By WALTER SIMON
STATS European Football Writer=
LONDON (SE) – Burnley manager Owen Coyle is refusing to panic
despite seeing his side’s winless run extended to eight games
after being held to a 1-1 draw at home by Lancashire rivals
Bolton on Boxing Day.
David Nugent scored his first goal since September to cancel out
Matt Taylor’s brilliant free kick opener and earn the Clarets a
share of the points.
Coyle felt the home outfit deserved more for their efforts,
saying: "There is no doubt on the balance of the match one point
is a poor return for us.
“We missed a great chance to take the lead in the first half and
were undone by a brilliant goal.
“I felt when we scored we were going to go on to win but Jussi
Jaaskelainen is a quality keeper and always has been and he
“This group of players showed their character, desire and their
quality. Some of our play in the second half was of a very high
“I would be extremely worried if we were not creating chances
but that is not the case. When we pass the ball around we look
like a very good team and are definitely of Premier League
“We are at the halfway stage of the season and have 20 points. I
believe we should have a few more than that so it is important
we remain focused.”
Burnley had not beaten Bolton in a league game since 1987 and it
was the visitors who had the better of the first half.
Nugent felt he should have had a penalty after being shoved in
the back by Gary Cahill but referee Chris Foy waved away his
Kevin Davies put a 20-yard shot narrowly over before Burnley
goalkeeper Brian Jensen denied Tamir Cohen.
Burnley striker Steven Fletcher should have opened the scoring
mid-way through the half after being played one-on-one with
Jaaskelainen by Wade Elliott only to slice a poor shot well
Fletcher was made to pay for his profligacy 16 minutes before
the interval as Taylor curled an unstoppable 25-yard free kick
into Jensen’s top right corner.
Burnley were clearly fired up by a half time rollicking from
Coyle and Kevin McDonald almost equalised moments after the
re-start with a thunderous 20-yard effort, which cannoned back
off the underside of the crossbar.
Taylor then shaved a post with another long-range shot before
Portsmouth loanee Nugent levelled on 56 minutes, heading home
Elliott’s right wing centre.
Only two excellent saves from Jaaskelainen to deny Nugent and
Chris Eagles prevented Burnley from claiming all three points.
Nugent also raced clear of the Bolton defence in the dying
seconds but could not hit the target.
The draw leaves Bolton rooted in the relegation zone.
Manager Gary Megson said: "I think a draw was a fair reflection
of the game.
“We probably edged the first half and Matt scored an excellent
goal. We expected them to come out all guns blazing after half
time and that is what happened.
“This is a tough place to come so I am not too disappointed with