Coyle Delighted With Player Attitude

  • September 18, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Owen Coyle was delighted with the character and determination of his side as they came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Aston Villa.

Wanderers fell behind after 13 minutes at Villa Park when Ashley Young curled a free-kick beyond Adam Bogdan. The visitors fought back though and pulled level on 35 minutes when Kevin Davies, a doubt prior to the game, put the ball into the roof of the net, much to the delight of Coyle.

"We knew before the game that it would be a difficult ask and we were disappointed with how events transpired at the Emirates last weekend, in the only game that we have lost this season," Coyle told the club's official website.

"It was a bright start by Villa and they scored a quality goal. It was easy at that point to feel sorry for ourselves, but we have tremendous spirit and quality, and we showed that.

"It's a hard earned point but it could have been all three. We had numerous opportunities in the second-half to get in front, accepting that Aston Villa were always going be dangerous on the counter-attack.

"Brad Friedel denied us on a number of occasions, but that's why he is at Aston Villa - he is a top-class goalkeeper.

"It was unfortunate for Andy O'Brien, who has pulled his hamstring. But Sam Ricketts stepped in and was outstanding.

"That again sums up what we are trying to build at the club and how the lads are prepared to knuckle down and work hard for each other.

"All the lads stuck to their task and showed quality on the ball, and we are going to need that week in week out in the Barclays Premier League."

Coyle also paid tribute to his captain. Davies had failed to train all week after picking up a head injury at Arsenal. But after consultation with the club's medical team, he completed the full 90 minutes.

"Going a goal behind is never easy, particularly at Aston Villa. But we stormed back into the game and Kevin Davies scored a very good goal.

"It was touch and go whether the skipper would play today because he'd received a knock last Saturday and hadn't trained all week.

"I asked him how he felt, and Kevin being Kevin wanted to lead his team-mates out. As well as being a quality player, is a terrific man. I think he epitomised what we are trying to build."

Bolton return to action in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night when they face Burnley at Turf Moor.

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