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Howe's derby delight as Clarets beat Bolton
12:54pm Sunday 19th August 2012 in News
BURNLEY manager celebrated a dream start to the new Championship season, and a winning start to their catalogue of derbies.
Goals from strike partners Martin Paterson and Charlie Austin – in their first league start together – sunk newly relegated Bolton Wanderers, on former boss Owen Coyle's return to Turf Moor.
The goals came in either half of a game that the Clarets dominated.
“The lads were outstanding from start to finish,” said Howe.
“I thought there were some gigantic performances from individuals - some great debuts - and I thought we looked like a good side.”
Howe is keen to make amends for last season's poor home form, which ruled out real a play-off push, and added: “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.
“I think everyone looks back to last year and could see at times we would wobble but I didn't think we did that in this game.”
Bolton manager Coyle, who was beaten on his last visit to Turf Moor in the League Cup, was disappointed with the goals conceded.
“I'll have to look at it again but Martin Paterson looked a couple of yards offside when the ball was knocked to him by Charlie Austin. I'll need to see that back and it didn't help but in the second half we were looking to react better to that,” said the Scot.
“I felt we lost a poor (second) goal. 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.”