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Sunday 22 April 2018

Coyle hails side's spirit

Mark Staniforth

Bolton boss Owen Coyle hailed his side's fighting spirit after they bounced back from their worst run in their Premier League history at Wigan.

Chris Eagles put the shine on a fine Trotters performance with an injury-time strike after first-half efforts from Nigel Reo-Coker and David Ngog sandwiched a superb Mohamed Diame strike.

Coyle was particularly pleased with the way his side recovered from conceding Diame's equaliser, plus the blow of a missed penalty from Kevin Davies when the game was still in the balance.

"The biggest thing today was having conceded the equaliser from a wonder strike it would have been easy for this group to feel sorry for themselves," said Coyle.

"Then in the second half with the missed penalty you start to wonder if it's going to be our day. But we knuckled down from start to finish and I thought we were magnificent."

Coyle is adamant the only way is up for his side, with a nightmare series of fixtures in the past and a growing confidence which was restored during the international break.

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