Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Burnley

  • February 11, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Burnley moved a step closer to the Premier League on Tuesday night, after a first win at Bolton in 29 years.

Sam Vokes scored the only goal of the game at the Reebok Stadium, tapping home at the back post just before the hour, to extend Wanderers' winless run in league competition to eight games.

The home side had the better of the first half but were unable to convert their chances into goals and were punished after the break by an instinctive finish from a man who now has 16 goals to his name this season.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman made two changes to the side that drew with Bournemouth at the weekend, with David Wheater and Medo Kamara taking the places of Zat Knight and Mark Davies - who both took their places on the bench.

Bolton began the game well and almost went in front in the third minute, as a poor backpass almost resulted in Clarets goalkeeper Tom Heaton slicing the ball into his own net.

Lee Chung-Yong was the first to try his luck from a Wanderers perspective, but his shot from just inside the box was straight at Heaton.

Wheater, who was making his first start since October, then entered the referee's notebook for a late challenge on Danny Ings. The Trotters defender appeared to slip as he went into the challenge, but Graham Salisbury had made up his mind and decided to show the first yellow card of the evening with just six minutes on the clock.

The hosts came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock in the 10th minute, as Chris Eagles' cutback was turned goalwards by Chung-Yong. The ball struck the back of a Burnley defender and looped up into the air, before crashing back off Heaton's crossbar.

The South Korea international was then inches away from turning a Lukas Jutkiewicz flick into the net, before Burnley's first chance saw Scott Arfield flash a shot wide of the target on the quarter-hour.

The next chance fell the way of Jutkiewicz, whose downward header brought a smart save out of Heaton, but the referee had already blown for an infringement as the forward had been leaning on the back of his marker.

Heaton did well to deny Eagles moments later, while Michael Duff almost turned the ball past his own goalkeeper after good play from Jutkiewicz.

That would prove to be the final act of the opening 45 minutes, as the two sides went in goalless at the break.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second half, which resumed with the visitors having the first attempt on goal - as David Jones brought a smart save out of Adam Bogdan with a strike from distance.

Eagles almost sneaked in to score against his former club at the other end, before Jutkiewicz just failed to get on the end of a superb ball into the box from Tim Ream.

Then, with just less than an hour on the clock, Bolton's inability to turn chances into goals proved costly as Burnley took the lead. Kieran Trippier's low ball across the face of the box seemed harmless enough, but Vokes was alert enough to ghost in behind Matt Mills and Alex Baptiste to turn the ball past Bogdan from close range.

Freedman responded by bringing Mark Davies and Andre Moritz on for Liam Trotter and Kamara, although Moritz had to be replaced by Neil Danns just 10 minutes later.

Those changes appeared to put Bolton back on the front foot, but they still were unable to find a way through the Clarets defence.

Eagles and Danns both failed to test Heaton, while Ings should have killed the game off at the other end. The England under-21 international looked set to double the advantage, but somehow lost the ball under his feet and was denied by a sliding challenge from Wheater.

Three minutes of stoppage time provided Bogdan with the opportunity to go up and attack a corner, but the extra man failed to work and Burnley held on to open up a three-point gap between themselves and third-placed Queens Park Rangers in the Championship table.

Defeat, Bolton's first at home in league competition since early December, leaves them in 19th - five points above Charlton Athletic, who have two games in hand.

Wanderers return to action on Saturday, when they face fellow strugglers Millwall at The Den.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Baptiste, Mills, Wheater, Ream, Spearing, Kamara (M Davies 61), Eagles, Trotter (Moritz 60 (Danns 72)), Chung-Yong, Jutkiewicz
Subs Not Used: Knight, Pratley, Lonergan, White
Booked: Wheater

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Marney, Jones, Kightly (Barnes 86), Ings, Arfield, Vokes
Subs Not Used: Lafferty, Wallace, Stanislas, Cisak, Edgar, Long
Booked: Shackell
Goals: Vokes 58

Referee: Graham Salisbury
Attendance: 16,439

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
12 Cheltenham Town 19 27
13 Accrington Stanley 20 27
14 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
16 Cambridge United 20 23
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