Owen Coyle took the headlines, as he inevitably was going to whatever the result, after leading his new side out of the relegation zone after a 1-0 win against his former club Burnley.

Chung Yong Lee scored the only goal of a terrible game, crashing the ball in off the underside of the crossbar after a delightful chipped pass from Kevin Davies caught the Burnley defence flat-footed on the edge of their penalty area.

For Burnley’s new manager, the honeymoon period could hardly have gone worse. Although the Clarets were valiant in a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford in Laws’ first game in charge, two 1-0 defeats at poor opposition in Reading and now Bolton must have left him wondering what he has let himself in for.

Laws has yet to see his side score, despite having four strikers on the pitch at one point at the Reebok stadium. But a crippling lack of creativity in midfield meant that none of the attackers was given anything close to a half chance.

Steven Fletcher had arguably the Clarets best effort, snapping a firm shot away from the corner of the penalty area. But Jussi Jaaskelainen made a comfortable save – in truth the only time he was called into action all evening.

Other than that, Burnley’s best chances came from stand-in left-back Christian Kalvenes, who twice flashed drives past the post from twenty yards.

Bolton were as you would expect Bolton to be. They were big and strong and left Burnley struggling to get a foothold in the game. And when the chance came ten minutes before the break, Lee took it, taking the points. Once Bolton led, Burnley never looked likely to get anything from the game.

However, it must be noted that Laws’ gameplan was blown apart in the first fifteen minutes. Having selected a brave looking 4-3-3 formation with David Nugent and Chris Eagles pushed up front with Fletcher, the tactic was left in tatters when Chris McCann limped off with what looked like a reoccurance of a knee injury he only made his return from at the weekend.

And while Burnley were still trying to regroup, midfield lynchpin and skipper Graham Alexander was forced off after taking a bang to the ankle. The visitors were left with a huge hole in the centre of the park that Wade Elliott and substitute Kevin McDonald never looked able to fit.

Even when Laws threw on debutant loan man Frederic Nimani, meaning Burnley had four strikers on the pitch, they still couldn’t create a chance.

Eyebrows were raised when Coyle left Burnley to take the vacant position at Bolton, but last night’s win goes some way to justifying his choice. Bolton will now look up the table, hopeful of clawing their way up the table. But Burnley are without a league win since October and their fight against relegation looks to have only one outcome.

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