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Bolton manager Owen Coyle plays down Burnley chanting


Coyle unflustered by Burnley fans

Bolton manager Owen Coyle said he understands why he was abused by Burnley fans during his side's 1-0 home victory at the Reebok Stadium.

Coyle, who left Burnley for Bolton earlier this month, was met with chants of "Judas" and unflattering banners from many of the 5,000 travelling fans.

"I can't complain, they wanted to come and vent their anger," said Coyle.

"But if we're going to get biblical, then maybe it should be Moses, because we led them from the wilderness."

Bolton's players were unfazed by the taunts aimed at their new boss, with Chung-Yong Lee scoring the goal that sealed Coyle's first league win, with the added bonus of a first Premier League clean sheet since May.

Coyle, whose new side leapfrogged Burnley to leave them languishing in the relegation zone, even ventured on to the pitch at the final whistle to sympathise with his beaten former players and applaud the Burnley fans, a gesture that largely fell on deaf ears.

It's a start, but that's all it is. We now have a massive game at Liverpool at the weekend

Bolton boss Owen Coyle

"I wanted to thank them for the support they gave me when I was the manager," said Coyle. "They were an incredible set of supporters, it's such a special club and [Burnley manager] Brian Laws is in such a privileged position.

"We were always going to come in for a bit of stick. I think it's probably testimony to the job we did that they're disappointed that we've left and they feel aggrieved by it.

"What I would say is that the only person aware of all the facts surrounding the whole situation is myself and I know that I've conducted myself every step of the way in the right manner.

"Ultimately I made a footballing decision, nothing more and nothing less. I came to a wonderful football club that I know well.


"It was a vital three points against a club I had two marvellous years with and a club I will have a big soft spot in my heart for until the day I die."

While victory lifted Bolton to 15th in the table, Burnley's defeat means they have still only taken one point from their 12 away matches this season.

However, Coyle said that both clubs have the quality to avoid relegation, adding: "As much as we won the game it was never easy. We had chances to put the game to bed but Burnley are so spirited, they have hunger, they have desire, they're fluent and have some terrific attacking players.

"They never give up and with the quality they have there's no doubt they'll continue to pick up points.

"To be out of the bottom three is nice, but we're not getting carried away, there's hard work to be done.

"It's a start, but that's all it is. We now have a massive game at Liverpool at the weekend, but I've been buoyed and boosted by the way the players have gone about their work and how receptive they've been."

Coyle confirmed he was aiming to bolster his side before the January transfer window closes, because Bolton "don't have a big squad".

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Premier League results

26 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 23 34 50
2 Arsenal 22 34 48
3 Chelsea 21 34 48
4 Tottenham 23 20 41
5 Liverpool 23 14 38
6 Man City 21 12 38
7 Aston Villa 21 11 36
8 Birmingham 21 2 33
9 Fulham 22 0 27
10 Everton 21 -4 26
11 Stoke 21 -7 25
12 Blackburn 22 -16 24
13 Sunderland 21 -8 23
14 Wigan 20 -21 22
15 Bolton 21 -13 21
16 West Ham 22 -9 20
17 Wolves 22 -21 20
18 Burnley 22 -22 20
19 Hull 22 -26 19
20 Portsmouth 21 -14 15

see also
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26 Jan 10 |  Bolton
Striker Nimani makes Burnley move
22 Jan 10 |  Burnley

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