Carlisle expecting lively clash
Clarke Carlisle is expecting a red-hot atmosphere when Bolton boss Owen Coyle comes up against Burnley.
Last Updated: 26/01/10 7:55am
Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle is expecting a red-hot atmosphere when Bolton boss Owen Coyle comes up against his former club.
The ink is barely dry on Coyle's Bolton deal following his decision to leave Burnley ahead of their swift Reebok Stadium reunion on Tuesday evening.
Carlisle believes it will be some time before Clarets fans forgive and forget Coyle's decision and is expecting fireworks as Premier League points are up for grabs.
"The Burnley fans feel a bit bitter about the way the gaffer left and the atmosphere may be a bit acrimonious so it should be a lively one!" explained Carlisle.
"It will be full-blooded and the lads will be fighting tooth and nail to get the points.
"You find in football you generally cross paths with people at some point in the future so you make sure you are professional and courteous, and all smiles.
"Football is like Hollywood - never stand on anyone on the way up because you're going to have to wave at them on the way back down."
Burnley are yet to taste victory away from home in league action this season and Carlisle thinks it would be ironic if they broke their duck against Coyle's side.
"It would be ironic if that away win was to come against the former manager, but the most important thing for the players is to break this duck as soon as possible," he continued.
"We have to get this monkey off our back - it's grown from a chimp, to an orangutan to a mountain gorilla - but we must make sure it does not make us play with fear."