Burnley 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 18, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton were made to pay for complacency and a lack of quality as they began life in the Championship with a 2-0 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor.

Goals in each half from Martin Paterson and Charlie Austin gave Eddie Howe's side a fully deserved victory over their near neighbours, leaving Wanderers with plenty to think about for the season ahead.

Trotters boss Owen Coyle handed a debut to Keith Andrews in midfield, while there were also places for Tyrone Mears, Lee Chung-Yong and Marvin Sordell, who rarely featured for the club last season.

Both sides started well, with Chris McCann shooting over from distance for the hosts, before Wanderers hit back with a flurry of set-pieces that Burnley somehow managed to defend.

Paterson then came inches away from breaking the deadlock, with his delicate chip landing on the roof of Adam Bogdan's goal, with the Bolton goalkeeper well beaten.

Wanderers came close to scoring themselves at the midway point of the first half, as they hit the Clarets on the counter attack.

After clearing a Burnley corner, Martin Petrov picked out Sordell and after advancing towards the edge of the box, the ball was laid off to Chung-Yong, who dragged his shot wide when he should have done much better.

Bogdan was on hand to deny Dean Marney as the game went past the half hour mark, before Petrov came inches away from scoring at the other end with a right-footed volley that went just over the top of Lee Grant's crossbar.

A goal did arrive before the break, however, and it came the way of Burnley, who capitalised on poor defensive play from the Wanderers backline.

Marney's goalbound strike from the edge of the box struck Mears flush in the face and the loose ball fell into the path of Austin, who headed the ball back into the danger area for Paterson to nod past Bogdan.

Wanderers appealed desperately for offside, but the goal was allowed to stand by referee Jonathan Moss and Howe's side took their lead into the break.

Bolton started the second half brightly, without really testing Grant in the Burnley goal, but they were made to pay for wasting possession 11 minutes after the break as they conceded for the second time in the game.

Junior Stanislas was given too much time on the ball and his cross from the left flank was inch perfect for Austin, who got ahead of Tim Ream to poke the ball home from close range.

Coyle responded by making a double substitution, with Benik Afobe and Chris Eagles coming on for Kevin Davies and Petrov, who had both endured a poor day at the office.

Those changes failed to have the desired impact, though, as Burnley continued to press for a third goal and it almost arrived as Paterson stung the palms of Bogdan with a volley from a tight angle.

Wanderers twice came close in the latter stages. First, Mears dragged a shot wide from just outside the box, before Knight saw a header cleared off the line after rising highest at the back post to meet a corner from Eagles.

That was about as good as it got on a miserable day for Wanderers, who must bounce back immediately with home games against Derby County and Nottingham Forest to come in the next six days.

For the time being, Coyle's side languish in the bottom three of the Championship and will know they must improve their game if they are to sustain a serious challenge for promotion this season.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Edgar, Mills, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Stanislas (Mee 80), Austin (Stock 90), Paterson (Vokes 76)
Subs Not Used: Jensen, Bartley, MacDonald, Duff
Booked: Marney
Goals: Paterson 39, Austin 57

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Mears, Ream, Knight, Ricketts, Chung-Yong, M Davies (Pratley 75), Andrews, Petrov (Eagles 59), Sordell, K Davies (Afobe 59)
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Alonso, Mills, Wylde
Booked: Andrews, Pratley

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Attendance: 18,407

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