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Tuesday 20 December 2011

Barclays Premier League Tuesday round-up

Bolton beat Blackburn to move off bottom, while Wolves and Norwich draw

Bolton's early breakthrough proved key in an intense derby match

Blackburn 1-2 Bolton

First-half goals from Mark Davies and Nigel Reo-Coker secured a crucial win for Bolton which gave local rivals Blackburn the unwanted present of being bottom of the Barclays Premier League at Christmas.

In an intense atmosphere, Davies fired Bolton in front after just five minutes, then Reo-Coker finished from inside the box with half an hour gone to put the visitors in control.

Blackburn hit back with a smart finish from Yakubu midway through the second period but Bolton held their nerve to claim a vital win and move above Rovers in the Barclays Premier League table.

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Wolves 2-2 Norwich

Wolves twice came from behind to secure a thrilling draw with Norwich in a great match at Molineux.

Andrew Surman headed Norwich in front after Wes Hoolahan's cross but Wolves levelled when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake finished as the ball broke loose from a Stephen Hunt shot.

Norwich thought the points were theirs when Simeon Jackson tapped in to make it 2-1 with 14 minutes to go, but Nenad Milijas crossed for Ronald Zubar to head an equaliser on 82 minutes and salvage a draw for Mick McCarthy's men.

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Key Points

  • Bolton win 2-1 at Blackburn to move off foot of table
  • Defeat means Blackburn will be bottom side at Christmas
  • Wolves and Norwich draw 2-2 in cracking match at Molineux