Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Burnley

  • January 26, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton moved out of the bottom three after a Lee Chung-Yong goal gave Wanderers a 1-0 victory over Burnley at the Reebok Stadium.

The result gives Owen Coyle his first league victory as Bolton boss, ironically against the club he switched from earlier this month.

Wanderers attacked from the off and came close to scoring in the opening minute when Chung-Yong's cross from the right just evaded the runs of both Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic.

Burnley were hit by a double injury blow early on, with Chris McCann and then captain Graham Alexander both forced off the field.

The hosts then came close to breaking the deadlock when Matt Taylor's ball put Fabrice Muamba through on goal, but his shot flew marginally over the crossbar.

Moments later, Clark Carlisle almost headed the ball past his own goalkeeper, before Gary Cahill came close with a flick header from a corner.

Brian Law's side hit back though and Chris Eagles missed a guilt-edged chance for the visitors, shooting over the bar after Jussi Jaaskelainen had parried Steven Fletcher's shot across goal.

Christian Kalvenes then came close for Burnley, shooting just wide of Jaaskelainen's post, but it was Bolton who were to make the breakthrough ten minutes before the break.

After Davies had dropped deep, he played a superb ball over the Burnley defence and Chung-Yong sent it over the line off the underside of the crossbar. The Burnley players protested but television replays showed the ball to have clearly crossed the line.

After the restart, Davies and then Chung-Yong both saw efforts go wide of goal before Brian Jensen was on hand to deny Taylor.

Tamir Cohen sent a header just wide soon after and Muamba also saw a goalbound effort deflected to safety just after the hour.

Substitute Johan Elmander came close to making it two goals in as many games when he headed wide, before Cohen also sent a strike wide on 82 minutes.

Ricardo Gardner, another substitute, almost made the game safe in the latter stages but after a neat one-two with Davies, his shot was superbly turned away by Jensen.

Loan signing Vladimir Weiss was given a run out in stoppage time as Wanderers ran down the clock to seal the victory which moves them out of the Premier League's relegation zone, at the expense of Burnley.

Next up for Bolton is the tough trip to Anfield on Saturday afternoon, with an inconsistent Liverpool providing the opposition.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Ricketts, Chung-Yong (Weiss 90), Muamba, Cohen, Taylor (Gardner 77), Klasnic (Elmander 52), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Samuel, Robinson, A O'Brien
Booked: Cohen, K Davies, Chung-Yong
Goals: Chung-Yong 35

Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Duff, Carlisle, Kalvenes, Elliott, Alexander (Paterson 16), McCann (McDonald 12), Nugent, Fletcher, Eagles (Nimani 65)
Subs Not Used: Penny, Edgar, Blake, Thompson
Booked: Elliott, McDonald

Attendance: 23,986
Referee: Martin Atkinson

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