Sky Bet Championship: Sean Dyche reveals fuel behind Burnley fire at Bolton
Burnley boss Sean Dyche says comments about his team inspired a win over Bolton, while Dougie Freedman was reflective.
Last Updated: 12/02/14 8:20am
The Clarets manager was bemused by suggestions his men were "in desperate need to rediscover their early-season form", that their promotion bid needed "a welcome boost" and that they were "fortunate" to have a strike partnership in Sam Vokes and Danny Ings, comments which all appeared in a section profiling Bolton's opponents.
Those two took their tally to 40 goals for the season when Welsh international Vokes swept home just before the hour mark to give second-placed Burnley a three-point advantage over their fellow Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls.
Dyche admitted he reiterated some of the programme's quotes to his players prior to kick-off as a way of inspiring them further.
"It's a local derby, it means something beyond just a result and then the programme gives you fuel as well," Dyche said.
"I just thought it was a magic moment. I'm really not trying to be flippant, you think 'they're coming to town, they're going to want a result'. It's incredible.
"I must make this clear that can't win you a game but it gives you a little bit of fuel added on top of that. You already want to win because it's a local derby, it means a lot, it's a big game; so I thought that was interesting.
"I just took a few of the quotes and went up to a couple of them and went 'apparently we're having a tough time'. At the bottom of the fact-file it says: league position - second...not so drastic. I just thought that was bizarre, it's interesting how people view how we're doing.
"I'm not having a dig at anyone, I just think it's really interesting that people view it as 'loosening your grip, you're having a bad time and you need to kick-start your season'."
In the first 45 minutes, though, there was little to separate the two sides before Vokes' goal, his 16th of the term, sapped all the life out of the hosts.
Dyche added: "These kind of games you either get a ding-dong where it's 4-3 or you get a tight affair and I thought it was pretty tight.
"Both teams were decent, both teams tried to play and we edged it - that's how I felt about the game in general. A 1-0 in my view is as powerful as a 5-0; (it's) three points."
Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman, who Dyche admitted he felt 'empathy for', was left to reflect on yet another contest where they had failed to put away the chances which materialised.
Bolton, who have not won in the league since Boxing Day, have scored 34 league goals all season, which is the exact same total as Ings and Vokes have managed between them.
"When you're on top you've got to take your chances," said Freedman, who could be without injured top scorer Jermaine Beckford for another two weeks.
"We certainly had enough chances in the first half. I thought we were the better team in the first half but you've got to take your chances.
"I felt Burnley edged the second half. I don't think we deserved the three points, I felt we deserved a point. But, when you're playing against an in-form side who are playing on top, these things go against you."