side, with Raya palming a cross into the box straight into the path of the former England international, but Duffy was on the line to head it clear.

The sides remained deadlocked as the match headed into stoppage time, but Bolton had to finish the match a player short when Dorian Dervite was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the space of 10 minutes, bringing down Koita with a late challenge on the edge of the box, leaving the visitors to see out the final 30 seconds a player short.

The result moves Blackburn up to 20th in the table, while Bolton sit 22nd.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds27166546281854
2Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd27155746281850
3Norwich CityNorwich27148549351450
4West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27138655352047
5Middlesbrough271210530191146
6Derby CountyDerby2712783834443
7Bristol City2711883429541
8Birmingham CityBirmingham2791263930939
9Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2791263931839
10Hull City27116103933639
11Queens Park RangersQPR27116103335-239
12Aston Villa2791174943638
13Swansea CitySwansea27107103632437
14Blackburn RoversBlackburn2791083541-637
15Stoke CityStoke2781183134-335
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2788113245-1332
17Brentford27710103937231
18Preston North EndPreston2779113944-530
19Wigan AthleticWigan2785142840-1229
20Millwall2777133343-1028
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham27510122542-1725
22Reading2758143041-1123
23Bolton WanderersBolton2757151840-2222
24Ipswich TownIpswich2739152246-2418

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