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Booing fans encouraged Burnley says David Edgar

Mike Hewitt

The restlessness around the Reebok Stadium has been a point of contention among Bolton Wanderers fans for quite some time. From the days of bringing bedsheets with "Gary Megson Out" spray-painted on them, it seems that the fans think voicing their displeasure is the way to get what they want. It rarely, if ever, works that way and there's an argument to be made for the damage it does for players already seemingly low on confidence.

David Edgar, who scored the goal that put Burnley ahead in the second half against Bolton at the weekend, revealed that there is in fact another side effect to the booing from the stands. Opposition like the Clarets thrive from the frustration that they cause the home team and had they, according to Edgar, not let up on Bolton, could easily have won the match.

Speaking to the Burnley's official website, David Edgar said:

"We were on the front foot in the first half and then again in the second half when we got the goal.

"You could hear the whole atmosphere changing around the place. They were on the team's back and it's just disappointing the way we conceded.

"I think once we got the goal we took our foot off the gas a little bit and we should have taken advantage of their crowd turning on them and put a lot of pressure on them but we stopped playing the football we had been.

"It's maybe the mental side of things. We have to me mentally stronger and that's the point the gaffer is putting across, even to get on the ball and have that composure and we just lost that a little bit after we scored."

The noise from the stands reached fever pitch on Saturday when Dougie Freedman introduced the pair of David Ngog and Craig Davies for Marvin Sordell and Steve De Ridder, shortly after Burnley's goal.