Burnley 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 03, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton and Burnley opened the new Championship season with a stalemate, drawing 1-1 at Turf Moor.

The Clarets took a 26th minute lead in the first match of the new campaign as Danny Ings outpaced David Wheater, before his scuffed shot span past Adam Bogdan via the heel of the unfortunate Wanderers defender - who was credited with an own goal.

However, Dougie Freedman's side pulled level eight minutes before the break. Neat interplay from Darren Pratley and Chris Eagles resulted in the latter pulling the ball back for Pratley, who smashed it low into the bottom corner.

Both sides pushed forward for a winning goal after the break, but neither goalkeeper was seriously threatened as the first Lancashire derby of the season ended all square.

Wanderers made five changes to the side that ended last season with a 2-2 draw against Blackpool. Marc Tierney, Alex Baptiste and Jermaine Beckford were all handed their competitive debuts for the club, while David Wheater made his first league start since May 2012. Keith Andrews also began the game, his first since injuring an Achilles in January.

The visitors started brightly and had faint appeals for a penalty turned down as early as the second minute. After Pratley had seen a shot charged down, the former Swansea City midfielder went to ground inside the box but referee Mark Clattenburg ordered play to continue.

The first chance fell the way of Medo Kamara, but his shot from 25 yards rolled harmlessly wide of Tom Heaton's right-hand post and behind for a goal-kick.

Burnley's first chance arrived on the quarter-hour mark, as Ings came inches away from making contact with a Junior Stanislas cross. Had he done so, the Clarets would surely have been celebrating a goal.

Not put off by his earlier miss, Medo tried his luck again shortly afterwards. This time, the Sierra Leone international came a lot closer then his previous attempt - with the ball sailing half-a-yard over the crossbar.

Ings came close as the game reached the midway point of the first-half, but his next action was to be more decisive as Sean Dyche's side went in front. Having received possession 30 yards from goal, Ings strolled past Wheater before seeing his shot bobble into the far corner off the heel of the Wanderers defender - who was officially credited with an own goal.

Bolton soon pushed forward in search of an equaliser, with Pratley, Eagles and Zat Knight all failing to make contact with a loose ball inside the Burnley box. The visitors were level eight minutes before the break, however, with their first shot on target.

Eagles and Pratley combined well down the right-flank, leading to the latter latching on to a cut-back and slamming the ball low and hard into the bottom corner of Heaton's goal. It was to be the last goalmouth action of the opening period, as the two sides went in level at the break.

Neither manager opted to make a change as the teams emerged for the start of the second half. The opening moments were curtailed to an extent, with Eagles feeling the effects of a challenge on the near touchline. The former Clarets midfielder appeared to turn his ankle, but stayed on the field in an attempt to shrug off the injury.

The first shot of the half fell the way of the hosts, with a bouncing free-kick from Stanislas forcing Bogdan into an awkward save at his near post. At the other end, Bolton upped the pressure with a series of corners but failed to find a breakthrough - with Beckford coming closest, only to lose his footing inside the six-yard box.

After falling awkwardly just outside the Burnley penalty area, Eagles was replaced on 64 minutes after falling on his already injured ankle. David Ngog took his place and moved into a central position, with Pratley moving to the right-side of midfield.

Medo received treatment soon after, following a collision with Wheater, but he managed to stay on the field as Bolton looked to shore up the midfield area.

Beckford's afternoon came to an end with 10 minutes to go, as Craig Davies came on to replace the debutant. Having been on the pitch for a matter of minutes, the former Barnsley forward took aim at goal - bringing a flying save out of Heaton from 25 yards.

Sam Vokes curled an effort straight at Bogdan, while Medo shot wide at the other end, as both sides went in search of a late winner. Neither side managed to find a breakthrough and other than a late yellow card for Lee Chung-Yong, four minutes of stoppage time passed by without incident as the two Lancashire rivals opened the new campaign with a point apiece.

Freedman's side return to action on Tuesday evening in the first round of the Capital One Cup, when they face Shrewsbury Town at Greenhous Meadow.

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Lafferty, Marney, Long, Shackell, Wallace, Jones, Ings (Edgar 89), Vokes, Stanislas (Arfield 80)
Subs Not Used: Cisak, O'Neill, Stock, Treacy, Noble
Goals: Ings 26

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Baptiste, Tierney, Andrews, Knight, Wheater, Eagles (Ngog 64), Kamara, Beckford (C Davies 80), Pratley, Chung-Yong
Subs Not Used: Moritz, Mears, Ream, Hall, Lonergan
Booked: Chung-Yong
Goals: Pratley 37

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Attendance: 12,919

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