BURNLEY 1 BOLTON 1
FOUNDING members Burnley and Bolton shared the spoils in a tense opening day derby at Turf Moor.
Danny Ings, prolific on pre-season, made it six goals in five games as he opened his Championship account with an opener midway through the first half.
But Darren Pratley’s equaliser before the break meant the spoils were fittingly shared in this celebratory clash between two founding members to commemorate the Football League’s 125th anniversary.
Burnley lined up as expected, with Sam Vokes replacing Charlie Austin in attack.
And after surviving an early scare when Darren Pratley had his heels clipped in the box, the Clarets immediately went on the offensive, forcing successive corners.
But it was Bolton who came closest to opening the scoring in the 17th minute when Medo Kamara took aim from 30 yards and saw his rising drive fly over the angle.
Back came Burnley and from a right hand raid, Kieran Trippier’s low delivery was volleyed just wide by Ings as he swivelled on the edge of the Wanderers area.
And in the 22nd minute the breakthrough came when Ings pounced onto Vokes’ knock down and outpaced David Wheater, before clipping the ball into the far corner via a deflection off the lunging defender.
But 14 minutes later, Bolton’s attacking threat paid dividends with a well-worked equaliser. Former Turf Moor favourite Chris Eagles was fed in the right channel and his cut-back was perfect for Pratley to rifle home from 12 yards.
In truth, the draw was probably a fair reflection of the half.
And the early stages of the second half again saw both sides looking to play neat, possession football.
But it was from a free kick 10 minutes after the break that the Clarets come close to regaining the lead.
Junior Stanislas took aim from 30 yards out towards the left, and his bobbling, skidding shot forced Bogdan to nervously glove it around the post for a corner.
Continuing the pressure Burnley forced a hat-trick of corners, with the Trotters standing firm.
And a golden chance fell to Stanislas in the 68th minute. A half-cleared Trippier cross fell to the wide man on the edge of the area, but with time to pick his spot, the shot was smashed high and wide.
The feeling grew that one more goal might win this tense Lancashire derby.
And Bolton might have had it when David Wheater got a touch to a deep Lee corner, but saw Heaton clear with his legs inside the six-yard box.
And Sean Dyche responded by handing Scott Arfield a competitive debut, replacing Junior Stanislas with 11 minutes remaining.
But it was now Bolton threatening and sub Craig Davies, on at the same time for Jermaine Beckford, forced a fine save from Heaton with a fierce, rising drive from distance.
Ings’ drive at Bogdan with eight minutes remaining was a respite, but Medo fired just wide of Heaton’s left hand post as Wanderers again came close.
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Long, Shackell, Lafferty, Jones, Marney, Wallace, Stanislas (Arfield 79), Vokes, Ings (Edgar 88Subs: Cisak, O'Neill, Stock, Noble, Treacy
Subs: Cisak, O'Neill, Stock, Noble, Treacy
Bolton: Bogdan, Baptiste, Wheater, Tierney, Knight, Andrews, Pratley, Kamara, Eagles ((David Ngog 64), Lee, Beckford (Davies 79)
Subs: Lonergan, Mears, Ream, Hall, Ngog, Moritz
Ref: M Clattenburg
Att: 12,919 (2,477)