Normal Service is Resumed but Bolton Wasn`t!
Saturday 9th February 2013 @3pm Kick-Off
Your editor has been having a technical nightmare this week! Some cable thieves in the area meant I have been without the internet for seven whole days so first of all I apologise for not having brought you the Bolton Match Report until now! Mind you we lost 2-1 so at least I have had time to calm down! The defeat against our local rivals in the Reebok was a big disappointment especially after taking the lead thanks to a rare Edgar goal ten minutes into the second half. Our lead though lasted just eleven minutes. Substitutes Craig Davies and David Ngog were both on target as Bolton came from behind. Davies scored in the 66th minute only for Ngog to snatch the winner with just nine minutes remaining on the clock. It was a miserable week all round for the Clarets, who dropped to ninth with deadly rivals Blackburn now above them in 8th following a 1-0 home win against Ipswich on Saturday and a 1-1 midweek away draw against Brighton on Tuesday night. Both Lancashire rivals have played 31 games with Rovers now having a one point advantage. Burnley are now seven points adrift of the play-offs with sixth placed club, Middlesbrough on 50 points from 31 games. The gap could widen on Saturday, thanks to our game against Huddersfield at Turf Moor this Saturday being postponed due to the Terriers success in beating Leicester in the FA Cup in the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night. Oh well, time to regroup and concentrate on a crunch game on Tuesday night, when Boro come to the Turf!
There was basically just one change from the Posh line-up! Michael Duff as expected did not make it, so Edgar stepped up to the plate. We lined up as follows :< BR>
Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Stanislas, Ings, Austin
Subs: Jensen, Long, Mills, Stock, Treacy, Paterson, Vokes
Full Match Report
The Clarets started this game brightly looking confident and trying to inflict damage on a side that had yet to win a Championship game so far this year! They were taking the game to the Trotters with some sweet passing and possession but how many times have we done that this season without making the pressure count? Mind you had Darren Pratley not been on the ball after running back to block a Chris McCann effort, the Clarets may well have taken advantage of Bolton`s low confidence. Although Bolton have struggled this season with Owen Coyle taking the brunt of their failure earlier following the sacking, their home form has been pretty good and so it would prove again. The Clarets nearly went behind from a corner in the 25th minute after Craig Dawson got in to win a header which flew just wide and Danny Lafferty was being put under pressure by on-loan Belgian winger Steve De Ridder down their right flank although he was generally coping quite well. Lee Grant got in a block to deny Dawson again, this time from a far-post header a few minutes later as Bolton began to enjoy some possession. Former Clarets winger, Chris Eagles also fired just wide with pressure now mounting on the Clarets as half-time approached.
It remained goalless though at half-time and for the start of the second-half, Dyche made a slight change to the tactics putting Ings out wider and bringing Wallace inside. The change in formation seemed to work with Burnley once again seizing the initiative. So much so that within ten minutes Burnley had taken the lead following a couple of corners in quick succession. A smart move led to Wallace first forcing a corner and although Bolton defended that one, they had no answer to the second. Stanislas took the second corner and the ball flew deep allowing McCann to head the ball back and set up Edgar. The Canadian international from four yards out strongly headed home at the far post past Bolton keeper, Bogdan to put the Clarets 1-0 up.
Bolton now had to try something different to try and calm the agitated home fans. A double substitution by their gaffer Dougie Freedman did not seem to go down too well with the Reebok faithful but the home fans would soon have egg on their face. On came Craig Davies and David Ngog to replace De Ridder and Marvin Sordell in the 58th minute and by the 66th minute Bolton had equalised. Former Barnsley striker, Craig Davies got in a glancing header from Chung-Yong to score in off the underside of the bar to level the scores. Grant then had to make a vital save a few minutes later to deny Davies a brace after the substitute picked up the ball from a pass by the other one. Ngog! A mistake though by Grant after such a fine save then nearly blotted the keeper`s copybook and fine performances of late. He dropped the ball from a Dawson free-kick but luckily the back four handled the danger blocking well in front of goal. Now Freidman played his trump card bringing on Kevin Davies and the Clarets were soon on the back front and struggling to get back in the game and relieve the pressure. Grant made another great save to deny Marco Alonso from a free-kick to concede a throw in but the Clarets defence struggled to deal with it. Jay Spearing miscued but the ball fell to Ngog and he steered a low shot past Grant into the bottom corner after wrong-footing the Burnley keeper to make it 2-1 to the home side with just nine minutes to play. It was effectively game over and although Sam Vokes tried his best after coming on to replace Ings in the 82nd minute, there was only one real chance for the Clarets to try and get at least a point from this game. A Stanislas effort was floated just wide and that was it! Burnley had lost their first derby game of the season and it had now been 28 years since the Clarets had managed to defeat Bolton on their home soil.
Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Mears, Alonso, Knight, Dawson, Eagles (K Davies - 79), Spearing, Pratley, Lee, De Ridder (C Davies - 58), Sordell (Ngog - 58)
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ream, Ricketts, Vela
Goals: C Davies 66, Ngog 81
Booked: Yellow Card for Knight (33 mins)
Burnley: Grant Trippier, Shackell, Edgar, Lafferty, Wallace (Paterson - 70), McCann, Marney, Stanislas (Treacy - 90), Ings (Vokes - 82), Austin
Subs Not Used: Jensen, Mills, Long, Stock
Goal: Edgar 55
Booked; Yellow Cards for Trippier (84 mins) and Shackell (90 mins)
Possession: 54% Bolton, 46% Burnley (Source: BBC Sport)
Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside