Bolton well beaten by Burnley

Coyle left Burnley in acrimonious circumstances in January 2010

and was the recipient of a feisty reception from the Clarets

faithful on Bolton’s first game in the Championship since

relegation from the Premier League.

The intensity was matched on the field as Burnley more often

than not enjoyed the better of a contest played at a ferocious


Paterson emerged as the beneficiary of a goalmouth scramble six

minutes before half-time to open the scoring and strike partner

Austin pounced from close range to seal the points.

Bolton centre-back Zat Knight had a late header cleared off the

line but Coyle was left with plenty to ponder as Bolton’s bid for

an instant return to the top flight got off to a poor start.

Paterson replaced summer signing Brian Stock in the only change

to the Burnley side that triumphed 3-1 at Port Vale in the Capital

One Cup on Tuesday night.

Keith Andrews was a debutant in a Bolton team featuring former

Claret Tyrone Mears, making only his second appearance for the club

following an injury nightmare last term.

Coyle was welcomed to the dugout with chants of “Judas” from the

home support and Burnley midfielder Chris McCann might have cranked

the pressure up further in the opening moments when his lashed over

from the edge of the box.

McCann’s chance came courtesy of Bolton’s Tim Ream failing to

win a defensive header and the American centre-back’s inauspicious

start continued when Paterson stole in behind him and placed a

clever lob onto the roof of Adam Bogdan’s net.

In the 22nd minute Ross Wallace’s corner fell kindly for Austin

who missed his kick, allowing Bolton to spring up the other end

where Lee Chung-Yong scuffed wide following an excellent run by

Marvin Sordell.

Bogdan was forced to palm Dean Marney’s well-struck drive to

safety and shortly after the half-hour Wanderers winger Martin

Petrov fizzed a volley narrowly over the crossbar.

Burnley appeared to be carrying the greater threat, though, and

duly took a 39th-minute lead – Paterson heading home from close

range amid chaos in the Bolton area after goalbound shots from

Junior Stanislas and Marney were blocked.

The hosts were in the ascendancy once more when the action

resumed as McCann and Austin prompted some uncertain handling from

Bogdan before the latter doubled his side’s advantage.

Stanislas’ cross from the left wing was perfectly measured to

leave the former Swindon striker with a simple 57th-minute finish

at the back post.

Bolton might have fallen further behind shortly afterwards when

Paterson found space down the inside-right channel and forced

Bogdan to turn a shot behind.

In the 65th minute, Burnley full-back Joseph Mills curled a

cross towards Austin, whose header was blocked by Ream before

Paterson planted the rebound over.

Wastefulness in the final third prevented Bolton fashioning any

clear opportunities in response until Knight’s header from Chris

Eagles’ corner was cleared off the line by Burnley substitute Ben