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Rovers' first away points perfect gift to Allardyce

BLACKBURN gave their unwell manager Sam Allardyce the perfect tonic by beating his former club Bolton.<br /><br />Midfielder David Dunn curled the opener and the three points were sealed when Samuel Ricketts headed an own goal from 20 yards out.<br /><br />The result ensured the visitors picked up their first points away from home and assistant manager Neil McDonald admitted the win was a massive confidence boost.<br /><br />&ldquo;I hope it will give Sam Allardyce a chance to recover knowing his team has done well,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />&ldquo;We are really pleased with the performance. Everyone played at the top of their game. We have got rid of our away hoodoo. We worked very hard to change that.&rdquo;<br /><br />Rovers went into the game without Allardyce, who is set to undergo heart surgery, with the aim of stopping a run of 10 consecutive defeats on the road.<br /><br />The impressive Dunn signalled their intent, going close with a volley early on before a counter attack led to him scoring only Blackburn&rsquo;s fourth goal away from home in the league.<br /><br />Franco di Santo found Jason Roberts who set-up Dunn to slot in on the run.<br /><br />Bolton piled forward after the break but it was Rovers who scored the all-important second goal. Ricketts was involved in a mix-up with goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, the defender&rsquo;s routine header finding the back of the net after Jaaskelainen had come to the edge of his box.<br /><br />The result leaves Bolton in the bottom three and boss Gary Megson said: &ldquo;There is a confidence issue. We have to stay together and keep our spirit and hope we can play better.&rdquo;