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
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