Bolton 1 Burnley 0: match report

26 January 2010 10:00
Berated with chants of 'Judas' by Burnley supporters still seething at his recent decision to leave Turf Moor for Bolton, Owen Coyle responded to his claret-and-blue critics by overseeing a victory for his new team that sent his old club into the bottom three.

Chung-Yong Lee, exotically nicknamed the 'Blue Dragon,' lifted Bolton out of the relegation zone with his first-half winner in a scrappy encounter at the Reebok.

 Related ArticlesPremier League Transfer TalkPremier League tablePremier League actionTelegraph player raterPremier League fixturesSport on televisionCoyle's acrimonious departure from Burnley earlier this month might have resulted in a £1 million compensation package for the club, but that money has proved to be anything but a sweetener in east Lancashire.

While the frosty relationship at boardroom level following Bolton's raid for Coyle might have thawed over drinks in the Chairman's Suite prior to the game, the panoply of anti-Coyle banners among the 5,000 Burnley supporters, one which proclaimed 'Owen Coyle Never Forgotten, Never Forgiven,' emphasised the bitterness that still lingers.

Without a victory away from Turf Moor all season, Burnley clearly need to focus on Premier League survival rather than their former manager, however.

Their slide down the table has become alarming and this defeat has placed them in the bottom three for the first time this season.

They continue to play attractive football under Brian Laws, but potency is missing from their game and, having created numerous early chances, Burnley failed to convert any of them.

The loss to injury of midfielder Chris McCann and Graham Alexander inside the opening 17 minutes did little to help their cause, but Bolton always appeared to strong, physically and technically, for their Lancastrian rivals.

Defender Gary Cahill almost put the home side ahead on 23 minutes when he directed a glancing header wide from Matt Taylor's corner, but the breakthrough came on 35 minutes when Lee scored his fifth goal of the season.

Lee, signed by former manager Gary Megson from FC Seoul last summer, is proving good value for his £2.2m transfer fee and he maintained his impressive goal ratio by directing Kevin Davies's past into the net off the underside of the Burnley crossbar.

Bolton (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, Ricketts; Lee (Weiss 90), Muamba, Cohen, Taylor (Gardner 77); Klasnic (Elmander 53), Davies. Subs: Al Habsi (g), Samuel, Robinson, A O'Brien. Goals: Lee (35) Booked: Cohen, Davies, Lee.

Burnley (4-1-4-1): Jensen; Mears, Duff, Carlisle, Kalvenes; Alexander (Paterson 17); Nugent, Elliott, Eagles (Nimani 65), McCann (McDonald 12); Fletcher. Subs: Penny (g), Edgar, Blake, Thompson. Booked: Elliott, McDonald. Referee: M. Atkinson (West Yorkshire)

Source: Telegraph

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