Burnley have the better of Bolton more often than not at Turf Moor and this encounter offers even more incentive to keep it that way, writes James Bird.
Last time out
Newly-relegated Burnley were still reeling from their Premier League relegation in May after Owen Coyle’s betrayal when they were handed a shot at revenge when they were drawn against his Bolton side in the third round of the league cup. Jeers and chants of Judas could be heard echoing around Turf Moor as Coyle was escorted to his technical area by an army of stewards. The hostile atmosphere only worked to help Brian Laws’ Clarets as they outplayed Bolton for a full 90 minutes. The game would only be settled by one goal though, when Wade Elliott struck with a volley from six yards on 44 minutes. Initially referee Mark Clattenburg appeared to have awarded a penalty in favour of the Clarets but after discussion with his assistant the goal was awarded. Owen Coyle added fuel to the fire following the game as he suggested that the goal should have been disallowed due to a handball in the build up. A man who knows how to work his own lynching mob if there ever was one.
Burnley 1 – 0 Bolton Wanderers. 21 September 2010.
One for us
For the most recent league win for the Clarets you need to go back to the Fourth Division campaign of 1987/88. Wanderers visited the Turf in November where the Clarets were 2-1 winners courtesy of goals from Ian Britton and David Reeves.
Burnley 2 – 1 Bolton Wanderers. 21 November 1987.
One for them
When the Trotters came to town for the Division One clash in December 2000, they walked away 2-0 victors. It was Michael Ricketts with a double who condemned the Clarets to their third successive defeat to leave them four point away from third. Ricketts was a second half sub, joining the game at the 51 minute mark, as he added his 13th and 14th goals of the season. Burnley were only kept in the game in the first half through the goalkeeping of Nik ‘the Greek’ Michopoulos. There was nothing that the Clarets could do though and they continued losing ways against local sides following their defeats to Preston and Blackburn Rovers.
Burnley 0 – 2 Bolton Wanderers. 23 December 2000.
Head-to-head at Turf Moor
Burnley – 33 wins, 104 goals.
Biggest win – 7-0, 01 March 1890.
Bolton Wanderers – 16 wins, 61 goals.
Biggest win – 1-3, two occasions.
Draws – 13.
Will Eddie’s boys make it two out of two for the Clarets at Turf Moor since Owen Coyle’s betrayal? Let us know in the comments.