• Date: Tue 26 January 2010
  • Venue: Reebok Stadium
  • Ref: Atkinson, M
  • Attendance: 23,986

Bolton Wanderers vs Burnley

Team Lineups

Bolton Wanderers

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Gary Cahill
Zat Knight
Gretar Steinsson
Sam Ricketts
Fabrice Muamba
Matt Taylor (Ricardo Gardner, 77)
Tamir Cohen
Chung-Yong Lee (Vladimir Weiss, 90)
Kevin Davies, K
Ivan Klasnic (Johan Elmander, 52)


Brian Jensen
Christian Kalvenes
Michael Duff
Clarke Carlisle
Tyrone Mears
Graham Alexander (Martin Paterson, 17)
Wade Elliott
Chris McCann (Kevin McDonald, 13)
Chris Eagles (Frederic Nimani, 66)
Steven Fletcher
David Nugent

Match Report
Bolton kept their first clean sheet in 22 games to hand Owen Coyle his first win as manager - 1-0 against a Burnley side he had left just 18 days earlier. There was a tense atmosphere at the Reebok Stadium as a packed out section of travelling supporters made the short trip, seemingly intent on proving their former Messiah wrong for leaving Turf Moor. And while they backed their team vociferously, it was Burnley who ended up in the bottom three of the Premier League after an absorbing contest. Burnley created the first chance when Graham Alexander's low cross was toe-poked over the bar by Michael Duff. Alexander then followed Chris McCann off the field injured, and their departure seemed to have an unsettling influence on the Clarets. Shortly after Fabrice Muamba had blasted a shot just over the bar for the home side, Clark Carlisle headed nervously out of his own keeper's grasp for a corner, which was headed narrowly wide by Gary Cahill. Next it was Duff's turn to make a mistake as his poor header nearly allowed Chung-Yong Lee in on goal. Bolton were not having it all their own way, and Brian Laws' men were predictably impressive going forward. Wade Elliott's excellent pass to Steven Fletcher set the Scotland international up for a chance on the edge of the box, but Jussi Jaaskelainen was equal to his effort and Chris Eagles stabbed the rebound over the bar. Bolton chose that moment to take the lead, and again it was Davies who was the main creator with a perfectly timed ball for Chung-Yong to chase down the middle. His well-struck shot cannoned down off the bar, and a yard or so the right side of the line. Burnley could have drawn level just before the break when Eagles' shot deflected off Knight and narrowly wide. Bolton fashioned a number of half chances immediately after the break, with Brian Jensen forced to scurry off his line to block substitute Johan Elmander's effort and Tamir Cohen heading narrowly over the bar. A single-goal lead made for a tense finish - but Bolton held their nerve to record an important victory.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

FULL-TIME: BOLTON 1 - 0 BURNLEY: The home side comfortably hold on for the win and a valuable three points.


Bolton make their final change as Vladimir Weiss is brought on to replace Chung-Yong Lee.


Steinsson launches a long throw into the Burnley penalty area and falls to Chung-Yong Lee who manages to waste valuable time by holding the ball for his team.


Three minutes will be added on at the end of this game.


Mears whips in the resulting free-kick, but not for the first time tonight, Kinght is the man to win the header as Bolton clear.


Paterson manages to take the ball past Elmander before the Bolton man concedes a free-kick in frustration.

Yellow Card

McDonald is then cautioned for going in heavily on Elmander.

Yellow Card

Chung-Yong Lee is booked for Bolton as the game reaches the final stages.


McDonald looks to play a one-two with Nimani, but the latter's return pass is poor and the move breaks down.


Gardner exchanges passes with Elmander before forcing an excellent save from Jensen.


Bolton are the team doing all of the attacking at the moment. Burnley have had no joy at all in this half.


Davies picks out Chung-Yong Lee with a clever pass on the right hand side and he squares to Ricketts who wastes his ball into the penalty area. Promising move from the home side though.


Bolton push forward at pace and the ball falls to Elmander who sees his powerful shot blocked well by Carlisle.


Bolton are taking their time at any given opportunity at the moment and in truth, Burnley don't seem in much of a hurry either.


Muamba gives the ball away in the centre of midfield, but Burnley fail to make the most of his mistake as Elliott returns the favour.


Coyle makes another change for Bolton as Taylor is replaced by Ricardo Gardner.


Elliot lays the ball back to Fletcher who watches on as his floated cross is collected well by Jaaskelainen.


Mears cuts inside with purpose for Burnley, but his pass looking for Paterson is too heavy and Bolton manage to clear the ball away.


Burnley have failed to get too many points in these type of games so far this season. They have recorded just 7 points from the 9 matches played against bottom half team.

Yellow Card

Davies is shown a yellow card for Bolton.


Knight has won everything in the air for Bolton today. This time he gets ahead of Fletcher to prevent any danger from Burnley.


Taylor pushes forward for Bolton, but waits too long to pass to Ricketts and the move breaks down.


Burnley really need to make something happen in the final 20 minutes, someone needs to produce a moment of magic.


Davies finds some space on the right wing and manages to whip in a fantastic cross which is headed just wide by Elmander.


Free-kick to Bolton inside the Burnley half is launched forward by Taylor, only for Jensen to claim the ball with both hands for the away side.


Numani is a new signing for Burnley and will be desperate to make an impact in the remainder of this game.


Burnley make their third and final substitution as Frederic Nimani replaces Eagles.


Chung-Yong Lee exchanges passes with Elmander as Bolton push forward, but Burnley manage to stop anything coming from the attack.


Davies heads the ball into the path off Elmander who attempts to test Jensen with a shot, only for his team-mate Taylor to get in the way.


Bolton have struggled somewhat at home this season with just ten points from 11 games at the Reebok Stadium this season, meaning this would be a huge three points if they could hold on.


Ricketts knocks the ball into the Burnley penalty area and his cross finds the head of Cohen who fails to hit the target from 8 yards.


Chung-Yong Lee delivers a good ball into the six yard box and it almost falls to Johan Elmander, but Burnley manage to clear.


Burnley are yet to test Jaaskelainen too much in this game and Brian Laws will hope this changes as the game goes on.


Corner for Bunley this time is taken towards the back post and it eventually falls to Eagles who watches on as his cross is blocked by Cohen.


Corner for Bolton is curled in by Taylor towards the head of Elmander, but the Bolton man is penalised for fouling his man.


Elmander is into the action straight away as he lays the ball off to Davies who fires wide with his shot from just outside the penalty area.


Early substitution for Bolton in the second half as Klasnic is replaced by Johan Elmander.


Chung-Yong Lee attempts an ambitious effort from distance which goes comfortably wide of Jensen's goal.


The composed figure of Cahill is in the right place for Bolton as he intercepts Elliot's pass before setting Bolton on their way with a neat ball forward to Taylor.


Steinsson is the man to attempt a long throw this time, but nothing comes of it again as the ball bounces away from Klasnic and out of play.


Ricketts attempts a long throw into the danger zone only for Burnley to scramble the ball away. The home side start the half on top.


Zat Knight chips the ball forward towards the Burnley penalty area, but Carlisle is there for Burnley to head the ball away.


The next goal in this game is crucial. A goal for the home side could see off Burnley, but if the away side score it is game on.

Second half

The second half is underway - can Bolton hold onto their lead of will Burnley get themselves back on level terms?

Half time

Half Time: BOLTON 1-0 BURNLEY: Bolton go into the break ahead as the first half comes to an end.


Eagles gets the better of Steinsson before his shot is deflected wide for a Burnley corner.


Gretar Steinsson launches a long throw towards Davies, but Carlisle gets their first to clear any danger.


There will be four minutes of added time at the end of the first-half.


Chung-Yong Lee chips the ball into the penalty area, but Jensen gets there first ahead of Ivan Klasnic.


Muamba bursts forward into space for Bolton, but Chung-Yong Lee's pass isn't directed well enough and nothing comes from a promisiing attack.


Bolton are certainly growing in confidence as the first half reaches its climax. They would love another goal before the break.


Burnley will fancy their chances of grabbing a goal this evening as Bolton have not recorded a clean sheet for 22 league games.


The resulting free-kick is whipped into the area by Taylor, but goes comfortably over the head of the waiting Cahill and out for a goal-kick.

Yellow Card

Chung-Yong Lee collects the ball off Davies again and is brought down by Elliot who is booked.


BOLTON 1-0 BURNLEY: The home side take the lead as CHUNG-YONG LEE hammers home from Davies' cross.


Christian Kalvenes tries his luck from distance for Burnley and the ball only goes just wide of the target. Good effort.


Duff's poor back pass almost falls to Chung-Yong Lee, but Jensen manages to clear the ball as far as Taylor who misses the target with his first time shot.


Sam Ricketts gets enough space on the right wing to whip in a testing cross, but Brian Jensen is there to collect the ball for his team.


Steven Fletcher finds some space on the left wing and manages to lay the ball into the path of Eagles, but the Burnley winger loses his footing at the crucial moment and fails to test Jaaskelainen.


Burnley push forward through Elliot and he squares the ball to Eagles who fails to connect properly with his shot which goes comfortably over the bar.


Cahill intercepts well to win possession for his team, but his ball foward is far too heavy for Davies and the move breaks down.


Cohen attempts a dramatic bicycle kick to start a Bolton move, but even though the ball finds Davies, his header goes flying out of play.


The resulting corner finds the head of Gary Cahill who watches on as his effort goes inches wide of the post.


Free-kick to Bolton inside the Burnley half is curled into the box by Taylor and Carlisle is forced to head over his own bar for a Bolton corner.


Bolton will be favourites for this game though, simply because of Burnley’s away form. The Clarets are yet to win on the road in the league this season.


Carlisle gets his head in ahead of Davies as Bolton pump the ball forward. The Burnley defence has been solid so far.


Burnley have had to re-shuffle their formation after Alexander's injury, with Elliot moving to central midfield.


Davies plays the ball through to Muamba who finds himself with enough space to shoot, but his effort goes over the bar. Excellent chance.


Burnley are forced to make their second substitution of the evening as Martin Paterson comes on to replace Alexander.


Chung-Yong Lee looks to play the ball through to Davies, but the Bolton forward lets it run beyond him and the move breaks down.


The away side will be happy with the way they have started the game. They have asked more questions so far.


Alexander blasts in a low corner which falls to David Nugent who can't quite direct his shot towards goal.


Chris McCann is replaced by Kevin McDonald in an early substitution for Burnley.


Graham Alexander whips in the first corner of the game for Burnley towards the back post, where Tamir Cohen is waiting to hook the ball away.


Bolton pass the ball around nicely on the edge of the Burnley penalty area, but they attempt one pass too many and Michael Duff is able to clear.


Davies flicks the ball on from Jussi Jaaskelainen's long ball forward and Taylor nearly collects it, but Clarke Carlisle gets there first for Burnley.


Neither side are in the best of form going into this game, Bolton have won just once in 11 games and Burnley are on a 10 match winless run.


Taylor takes a free-kick for Bolton, but it is easily headed clear by Tyrone Mears. The Bolton man will have to improve on his set-pieces as the game goes on.


Wade Elliott knocks the ball forward to Chris Eagles who looks to attack the Bolton defence, but Muamba is there to win the ball for his team.


Owen Coyle recieved a far from warm reception from the Burnley fans as he appeared from the tunnel. The Bolton manager only left the Clarets 18 days prior to this fixture.


Kevin Davies collects the ball on the right hand side for Bolton, only for his floated cross to avade the head of Matt Taylor.


Bolton push forward early on with purpose through Ivan Klasnic, but nothing comes from the attack.


They are underway at the Reebok Stadium for the 120th meeting between Bolton Wanderers and Burnley.