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Martin Olsson nets vital Blackburn winner

AFP/The Local · 1 May 2011, 10:14

Published: 01 May 2011 10:14 GMT+02:00

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Never a prolific goalscorer since joining the club five years ago, the 22-year-old Olsson was the hero with a first-half goal that eased the pressure on beleaguered boss Steve Kean.

It was Rovers' first win in 11 league games stretching back to January.

After an edgy start, the home side dominated and ultimately deserved their victory on a tense afternoon at Ewood Park.

But Rovers made hard work of it by missing a series of chances to kill the game off in the second-half and Bolton, though below their best, were always capable of nicking an equaliser.

Both teams struggled to cope with the blustery conditions and Rovers looked

nervous early on.

They almost fell behind after ten minutes when Rodrigo Moreno's snapshot flashed past Paul Robinson's left-hand post.

Bolton fans taunted Rovers supporters with cries of 'You should have kept Big Sam' -- a reference to the former Wanderers manager controversially sacked by Blackburn's Indian owners last December.

It generated some sympathetic applause from the Ewood faithful, who had watched their team slide into relegation trouble on the back of a 10-match winless run.

But the mood almost changed when Olsson's fierce shot was saved by Adam Bogdan before the Bolton 'keeper scooped the loose ball away as Mwaruwari Benjani tried to bundle it over the line.

Blackburn's luck was in again when Moreno beat Robinson for a second time only to see his shot smack an upright.

But it was Olsson who made the breakthough after 20 minutes. Goals from the Swede have been as rare as hen's teeth since he joined Rovers in 2006 and his only other Premier League strike this season was against Liverpool in January.

Olsson took Michel Salgado's pass and glided past David Wheater before toe-ending his shot into the bottom corner of the net from 16 yards.

Bogdan ought to have kept it out, but the Hungarian -- making his first Premier League appearance since last September - redeemed himself four minutes later when he prevented Olsson adding a second.

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The Rovers man was again allowed far too much space, but Bogdan smothered his close-range shot.

The home side continued to press and Benjani wasted a chance after being teed up by Olsson before he was replaced by Nikola Kalinic.

Bolton skipper Kevin Davies endured a frustrating afternoon, starved of service and easily kept in check by the Blackburn defence, and was finally booked for raising his arm in a heading challenge with Phil Jones which left the Rovers man clutching his face.

Jones almost had his revenge when his long free-kick forward was midjudged by Bogdan and met by Steven Nzonzi but his header drifted wide.

Rovers wasted a simple chance to kill the game off nine minutes from time when defender Chris Samba miskicked substitute Morten Gamst Pedersen's cross in front of goal. The ball ran kindly to Mame Diouf, but the substitute blazed over from ten yards.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:34 May 1, 2011 by laura ka baal
Atlast an immigrant scoring goal for sweden well done immigrant.
13:04 May 1, 2011 by Mike in America
How did I know that the first comment would be racist?
14:23 May 1, 2011 by Rishonim
Laura, what gave him away? Was it the color of his skin??. I guess Henrik Larsson is also an immigrant if we follow your twisted bandwagon perception of course.
14:49 May 1, 2011 by Eric abrahamsson
@laura sorry to hear that from you as i just can relaise that how much far that you are behind from the modern world if he is white or a black he still counts as a swedish and what is important that is the local should control people like laura cuz they crossed the limit
18:01 May 1, 2011 by calebian22
He was born in Sweden. His dad is Swedish. His mom is from Kenya.

Laura is just desperate to hear good news created by immigrants in Sweden. Too bad, keep looking, he's homegrown.
00:39 May 2, 2011 by jimthat
he is a "mestizo "

a mixed race person

nothing weird about it

our sons and grandsons will be just like him

we should be prepared for this because for shure it is our future

we could even say this gay is the prototipe of the typical swede in about 15o 20 years

we better face it now

in brazil i remember having seen lots of people whit that look

they call them "mulatos " (half white half black)
08:32 May 2, 2011 by Coolbreeze

I wll pass your comments to Martin. Especially the part about him being GAY.
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