Friday 27 April 2018

Coyle's riot act fires up Wanderers


Phil Medlicott

Bolton boss Owen Coyle was delighted with his side's second-half response against Stoke after some "choice words" at the interval -- but still does not feel they are entirely safe.

Wanderers took a massive step toward survival in the Premier League after coming from behind at the Britannia Stadium to seal a dramatic victory thanks to Matt Taylor's late brace.

It was a result that seemed unlikely after a first half the Potters had dominated, Dave Kitson giving them the lead in the 13th minute after latching onto Tuncay Sanli's pass and rounding Jussi Jaaskelainen.

But Bolton emerged after the break with all-guns blazing and eventually Taylor turned the match around, drawing things level with a free-kick five minutes from time before netting the winner three minutes later.

Coyle labelled Wanderers' first-half performance "unacceptable", but having let his players know it, the manager was pleased to see them make amends in the second period.

"The first half I felt we were as poor as we have been, certainly since I have come here," Coyle said. "I thought the second-half performance was of a very high standard and if you analyse it, I think we merited the three points.

"My focus (at half-time) was on trying to get back into the game, one I still believed we could win. There was certainly one or two choice words used, because I felt they were well below what they can offer for this football club."

The win takes Bolton up to 14th and seven points clear of the drop zone with three games to play, but Coyle is in no mood to relax just yet. "Until we are mathematically safe, it certainly is never enough," he added.

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