23 Nov 2009

Blackburn Rovers win despite managers absence

6:14 am on 23 November 2009

The Blackburn Rovers football club shrugged off the absence of their manager Sam Allardyce, who is awaiting heart surgery, to beat his former club Bolton Wanderers 2-nil in the Premier League.

Victory in the Lancashire derby ended Blackburn's run of 10 successive away defeats, the team's first points on their travels this season lifting them to 11th place.

The defeat leaves Wanderers third from bottom.

David Dunn netted the opener in the 32nd minute, curling the ball into the top corner past the outstretched Jussi Jaaskelainen in goal.

Bolton defender Sam Ricketts then headed into his own net in the 73rd.

The top teams played yesterday with Chelsea beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-nil to stay five points clear of champions Manchester United who sit in second after outclassing Everton 3-nil at Old Trafford.

Arsenal lost 1-nil at Sunderland and drop to third place on the points ladder..