Tuesday 23 January 2018

Miyaichi loan pays off for Wanderers

Millwall 0 Bolton Wanderers 2

Mark Bryans

Bolton boss Owen Coyle was full of praise for on-loan winger Ryo Miyaichi after the Japanese teenager starred against Millwall in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The result at the New Den comes as a welcome respite for Coyle after last weekend's Premier League defeat to Wigan left them languishing in 19th place and he was quick to single out Miyaichi for praise. "His second-half performance against Wigan last week was terrific, and from that moment there was no doubt he was going to start today," he said.

"He showed what a talent he is. There's other stuff he can learn, but he's brave and tough -- he stood up to some of the treatment he got today -- and he always plays with a smile on his face, which I absolutely love."

Coyle revealed he has been a long-term admirer of the precocious 19-year-old and was determined to bring him in on loan from Arsenal.

The youngster opened the scoring early on before a long-range second-half effort from David Ngog just before the hour mark wrapped up a simple win.

Miyaichi latched onto a quick free-kick from Sam Ricketts in the fourth minute and held off the challenge of Alan Dunne before finishing with great composure past Steve Mildenhall.

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