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Coyle 'expected bad reception'

19 August 2012

Bolton manager Owen Coyle shrugged off the poisonous reception he received on his return to Turf Moor insisting he was more concerned with Wanderers' performance in their 2-0 defeat.

Coyle knew what to expect having returned previously in a cup game but was more surprised by his team's lack of cutting edge as goals from Martin Paterson and Charlie Austin gave the Clarets their first league derby against Wanderers for 25 years.

"The atmosphere was what it was," he said. "Whatever happened was never going to spoil my view of this club."

He added: "We used the fans to great effect when I was at the club so I can hardly moan when I leave and they react like that."

Instead, Coyle was left upset by mistakes his own team had made.

"I felt we lost a poor goal," he said. "We had possession and gave it away cheaply and allowed a soft cross into box and either Sam Ricketts or Charlie Austin has bundled it in, it could have been either.

"We huffed and puffed without really imposing and I think we had one cleared off the line from Zat Knight at a corner but we certainly didn't create the goalscoring opportunities that I would have wanted."

In contrast Burnley boss Eddie Howe was delighted with his team's display, saying: "The lads were outstanding from start to finish. I thought there were some gigantic performances from individuals - some great debuts - and I thought we looked like a good side.

"It's only one game so we can't get carried away, but it's certainly a good performance and hopefully it will give the lads a lot of confidence."

He added: "I think everyone looks back to last year and could see at times we would wobble but I didn't think we did that."


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