David Nugent scored the equaliser on his first start since October as Burnley came from behind to draw 1-1 with Bolton at Turf Moor.

Matt Taylor’s excellent free kick had put the visitors ahead but Nugent headed the Clarets level early in the second half.

Steven Fletcher and Nugent missed a handful of chances each as Burnley missed the chance to win for the first time in eight attempts.

But Ivan Klasnic should have doubled Bolton’s lead just before Nugent’s goal, just failing to get the required touch on Taylor’s cross shot.

It was a quiet start and it took twenty minutes for Burnley to wake up. Brian Jensen had made a string of solid blocks from long-range efforts but Fletcher had the game’s first golden chance from six yards after Wade Elliott had robbed the dawdling Zat Knight in the right channel. Jussi Jaaskelainen made himself big in the Bolton goal and Fletcher rolled the ball wide of the far post when it looked easier to score.

Burnley were playing all the football but the visitors took the lead against the run of play. Andre Bikey tussled with Kevin Davies and referee Chris Foy gave the attacker the decision. Jensen lined his wall up to block his near post and Taylor stepped up to whip the free kick over the wall and into the top corner.

That goal stunned Burnley and the half petered out. But a resurgent second half performance will have left Burnley boss Owen Coyle wondering how his side managed not to win the game.

Kevin McDonald rattled the Bolton bar just minutes in to the second half and as Burnley piled on the pressure with Fletcher pushed up alongside Nugent the goal eventually came.

Chris Eagles, excellent in his wing play throughout the second period, carried the ball across the pitch and laid it off to Tyrone Mears, who slipped in Wade Elliott down the right wing. Elliott’s cross was perfect and Nugent got between Gary Cahill and Knight to nod past Jaaskelainen.

Nugent could and perhaps should have had a hat-trick, spurning two or three good chances by firing wide from great positions. And after super work by Eagles, Fletcher sliced a shot high into the stands from eight yards.

Gary Megson replaced star man Klasnic to boos from the visiting fans but his replacement Mark Davies came closest to finding a winner for Bolton, going on a mazy run before pulling his shot just wide.

Jaaskelainen had to make a smart stop to deny Nugent a second goal but Burnley couldn’t force another goal and had to settle for a fourth successive draw at Turf Moor.