Blackburn 4-1 Bolton: Pratley Embarrassed After Derby Defeat

Midfielder Darren Pratley admits Bolton were embarrassed by their derby battering at Ewood Park.

The heavy defeat leaves Dougie Freedman and his Wanderers bottom of the Championship, having failed to win a league game this term.

And Pratley confessed: “We’re embarrassed as a team, to lose a local derby the way we did. Everyone’s disappointed.”

The former Swansea man accepts the pressure is now on to produce, once Bolton have licked their wounds during the international break.

“I think we owe a big performance to the fans and most of our manager and the coaching staff – we’ve let the down today,” he said.

“They set us up in training every day, and training’s good, so we can’t make any excuses.

“We just didn’t perform or have that bit of luck we needed.”

It took some time for this simmering derby to reach boiling point, but when it did, Blackburn were too hot to handle.

David Dunn put the home side ahead after dancing through two tackles and slotting past Adam Bogdan.

A minute later Jordan Rhodes doubled the lead from 20-yards thanks to some calamitous defending by the visitors who twice gifted him the ball.

Two stunning saves from Bogdan, denying debutant Ben Marshall and Rhodes, then prevented Blackburn from beout out of sight by the break.

And it looked like they may be pegged back when Bolton netted through Alex Baptiste on 45 minutes.

But Corry Evans restored Rovers’ two-goal lead with a stunning volley from 25 yards and Rhodes completed teh scoring when he tapped home his fourth goal in two games.

Evans’ strike was his first for the club following his summer switch from Hull as Gary Bowyer’s side made it two wins in a row.

“Two get off the mark on my home debut was great, hopefully I can add to that now,” he said.

“Everyone’s enjoying themselves.

“We’ve shown that with the last two performances where we’ve scored nine goals.”

And after giving Blackburn’s long-suffering fans a rare moment of cheer, Evans is now eyeing double derby delight with victory over Burnley.

He added: “It sets us up well for the break and going into the Burnley game in two weeks.”


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