Burnley's 'Judas' taunts hurt Coyle less than the defeat...
By Richard Webb - Fansonline reporter
Wednesday 22 Sep 2010 19:51:00
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Owen Coyle suffered a miserable return to former club Burnley last night as he saw his Bolton side lose by a single goal in the Carling Cup third round.

The former manager was back at Turf Moor for the first time since joining Wanderers back in January, and the Burnley fans had not forgiven him for leaving.

Cries of ‘Judas’ rang around the ground as Coyle was escorted to the dug-out by eight security guards, and the chants continued throughout the game.

After the controversial switch across Lancashire, the Scot walked across the pitch to the visitors dug-out and the noise got louder and louder as he reached his destination.

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The nightmare return for Coyle was summed up when Wade Elliot struck just before half time, despite referee Mark Clattenburg initially disallowing the goal but changed his mind after consulting his assistant.

The only goal of the game was struck by the same man who scored at Wembley, 17 months ago, to send Burnley into the Premier League, at which point Owen Coyle was in charge.

Wanderers had fielded a weekend side but had the better of the early chances, with Tamir Cohen and Johan Elamander wasting good chances for the visitors.

Burnley were relegated last season, even after a strong start under Coyle, and it all went downhill once he had left, making this victory even more sweet for the Championship club.

The Scottish manager was even more annoyed with the fact referee Clattenburg had waved play on after Burnley had scored but only allowed it after talking with his linesman.

So a very unwelcome return for Owen Coyle to Turf Moor, he'll be hoping that he can help his Bolton side avoid relegation this season, or he could be in for the same treatment next season.


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