Thursday 23 February 2017

Pratley gets praise

BOLTON 2 SWANSEA 1

Phil Medlicott

Owen Coyle expressed his delight for Darren Pratley after the midfielder opened his account for Bolton with a goal against his former club as Wanderers came from behind to secure a place in the last 16 of the FA Cup.



The Swans went 1-0 up against the run of play in the 43rd minute at the Reebok Stadium through Luke Moore's deft chip, but Pratley, who left the Welsh side to join Bolton in the summer, squared things by heading home an equaliser in first-half stoppage-time before Chris Eagles settled the fourth round tie 11 minutes after the break.

Pratley has struggled to make much of an impact since his transfer to Bolton but might have scored three times here, following up his goal -- which he celebrated in a restrained manner -- with an effort that hit the crossbar and another that went narrowly wide, and manager Coyle was keen to praise the 26-year-old's all-round performance.

"I think Darren has probably been a bit frustrated at times this year," Coyle said. "He is known as an attacking midfielder and he has had chances in various games, hitting the woodwork and seeing goalkeepers make good saves.

"It was great to see him hit the back of the net today and he could have had a hat-trick."

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers -- Pratley's manager last season -- admitted he was also happy for the player, even if he was unsure whether or not the goal should have stood.

"It was a decent header, although I felt he was probably just a fraction offside when the ball came in," Rodgers said.

"But we should never have got to that point. I am pleased for Darren. There is no doubt that he will show he is a really good player for Bolton."

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