Bolton 1 Burnley 0: Lee strike gives boss Coyle win over old team

27 January 2010 12:45

They feared it would turn out like this. Those Burnley fans who called Owen Coyle a Judas and poured their anger down upon him from the stands always knew he could deliver a damaging blow to the survival hopes of the club he guided into the top flight in May.

That it should happen so quickly, just 18 days after he left Turf Moor and made that 'sideways' move to Bolton, was particularly hurtful for those who used to worship the43-year-old Scot.

Even more so because Chung-Yong Lee's first-half goal secured Coyle's first League win at his new club and lifted them out of the relegation zone at the expense of his old side.

On target: Chung-Yong Lee scores the only goal of the game at the Reebok

That a South Korean should be the one to settle a battle betweenBolton and Burnley just goes to underline the global appeal of thePremier League. It is one of the reasons Burnley desperately want tostay up, but there are 30 million more.

Coyle expected a torrent of abuse last night and he was notdisappointed. Burnley's 5,000 travelling fans vented their anger for 15minutes before kick-off and greeted his appearance with boos.

When he walked on to the pitch at the end and rather unwiselyapplauded in their direction, it is fair to say the goodwill was notreciprocated.

'Last year I was a god and tonight I was a Judas,' said Coyle.

Old acquaintances: Owen Coyle faces Burnley for the first time since walking out at Turf Moor earlier this month

'If you're going to be biblical, then get it right and call me Mosesbecause we led Burnley from the wilderness! Someone even saw a bannersaying, 'He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy', so theyobviously have some humour.

'I was more emotional tonight than in any other game I've beeninvolved in, having left a truly unique club for Bolton and bearing inmind we're both fighting for survival.

'When you put all that into the mix, and a bit of stick I wasexpecting from the Burnley fans, it was an eventful night. I knew itwas going to be tough against a team I know so well but I thought wewere worthy of the three points.

'There is a stigma attached to being in the bottom three and as amanager you want out of it as soon as you can, but I truly believe bothclubs will be in the Premier League next year.'

Burnley, in fairness to Coyle's successor Brian Laws, werehandicapped by losing Chris McCann and Graham Alexander to injuryinside 17 minutes.

It forced Laws to change personnel and formation, and his side hadseveral narrow escapes before Lee opened the scoring on 34 minutes.

Coyle attack: The travelling fans turned against their old manager at the Reebok

Fabrice Muamba raced clear only to guide his effort over the bar andGary Cahill sent a glancing header just wide from Matt Taylor's corner.Then Kevin Davies curled a 30-yard attempt harmlessly wide of an opennet when Jensen came out to save at the feet of Lee.

But Davies more than made up for that with an exquisite pass to release the Korean behind Christian Kalvenes and Michael Duff.

The same linesman who correctly judged Lee to be onside got it rightagain when he flagged to tell referee Martin Atkinson that themidfielder's first-time shot beyond Jensen had crossed the line aftercoming down off the bar.

Burnley's efforts were restricted to a Chris Eagles scrambled effortover the bar and a low shot past the post by Kalvenes as Bolton kepttheir first clean sheet of the season.

Up for the fight: Zat Knight is challenged by Burnley's Michael Duff and Clark Carlisle

They almost increased their lead six minutes from time when Jensenproduced a fantastic fingertip save down to his left to deny substituteRicardo Gardner,but one was enough.

It left Laws contemplating a third straight defeat and the challenge of raising his players' spirits.

  'Those two injuries knocked the stuffing out of us,' he said.

'It was difficult for us to have any continuity but we stayed resolute.

'The Premier League can be a cruel place and that showed againtonight. You wonder what you've done to deserve it and the players aresuffering. They need help and support, and that's what I'll do.

'It's been a tough baptism for me but we'll regroup and get ready for the next game.'

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Source: Daily_Mail