Ince rues Roberts howler

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Blackburn manager Paul Ince reflected on a glaring miss by Jason Roberts and claimed the blunder cost them two points at Bolton.

Roberts somehow managed to head wide in front of the posts following a cross by Brett Emerton a minute before half-time. It proved to be a pivotal moment in a gritty derby with the match at the Reebok Stadium finishing 0-0.

"Jason is gutted and he has got to score. You can make excuses but I am not one for making excuses," said Ince. "While I am pleased with the clean sheet, you have to take a chance like that. It would mean three points."

Ince was thrilled with the display of centre-backs Ryan Nelsen and Christopher Samba, who blotted out Bolton's attacking threat.

"They were world class," said the Rovers boss. "We did well against a team that is very direct and withstood all the pressure.

"You have to be brave, show character and spirit when you come to a place like this - and we showed that in abundance."

Bolton manager Gary Megson was left frustrated after seeing his side fail to build on their victory at West Ham.

Matt Taylor and Andy O'Brien both came close to breaking the deadlock but they had to make do with a point despite a lot of possession.

Megson said: "We have to look at it as two points dropped given the opportunities we created. Blackburn are a difficult team to break down. They have a good away record."

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