Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Burnley

  • February 09, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton claimed their first league win of 2013, after coming from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 at the Reebok Stadium.

The visitors took the lead 10 minutes after the break - as David Edgar headed home, after Chris McCann had nodded a corner back across goal.

Their advantage lasted just 10 minutes, however, as superb work down the left flank from Lee Chung-Yong allowed substitute Craig Davies to score the equaliser via the underside of the crossbar.

Wanderers would then seal the victory with nine minutes left to play. Burnley failed to deal with a Kevin Davies shot and when their defence could only half-clear, Jay Spearing's wayward strike was flicked beyond Lee Grant by David Ngog.

Trotters boss Dougie Freedman made three changes from the team that lost at Watford last weekend, with Tyrone Mears replacing Sam Ricketts at right-back, while Craig Dawson and Steve De Ridder made their first starts for the club at the expense of Tim Ream and Josh Vela.

As the home supporters have come to expect in recent weeks, the game began on a quiet note - with both sides cancelling each other out in the middle of the field.

The first chance arrived just before the quarter-hour mark, but superb defending from Marcos Alonso denied Danny Ings a clear run on Adam Bogdan's goal.

Burnley came close to breaking the deadlock on 18 minutes, but Darren Pratley was in the right place at the right time to deny Ross Wallace - who had fired a low shot across the face of the Bolton goalmouth.

Wanderers' first real chance arrived at the midway point of the half. Jay Spearing's corner picked out an unmarked Dawson, who directed a powerful header narrowly wide of Grant's left-hand post.

Dawson was proving to be a handful at set-pieces and brought a save out of Grant on the half-hour, moments after De Ridder had seen a cross-cum-shot deflected behind for a corner. The on-loan West Bromwich Albion defender came close again on 33 minutes, before Chris Eagles fired the rebound well over the crossbar.

Moments after that miss, Bolton were fortunate to keep a full set of players on the pitch. After being dispossessed by Ings, Zat Knight brought down the Burnley man and appeared to be the last defender. Referee Chris Foy took a lenient view of the challenge, however, and issued only a yellow card. The resulting free-kick from Wallace would land on the roof of Bogdan's net.

Eagles and Pratley both saw efforts go wide of the target in the latter stages of the half, as the game remained goalless heading into the break.

Both sides remained unchanged for the start of the second half and it didn't take long for the first chance to arrive, as Charlie Austin's header from a corner was blocked by Knight.

Wanderers were struggling to deal with the Clarets' set-plays and ultimately fell behind on 55 minutes, as McCann headed a corner back across goal and Edgar beat a combination of Spearing and Bogdan in the air to nod the visitors in front.

Falling behind prompted Freedman into a double change, which was met by a chorus of boos from around the Reebok Stadium. Ngog and Craig Davies came on for De Ridder and Marvin Sordell, in what would later prove to be two inspired changes.

Seven minutes after entering the game, Craig Davies silenced his critics by scoring his first goal for the club since a £300,000 move from Barnsley in the January transfer window. After winning a flick 30-yards from goal, Davies raced into the Burnley box and latched on to a smart cross from Chung-Yong to head home an equaliser via the underside of the crossbar.

Davies almost added a second just moments later, but, after playing a one-two with Ngog, he was denied by a smothering challenge from Grant.

Bolton were pressing for the winning goal and only last ditch defending from Burnley prevented Wanderers from taking the lead with 15 minutes to go. After Grant had spilled the ball in his own box, goalbound strikes from Alonso and Dawson were both blocked, before the visitors managed to clear to safety.

Alonso was denied again as the game entered the final 10 minutes, with Grant turning away a long-range free-kick. The Burnley stopper was beaten with eight minutes remaining, however, as Bolton completed the turnaround.

The Burnley defenders failed to clear their lines and after Kevin Davies' header had been diverted to the edge of the box, Spearing's volley was turned into the net by the quick reactions of Ngog to give Wanderers what proved to be the winning goal.

Junior Stanislas curled a free-kick wide of goal in the closing stages, but Bolton held out to claim their first league victory since the end of the December and pull clear of the Championship's relegation zone.

Freedman's side return to action next Saturday, when they make the tough trip to Nottingham Forest.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Mears, Alonso, Knight, Dawson, Eagles (K Davies 79), Spearing, Pratley, Chung-Yong, De Ridder (C Davies 58), Sordell (Ngog 58)
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ream, Ricketts, Vela
Booked: Knight
Goals: C Davies 66, Ngog 81

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Lafferty, Shackell, Edgar, McCann, Wallace (Paterson 70), Marney, Stanislas (Treacy 90), Ings (Vokes 82), Austin
Subs Not Used: Jensen, Mills, Long, Stock
Booked: Trippier, Shackell
Goals: Edgar 55

Referee: Chris Foy
Attendance: 19,767

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