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Paterson delivers message to fans after cutting down Coyle
MARTIN Paterson celebrated a goalscoring start to the new Championship season in the derby win over Bolton Wanderers and told Clarets fans: ‘This one’s for you!’
It was once again an unhappy return for former manager Owen Coyle, whose current club was knocked out of the League Cup on his last visit two years ago.
This time, his newly relegated side were well beaten as Charlie Austin added the finishing touches to a 2-0 win at Turf Moor.
Almost 15,000 Burnley fans turned out to cheer on Eddie Howe’s men, and remind Coyle that they have still not forgiven him for jumping ship halfway through their ultimately doomed Premier League campaign.
A light aircraft flew over the ground, carrying the banner ‘Judas Coyle you reap what you sow’, while Coyle and his staff, including former Clarets captain and coach Steve Davis, were the brunt of boos and jeers from the stands.
But in the end celebrations took over thanks to a productive afternoon for the strike duo in their first league start together.
Paterson experienced the Coyle era, and the fallout when the Scot left for Bolton Wanderers.
But after scoring first in the 2-0 win over their Lancashire rivals, Paterson stressed the club had embarked on a new era.
“We were all disappointed at the timing of such things, but we’ve moved on,” said the 25-year-old who was signed by Coyle in his first summer.
He went on to score 19 goals to help the Clarets clinch promotion that season. But he believes current boss Eddie Howe to be an even bigger prospect than Coyle.
“I think possibly at the time the gaffer, Owen Coyle, was an up and coming promising manager. I think now if you ask the question who most big clubs would want I think, they’d want our gaffer over the last.”
Of the result, he added: “The Burnley faithful felt the manager that left had left them in a bit of a situation and to be fair they love their club, they are passionate about it.
“People in Burnley have only got Burnley Football Club. It’s not like an area like Stoke where they have two teams, they’ve only got Burnley and they support it with a passion and they love their club and it’s nice to get them a result that they really want.”
There was a suspicion of offside when Paterson put the ball in the net from Austin’s square header, but the former Scunthorpe striker said: “I’m not fussed. I couldn’t care less. As long as the linseman didn’t put his flag up I was happy to receive it.
“I should have probably scored another couple as well. I had little half chances and openings, but that will come.
“I’m delighted, I’ve started strong and I’ll look to carry on in that fashion.”
But despite the joy at an opening day win, Paterson said attention will quickly turn to tomorrow’s trip to Middlesbrough.
“The gaffer here is a perfectionist, I think he’ll be looking to the first five games,” said the striker.
“He’ll be happy about the first day but he’ll be looking for the next one.”
The Clarets are particular keen to improve their home form, after it became their Achilles heel last season with only seven wins in front of their own supporters.
Paterson was pleased to get off to a positive start, and insisted a big crowd and vibrant atmosphere, like Saturday’s, gave the players an extra boost.
“It does help. The more you cram in here the more it helps,” he said.
“It’s good the club got this many fans in and it’s good the fans came to watch this game. Due to who we’re playing possibly more came, but if I can encourage them all to come again – when this place is bouncing it’s intimidating, it really is. It’s a great place to play.”