Coyle puts one over on Clarets
Published 27/01/2010 | 05:00
BERATED with chants of 'Judas' by Burnley supporters still seething at his recent decision to leave Turf Moor for Bolton, Owen Coyle responded by overseeing a victory for his new team that sent his old club into the relegation zone.
Chung-Yong Lee lifted Bolton out of the bottom three with his first-half winner in a scrappy encounter.
Coyle's acrimonious exit from Burnley earlier this month might have resulted in a £1m compensation package for the club, but that money has proved to be anything but a sweetener.
While the frosty relationship at boardroom level following Bolton's raid for Coyle might have thawed over drinks in the Chairman's Suite prior to the game, the panoply of anti-Coyle banners among the 5,000 Burnley supporters, one which proclaimed 'Owen Coyle -- Never Forgotten, Never Forgiven,' emphasised the bitterness that lingers.
Without a victory away from Turf Moor all season, Burnley clearly need to focus on Premier League survival rather than their former manager, however.
This defeat has placed them in the bottom three for the first time this season. Defender Gary Cahill almost put the home side ahead on 23 minutes when he directed a glancing header wide from Matt Taylor's corner, but the breakthrough came on 35 minutes when Lee scored his fifth goal of the season.
Lee maintained his impressive goal ratio by directing Kevin Davies' pass into the net off the underside of the Burnley crossbar. (© Daily Telegraph, London)