The lads were absolutely outstanding from start to finish
Feature by Tony Scholes
Updated Saturday, 18th August 2012
Burnley got off to the best of starts with a 2-0 win against Bolton Wanderers at Turf Moor this afternoon. It was an afternoon that left Clarets' boss Eddie Howe delighted but it wasn't so good for the Bolton boss Owen Coyle on his second return.
Coyle said: “We started the game well and created some good opportunities to get in front, looking sharp and inventive. We had limited Burnley to a couple of counter-attacks and looked strong.
“For their first goal the player looked offside but what disappointed me was our reaction to the second. Up until trailing by just a goal we were still in the game. After that we let our heads go down and that is not acceptable.
“We are all disappointed to start the season with no points, but we have back-to-back home games coming up and I have told the players in no uncertain terms what I expect from them. We have to ensure that we match up for the duration of the game.
"In this league there is a real appetite and work-rate and we have to ensure we match that and play to our maximum. When you don't do that, as we didn't today, you will be punished. We huffed and puffed but the bottom line is that we let a good opportunity to pick up three points pass us by.
“I accept total responsibility as the manager and we want to start putting the points on the board. We had almost 3500 fans supporting us today and we need to give them something to shout about, and we didn't today.”
It was a different story, very much so, from the home camp as Howe saw Burnley win the game convincingly and also start the league season with a clean sheet.
"It was pretty much the perfect afternoon," Howe said. "I believe Bolton are a Premier League side, so for us to turn them over in the manner that we did should give us great confidence that we can compete in this division.
"The lads were absolutely outstanding from start to finish and there were some gigantic performances from individuals. It's only one game, so we can't get carried away, but hopefully it will give the lads a great deal of confidence.
"I thought we showed real maturity. Everyone looks back to last year here. We needed to improve at home and I thought we did that today and saw the game out well in the last 20 minutes.
"If anyone had watched Burnley at home last year they would have known that at 2-0 the game is not dead, but what we did is learn from that and we played with a maturity towards the end of the game, which is really pleasing. The challenge now is to seek that consistently."
"When you leave a club after doing a job like that there will always be some hurt from the supporters and I think you can understand that."