Burnley 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • September 21, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle's first return to Burnley ended in defeat as Bolton were beaten 1-0 at Turf Moor.

Wade Elliott scored the only goal of the game shortly before the break as Brian Laws' team advanced into the last 16 of the competition.

As expected, the atmosphere was electric under the floodlights. After his emergence from the tunnel, Coyle was roundly booed by the Clarets' faithful and cheered by the 2,500 travelling Wanderers fans.

The hosts settled quickly and could have found themselves ahead in the early exchanges. Chris Eagles forced Adam Bogdan into a smart stop in the first minute, before the same player smacked the crossbar from 25-yards just moments later.

Eagles was involved once more a couple of minutes later when he crossed for Chris Iwelumo, but the former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker could only send the ball into the waiting hands of Bogdan.

Bolton then got into their stride and Rodrigo Moreno, making his debut since joining on loan from Benfica, got away his first shot of the night, but his curling effort was comfortable for Lee Grant in the Burnley goal.

Grant made a superb save to keep the game goalless five minutes later, preventing Tamir Cohen from opening his account for the season by tipping his low curling effort behind for a corner.

Rodrigo was becoming a constant thorn in the side of Burnley left-back Danny Fox and he should have helped Wanderers take the lead.

After receiving a pass from former Burnley favourite Robbie Blake, he cut in from the right flank but his cross was too far ahead of Blake and Mark Davies, leaving the Bolton fans questionning the decision to pass and not shoot.

Just as they did early in the half, Burnley hit the woodwork late in the half, this time through Jay Rodriguez. It mattered not though as the hosts took the lead just moments later, albeit in controversial circumstances.

After sending Eagles' cross goalwards, Elliott's effort was clawed away by Bogdan. However, the assistant on the far side had raised his flag to get the attention of the match referee, Mark Clattenburg.

The ball appeared to hit a hand inside the area and Clattenburg had duely pointed to the penalty spot, but after consulting with his assistant, deemed the ball to be over the line already and awarded the goal.

Emotions were high during the break with Coyle, surrounded by stewards, approaching Clattenburg on the field to gain an understanding of what had happened with regards to the goal.

Neither side gained control of the game after the restart and it was Wanderers who made the first steps towards goal on the hour.

First, Ivan Klasnic brought Grant into action with a shot across goal, before Cohen should have levelled when he got in behind the home defence, only to shoot wide from close range.

Rodrigo and Klasnic were replaced inside the final 20 minutes, with the latter heading straight down the tunnel. Their replacements were Lee Chung-Yong and Johan Elmander.

Cohen headed over from a corner and Matt Taylor saw a free-kick pushed away by Grant late on, as time ran out on Wanderers, who crash out of the Carling Cup to lower league opposition for the second time in three seasons.

Next up for Bolton is Manchester United at the Reebok Stadium at noon on Sunday.

Burnley: Grant, Mears, Carlisle, Bikey, Fox, Cork, Alexander, Elliott, Rodriguez (Marney 88), Iwelumo (Thompson 75), Eagles (Paterson 83)
Subs Not Used: Jensen, Duff, Cort, Easton
Booked: Marney
Goals: Elliott 45

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Steinsson, Ricketts, Knight, Alonso, Blake, M Davies, Cohen, Taylor, Klasnic (Elmander 73), Moreno (Chung-Yong 73)
Subs Not Used: Lainton, Robinson, Muamba, Holden, Petrov
Booked: Cohen, M Davies

Attendance: 17,602
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

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